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Alternative strategies

Our alternative strategies at a glance

  • Mandates that are appropriate for the business environment of our clients (life and health and property and casualty insurance companies and pension funds).
  • Diversified investment strategies that make the most of our in-depth expertise in equity, resources, real estate, commercial mortgages, infrastructure investments and private placements.

Investment solutions

Main objectives

Long-term capital appreciation

Positive returns in both bull and bear markets through the use of long and short positions that neutralize market swings.

This approach is designed to reduce the volatility of returns.

Investment style and philosophy

This solution is managed by the Canadian equity team and is based on three main strategies:

  1. Bottom-up fundamental analysis: investment opportunities arising from specific situations such as recapitalization, restructuring, mergers, acquisitions and asset disposals.
  2. Mean-reversion strategy: relative evaluation.
  3. Arbitrage strategy: discounted secondary stock offerings or demand greatly exceeding the number of shares offered could generate arbitrage opportunities.
Main objectives

Achieving volatility-adjusted returns greater than that of the Bloomberg Commodity Index Canadian Dollar Hedged over a three-year horizon.

Investment style and philosophy

This strategy is managed by the systematic strategies team. It uses a dynamic approach and is based on analyzing return distributions and the interdependencies between them to improve risk-adjusted returns through rigorous quantitative methods.

This method is built on three principles:

  1. Grouping assets according to performance similarities.
  2. Equally weighting each resulting group as well as the assets within each group.
  3. Using a smoothing strategy that is transparent in its use of diversification.
Main objectives

Manage real estate portfolios while leaving building operations management to third parties

Focus on implementing strategies aimed at maximizing portfolio income and value.

Investment style and philosophy

Specialists in real estate investment work from our Montreal and Toronto offices.

Foreign investments are made through real estate funds.

Asset selection aims to provide long-term returns using various categories of funds and real estate assets: residences, shopping centres, offices, industrial buildings and land.

Main objectives

High-quality solutions that suit our clients’ needs.

Investment style and philosophy

Our investment team works with a group of specialists from different Desjardins Group entities.

A response to our clients’ need for infrastructure investments and private placements, primarily in Canada.

Main objectives

Manage a portfolio worth several billion dollars through professionals based in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.

Occupy a leading position in the Canadian market with our top-notch portfolio, highly professional teams and excellent products and services.

Investment style and philosophy

The portfolio includes loans insured by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, conventional loans, companies, institutions and infrastructure projects.

A highly skilled team with strong regional representation and extensive market knowledge.

A flexible range of services with various product types and geographic diversification.

Michel Bédard, CPA, CA

Vice-President, Real Estate Investments

Michel Bédard manages a nationwide real estate portfolio for Desjardins Global Asset Management’s partners and clients. He worked for a number of real estate companies before joining Desjardins Group in 1995 as regional vice-president of real estate investment. He has held his current position since 2001.

Mr. Bédard is a chartered accountant with a Bachelor of Business Administration from HEC Montréal.

Michel Bédard

Christian Pouliot

Regional Vice-President, Eastern Canada

Christian Pouliot is in charge of the Eastern Canada real estate portfolio. He oversees a team of professionals who manage assets and complete real estate transactions.

Prior to joining Desjardins Group in 1997 as a real estate asset manager, he worked as the chief financial officer of a specialized real estate management and development firm. He has held his current position since 2002.

Mr. Pouliot has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières.

Christian Pouliot

Brian Spratley, M.Sc.

Regional Vice-President, Central Canada

Brian Spratley gained his experience in asset management and the development of land, office buildings, shopping centres and residential properties with small and large real estate companies. He joined Desjardins Group in 2014 as senior real estate manager. He has worked in the financial industry since 1987.

Mr. Spratley has a Master's degree in Urban Design from Harvard University and a Bachelor's in Landscape Architecture from the University of Toronto.

Brian Spratley

Lyne Roy Payette, BBA

Vice-President

Lyne Roy Payette oversees three teams of commercial real estate financing experts across Canada. Before joining Desjardins Global Asset Management in 2013, she was an executive manager and team leader at CIBC. In 1980, she began at the Royal Bank of Canada, where she held several positions in real estate and commercial financing.

Ms. Roy Payette has a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from Université de Sherbrooke.

Lyne Roy Payette

Claude Landry, ÉA (chartered appraiser)

Vice-President, Eastern Canada

Claude Landry held several positions in mortgage financing at General Trust of Canada before joining Desjardins Group in 1993. He then became a branch manager and regional manager at Desjardins Global Asset Management before taking on his current role in April 2013.

Mr. Landry has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Université du Québec à Montréal.

Claude Landry

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