Maxam Capital Management Ltd. is an independent alternative investment management firm located in Vancouver, Canada
Maxam was founded with the philosophy that an active, opportunistic and disciplined approach to investing provides the best opportunity for the generation of long-term positive returns through a variety of market environments. Maxam launched the Maxam Diversified Strategies Fund in 2009 and the Maxam Arbitrage Fund in 2020. Our goal of providing strong risk-adjusted returns to our investors remains core to our investment philosophy and approach today.
We believe that investment managers should be directly aligned with their clients. Maxam’s partners, employees and families are significant investors in our fund – this means our interests are directly aligned with our investors.
Our portfolio of holdings is actively constructed from the bottom-up without regard for the composition of an index or benchmark. We seek to invest in companies where we have identified fundamental value, or hidden value, plus an associated catalyst or event that will unlock that value.
We endeavor to take advantage of opportunities related to company-specific events, catalysts and market volatility.
We enjoy the flexibility of being able to employ a variety of strategies and techniques to generate returns and manage risk.
Our team of professionals possess a diverse background of skills and experience in the capital markets.
Johnny Ciampi, CA
Vice President & Director
Johnny is Vice President and Director of Maxam Capital Management Ltd. and Managing Partner for the Maxam Opportunities Funds. Prior to forming Maxam, Johnny was the Executive Vice President of Gibralt Capital and a partner of Second City Capital Partners, Vancouver-based private equity groups. At Gibralt and Second City Johnny was responsible deal origination, investment/credit decisions, structuring, monitoring and managing the disposition of its investments. Johnny also serves on the Board of Premium Brands Income Fund and Diversified Royalty Corp. Johnny is a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a degree in Commerce and holds a Chartered Accountant designation.
Sean Morrison, CA
Sean is a Director of Maxam Capital Management Ltd. and Managing Partner for the Maxam Opportunities Funds. Prior to forming Maxam, Sean was a partner at Capital West Partners, a Vancouver-based investment banking firm. Sean is also President and Chief Executive Officer of Diversified Royalty Corp and serves on the Board of goeasy Ltd. In 2007, Sean was selected by Business In Vancouver as one of Vancouver’s Top 40 Under 40. Sean is a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a degree in Commerce and holds a Chartered Accountant designation.
Travis Dowle, CFA
Travis is the President of Maxam Capital Management Ltd. and Fund Manager of the Maxam Diversified Strategies Fund. He began his career in 1996 with MK Wong & Associates, which was later acquired by HSBC Asset Management. Travis left HSBC in 2007 to lead public market investments for a family office/private investment group, before he founded Maxam in 2009. Travis is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is a past guest instructor for Stalla’s CFA exam preparation course. Travis enjoys spending time with his wife and two children - when he gets some free time you'll find him skiing, mountain biking, playing tennis and fly fishing.
Brian Hikisch, CFA
Associate Portfolio Manager
Brian is an Associate Portfolio Manager with Maxam Capital Management Ltd. As a member of Maxam’s investment team Brian supports the firm’s research process, monitors existing holdings, conducts security analysis and helps generate new ideas. As the firm’s Chief Compliance Officer Brian is also responsible for managing Maxam’s compliance responsibilities and obligations. Prior to joining Maxam, Brian worked as an investment analyst for a value-oriented investment fund, an Equity Research Associate with Raymond James Ltd. and an Investment Banking Analyst with National Bank Financial. Brian holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Major in Finance).
Ben Macfadyen, CFA
Chief Operating Officer
Ben is responsible for managing operations for the firm and he also assists with compliance, client support and marketing. Prior to joining Maxam, Ben served as Chief Operating Officer for a Toronto-based event driven hedge fund and more recently as an institutional equity trader with CIBC World Markets in Vancouver. Ben holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Major in Finance).
Amy is Maxam’s Office Manager. Amy is responsible for managing the administration of the office – ensuring everything runs smoothly. Amy brings more than a decade of office management experience to Maxam.