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2022 Strategic Program Speakers
Prior to founding Waterous Energy Fund in January, 2017, Adam served as Global Head of Investment
Banking and Head of Energy and Power, North America at Scotiabank, where he was responsible for all
of Scotiabank's global Equity and Advisory activities and Scotia Waterous.
Under Adam’s leadership from 2005 to 2016, Scotia Waterous was among the most active advisors in
the oil and gas acquisition and divestiture market with transactions roughly evenly split between
Canada, the United States and other countries.
Adam co‐founded Waterous & Co., a predecessor firm to Scotia Waterous, in September 1991 where he
was a member of the firm's Executive Committee and the head of the firm. Scotia Capital acquired
Waterous & Co. in 2005.
Before co‐founding Waterous & Co., Adam worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions department with
First Boston Corporation in New York and in management consulting with McKinsey & Company in
Adam has been active in many industry, community, health, arts, and education organizations. In 2013,
Adam was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to the
community. In 2017, Adam received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oil and Gas Council.
Adam received the 2019 Lefaivre Award, presented to an individual each year by the United Way of
Calgary for exceptional volunteer service and community involvement.
Adam is currently on the Harvard College Fund Executive Committee. Adam is Chair of the Board of
Governors of Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, one of Canada’s foremost higher learning institutions
for fine arts, leadership development, mountain culture, and the environment. Adam is Chair of Calgary
Economic Development’s Economic Strategy CEO Roundtable.
Adam holds an Honours Business Administration degree from the University of Western Ontario and a
MBA from Harvard Business School. Being in the top five percent of his class at Harvard, he was
designated a Baker Scholar