Mark obtained a law degree (LL.B.) from the University of Toronto in 1980 and his CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) designation in 1991. He has been directly involved in the investment industry since 1987 after practicing corporate and securities law for seven years in Calgary with Bennett Jones. Mark founded and was President of AltaFund Investment Corp., a public investment company with over $100 million in assets, from 1987 to 1991. He then joined Altamira, a no-load mutual fund manager, as Vice President, Western Canada, until leaving in 1998. Over the years, Mark has played an instrumental role in raising funds for a broad array of junior and start-up companies in several industries, including oil and gas, mining and technology. He has also served as a director and/or CFO of several public companies, including currently Alamos Gold Inc. and Regulus Resources Inc., as well as several private companies.