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Session 10

Dealmakers Hall Of Fame Presentation

Congratulations to the 2022 Dealmakers Hall Of Fame honorees!


Kamil Ali-Jackson
Co-Founder, Former Chief Legal Officer, Former Chief Compliance Officer and Former Corporate Secretary
Aclaris Therapeutics, Inc.

Kamil Ali-Jackson, Esquire is the co-founder, Chief Legal Officer, Chief Compliance Officer and Secretary of the Board of Aclaris Therapeutics, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed biopharmaceutical company. Kamil’s career spans more than 35 years of experience as a serial entrepreneur and attorney in emerging, mid-size and large life sciences companies. Kamil is a C-suite leader and business partner with extensive legal, corporate secretarial/board governance, compliance, mergers and acquisitions, business development, product licensing, and human resources experience.

Kamil has co-founded several specialty pharmaceutical companies and successfully transitioned those companies through multi-million dollar acquisitions by global pharmaceutical companies.

Kamil currently serves on the board of directors, audit committee, compensation committee and is the chair of the nominating and corporate governance committee of PDS Biotechnology Corporation, a NASDAQ-listed clinical stage immunotherapy company.

Christopher Franklin
Chairman, President & CEO
Essential Utilities, Inc.



Peter Haabestad
Managing Partner
Guardian Capital Partners

Mr. Haabestad is a founding partner of Guardian Capital Partners and leads new deal investment execution, manages existing portfolio companies and oversees all fundraising and limited partner relationships. While serving on the board of most all of Guardian portfolio companies, Peter is also an original member of the firm’s Investment Committee. 

Prior to founding Guardian, Peter had a diverse professional career offering a distinct blend of entrepreneurship, senior executive leadership, new business development, and financial advisory experience. He was a Managing Director of Investment Banking and Head of Diversified Growth Banking at Susquehanna Financial Group LLLP; Managing Director of Investment Banking and Head of Life Sciences and Technology practice groups at Boenning & Scattergood, Inc.; Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of PERK Scientific, Inc., a diagnostic medical device business; and held various sales positions with US Surgical Corporation and Xerox Corporation. 

Peter earned his MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and his BS in finance from Pennsylvania State University. 

Hal Yoh
Chair & CEO
Day & Zimmerman

Hal Yoh is Chair and CEO of Day & Zimmermann, a leader in construction & engineering, staffing and defense solutions, headquartered in Philadelphia, PA and ranked as one of the largest private companies in America. He is a graduate of Duke University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and Material Sciences and he holds a MBA from The Wharton School of Business at The University of Pennsylvania.


Conference Location

1201 Market Street, (guest entrance at 1200 Filbert Street)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
Tel: (215) 625-2900