Linval Freeman, FCA, FCCA


Linval is Chairman of the Public Accountancy Board Investigations Committee and a member of the Accounting Standards Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica. He serves as Director and Chairman of the Audit Committees for Sygnus Real Estate Finance Limited, and Canopy Insurance Limited. He is Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Council of the University of Technology. Linval serves as a Justice of the Peace. Some previous roles that Linval has held include former Director and Assurance Partner at Ernst & Young Caribbean, Jamaica Office; former Director at PriceWaterHouseCoopers, and the first Director in charge of its then newly established internal audit practice.

Dr. Ike Johnson, PhD, CFA


Ike Johnson learned from a young age that if you put your mind to something, you will succeed. It wasn’t always this way. As a young man he shied away from “beating the books.” Today, he holds a PhD in finance from the University of Manchester Business School. Once Ike decided on his calling, there was no stopping him from seeing things all the way through. Now, he has his mind set on making Sygnus the top non-traditional financial solutions firm in the Caribbean.

Ike is a Co-founder and currently holds the title of Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer. He is no stranger to intensive work and study, and brings a fierce determination to succeed.

Ike’s career start was at Jamaica Money Market Brokers (JMMB), where he served as Market Risk Analyst, providing key q​uantitative ​analytical tools and introducing important ​risk ​monitoring and reporting mechanisms. He left JMMB for 3 years to pursue his doctoral studies in the UK, and then re-joined the company as their Senior Strategy Management Officer. More recently, Ike served as Assistant Vice President of Business Analytics and Product Development for Scotia Investments Jamaica, a subsidiary of ​the ​Scotiabank Group.

Ike has led or participated in major negotiations and deal structuring, including the successful acquisition of the Capital and Credit Financial Group at JMMB, the acquisitions of AIC Securities in Trinidad and Tobago and a privately held Jamaican Broker-Dealer. At Scotia Investments, his responsibilities included managing and executing the introduction of all brokerage and investment products across the firm, including structured notes, derivatives, and fund products. He also managed the execution and implementation of corporate strategic initiatives.