Toronto, Ontario–(Newsfile Corp. – October 2, 2018) – Alternative IQ today announced the Top Contenders for the 2018 Canadian Hedge Fund Awards, the highest honour in Canadas hedge fund industry. The Winners will receive their awards on Tuesday, October 16at a Gala Dinner at One King West Hotel in Toronto following THE 2018 Canadian Hedge Fund Conference.

A total of 215 Canadian Hedge Funds were included in the 2018 CHFA program. For the full Directory of Canadian Hedge Funds, check here:.

The Canadian Hedge Fund Awards help investors identify the most exceptional hedge funds of the year, recognizing winners in 5 categories as well as the 2018 Overall Best Canadian Hedge Fund. The awards are based solely on quantitative performance data to June 30th, with Fundata Canada managing the tabulation of the data to determine the winners.

In alphabetical order, the Top Contenders for 2018 Canadian Hedge Fund Awards are:

(based on 10 year best combined annualized return and Sharpe ratio).

AlphaNorth Partners Fund

DKAM Capital Ideas Fund

Calrossie Partners Fund

Barometer Long Short Equity Pool

Forge First Long Short LP

EHP Advantage Fund

Dynamic Global Growth Opportunities Fund

Jemekk Long/Short Fund LP

Exemplar Canadian Focus Portfolio

Maxam Diversified Strategies Fund

Fiera Long Short Equity Fund

MMCap Canadian Fund

Pathfinder Partners Fund

Forge First Long Short LP

Peregrine Investment Management Fund LP

Peregrine Investment Management Fund LP

Hirsch Performance Fund

Portland Focused Plus Fund LP

Jemekk Long/Short Fund LP

Thornmark Alpha Fund

Maxam Diversified Strategies Fund

Venator Select Fund

Pathfinder Partners Fund

Vertex Managed Value Portfolio

Thornmark Alpha Fund

Thornmark Alpha Fund

Algonquin Debt Strategies Fund LP

Blair Franklin Global Credit Fund

Blair Franklin Global Credit Fund

Arrow East Coast Investment Grade II Fund

East Coast Performance Fund LP

East Coast Performance Fund LP

East Coast Performance Fund LP

Fulcra Credit Opportunities Fund

Fulcra Credit Opportunities Fund

Ewing Morris Flexible Fixed Income Fund LP

Fulcra Credit Opportunities Fund

Guardian Strategic Income Fund

GS+A Credit Arbitrage Fund

Lawrence Park Enhanced Preferred Fund

Lawrence Park Credit Strategies Fund

Lawrence Park Credit Strategies Fund

Marret Tactical Distressed Debt Fund

Ninepoint Credit Income Opportunities Fund

Marret Investment Grade Hedged Strategies Fund

NorthStream Credit Strategies Fund LP

Picton Mahoney Income Opportunities Fund

Ninepoint Credit Income Opportunities Fund

Purpose Credit Opportunities Fund

RP Debt Opportunities Fund

RP Debt Opportunities Fund

RP Select Opportunities Fund

CCL Diversified Market Neutral Fund

Amethyst Arbitrage Fund (Canada)

Amethyst Arbitrage Fund (Canada)

CCL Global Market Neutral Fund

CCL Diversified Market Neutral Fund

CCL Diversified Market Neutral Fund

Formula Growth Alpha Fund

CCL Global Market Neutral Fund

CCL Global Market Neutral Fund

HGC Arbitrage Fund LP

CCL Market Neutral Fund

Norrep Market Neutral Income Fund

Curvature Market Neutral Fund (Arrow)

