While in high school, Jeff Baryshnik (Sun Life Loran Scholar ’98) started his own car cleaning business, employing several other students. He went on to study business at the Western University, where he was involved in an entrepreneurship association, several clubs, and student government. Jeff also chaired the United Way of London’s mentorship program for at-risk youth and was the fundraising coordinator for Huron College’s student council at Western. He won the TD Waterhouse Investment Challenge in 1996 and 1997 and authored a personal finance book that was published by Random House Canada. Between academic terms, he held summer work placements at RBC Capital Markets.
“The Loran Scholars Foundation inspired me to extend the boundaries of my comfort zone. Its focus on character, service, and leadership has instilled in me further the importance of making a difference at university, in my work, and within the broader community. I bring this invaluable perspective to each new challenge.”
Jeff started his career in Morgan Stanley’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group in Los Angeles and Toronto, and worked at leading global hedge funds in Chicago and New York, where he focused on value investing. At Citadel Investment Group, he initiated its Canadian value investment and special-situations portfolio, which grew to more than $800 million. Upon returning to Toronto in 2009, Jeff founded an investment management firm, Republic Funds USA, which employs 26 people through operating entities.
Jeff serves on the boards of the Huron College Alumni Association, Mount Sinai Hospital and True North Commercial REIT. He is a leading alumni donor to the Loran Scholars Foundation.