Should long-term asset managers pursue riskier strategies in the hope of increasing returns?

How can we adapt our investment strategies to consciously create positive societal impact and continuously reduce negative societal impact?

How to manage the transition from traditional to sustainable investments?

Can we find innovative portfolio solutions that are both profitable and have a positive social impact?

Ways To Get Involved

The MIPC hosts multiple recruitment activities throughout the two months preceding the finals weekend to maximize our partners’ time to connect with students. We hold numerous events with our partners in a group setting, ranging from traditional recruiting sessions to more creative, thought-provoking events. New this year, we are implementing an initiative to hold recruitment events as early as the summer in order to complement the recruitment timeline of many top finance firms.

Continuing from the MIPC 2020, we offer a mentorship program for each of our semi-finalist teams. Each student team will be matched to a mentor from one of our partners, who will meet with them to review and give feedback on their proposal. This is an excellent opportunity for your firm to offer professional advice to these students and share your expertise with the future leaders of tomorrow.

We are proud to introduce our firesdie sessions, which are small-group discussions between senior leadership from our sponsors and our participants. Through these exclusive sessions, attendees will gain insights on topics pertinent to the grand challenge and engage in a live Q&A.

In a variety of formats, students have the chance to engage with our partners on a one-on-one basis, helping them form deep connections and fostering interest in your firm. Additionally, the MIPC is an excellent opportunity for your firm to network with colleagues, peers, and potential clients as well.

Every year, we host a panel of C-Suite and other high-profile executives to engage the broader community on how finance can benefit society as a whole through the lens of institutional investors and of practitioners.  The Integrated Management Symposium, which is a strategic engagement vehicle for the Desautels Faculty, can be an opportunity for you to suggest a thought leader from your organization to share insights about the Grand Challenge. The symposia are recorded as videos and podcasts and disseminated through Desautels thought leadership platform, Delve.  This in-person symposium is organized during the MIPC finals week related to that year’s Grand Challenge and all participants get a chance to learn from leaders in institutional finance.

Watch the MIPC 2020 Symposium about diversity and inclusion in the finance industry with Jasbir Nizar, Head of Business at Lombard Odier Investment Managers, Linda El Ghordaf, Partner, Financial Risk Management at KPMG, and Wagner Dada, Senior Portfolio Manager at CPP Investments.

Watch the MIPC 2018 Symposium about The Future of Pensions with Dr. Marlene Puffer, President and CEO at CN Investment Division, and Dr. Carl Robert, Director and Portfolio Manager, Asset Allocation at Intact Investment Management Inc.

Our 2023 Sponsors

Presenting Partner

With the MIPC for the 7th year!

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is Canada’s largest single-profession pension plan, with almost $250.0 billion in net assets as of September, 2023. It holds a diverse global portfolio of assets, approximately 80% of which is managed in-house, and has earned an average annualized rate of return of 9.6% since the plan’s founding.
Ontario Teachers’ is an independent organization headquartered in Toronto with offices in Hong Kong and London. The defined-benefit plan, which is fully funded, invests and administers the pensions of the province of Ontario’s 336,000 active and retired teachers.

Founding Partners

With the MIPC for the 7th year!

CIBC Asset Management, the asset management subsidiary of CIBC, provides a range of high-quality investment management services and solutions to retail and institutional investors. Offerings include: a comprehensive platform of mutual funds, strategically managed portfolio solutions, discretionary investment management services for high-net worth individuals and portfolio management for institutional clients. CIBC Asset Management is one of Canada’s largest asset management firms, with over $143 billion in assets under management as of December 2019.

With the MIPC for the 7th year!

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) is one of North America’s leading long-term institutional investors, with net assets totalling CA$424 billion and investments in more than 75 countries. CDPQ manages funds primarily for public and para-public pension and insurance plans. With the highest credit ratings from DBRS, Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s, CDPQ invests in major financial markets, private equity, infrastructure and real estate, globally, in all sectors of the economy.

With the MIPC for the 5th year!

