Sebastian van Berkom
Chair and CEO, van Berkom and Associates
Chair of the Investment Committee and member of the Audit Committee, IGOPP
J. Sebastian van Berkom, B.Comm. founded Van Berkom and Associates Inc. (“VBA”) in 1991 and is President and Chief Executive Officer. He is also President and Chief Executive Officer of Van Berkom Golden Dragon Limited in Hong Kong that was incorporated on February 22, 2012. In his roles, Mr. van Berkom ensures that the investment philosophy, process and disciplines are properly implemented, resourced and incented.
His investment career commenced in 1971 at the Bell Canada Pension Fund. In 1979, he became a Partner of LRM Investment Management, and in 1984 co-founded Montrusco Bolton Investments Inc. He has won the Small-Cap Manager of the Year Award in 1997 and was a Finalist at the Annual Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in 1998. In 2003, he endowed the Van Berkom Chair in Small-Cap Equities at the JMSB at Concordia University in Montreal. In 2005, he became a Founding Director of the Institute for Governance (IGOPP) in Canada, and on August 29, 2010, he was appointed to the audit and investment committees. In December 2013, he was appointed President of the investment committee.
In 2011, he funded the Van Berkom – JMSB Small-Cap Case Competition at Concordia University. On February 19, 2013, Mr. van Berkom was appointed to the investment committee of the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation.