2017 PCMA INVESTMENT FUND AWARD
• PORTLAND INVESTMENT COUNSEL INC.
• PORTLAND FOCUSED PLUS FUND LP
Portland Focused Plus Fund LP, managed by James Cole, Portfolio Manager and Senior Vice President of Portland Investment Counsel Inc.,
was named Canada’s #1 performing Alternative Strategies Fund for the three years ended March 31, 2017 by globeinvestor.com. The
investment objective of the Portland Focused Plus Fund LP is to achieve, over the long term, preservation of capital and a satisfactory
return. The Portland Focused Plus Fund LP employs the following core techniques: focused investing in a limited number of long securities
positions; and leverage by purchasing securities on margin. James Cole joined Portland Investment Counsel Inc., and its a;liates in February 2000. James has 33 years of investment experience including 24 years as a portfolio manager responsible for Canadian and U.S.
equities. James was formerly the treasurer of CFA Society Calgary and a director of CFA Society Toronto. James holds a degree in economics
from Trent University and earned his CFA designation in 1986.
2017 PCMA VENTURE STAGE OFFERING AWARD
• POWERONE CAPITAL MARKETS LTD.
• NEO LITHIUM CORP.
Neo Lithium is the 100% owner of the newly discovered 3Q Project located in the largest Lithium producing region ofArgentina. The
project is a large high grade, low impurity and brine reservoir complex that that extends for over 160 Km;, located in the southern end of
the "Lithium Triangle". It is the only known project in South America with open lithium brine reservoirs. Management and founders are
highly experienced in the sector and were instrumental in the discovery and exploration of the Cauchari lithium deposit in Argentina,
bringing the asset to full feasibility. PowerOneand its principals were instrumental in the creation of the Neo Lithium, were early investors
and served as sole ;nder for a $7 million ;nancing in April 2016 and was co-lead on a $11.45 million brokered ;nancing in May 2016.
PowerOne also assisted the company to go public in July 2016 which is now listed on the TSXV as NLC. In February 2017, PowerOne also
acted as a syndicate member for a $25M Bought Deal ;nancing which included some of the largest resource investment funds in the
world. PowerOne’s involvement with Neo Lithium clearly demonstrated the ability of an EMD to provide the early stage capital and ;nancing expertise to support entrepreneurial business leaders and create investor opportunity in the Canadian economy.