President and CEO, Vision Capital Corporation
Jeffrey Olin is the President, CEO and Portfolio Manager of Vision Capital Corporation, an investment counseling and portfolio Management Company which manages the Vision Opportunity Funds. The Vision Opportunity Funds are primarily real estate focused and invest in North America with a principal emphasis on unique market inefficiencies that allow Vision to buy real estate more cheaply through the stock market than one can in the property market. The Funds target superior risk-adjusted returns through long and short investments in publically traded securities.
The Vision Funds have received considerable industry recognition for their leading risk-adjusted total return performance from leading, independent Canadian and Global firms including S&P Capital IQ, Morningstar and the Canadian Hedge Fund of the Year Awards
Between 2003 and 2007, Mr. Olin served as the Managing Partner, Ontario and Head of Investment Banking with Desjardins Securities, a $200 billion financial institution. Mr. Olin was previously a Managing Director with HSBC Securities and a Vice President with Canaccord Capital. As an investment banker, Mr. Olin was the Lead Manager and M&A advisor with direct responsibility for over 70 transactions representing over $5 billion in value. He has served as a key advisor to many of Canada’s leading corporate, institutional, and family-owned real estate enterprises.
Prior to his investment banking career, Mr. Olin has ten years of direct real estate industry experience. Between 1985 and 1991, Mr. Olin was Vice President with Bramalea Limited in Dallas, Texas and Toronto, Canada. In addition he worked with Olympia & York Developments Ltd., and the Parking Authority of Toronto. His experience in real estate includes acquisitions and dispositions, development, financing, leasing, operations, and planning and design.
Mr. Olin has extensive corporate governance experience and expertise. He has served on the Board of Directors for numerous public companies as well as charitable and community boards and is currently a member of AIMA’s Education and Research Committee and Committee of Managers. Presently, Mr. Olin is the Chairman and Director of BrightPath Early Learning Inc. and a Director of Exchange Income Corporation. He has also acted as an expert witness on behalf of the Ontario Securities Commission and the Government of Canada Parliamentary Finance Committee.
Mr. Olin is a graduate from the Kellogg Graduate School at Northwestern University in Chicago with an MBA. He received his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto.