Meet the GWL Investment Management team

GWLIM’s team of investment professionals works closely together, combining decades of experience, knowledge and technical expertise to take advantage of current economic and market conditions to seek out attractive growth prospects. The team has an average of over 15 years of industry experience.

Our team includes:

Patricia Nesbitt, Senior Vice-President, Equities

As Senior Vice-President, Equities for GLC Asset Management Group Ltd. within the GWL Investment Management division, Patricia Nesbitt oversees GWLIM’s equity portfolio management, analyst and research teams. She is lead portfolio manager for the GWLIM Canadian equity mandate, GWLIM balanced growth mandate and GWLIM growth and income mandate, and co-manages the GWLIM ethics mandate. Patricia also leads GWLIM's investment strategy committee.

Patricia joined GWLIM in 1986 and assumed her position as lead manager of the GWLIM mandates in 1991 and the GLC mandate with its inception in 2012.

Patricia is a CFA charterholder and holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Manitoba. She is a former President of the Winnipeg Society of Financial Analysts and Past Chair of the Winnipeg Humane Society.

Clayton Bittner, Vice-President, Equities

As Vice-President, Equities for GLC Asset Management Group Ltd. within the GWL Investment Management division, Clay Bittner is the lead portfolio manager for GLC’s Canadian-focused and U.S. dividend mandates. He is also a member of the GWLIM asset mix strategy team.

Clay joined GWLIM in December 2006, bringing with him 10 years of experience in the investment management industry, including such firms as Assante and Investors Group.

Clay is a CFA charterholder as well as a Licensed International Financial Analyst, and holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Manitoba.

Dylan Fricker, Vice President, Equities

As Vice-President, Equities for GLC Asset Management Group Ltd. within the GWL Investment Management division, Dylan Fricker assists in the management of the GWLIM large cap equity mandates, and is co-manager of the GWLIM ethics mandate. He is also a member of the GWLIM asset mix strategy team.

Dylan's career in investment management and research began in 1999 with a major Canadian investment bank and was followed by over five years experience as an equity analyst covering both Canadian and U.S.-based companies for a privately owned investment counselling firm. He joined GWLIM in 2007.

Dylan is a CFA charterholder and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Regina.

Brenda Nicholls, Vice-President, Equities

As Vice-President, Equities for GLC Asset Management Group Ltd. within the GWL Investment Management division, Brenda Nicholls is lead portfolio manager of the GWLIM U.S. mid cap equity mandates and co-manages the GWLIM U.S. equity mandate. She is also a member of the GWLIM asset mix strategy team.

Brenda joined the GWLIM equity team in 1998. She is a CFA charterholder and holds a Chartered Market Technician (CMT) designation and an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Manitoba.

Bryan Shearer, Manager, Equities

As Manager, Equities for GLC Asset Management Group Ltd. within the GWL Investment Management division, Bryan Shearer is the lead portfolio manager of the GWLIM mid cap Canada mandate.

Bryan became an integral member of GWLIM's Canadian equity team in 2006. Specifically, Bryan worked with the Canadian mid-cap portfolio management team where he developed significant expertise and in-depth knowledge of this unique sector of the Canadian market. Bryan joined The Great-West Life Assurance Company in 2001 as an investment analyst in the bond department.

Bryan is a CFA charterholder and holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Manitoba.

Martin Rose, Manager, Equities

As Manager, Equities for GLC Asset Management Group Ltd. within the GWL Investment Management division, Martin Rose co-manages the GWLIM U.S. equity mandate and manages the GWLIM science and technology mandate.

Martin joined the GWLIM U.S. equity team in 2006. Prior to joining GWLIM, Martin was involved in corporate planning and strategy at Investors Group.

Martin is a CFA charterholder and holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Manitoba.

Chris Grundy, Manager, Equities

Erik Sjoberg, Associate Manager, Equities

Deji Aremu, Senior Analyst, Equities

Grant Fulford, Senior Analyst, Equities

Lindsey Rioux, Analyst, Equities

Catherine Slater, Analyst, Equities

Brent Mahoney, Associate Manager and Trader, Equities


Senior portfolio managers build on the insight and expertise of the entire team, harnessing synergies and focus of dedicated equity analysts who specialize in distinct regions and sectors of the market.