Eric Sprott has accumulated 35 years of experience in the investment industry. Eric started as a research analyst at Merrill Lynch. In 1981, he founded Sprott Securities (now Cormark Securities Inc.), one of Canada's largest independently owned securities firms. After establishing Sprott Asset Management Inc. as a separate entity in December 2001, Eric divested his entire ownership of Sprott Securities to its employees. Eric's investment abilities are well represented in his track record in managing various funds among which are the Sprott Hedge Fund L.P., Sprott Bull/Bear RSP Fund, Sprott Offshore Funds, Sprott Canadian Equity Fund and Sprott Energy Fund. Eric was the recipient of the 2006 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Financial Services) and the 2006 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Ontario. In 2007 was named Fund Manager of the Year by Investment Executive, a publication for Canadian financial advisors.