The Alternative Investment Management Association has appointed Claire Van Wyk-Allan as its new head of Canada.

“I am excited to be joining AIMA in Canada,” said Van Wyk-Allan in a news release. “The organization has made considerable strides in Canada in recent years, in terms of growing its events and membership and building a highly effective advocacy and educational program. I look forward to building on those activities going forward. My first objective will be to meet with members across Canada to ensure their priorities are reflected in our agenda.”

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Previously, Van Wyk-Allan was the business development manager for advisor channel sales at RBC Global Asset Management Inc. and a regional manager at Arrow Capital Management Inc. In the role at AIMA, she succeeds James Burron, who left the organization in January to start the Canadian Association of Alternative Strategies and Assets with Caroline Chow, another former AIMA associate who left the organization in December.

“I am delighted that Claire will be joining AIMA in Canada,” said Michael Burns, chair of AIMA Canada and a partner at McMillan LLP. “She has already made a tremendous contribution to the Canadian alternatives industry over many years, and we are confident that she will be a strong resource for our members across Canada,” he said.

“Claire brings with her not just a strong knowledge of AIMA Canada but also asset management sales and retail investor distribution experience,” he added.

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