PCJ Absolute Return

Fiera Market Neutral Equity Fund

Fiera Market Neutral Equity Fund

Picton Mahoney Market Neutral Equity Fund

Formula Growth Alpha Fund

Formula Growth Alpha Fund

Purpose Multi-Strategy Market Neutral Fund

HGC Arbitrage Fund LP

HGC Arbitrage Fund LP

PCJ Absolute Return

PCJ Absolute Return

Arrow Global Growth Fund

Barometer Global Macro Pool

Aventine Stable Income Fund

Barometer Global Macro Pool

CCL Absolute Return Fund

CCL Absolute Return Fund

CCL Absolute Return Fund

Claret Global Multi-Asset Fund

Dynamic Income Opportunities Fund

Dynamic Income Opportunities Fund

Forge First Multi Strategy LP

Kensington Alternative Strategies Fund

Forge First Multi Strategy LP

MacNicol Associates Absolute Return Fund

Kensington Alternative Strategies Fund

MacNicol Associates Alternative Asset Trust

MacNicol Associates Absolute Return Fund

Palos Income Fund, LP

Palos Income Fund, LP

MacNicol Associates Alternative Asset Trust

PHN Absolute Return Fund

PHN Absolute Return Fund

Palos Income Fund, LP

Picton Mahoney Diversified Strategies Fund

TURN8 Alternative Growth Fund

PHN Absolute Return Fund

Topaz Multi Strategy Fund

Bridging Infrastructure Fund LP

Portland Private Income Fund

Portland Private Income Fund

Cortland Credit Strategies LP

Next Edge Private Debt Fund

Ninepoint Alternative Income Fund

Ninepoint Bridging Income Fund LP

Ninepoint TEC Private Credit Fund

Portland Private Income Fund

Qwest Productivity Media Income Trust

Third Eye Capital Alternative Credit Trust

VPC Specialty Finance Fund

In the afternoon, at THE Canadian Hedge Fund Conference preceding the Gala Awards Dinner on October 16th, Benjamin Tal, Managing Director and Deputy Chief Economist, CIBC Capital Markets, will make the Keynote Address: Normalizing the Abnormal. Delegates will also hear from 3 panels of allocators as they discuss their attitudes and intentions about investing in hedge funds. Speakers and panelists include Pension Funds: Commonwealth of Massachusetts Pension Plan, GCM Grosvenor, and Ontario Teachers Pension Plan (OTPP); Family Offices: Cidel Asset Management, K J Harrison, Our Family Office and Ullman Wealth Management; and IIROC Dealers: RBC Dominion Securities Gorenstein Wealth Management, Richardson GMP Khajadourian Wealth Management, and Scotia Wealth Management Tucker Willson Group.

KPMG and Fundata Canada are the Principal Sponsors of the Annual Canadian Hedge Fund Awards program. THE 2018 Canadian Hedge Fund Conference and Gala Awards Dinner would simply not be possible without the generous support of all its partners, including Table Sponsors: SSC Commonwealth Fund Services, and SGGG Fund Services; Contributing Presenters: CIBC Capital Markets, McMillan LLP, and Sigma Analysis and Management; Associate Sponsors: Alliance Sales and Marketing, AUM Law, Introduction Capital and IRI; and Media Partners: 100 Women in Finance, AIMA Canada, CAIA

Association, Hedge Fund Alert, Newsfile , PCMA and Preqin. This years Chosen Charity Partner is Help for Children.

For more information about the CHFA program go to:or call:

Managing Director, Alternative IQ and President, Alliance Sales and Marketing, Inc.

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About Alternative IQ:Alternative IQ is dedicated to celebrating, supporting and expanding Canadas Hedge Fund Industry. AIQ produces the annual Canadian Hedge Fund Awards program, its presentation event held in Toronto each October (performance as at June 30th), and THE Canadian Hedge Fund Conference, also held annually in Toronto. Alternative IQ also produces the CHFA Winners Showcase Investor Conferences, at which the Managers of award-winning hedge funds present to investors, and produces various other programs and publications serving the hedge fund industry in Canada. Alternative IQ is a division of Alliance Sales and Marketing, Inc.

About the AnnualCanadian Hedge Fund Awards:The Annual Canadian Hedge Fund Awards were first held in 2008 and have a two-fold objective: firstly, to recognize and celebrate the talent in Canadas hedge fund industry and, secondly, to raise awareness of that expertise throughout the investment community. The Canadian Hedge Fund Awards are based solely on quantitative performance data to June 30th, with Fundata Canada managing the tabulation of the data to determine the winners.

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