General Investing >> Money Manager Interviews >> May 23, 2005


J. SEBASTIAN VAN BERKOM is President and CEO of Van Berkom and Associates Inc. He commenced his investment management career at Bell Canada pension fund in 1971 as an Investment Analyst, Canadian Equities. In 1973, he was appointed Manager, and during his first year, he recommended a long-term policy commitment toward smaller sized Canadian growth stocks as part of the overall Canadian equity investment policy. In 1977, he was appointed Assistant Director, Financing and later, Assistant Director, Financial Analysis in the Bell Canada Finance Department. In 1979, he became a partner of LRM Investment Management Limited. At LRM he continued to develop his expertise in mid- and small cap Canadian equities, and late in 1984, Mr. van Berkom was invited by Montreal Trust to become one of the founding partners of Montrusco Associates Inc. in Montreal and was appointed Vice President and Director. His prime investment management responsibility was to manage the Montrusco Select Canadian Small Cap Growth Fund. In April 1991, he sold his significant shareholding in Montrusco to build VBA into a specialized small cap investment management company. In addition to serving as President and CEO, he is a member of the Montreal Society of Financial Analysts, the Acorn Society, the Cercle finance et placement du Qubec and is on the Securities Review Board of the Canadian Shareowner Association. In 1997, Mr. van Berkom was awarded the Small Cap Manager of the Year Award at the third annual Canadian Mutual Fund Awards Gala in Toronto. Mr. van Berkom was also nominated in 1998 as a finalist at the fifth annual Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in Montreal sponsored by Ernst & Young. On November 25, 2003, Mr. van Berkom endowed the Van Berkom Chair in Small Cap Equities at the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University. Profile
TWST: Would you start by giving us an overview of Van Berkom and

Associates and its investment philosophy?

Mr. van Berkom: I started the firm in 1991 as a firm that was 100%

focused on small