President, Contra the Heard Investment Letter, www.contratheheard.com
Canada’s national newspaper, the Globe and Mail called Benj Gallander “The most classic of contrarians.” In another article they wrote, “Benj Gallander is widely considered to be Canada’s top authority on contrarian investing.” The National Post stated, “If all the world’s a stage, then Benj Gallander is one of the market’s greatest characters.” Over at the Investor’s Digest magazine, he was featured amongst “Canada’s Best Investors…” Who is this guy anyhow?
Benj is the co-editor of the Contra the Heard Investment Letter (www.contratheheard.com), which has amongst the highest returns in the world at 49.4 percent in 2013, 33.5 percent annualized for five years and 18 percent annualized over the last 15. He is also the author of three best-selling books, two in the stock market sector and The Canadian Small Business Survival Guide, which was first published in 1988 and is still in the stores today. There are also American, Chinese and Czech editions of this work. He also wrote a poetry book that almost sold in the double digits. Six of his plays have seen the stage and he is a co-founder of one of Canada’s most successful theatre festivals, SummerWorks, which has been kicking around for over two decades. His columns appear under The Contra Guys banner in The Globe and Mail with his business partner/long time friend Ben Stadelmann. He also writes for MoneySaver Magazine and is a regular on The Business News Network (BNN), Canada’s version of CNBC, where he has also appeared. In a cover story, he was recognized by Investors’ Digest as one of “Canada’s Best Investors”. Once upon a time he also worked for the Ontario Worker Co-op Federation, which was designed to help people who were on EI and Welfare to start businesses.
Over the past year or so, some of his speaking engagements have included California, Orlando, Toronto, Vancouver, Newfoundland and South Africa.
Gallander has traveled to over 30 countries, working in five of them. This included a stint with the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI) doing anti-poverty work in Nepal; teaching in Czechoslovakia soon after the velvet revolution, and also working in the Middle East and France.
He parlayed his university days at The University of Western Ontario and Dalhousie University into an MBA in international business and marketing. He is on the leadership board of the Institute for the Study of International Development at McGill University. His stints at Laval University and l”Universite de Savoie resulted in a smattering of French and good eating.