| Aberdeen Asset Management PLC is a global investment management group, managing assets for both institutional and retail clients from 30 offices in 23 countries around the world. Our goal is to deliver strong investment performance and exceptional client servicing across diverse asset classes in which we believe we have a sustainable competitive advantage.
We operate independently which allows us to focus solely on the needs of our clients. As at February 29th, 2012, we had C$289.5 billion of assets under management, with clients accessing our investment expertise in equities, fixed income, property and alternative solutions.
In Canada, subsidiaries of Aberdeen Asset Management PLC currently manage over C$8.0 billion in assets as at February 29th, 2012, across six provinces. The largest segments of our client base represent pension plans and sub-advisory relationships with some of the largest financial institutions in Canada. We also manage assets for universities, foundations and insurance companies.
| Since launching in June 2009, BMO ETFs has emerged as one of the leading ETF providers in Canada. BMO ETFs is a diversified family of ETFs and includes a broad range of domestic and global investment solutions covering a full array of asset classes, sectors and regions. With more than 100 years of combined experience in managing institutional indexing and retail ETF strategies, BMO ETF's 100% Canadian team of ETF experts scours the global marketplace for opportunities to strategically design and build an innovative family of ETFs. BMO ETFs are managed and administered by BMO Asset Management Inc., an investment fund manager and portfolio manager and a separate legal entity from Bank of Montreal.
About BMO Financial Group
Established in 1817 as Bank of Montreal, BMO Financial Group is a highly-diversified North American financial services organization. With total assets of $538 billion as at January 31, 2012, and more than 47,000 employees, BMO Financial Group provides a broad range of retail banking, wealth management and investment banking products and solutions.
| BNP Paribas Investment Partners is the dedicated autonomous asset management business of the BNP Paribas Group. BNP Paribas Investment Partners offers the full range of investment management services to both institutional and retail clients around the world. Central to the way we work is the concept of partnership – both in terms of how we behave as a family of companies and how we work with our clients. Over 800 investment professionals work across our network of some 60 investment centres, each specializing in a particular asset class or type of product. Overall, BNP Paribas Investment Partners focuses on four key areas of strength:
• Emerging markets, where our large on-the-ground presence translates into strong equity and debt capabilities;
• Core strategies, such as our very capable US and European equity teams, and our global credit team;
• Alternatives, including high-quality teams in infrastructure, direct real estate, commodities and funds of hedge funds; and
• Solutions, where our Financial Engineering team and our LDI and risk specialists work closely with our clients, using our full range of capabilities as building blocks, to create fully-customized approaches to meeting each client’s needs.
Our total assets under management were C$ 713 billion as of September 30, 2011.
| CIBC Mellon currently services approximately 33% of Canadian assets. Our client base is comprised of approximately 1,200 relationships representing over 1,100 domestic clients and close to 80 foreign financial institutions. Total assets under administration were more than CA $1.1 trillion as at December 31, 2011.
Our clients include Canadian pension funds, mutual funds, corporations, government, insurance companies, foreign insurance trusts, foundations and foreign financial institutions whose clients invest in Canada. We work in partnership with our clients to increase operational efficiencies, manage risk, and increase performance.
Built on the strengths and traditions of our two parent companies: Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) and The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (BNY Mellon), CIBC Mellon strives to design and deliver reliable asset servicing solutions to institutional investors operating in Canada. We first began offering asset services to institutional investors in 1996, when CIBC joined forces with Mellon Financial Corporation (Mellon) to form a 50/50 joint venture—CIBC Mellon Global Securities Services Company. On July 1, 2007, Mellon—our U.S. parent company—merged with The Bank of New York Company Inc. to form the 11th-largest financial services company in the world. As a result of this merger, BNY Mellon is now the global leader in asset servicing with more than US $26 trillion in assets under custody and administration.
For further information about CIBC Mellon, please visit cibcmellon.com.
| Founded in 1998, Highstreet Asset Management Inc. is an investment advisory firm with headquarters in London, Ontario. Highstreet manages pooled and segregated portfolios for pensions, corporations, foundations and private investors. Highstreet also provides portfolio advisory services to financial intermediaries through sub-advisory relationships. Highstreet is known for its quantitative investment process and focus on risk management.
As a quantitative manager, Highstreet uses the mathematical analysis of financial statements as a guide in making investment decisions. The quantitative method provides an unbiased, fact-based approach to managing equities. Highstreet’s investment process creates portfolios with superior earnings growth rates than the market, with more attractive valuations and higher quality characteristics than the market. While optimizing these attributes, Highstreet’s proprietary risk management system allows for the continuous management of the portfolio’s risk profile, resulting in improved expected returns on a risk-adjusted basis.
