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Fund of the Month (Jun'24): Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP)

1st June, 2024

HOOPP is the pension plan for Ontario healthcare workers and has one of the highest funding ratios and performance, in terms of alpha, over the past ten years. This is largely in part to its unique portfolio approach and focus on liquidity management, which has allowed the fund to outperform its peers. We had the pleasure of speaking with HOOPP CEO, Mr. Jeff Wendling, about the fund’s past successes, current strategy, and future objectives.

Canada’s Australian Farming Empire Continues to Grow

16th April, 2024

PSP Investments’ acquisition of around 8,000 hectares of farmland in New South Wales is an example of a tide of capital by Canadian state-owned investors in Australia’s vast agricultural sector.

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Real Estate Drags OTPP Down For a Second Year

13th March, 2024

Ontario Teachers’ disappointing return of 1.9% in 2023 represents a negative value add of C$15.8 billion, dragged down by poor performance in real estate and infrastructure.

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Ending the Silos: CDPQ Follows OTPP in Integrating Real Estate Subsidiaries

25th January, 2024

CDPQ has made the surprise move of integrating its real estate subsidiaries Ivanhoé Cambridge and Otéra Capital as it rearranges its real estate portfolio and brings it firmly under the ambit of the management, resulting in the departure of Ivanhoé Cambridge’s CEO Natalie Palladitcheff when the consolidation is completed in 18-24 months.

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Canadian Funds Adjust Portfolios With Multi-Billion Divestments in Secondaries

10th November, 2023

Quebec’s public pension fund CDPQ is set to join the federal-level CPP Investments in selling weighty secondary portfolios to free up liquidity towards new priorities.

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Diplomatic Spat Will Not Weaken Canada's Investment in India

25th September, 2023

While turmoil has engulfed Canadian relations with India over the assassination of Khalistan separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, Canadian public pension funds (PPFs) are unlikely to pull their investments or press their brakes having invested approximately US$21 billion in Indian private markets over the past decade.

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Fund of the Month (Sep'23): British Columbia Investment MC (BCI)

1st September, 2023

One of the most active Canadian funds this year so far has been BCI, with several high-profile investments and the expansion of its New York and London offices. In addition, the British Columbia fund was one of the top scorers of our GSR scoreboard, with 96%. We had the great pleasure of speaking with Gordon J. Fyfe, CEO & CIO, about BCI’s latest developments.

OMERS Ventures walks out of London, too

9th August, 2023

OMERS Ventures, the Venture Capital arm of the Ontario public pension fund, announced on Wednesday that it is closing its London program. Of the team members based in the City, managing partners Jambu Palaniappan, Harry Briggs and an associate are reportedly leaving the firm, while managing partner Henry Gladwyn and another associate will relocate to New York to kick off the new team there.

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AIMCo poaches Kevin Bong of GIC to Lead its Singapore Office

31st May, 2023

On Tuesday evening, AIMCo announced its first hire in Singapore – and to the surprise of many, it came from the global leadership group of GIC, the flagship Sovereign Wealth Fund of the island-nation.

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Fund of the Month (Apr'23): Investment Management Corporation of Ontario (IMCO)

1st April, 2023

Ontario is home to several world-class pension managers, including IMCO. The fund was established in 2016 to add value to public-sector clients of the Canadian province and is now the largest manager outside the “Maple 8”. We caught up with Rossitsa Stoyanova, one of the few female CIOs of a Sovereign Investor, about IMCO’s ambitions and about female leadership.

OMERS Bucks Trends With Positive 2022 Return, But Lags Peers in Multi-Year Yields

28th February, 2023

Canadian public pension fund Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) reported a 4.2% return in 2022, notching up C$4.9 billion (US$3.6 billion) in investment gains.

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CDPQ Affirms Leading Role in Canadian Infra with Road Concession

7th February, 2023

One of Canada’s biggest public pension funds, Québec’s CDPQ, has added a 50% stake in a Montréal road and bridge concession to its growing portfolio of domestic, province-oriented real assets, affirming its leading role in the country’s infrastructure space.

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