Our Advisory Committee

18 AM’s Advisory Committee is responsible for advice on business strategy, governance, compliance and portfolio review. The role of the committee is to provide the management team with thoughtful, well-researched analysis on potential issues the firm may encounter. Areas of advice include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Human Resources
  • Operations
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Compliance
  • General Management
  • Business Strategy
  • Investment Process


Doug Crocker, MA

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Doug has partnered with Jeff Brown for over 20 years, and has authored and co-authored several academic studies in both the economic field and the investment field. Throughout his career, he has held numerous notable investment experiences, including co-founding a highly successful investment management firm and co-leading an investment team responsible for over $5 billion in assets.

At 18 AM, Doug works on the Investment Team while serving as Chairman of the Advisory Committee. In this advisory role, Doug not only spearheads a valuable governance function, but also shares with the company the expertise in investments, risk management and economics that he has gained over his esteemed 30-year investment career.



Mark Schmeer, MA, CFA

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Mark retired in 2010 after a 33-year career that saw him rise from investment analyst all the way to Chief Investment Officer of one of Canada’s largest and most global financial institutions, Manulife Asset Management.

During his respected career, Mark gained global experience, having managed a team of more than 100 Equity PM’s and analysts in Toronto, Boston, London, Hong Kong and Tokyo.  With years of hands-on portfolio management experience, Mark is an investment professional who excels in managing teams, fostering cultures, implementing rigorous investment processes and delivering outperformance. 



Bill Wilkinson, MA, CMC

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In 1999, Bill founded Wilkinson Consulting, a firm that specializes in strategic planning, human resources, conflict resolution, diversity, employment equity, and human rights. Bill has over 25 years of experience in the field, and during that time served The University of Western Ontario as its first full-time Ombudsperson, its first Employment Equity Officer, and its first Director of the Department of Equity Services.

Bill is an active member of the Canadian Association of Management Consultants (CAMC) and holds the designation of Certified Management Consultant (CMC).



Jim McGill, MBA

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Jim retired in 2010 after 35 years in the financial services industry. During his career, Jim was responsible for developing marketing and sales strategies for companies in the pension investment industry. Retiring from Highstreet Asset Management as Executive Vice President, Jim was responsible for introducing Highstreet to the Institutional market and increasing assets from $500 million to over $6 billion.

Jim has serviced both the small and large end of the pension market over the years culminating in dealing with international clients in Europe and the mid-east. Several of the client mandates exceeded $1 Billion. Jim brings with him a wealth of knowledge in positioning investment products, introducing products to the marketplace and targeting specific markets to increase sales.