|Marret Asset Management Inc. is one of Canada’s largest independent credit fixed income managers, advising over $6.0 billion of high yield and investment grade corporate debt assets for institutional and retail clients. The firm was founded in Toronto by Barry Allan and began operations in late 2001. Marret is 100% employee-owned and is committed to maintaining significant employee ownership in order to assemble the most qualified credit team and to achieve the best possible returns for clients.|
|Protégé Partners, LLC ("Protégé") is a specialized asset management firm that was founded in 2002 by Jeffrey Tarrant and Ted Seides to focus exclusively on investing in smaller hedge funds. Differentiated from the broader universe of hedge fund investors that principally focuses on large, widely held funds, Protégé is recognized as an industry expert in what it believes is the highly attractive, less efficient, and under allocated universe of smaller hedge funds. By deploying its expertise through a unique model of investing, one that blends seeding and arms-length investments, along with thematic and tactical opportunities, Protégé works with some of the most sophisticated institutional investors in the world to compliment and complete a robust hedge fund program.|
| RBC Dexia Investor Services offers a complete range of investor services to institutions worldwide. Our unique offshore and onshore solutions, combined with the expertise of our 5,500 professionals in 15 markets, help clients grow their business and sustain enhanced performance through efficiency improvements and robust risk management practices. Equally owned by RBC and Dexia, the company ranks among the world's top 10 global custodians with USD 2.7 trillion in client assets under administration.
Our complete range of investor services is supported by:
· a worldwide network of offices in 15 countries on four continents
· award-winning European transfer agency capabilities
· fund administration services in 13 global markets
· strong credit ratings: Aa3 (Moody’s), AA- (S&P)
· more than 100 years of experience in institutional financial services
· products and technology that meet our clients’ evolving needs
· top ratings for client service in industry client satisfaction surveys
RBC Dexia’s innovative solutions include global custody, fund and pension administration, shareholder services, distribution support, securities lending and borrowing, reconciliation services, compliance monitoring and reporting, investment analytics, and treasury services.
| Russell Investments (Russell) is a global financial services company with institutional and retail clients in over 44 countries. Russell’s core capabilities extend across capital markets insights, manager research, portfolio construction, portfolio implementation and indexes. Integrating these competencies, Russell provides an extensive range of solutions and services including multi-asset solutions, implementation services, strategic advice, and global performance benchmarks that can be customized to meet the unique needs of institutional investors.
Russell has more than four decades of experience researching and selecting investment managers, and every year meets with more than 3,000 managers globally. As a consultant to some of the largest pools of capital in the world, it has $2 trillion in assets under advisement†. Russell brings a full suite of implementation services including exposure management and trading services to institutional investors. The Russell Indexes calculate over 50,000 benchmarks daily covering 98% of the investable global market and more than 10,000 securities.
Russell is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, USA and has more than 20 offices worldwide including a principal office in Toronto. Russell has approximately $143.3 billion in assets under management† and works with more than 2,300 institutional clients investors globally.
For more information about how Russell helps to improve financial security for people, visit www.russell.com/ca or follow us @Russell_News.
† as of December 31, 2011
|Schroder Investment Management is a global asset management company with more than 200 years of experience in world financial markets. We manage approximately $291 billion globally as of December 31, 2011 in assets for clients around the world, including: public and private pension funds, endowments and foundations, major financial institutions (such as banks and insurance companies), intermediaries and advisors, high net worth individuals and retail investors. Schroders maintains one of the largest networks of offices of any dedicated asset management company, with more than 350 investment portfolio managers and analysts in 33 offices in 26 countries. As a research driven firm, we are committed to independence: more than 75 percent of the research used in our investment processes is produced in house. These capabilities and resources support a comprehensive range of products and services, covering all major investing regions and the entire range of asset classes and strategies. The company is a purely focused asset management business offering clients tremendous breadth in locally managed products, delivered through a fully integrated global distribution platform.|
|Columbia Management's story began over 100 years ago. Today, we have grown into one of the nation’s largest dedicated investment advisers, managing the assets of some of the country’s most prominent corporations, unions, endowments, and foundations. We offer a broad choice of traditional and alternative portfolios managed by a group of dedicated investment professionals who share a passion for investing and a commitment to delivering a consistent investment experience. Our approach to institutional asset management is distinguished by a singular approach focus on our client and consultant relationships. We take the time to understand our clients' objectives and work closely with each client to identify solutions to match each organization’s needs.|
|Founded in 1987, Integra Capital Management Corporation is a Canadian asset management firm that partners with leading, world-class investment managers from Canada and around the world to provide institutional investors with both traditional and innovative strategies to meet their evolving needs. Through its wholly owned subsidiary Integra Capital Limited (“Integra”), we provide Canadian institutional investors with exclusive access to a broad range of specialist strategies through a number of multi-manager and single manager pooled and segregated funds. The multi-manager funds are designed using a multi-dimensional diversification approach by selecting and combining the right mix of asset classes, managers, styles, and cap sizes. Integra is registered as a Portfolio Manager in every Province and as a Commodity Trading Manager with the Ontario Securities Commission. In the Provinces of Newfoundland and Ontario, Integra Capital Limited is also registered as an Exempt Market Dealer.|
|Nuveen Asset Management, a premier investment boutique and affiliate of Nuveen Investments, offers clients an approach to investing that emphasizes quality and ingenuity. Our solutions span multiple asset classes, from traditional and specialized equity to taxable and municipal fixed income, in a broad range of investment solutions including mutual funds, closed-end funds, separately managed accounts, and institutional managed accounts. Our heritage demonstrates quality and innovation that stand the test of time.|