Benjamin Yi joined IOU Financial in January 2017 to lead IOU’s Capital Markets, Corporate Development, and Investor Relations efforts. He brings over 15 years of experience in the capital markets to IOU, where he works closely with senior management to ensure the company’s capital structure and funding sources are resilient, diversified, and cost-effective.
Prior to IOU, Benjamin worked directly under Ned Goodman, a renowned Canadian financier, investor, and founder of Dundee Corporation, a Toronto-based conglomerate. At Dundee, he worked in Investment and Corporate Development capacities with companies involved in natural resource extraction, energy technology, real estate, and automotive sectors. Prior thereto, Benjamin was an investment manager at the predecessor to 1832 Asset Management L.P., where he covered energy and special situations investments as part of a team managing one of Canada’s largest natural resources investment funds.
Benjamin brings significant corporate governance experience to IOU, having served as an Independent Director and Audit Committee Chair of public companies listed on the NASDAQ and TSX-V exchanges.
He is a strong believer in successful investment outcomes driven by “eating one’s own cooking,” the alignment of interests, and a candid elimination of agency issues.
Benjamin is a CFA charter holder and holds a Master of Finance degree from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Trinity College in the University of Toronto, and an Associate Diploma (ARCT) in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
Benjamin is a massive Star Trek and Star Wars fan and enjoys cheering on his favorite team, the reigning NBA champion Toronto Raptors.