BlackRock is a global investment management firm that has been at the forefront of the financial industry for over three decades. With a strong emphasis on innovation and technology, BlackRock offers a wide range of investment solutions to clients worldwide. Their expertise spans across various asset classes, including equities, fixed income, alternatives, and multi-asset strategies. Committed to delivering sustainable and long-term value, BlackRock strives to help individuals and institutions achieve their financial goals through their comprehensive suite of investment products and services.

Impact Partners

With the MIPC for the 4th year!

TCC is an asset management firm specializing in innovative investment strategies for institutional investors. Since 2009, the team has successfully managed the pension assets of Air Canada, one of the largest corporate pension plans in the country. Over the years, they have earned an enviable reputation by generating superior returns through strategies focusing on alpha generation in a rigorous risk-controlled framework.

With around C$30 billion in assets under management (inclusive of leverage), over 100 investment professionals based in Montreal and Toronto, and a complete range of alternative solutions, TCC is well positioned to meet the needs of institutional investors seeking consistent returns.

With the MIPC for the 4th year!

CPP Investments is a professional investment management organization with a vital purpose: to help provide a foundation on which Canadians build financial security in retirement. To help maximize the CPP Fund for generations to come, CPP invests across all major asset classes: public equities, private equities, real estate, infrastructure and fixed income instruments. With an international reputation as a leading institutional investor, CPP’s governance structure is recognized worldwide as a best practice for pension fund investment management.
Headquartered in Toronto, with offices in Hong Kong, London, Luxembourg, Mumbai, New York, San Francisco, São Paulo and Sydney, CPP leverages their global reach and on-the-ground knowledge to continually diversify, build and grow the CPP Fund. CPP’s investment professionals partner with top core services specialists in finance, human resources, information technology, legal, public affairs and communications, investment operations, data management, treasury services and investment risk.

New sponsor!

The Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) is one of the strongest and most stable defined benefit (DB) pension plans in Canada. Since 1960, HOOPP has been helping Ontario’s healthcare workers build the foundation for a financially secure retirement.

HOOPP takes pride in being the pension plan for Ontario’s healthcare community. HOOPP serves over 435,000 members and is offered at more than 630 employers across the province. They are committed to providing their members with the lifetime pension they have earned and the peace of mind they deserve.

Their team of in-house investment professionals use long-term and liability-driven strategies to build a diverse portfolio of investments to ensure they can continue to pay pensions now and in the future. At the end of 2022, HOOPP had more than $103.7 billion in assets and their funded status, the most important measure of a pension plan’s health, was 117%.

With the MIPC for the 2nd year!

British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (BCI) is one of Canada’s largest institutional investors, managing over $230 billion on behalf of BC’s public sector. Each year, BCI hosts nearly 140 co-op students and interns from across the country who are tasked with real work to help achieve BCI’s corporate priorities. BCI is continuing to grow and are lookimng to hire permanent vacancies. Come and find out more about BCI and why doing a work term with us on the west coast could be the best decision you ever make!

With the MIPC for the 2nd year!

Ninety One is an independent, active global asset manager dedicated to delivering compelling outcomes for its clients. Established in South Africa in 1991, as Investec Asset Management, the firm started offering domestic investments in an emerging market. In 2020, almost three decades of organic growth later, the firm demerged from Investec Group and became Ninety One. Today the firm offers distinctive active strategies across equities, fixed income, multi-asset and alternatives to institutions, advisors and individual investors around the world.

With the MIPC for the 5th year!

KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. They have 207,000 outstanding professionals working together to deliver value in 153 countries and territories. With a worldwide presence, KPMG continues to build on their successes thanks to clear vision, defined values and, above all, our people. KPMG’s industry focus helps their firms’ professionals develop a rich understanding of clients’​ businesses and the insight, skills and resources required to address industry-specific issues and opportunities.

Associate Partners

With the MIPC for the 4th year!

In January 2018, the Development Finance Institute Canada (DFIC) Inc. opened for business with a mandate to support the growth and sustainability of businesses in developing markets. FinDev Canada will help create jobs, promote women’s economic empowerment, and contribute to a cleaner and greener environment. By filling the gap between commercial support and development assistance, FinDev Canada will bring financial strength to businesses in developing markets that will in turn create stability and prosperity for local communities. It will support local private sector activity where it contributes to sustainable development. Based in Montréal, Québec, FinDev Canada is a wholly owned subsidiary of Export Development Canada (EDC), Canada’s export credit agency. They aim to be financially sustainable by generating returns on our loans and investments, and to have a favourable economic and social impact in the communities where our clients operate.

