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Thematic ETFs—ETFs that provide exposure to macroeconomic or structural trends or potentially new emerging industries—have seen staggering growth in the last year. Join Steve Hawkins, president and CEO of Horizons ETFs as he explains what's driving the growth of thematic ETF investing as well as provides some insight in key investment themes such as cryptocurrencies, emerging technology, and cannabis. Mr. Hawkins will also discuss potentially new thematic ETFs strategies that could be on the horizons for 2021.
Steve Hawkins is the president and CEO of Horizons ETFs (a member of the Mirae Asset Global Investments Group), where he is responsible for the day-to-day business and affairs of the firm. With more than 30 years of experience in the investment industry, Mr. Hawkins has been with Horizons ETFs for more than 12 years. He is partly responsible for the proliferation of ETFs in Canada, bringing many first-of-their-kind ETFs to market. Mr. Hawkins spearheaded the launch of the first family of actively managed ETFs in Canada, the world's first marijuana ETF and the world's first global equity ETF driven by artificial intelligence. As an innovative ETF and capital markets thought leader, he is frequently quoted in the news media, appears regularly on business television and is a globally sought-after speaker for his expertise on his three favorite topics: ETFs, derivatives, and cannabis. Mr. Hawkins was recognized as CEO of the Year at the 2018 Wealth Professional Awards and is the current chair of the Canadian ETF Association.
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