Coverage of the 2023 Global Investment Conference

On April 12-14, a group of defined benefit pension plan sponsors, asset managers and academics gathered at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler in British Columbia for the 2023 Global Investment Conference.

Over the course of three days, presenters discussed whether the Canadian pension model remains fit for purpose in a period defined by central bank intervention, supply chain disruption, rising interest rates and the transition away from fossil fuels.

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David McWilliams
Economist, broadcaster, bestselling author
Saving the global economy from conventional thinking

If Irish economist David McWilliams is to be believed, overconfident fools are tampering with the global economy.

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James McManus
AB CarVal
A look at aviation leasing’s value proposition

“There are 30,000 jets out there flying around right now,” said James McManus, managing director of Alliance Bernstein CarVal.

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Benoit Anne
MFS Investment Management
Never say ‘never bonds’ again

“I’m here to convince you that fixed income is back as an attractive asset class,” said Benoit Anne, lead strategist of the investment solutions group at MFS Investment Management.

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Justin Thomson
T. Rowe Price
New market regime shining on international equities

“There’s a new market regime in 2023,” said Justin Thomson, chief investment officer and head of international equity at T. Rowe Price.

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Mina Krishnan
The good, the bad and the ugly sides of regime shifts

“Let me start by pointing out the obvious: the last few years have been exhausting,” said Mina Krishnan, multi-asset portfolio manager at Schroders, during a session on regime shifts.

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Jacky Shen
Simon Fraser University
How Simon Fraser University is divesting global equities of fossil fuels

In December 2021, Simon Fraser University announced the global equity portfolios for its non-pension related funds — valued at $450 million — would divest from fossil fuel producers.

Four months later, the three members of its treasury team, which is led by Jackie Shen, treasurer and director of investment at the university, announced it had reached that target.

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Rémi Tétreault
Trans-Canada Capital
Overcoming liquidity challenges in private market allocations

“Investing in private markets comes with its fair share of challenges,” said Rémi Tétreault, director of client solutions at Trans-Canada Capital.

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Vivian Lin Thurston
William Blair
The investment case for the new China

While China’s presence on emerging market indexes may be shrinking, the case for investing in it remains compelling, said Vivian Lin Thurston, a partner and portfolio manager for emerging markets growth at William Blair Investment Management.

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Simon Oak
Lexington Partners
Understanding the secondary private equity market

“If it’s in private equity or an alternative asset allocation, it’s a long-term investment strategy,” said Simon Oak, principal at Lexington Partners.

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Derek Dobson
CAAT Pension Plan
Improving Canadians access to pensions

In his session at the 2023 Global Investment Conference, Derek Dobson, the Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology pension plan’s chief executive officer, called back last year’s conference, noting Sebastien Betermeier, associate professor of finance at McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management, “talked about the benefits of the Canadian pension model, which is sometimes called the maple model.

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Victor Couture
University of British Columbia
Resiliency of commercial office real estate keeping remote working 'doom loop' at bay

The commercial office real estate doom loop that was expected from the growth in remote working hasn’t really caught on, according to Victor Couture, assistant professor of economics at the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver School of Economics.

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Aaron Pittman
Tracking headwinds and tailwinds in Canadian housing development

Housing affordability will be a challenge, particularly for newcomers to Canada — pushing more of that demographic into the rental market, said Aaron Pittman.

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Patrick Kent
Newton Investment Management Group
Key stakeholders urged to consider energy ROI, productivity in the sprint towards decarbonization

When key stakeholders are examining sustainability solutions, they aren’t spending enough time on whether these solutions are actually capital efficient from energy return on investment and productivity perspectives, said Patrick Kent, portfolio manager and head of the small-cap equities team at Newton Investment Management Group

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Karl Dasher
Polen Capital
Institutional investors finding opportunities for high-yield in unlikely places

Institutional investors are entering a golden period rife with opportunities in current global and emerging markets, said Karl Dasher, president of Polen Capital.

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Lucy Swinton
Fidelity International
Green buildings reaping attractive risk-adjusted returns for institutional investors

There's a distinct window of opportunity for institutional investors to generate attractive risk-adjusted returns through refurbishing brown buildings in Europe to make them operationally carbon neutral, said Lucy Swinton, investment director at Fidelity International.

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Christie Stephenson
UBC Sauder School of Business
How proxy voting can help institutional investors effectively steward capital

Proxy voting is playing a bigger role in institutional investors' environmental, social and governance strategies, according to Christie Stephenson, executive director of the Peter P. Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics at the University of British Columbia's Sauder School of Business.

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Brandon Gill New
How OPTrust is building resilient portfolios with help of external managers

When investing in external asset managers, pension funds are really investing in teams of people, according to Brandon Gill New, director and head of multi-strategy investing and digital assets at the OPSEU Pension Trust.

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