Our Story

Select Vantage was founded in 2011 as a next-generation market participant firm marrying human insight with cutting-edge technology and industry-leading compliance and surveillance systems.

In 2012, Select Vantage acquired certain of the worldwide assets and business of another global day-trading firm. Although having been a dominant force in day trading for 15 years, that firm operated on a very decentralized model, which failed to adequately supervise traders or prevent manipulative trading such as layering. Select Vantage screened out traders unwilling or unable to comply with applicable trading regulations, and it developed sophisticated pre-trade filters and real-time/T+1 monitoring tools to effectively monitor all of its trading. Select Vantage traders now undergo extensive training in Select Vantage’s simulated environment before going live.

Their human judgment, scaled across our global technological infrastructure, makes us a leading provider of liquidity for investors in small and medium-sized public companies globally. In Canada alone, we trade approximately 18% of the total dollar value in TSX Venture Exchange-listed securities.

Select Vantage also stresses the importance of both initial and ongoing training of all traders. In addition to providing a simulated trading environment, training tools and materials, Select Vantage also verifies its traders competency by testing them prior to granting access to live markets and through ongoing monitoring of their trading activity.

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Daniel Schlaepfer, CFA

President and CEO

Daniel Schlaepfer is the President and CEO of Select Vantage Inc (SVI), and its affiliates Select Vantage Canada Inc, Select Vantage Ontario Inc and Elite Vantage Placement Ltd. SVI is a global leader in electronic market-making, employing over 2,500 staff in 39 countries. On any given day, the firm can trade over US$3 billion a day on global stock markets.

Educated in Canada, Daniel received an MBA from the John Molson School of Business, Goodman Institute of Investment Management at Concordia University, and a Bachelor of Commerce from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. He is a CFA charter holder and passed the FINRA series 7 and 24 exams as well as CSI courses, CSC and PDO.

In 2019 Daniel was named to Canada’s Top 40 under 40 list and Concordia University’s Top 50 under 50 alumni shaping business in Canada. He is also a serving member of the Ontario Securities Commission’s Market Structure Advisory Committee (MSAC), a forum that discusses issues associated with market structure and marketplace operations in the Canadian markets.