Portfolio Manager

Craig Porter, CFA, BA
President, Portfolio Manager, Backer Wealth Management Inc.


Career Highlights

  • Craig Porter is President and Portfolio Manager of Backer Wealth Management Inc., which has been retained by the Manager to act as the Portfolio Manager of Maple Leaf Short Duration Flow-Through Limited Partnerships.
  • Mr. Porter has over three decades of investment management experience and was a Senior Portfolio Manager at Front Street Capital from 2005 to 2017.
  • As lead or co-manager at Front Street Capital, Mr. Porter managed or co-managed over $900 million in flow-through limited partnerships, and in addition he managed the firm’s resource equity and resource income mutual funds.
  • Prior to, he rose from his role as an Equity Analyst to Portfolio Manager at Altamira Management Ltd. and its successor Natcan Investment Management Inc. from 1992 to 2005.
  • During his tenure at Altamira, the firm was awarded the Precious Metals Equity Fund of the Year award; a Morningstar Canadian Investment Award.

Over 30 Years of Investment Management Experience

Craig Porter is the President and Portfolio Manager of Backer Wealth Management Inc. (“Backer”) which has been retained by Maple Leaf to act as the Portfolio Manager of Maple Leaf Short Duration Flow-Through Limited Partnerships and Maple Leaf Income and Resource class mutual funds. As Portfolio Manager, Mr. Porter analyzes the investment opportunities both at the company and industry level, to identify strong investments with capital appreciation potential.

From 1992 to 2005 Mr. Porter was with Altamira Management Limited where he rose from his role as an equity analyst to the role of portfolio manager, looking after all of the firm’s resource mandates (Altamira Precious and Strategic Metals, Altamira Resource and Altamira Energy funds) and also being the sub-advisor to the Rhone 2004 and 2005 Flow-Through Limited Partnerships. In his last year at the firm, the Altamira Precious and Strategic Metals fund won the Precious Metals Equity Fund of the Year award at the Canadian Investment Awards (Morningstar).

From 2005 until 2017 Mr. Porter was employed as a Senior Portfolio Manager by Front Street Capital and once again had a primary focus on the natural resource sector. At the peak Mr. Porter managed close to one billion dollars in mandates, including being sub-advisor to CIBC for its natural resource funds (for eight years managed CIBC Resource, CIBC Energy, CIBC Precious Metals and Renaissance Global Resource funds.) He also was the fund manager for Front Street’s flow-through product offerings, being directly involved in the marketing and raising of over $900 million in capital for the limited partnerships.

Over the years Mr. Porter has been a frequent guest on news stations such as BNN, to express his thoughts, opinions, and recommendations, on natural resource stocks and global commodities markets. He’s also been quoted in newspapers such as the Globe and Mail, National Post, and Toronto Star.

Mr. Porter has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Commerce and Economics, from the University of Toronto, as well as holding the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

About Backer Wealth Management Inc.

Backer is a federally incorporated firm with its head office in Toronto, Ontario. Backer Wealth Management Inc. is also registered in the category of Portfolio Manager under the provisions of the Securities Act (Ontario) and under MI 11-102 Passport System as a Portfolio Manager in British Columbia. Further categories of registration and provinces may be added in the future if the firm were to expand its product offerings to meet clients’ needs.

Craig Porter is the firm’s President, Chief Compliance Officer and Advising Representative.

For more information on Backer Wealth Management Inc., please visit www.backerwealth.ca





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