Capital Markets Advisors

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Brett Evans is a Partner, responsible for Recruiting and Business Development, at CMA.

Brett has sat on trading floors in schedule A & B banks and boutiques with over twenty years of Capital Markets trading, treasury, currency, options and payments experience before getting into recruiting. He has extensive experience in options trading, client relationship consulting and risk, and sales management, including P&L responsibility for these business lines. Credit and credit management and compliance have been a large part of his experience. He has traded at schedule A & B banks and built a boutique firm in the treasury space and has managed a team of traders. Business development and strategic partnerships have been a large part of his focus and he has managed and mentored sales/trading teams in this specific industry as well. His experience has been an integral part of the growth of several new initiatives within Capital Markets. Brett’s experience has allowed him to work and trade on many different platforms that support these types of transactions and he has a very good sense of the global marketplace and particularly the competition.

A proven business development sales strategist with over twenty years’ experience in sales & managerial roles. He has built high performing sales teams in all areas of Capital Markets.  An excellent communicator, motivator and team player that interacts well with others and continually demonstrates a positive attitude. A well-organized professional with extensive fundraising and public speaking experience and a large network in the North American business community. With high personal drive and motivation Brett thrives on generating new business.

Some of the areas of concentration Brett has specialized in are Financial Services recruiting (contract & full-time) including trading, sales, capital markets, investment banking, wealth (HNW), private client, institutional sales & treasury, payments, FX, insurance, compliance AML, risk, settlements, operations (back & front office) & IT within North America. Brett has helped a wide range of firms buy and sell books & build high performance teams. He has done many placements in HR and IT focused on end-to-end IT, Digital, Finance, Risk, Software & Hardware Engineering, and Big Data Analytics. Brett also has a proven track record of successful placements in the Agile space (Agile coaches, Scrum Masters, UI Designers / Developers, Data Scientists, DevOps resources and Full Stack Developers).  Brett’s specialty in Finance, Investment Services and Digital is showcased in placements for Fintech Startups, major banks, financial institutions & Fintech with Venture Capital firms.  His experience in the last 7 years has been focused on recruitment within Capital Markets all over North America, Europe & UK.


HeadshotTony Porraspita is an Executive Recruiter and Senior Business Development & Talent Acquisition Specialist for Capital Markets Advisors. As part of the executive recruitment team he is responsible for establishing, maintaining, and increasing relationships with institutional clients while retaining existing business and pursuing profitable growth opportunities. As a recruiter, he has a proven record for success and excels on behalf of our clients. Specifically, Tony specialized in working with candidates in the fields of  information technology (IT), middle and senior compliance, management, sales, as well administrative positions within the financial services industry. He is extremely dedicated to managing client relationships from project initiation through implementation, and has a knack to see what a client needs and make it happen. Tony is actively involved in every step of the recruitment, interview and placement process.

Prior to joining CMA, Tony was a Director and IT/business leader at UBS for 10 years, as well as AVP at PaineWebber for almost 20 years, operating across multiple products, platforms, and technologies. Tony’s background includes account management, consulting, business analysis recruitment, and project management with extensive experience in managing, marketing, as well as delivering business solutions and products. Tony has a consistent track-record for leading large scale projects in high pressure and fast-paced environments.

Tony has a business degree from the Anisfield School of Business at Ramapo College of New Jersey.


Stacy Brooks is a Talent Acquisition Consultant for Capital Markets Advisors. She has more than 20 years of cross-functional experience as a trusted advisor and business development and relationship management expert in the financial services industry. Before joining CMA, she was delivering subject matter expertise as a strategic partner, business coach, and mentor to financial advisors. She has extensive business acumen and industry knowledge and has played a key role in advisor education, training, and onboarding. As a credible and sought-after thought leader and resource to senior management, she has a track record of creating solutions and strategies that drive organizational success and efficiency.

Her extensive experience and successes include advisor recruitment projects and contributions to increased sales, business growth and improvements in best practices, processes, systems, and productivity for client services. As a recruiter, she specializes in identifying talented Wealth Managers, Portfolio Managers, Financial Advisors, Associate Advisors, and Financial Planners in Canada and the US. She leverages a wide network of long-term relationships that she has developed within investment, banking, insurance, and other financial services institutions.

Stacy is an influencer who achieves results and drives business value with a collaborative approach. She has a passion for practice management and sees the bigger picture, taking a consultative approach to build consensus and deliver a return on investment. As a natural communicator, she nurtures relationships as she listens to understand business needs with the objective of addressing each of her client’s challenges to provide customized recruiting and staffing services that place the right individuals in the right roles.


Sam Collins is a Senior Recruitment Consultant with Capital Market Advisors, based out of Toronto. Previously he was the Chairman of Toronto-based Creation Wealth Capital. Sam and his partners founded Creation Wealth Capital in 2018 with an eye on providing both private and corporate clients innovative alternative investment products alongside traditional investment services.

Prior to founding Creation Wealth Capital, Sam was Executive Vice President/​Head of Wealth Management at Echelon Wealth Partners, one of Canada’s preeminent independent investment dealers. Under Mr. Sam’s guidance, Echelon expanded its assets under administration by nearly 500%.

During his career, Sam has also sourced and facilitated four mergers/acquisitions in the Canadian wealth management space totaling several billion in assets under administration.

Throughout his 30-year career in the financial services industry on both Bay and Wall Street, Sam has held senior management roles for some of the larger North American firms such as Merrill Lynch and CIBC as well as starting up two smaller independent boutique investment dealers. His diverse and unique background includes sales, sales management, operations, compliance, product development, as well as several executive management positions. On the personal side, Sam has been involved in Special Olympics Canada, Challenge League Sports and has sat on many boards and committees with the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) and the Investment Industry Association of Canada (IIAC).


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