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Caisse invests in sustainability, OMERS and Ontario Teachers’ sell stake in utility

The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and multi-stage investment firm S2G Ventures are creating a co-investment partnership whereby the Caisse will invest up to US$125 million over the next three years in ventures that aim to make the food and agriculture industry more sustainable and climate friendly. “By enabling investments in ventures and growth equity companies […]

  • By: Staff
  • September 23, 2020 February 23, 2021
  • 15:15
OMERS participates in funding round for Canadian competitive intelligence company

The Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System’s venture capital arm, OMERS Ventures, is participating in a series-A funding round for Klue, a Vancouver-based competitive enablement company, which it also backed at the seed stage. Klue helps companies better understand their competition by collecting and curating competitive intelligence, combining information available on the Internet with knowledge from […]

  • By: Staff
  • September 14, 2020 November 12, 2020
  • 15:15

The Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System’s venture capital arm has led a $9 million series-A funding round for automative intelligence firm Acerta Analytics Solutions Inc. OMERS Ventures was joined in the funding round, which recently closed, by Microsoft Corp.’s venture fund M12, StandUp Ventures, Radical Ventures Investments Inc., Export Development Canada and Techstars. Acerta is […]

  • By: Staff
  • September 2, 2020 December 6, 2020
  • 08:27
BCI investing in Indian telecommunications, CPPIB in Brazilian real estate

The British Columbia Investment Management Corp. is investing in an Indian telecommunications tower company alongside Brookfield Infrastructure Partners and its institutional partners. The transaction totals an equity commitment of about US$3.4 billion, with the investors buying a 100 per cent stake in the company from Reliance Industrial Investments and Holdings Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Reliance Industries Ltd. “For BCI […]

  • By: Staff
  • September 1, 2020 November 11, 2020
  • 15:00

ComplyAdvantage, a technology company focused on detecting and preventing financial crime, is closing a US$50 million series C round of funding that was led by the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. The Ontario Teachers’ is investing through its Teachers’ Innovation Platform, which makes late-stage venture and growth equity investments in companies that use disruptive technology. The […]

  • By: Staff
  • July 28, 2020 December 5, 2020
  • 12:53
PSP, CPPIB invest in biotech, OMERS Ventures in U.S. residential real estate

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and the Public Sector Pension Investment Board are participating in the initial round of financing for Seattle-based Sana Biotechnology Inc. With the help of other investors, the initial financing comes to more than US$700 million. The financing is aimed at helping the company bolster its core platforms — gene delivery, immunology, […]

  • By: Staff
  • June 25, 2020 November 12, 2020
  • 08:30
Private equity activity slumps in Q1: report

With volatility rattling public markets, fundraising for private equity deals took a tumble during the first quarter of 2020, according to a new report by the Callan Institute, which found fund closing dropped 39 per cent since the last quarter of 2019, while commitments were down 37 per cent. Many institutional investors suddenly find themselves over-allocated to […]

  • By: Staff
  • May 25, 2020 November 12, 2020
  • 08:45
Gender lens investing on the rise among institutional investors

In recent years, investing with a gender lens has become far more popular among institutional investors. “Part of it is awareness and part of it is some of the performance,” said Jackie VanderBrug, managing director and head of sustainable and impact investment strategy at Bank of America Corp., during a webinar hosted by the Forum for […]


OMERS Ventures, the venture capital arm of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System, has closed a US$750 million venture capital fund — its largest fund to date. The transatlantic fund is investing in companies related to financial systems, insurance, property, logistics, health and workplace technology in Canada, the U.S. and U.K., as well as Europe. […]

  • By: Staff
  • April 29, 2020 December 13, 2020
  • 10:09

Worldwide private equity fundraising hit US$692 billion in 2019, surpassing the asset class’s peak in 2007. Private equity activity trended towards fewer but larger funds seeing commitments from investors, according to a new report by the Callan Institute. Buyout funds, in particular, saw a leap in commitments, jumping to 55.1 per cent of commitments overall […]

  • By: Staff
  • March 25, 2020 December 13, 2020
  • 08:39