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7:30 a.m.   Registration & Breakfast Opens

8:10 a.m.   Plenary Keynote 1: Redefining Risk Management: Thinking Outside the Box

Rachel Minard, Founder & CEO, Minard Capital LLC

Mark Guinney, Managing Partner, The Presidio Group
Sharon Snow, CEO, Metropolitan Capital Strategies
Richard Vigilante, Chief Communications Officer & Author, Whitebox Advisors

8:50 a.m.   Plenary Keynote 2: John Canning

John A. Canning, Jr., Chairman, Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC 

9:30 a.m.   Networking Coffee Break

10:00 a.m.   Panel 1: Investor Outlook

Allocators share their expectations for hedge fund and managed futures performance.

Mark Shore , Founder, Shore Capital Management

Jean-Francois "Jeff" Collard, Head of Research and Risk Manager, Pulse Capital Partners, LLC
Julian Knight, Director, Societe Generale
David Richter, Chairman, Public Markets Investment Committee, Grosvenor Capital Management
Joe Wade, CIO, Meritage Capital

10:30 a.m.   Panel 2: Four Trades that Worked

Hedge fund managers and CTAs discuss trades that worked exceptionally well.

William Heard, CEO, CIO, Founder, Heard Capital
K.C. Nelson, Portfolio Manager, Managing Director , Driehaus Capital Management
Robert Sanborn, Managing Member, Sanborn Kilcollin Partners, LLC
Peter Zaldivar, Portfolio Manager, Kabouter Management

11:00 a.m.   Panel 3: Allocators' Guide to Activist Investing

Investors discuss activist strategies and their role in a healthy portfolio.

Justin Sheperd, CIO, Aurora Investment Management LLC
Kay Torshen, CEO and CIO, Torshen Capital Management
Wrug Ved, Associate, PAAMCO

11:30 a.m.   Keynote 1: William Atwood

Becky Yerak, Business Reporter, Chicago Tribune

William Atwood, Executive Director, Illinois State Board of Investment

12:00 p.m.   Networking Lunch

1:00 p.m.   Keynote 2: Steve Vogt

Steve Vogt, Chief Investment Officer, Mesirow Advanced Strategies

1:45 p.m.   Panel 4: The Uneven Playing Field

Investors and managers sound off on insiders, algorithms and “The Edge.”

Thomas Deinet, Executive Director, Hedge Fund Standards Board

Bruce Mumford, Partners, Emerging Edge Group LLC
Brian Ziv, Portfolio Manager, Head of Hedge Fund Strategies Committee, William Blair

2:30 p.m.   Panel 5: Liquid Alternatives vs. Funds of Funds

Investors examine how liquid alts could affect funds of funds.

Brian Haskin, Founder and CEO, Alternative Strategy Partners

Eric Gorman, Manager, Alternative Investments Research, The Private Client Reserve at U.S. Bank
Andres Sandate, President & CEO, Endurance Strategies, LLC
Sa'ad Shah, Managing Director, Diversified Global Asset Management Corporation
Gary Shugrue, Senior Portfolio Managers---ACP Funds, Barlow Partners

3:00 p.m.   Networking Coffee Break

3:30 p.m.   Keynote 3: Constance Teska

Constance Teska, Principal, Pluscios Management

4:00 p.m.   Panel 6: The Future of Chicago's Futures Markets

Prominent local managers and exchange heads probe the city's role in futures.

Tom Polansek, Reporter, Thomson Reuters

Brian Duff, Head of U.S. Sales, ABN-AMRO Clearing Chicago LLC
Jay Feuerstein, CEO & CIO, 2100 Xenon Group, LLC
Scot Warren, Senior Managing Director, Equity Index Products & Index Services , CME Group

4:30 p.m.   Panel 7: Trading Volatility

Experts discuss whether volatility can be predicted and the best strategies to trade it.

Mark Melin, Writer, ValueWalk.com

Lincoln Ellis, Managing Director, Greensquare Capital
Chris McGuire, CEO, CIO, Phalanx Capital Management
Julian Rundle, CIO, Dorset Asset Management
Bill Speth, VP, Research and Product Development, Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE)

5:00 p.m.   Keynote 4: Bart Chilton

Bart Chilton, Commissioner, US Commodity Futures Trading Commission

5:30 p.m.   Networking Reception

7:00 p.m.   Close of Day 1

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