Our Management Team

The Fortress leadership team is comprised of highly skilled and experienced professionals. They are committed to growing our business and finding better ways to save and grow our investors’ money through strategic value investing and responsible fund management.

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Peter Arender

Peter Arender, CFA is CEO & Chief Investment Officer. He has over 30 years’ varied experience in financial markets and joined Fortress in 2009. Prior to that, he was Chief Investment Officer of a privately held offshore bank in Barbados. Previously, he was portfolio manager at Acker Finley Asset Management in Toronto, and a Vice President of Institutional Bond Sales at Toronto Dominion Securities. His work has focused on developing and applying highly disciplined, long-term strategies to the portfolio management process. He is a past member of the board of the CFA Society Barbados, and a past president of the CFA Society Toronto.

René Delmas

René Delmas, BSc, FLMI is the Pension Director. He joined Fortress in 2003 when the Fortress Caribbean Pension Fund was launched. He is responsible for all aspects of marketing and administration of the Pension Fund. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the pension industry, having had responsibility for the pension portfolio of one of the largest Caribbean insurers for many years. René is a Fellow of the Life Management Institute.

Dionne Thompson

Dionne Thompson, BSc, FCCA is the Chief Financial Officer. She joined Fortress in 2006 and is a qualified accountant. Dionne previously worked as a manager in the Advisory Services Division at PwC Barbados with over seven years’ experience in various roles at the professional services firm. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Barbados and the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants.