Sprott Private Wealth Team


Tim Sorensen

Tim Sorensen is CEO and Director of Sprott Private Wealth LP. Tim is also a Managing Director of Sprott Inc, the parent company of the broker-dealer. He has more than 20 years of capital markets experience. He is the former President of Primary Capital Inc., an Exempt Market Dealer focused on advising and financing Canadian growth companies, with an emphasis on the resource sector. Prior to joining Primary, Mr. Sorensen was Head of Institutional Equity Sales for Macquarie Capital Markets Canada. He was an equity analyst for Dundee Securities before becoming an institutional equity sales representative. He currently sits on the board of Merus Labs International, Carrot Insights and Grapes for Humanity. Mr. Sorensen has a Bachelor of Commerce and MBA degrees, and is a CFA® charterholder.

Varinder "Vinny" Bhathal

Vinny Bhathal currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer and Director at Sprott Private Wealth and as the Managing Director of Finance and Investment Operation at Sprott Inc. In these roles, she is responsible for external and regulatory reporting, financial planning and analysis, tax and treasury. Ms. Bhathal joined Sprott in 2007 as a Controller. From 2015 to 2017, she served as the Vice President of Finance for Sprott Inc. Prior to joining Sprott, Vinny served as the Manager of Accounting at Abria Alternative Inc. Ms. Bhathal holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Ryerson University and is a CPA, CMA (Ontario).

Lisa Edwards

Lisa Edwards is Chief Compliance Officer for Sprott Private Wealth, and has over 20 years of industry experience in compliance, operations and equity capital markets and has worked with dealers with both an institutional and retail client base. Ms. Edwards was acting CCO with M Partners Inc., Stifel Nicolaus Canada Inc. and Electronic Transaction Clearing Canada Inc., all IIROC Member firms.

John Waldie

John Waldie is Senior Portfolio Manager for Sprott Private Wealth.  John has more than 20 years of experience in the investment industry with 18 years at Mackie Research Capital Corporation as a Portfolio Manager. Mr. Waldie is a CFA® charterholder and holds the AICP designation. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario, and a Masters of Planning degree from Queen’s University.

Geoffrey Francolini

Geoffrey Francolini is a Senior Investment Advisor for Sprott Private Wealth. Geoff has over 30 years of experience in the investment industry as an analyst, institutional salesperson and an investment advisor. During his 20 years in institutional sales his clients included both U.S. and Canadian fund managers, of which a number ran metal or resource specialty funds. Mr. Francolini has been a CFA® charterholder for most of his career. He earned a Bachelor in Honors Economics from the University of Western Ontario and MIM (International MBA) from The Thunderbird School of Global Management (now part of Arizona State University).

Sonia Shirprashad

Sonia Shirprashad is an Investment Advisor and has been a member of the Sprott Private Wealth team since January 2012. She has more than 10 years of experience in the financial industry. Prior to joining Sprott Private Wealth, she worked at CI Investments and Brandes Investment Partners. Ms. Shirprashad graduated from York University and holds a master's degree in Finance from Queen's School of Business, Queen's University.  

Manni Buttar

Manni Buttar joined Sprott Private Wealth in 2016 and is Vice President Business Development, Structured Tax Solutions. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) with a Masters in Accounting from the University of Waterloo, Ontario. Mr. Buttar worked at KPMG LLP in their Financial Services group in Toronto and then moved to the buy-side working at OMERS, the third largest pension fund in Canada, in their Merchant Banking/Private Placement division. Mr. Buttar holds a master's degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Waterloo. 

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