Jos Schmitt

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Jos Schmitt
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Occupation CEO
Employer NEO
Location Toronto, ON, CA

Jos Schmitt is the co-Founder, president & CEO of the NEO Group of companies, including the former Aequitas NEO Exchange, a Canadian stock exchange that launched on March 27, 2015.[1] He is also the CEO of its parent company, Aequitas Innovations Inc.

Schmitt has more than twenty-five years of experience in the financial services industry. He is a member of the board of The Prosperity Project, a NFP that aims to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on Canadian women. He is also a board member of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), and a member of advisory boards to the Ivey Business School at Western University and to the École des Sciences de la Gestion at Université du Quebec A Montréal.[2]


Schmitt is the founder and former CEO of Alpha Trading Systems, a rival Canadian exchange launched in 2007, and then purchased in 2012 by the Maple Group consortium that also purchased TMX Group. He left Alpha in October 2012, after the acquisition was completed.[3] At the time of the acquisition, Alpha had grown to represent 17 percent of total trading volume among Canadian exchanges.

In April 2013, Alpha was migrated into TMX Quantum, TMX Group's proprietary trading engine.[4]

Before founding Alpha, Schmitt was a partner, executive vice president and global head of capital markets for Capco. He previously served as president and CEO of the Belgian Derivatives Exchange and Clearing House and, before that, head of market operations for the Brussels Stock Exchange.[5]

He is also a past chairman of the Belgian Derivatives Markets Authority.