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Mark Whaling

Founder & CEO, Whaleshark


Mark Whaling is the Founder and CEO of Whaleshark and a founding partner of WS strategic partner firms, Black Powder Partners and Black Powder Search. In all roles, he leverages his 25 years of Institutional Sales, Finance, and Management experience to drive positive outcomes for WS and BPP's clients and partners.

Prior to forming Whaleshark and joining Black Powder Partners, Mark was the Global Head of Securities at Canaccord Genuity, a position he held since April 2019. He was responsible for the oversight of all global sales, trading, research, and specialty desks. Previously, Mr. Whaling was Global Head of Sales and Trading, and from 2012 to 2015, he served as Head of Global Equity Sales and Trading.

Mark joined Collins Stewart (which was acquired by Canaccord Genuity in March 2012) in 2008 as Head of US Equity Research and Sales. He was promoted to Head of Equities in September 2010. In March of 2011, he was promoted to President of Collins Stewart LLC and Head of US Securities.

Before moving to Collins Stewart, Mark spent five years as a Managing Director of Institutional Equity Sales and Director of Product Development at FTN Financial. Previously, Mark was Head of Product Development at FTN Financial and a Vice President in the Institutional Sales departments of Bank of America Securities and ABN AMRO.

Mr. Whaling holds a BA in history from Princeton University, where he remains deeply involved with their Football and Lacrosse Alumni organizations and helps mentor student athletes. Outside of his life in finance, Mark is active in charitable causes. He is Chairman of the Special Operators Transition Foundation, which helps special forces veterans find high quality employment. He is also on the advisory board of Youth Inc, which helps charities focused on below the poverty line children. Additionally, he is on the board of the Westchester Chapter of the NFF, Golden Dozen, which provides scholarships for student athletes. He is also actively involved with Steer for Student Athletes, which helps deserving student athletes achieve their dreams of attending college.


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