Originally from Edmonton, Aly moved to Montreal to study Chemical Engineering at McGill University; this was the start of a 20 year odyssey of academic, professional and personal adventures with stints in some of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities.
Aly began his professional career at GEA Group in applied R&D designing industrial dryers. After a few years in overalls and a hard hat, he decided on a career in management and pursued an MBA at the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto. His first taste of investments occurred in 2005 after landing an internship at a prestigious firm on Bay Street, and he further honed his finance skills by pursuing the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. In 2006 he returned to Montreal for what would be a decade plus career at Alcan/Rio Tinto where he led several initiatives in Corporate Finance, Treasury and Business Development. In 2010 Aly accepted an expat opportunity in Singapore as the Regional Manager of Commercial Risk managing a portfolio of over 200 customers across Asia Pacific. These customers ranged from private enterprises to Fortune 50 companies and his role encompassed negotiating challenging contracts and managing a fine line between maximizing sales and mitigating risk. Upon his return to Montreal in 2013 he was a Deal Team member on several international M&A projects including the $410 M divestment of a smelter, hydro power plants and land asset in Scotland. After years of leading and supporting corporate development projects and investment initiatives in Australia, New Zealand and across Europe, Africa and South America, in 2017 Aly returned home to Edmonton to be closer to family. This is when he joined Alberta Innovates as the Director of Investment Services and helped entrepreneurs and start-up companies grow, increase exports and commercialize their technologies ranging from machine-learning to nanotechnology.
Aly has been an avid volunteer within the community throughout his life with a special interest in mentoring youth and assisting the less fortunate. He also has a keen interest in teaching and was a lecturer of International Finance at McGill University. He has served on several boards over the past 12 years and his current extra-curricular endeavour is to pursue stand-up comedy which he is excelling at; his wife and family disagree.