Mr. Barr is the President and CEO of Pender. He is also the Portfolio Manager of several of Pender’s funds.
In November 2015, the Pender Small Cap Opportunities Fund, managed by Mr. Barr, won a Lipper Fund Award 2015 for Best Canadian Small/Mid Cap Equity Fund over both three and five year performance periods. In November 2016, the Fund once again won a Lipper Award, for Best Canadian Focused Small/Mid Cap Equity Fund over both three and five year periods. The Lipper awards recognize consistent strong risk-adjusted performance relative to their peers.
Mr. Barr has over 15 years of investment experience. He initially worked in private equity which gives him a unique background to investing capital. At the end of 2007 he became a partner at PenderFund Capital Management Ltd and was appointed Chief Investment Officer with the objective of launching Pender’s mutual fund business. In April 2016 Mr. Barr was appointed President and CEO of Pender upon the retirement of Kelly Edmison.
Mr. Barr is Portfolio Manager of the Pender Small Cap Opportunities Fund, launched in June 2009 (now closed), the Pender Value Fund, launched in July 2013 and the Pender Select Ideas Fund, launched in September 2014.
Mr. Barr holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of British Columbia and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business. He earned his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 2003 and is an active member of the Vancouver chapter. He is a past President of CFA Vancouver, having also served on its Board of Directors for four years. Mr. Barr is a regular guest on BNN’s Business Day program and has been interviewed for his opinions on small cap, the technology sector and value investing by the Financial Post, The Globe & Mail and other media. In December 2012 Mr. Barr was recognized as one of British Columbia’s “Top Forty Under 40” business leaders by Business in Vancouver. The Pender Small Cap Opportunities Fund has received Fundata’s FundGrade® A+ Award in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Mr. Barr is an advocate of value investing, a strategy to estimate the intrinsic value of a company before looking to invest in that company with a “margin of safety” or a discount to intrinsic value. Mr. Barr believes that investing in a company well below intrinsic value decreases the risk and sets it up for generating long term performance and this approach forms the basis of Pender’s overall investment strategy, which aims to preserve and grow clients’ capital.
In order to execute on his value investing strategy Mr. Barr is a true contrarian. To meet his stringent value investing criteria, he looks for value in unpopular places with a view to reducing risk and finding prices that include a margin-of-safety. He refuses to follow the crowds and is driven to find quality at a discount.