With the MIPC for the 6th year!

The CFA charter sets the standard as the most highly respected designation in investment management. Through the CFA program you’ll gain knowledge developed by the world’s leading association of investment professionals. The CFA Program offers candidates unique job prospects and expanded opportunities for career advancement.

With the MIPC for the 4th year!

Export Development Canada (EDC) is a Crown corporation dedicated to helping Canadian companies of all sizes succeed on the world stage. EDC equips them with the tools they need – the trade knowledge, financial solutions, equity, insurance, and connections – to grow their business with confidence. This in turn, creates jobs and increases prosperity at home. Since 1944, businesses of all sizes and sectors have counted on EDC for the export knowledge and financial solutions they need to succeed in global markets. Beyond their solutions, they believe that sustainable, responsible and inclusive trade is a powerful force for good in Canada and around the world, and that’s what drives them. Their solutions include:
– Capital: access to working capital and financing
– Risk mitigation: insurance that lowers the risk of doing business abroad
– Trade knowledge: expertise to help companies make informed decisions
– Global connections: relationships that connect Canadian and international companies

With the MIPC for the 5th year!

Fiera Capital Corporation is an independent asset management firm with a growing global presence and approximately C$164.2 billion in AUM as of June 30, 2023. They deliver customized multi-asset solutions across public and private market asset classes to institutional, financial intermediary and private wealth clients across North America, Europe and key markets in Asia. Fiera Capital strives to be at the forefront of investment-management science and is passionate about creating sustainable wealth for clients.

With the MIPC for the 5th year!

Finance Montréal is Québec’s financial cluster. Created in 2010 by the financial services industry at the Québec government’s invitation, they bring together under one roof governing members, partners, associates and numerous volunteer professionals from Québec’s financial sector. Our mission is to develop and promote Québec’s financial services industry by bringing together stakeholders and influential players from the world of finance. Finance Montréal is the hub where key players in the financial industry join forces to make Québec’s financial industry more competitive and prosperous.

With the MIPC for the 3rd year!

Founded in 1962, OMERS is one of Canada’s largest defined benefit pension plans, with $127.4 billion in net assets as at June 30, 2023. OMERS is a jointly-sponsored pension plan, with more than 1,000 participating employers ranging from large cities to local agencies, and over half a million active, deferred and retired members. OMERS members include union and non-union employees of municipalities, school boards, local boards, transit systems, electrical utilities, emergency services and children’s aid societies across Ontario. Contributions to the Plan are funded equally by members and employers. OMERS teams work in Toronto, London, New York, Amsterdam, Luxembourg, Singapore, Sydney and other major cities across North America and Europe – serving members and employers and originating and managing a diversified portfolio of high-quality investments in public markets, private equity, infrastructure and real estate.

OMERS is committed to having a workforce that reflects the communities in which we live and work. They are an equal opportunity employer committed to a barrier-free recruitment and selection process. At OMERS inclusion and diversity means belonging. How they create a sense of belonging is through their employees and their vast network of Employee Resource Groups. Whether you are passionate about gender, pride, or visible minorities, OMERS has groups that are focused on making a difference in all of our lives.

With the MIPC for the 3rd year!

Normandin Beaudry is a leader in total rewards in Canada, which encompasses expertise and bespoke solutions in pension & savings plans and investment consulting. Normandin Beaudry has the largest team of independent investment consultants in Canada, advising public and private pension and savings plans, endowment and foundations, and other institutional funds of various size. They contribute to the financial health of organizations and their employees through appropriate investment strategies and sound management of the assets.

With the MIPC for the 2nd year!

University Pension Plan was created with the vision of a strong sector-wide defined benefit pension plan to guarantee sustainable pensions to members – now and for generations to come. Today, they proudly serve over 39,000 working and retired members across four Ontario universities and 12 sector organizations and manage $10.8 billion in pension assets. Contributions to the Plan are funded equally by members and employers. UPP is designed for growth, their doors are open to all employers and employees within Ontario’s university community.

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