Invesco Trimark creates new investment leadership roles

Select portfolio management responsibilities also enhanced

TORONTO, April 8 /CNW/ - Invesco Trimark is extremely pleased to announce new leadership positions on the Trimark Investments team, effective immediately. The Trimark team has been a leader in the Canadian investment management industry over the past 30 years, with broad capabilities that have produced solid long-term investment returns. A key to the team's success has been in developing and preserving a strong investment culture.

The new leadership appointments for some of our senior portfolio managers, along with some changes to portfolio management teams, will further strengthen the unique investment culture at Trimark.

"These seasoned investment professionals have been outstanding leaders on their respective teams," said Graham Anderson, Invesco Trimark's Chief Investment Officer. "Their new positions serve to clearly define their roles and duly recognize their demonstrated leadership capabilities."

Rex Chong becomes Head of Fixed-Income Investments. Under his leadership, our fixed-income portfolio managers have delivered reliable and steady performance for over a decade. The team is widely recognized for their depth of expertise in credit analysis and as a leading fixed-income team in North America.

Rob Mikalachki has been appointed Head of Small-Cap Equities. He has been a key contributor to our small-cap team for more than 10 years, mentoring and developing members of the entire small-cap team since 2003.

Ian Hardacre becomes Head of Canadian Equities for Trimark. The most tenured portfolio manager on the Trimark team, he has been lead portfolio manager on the flagship Trimark Canadian Fund since 1999. His team leadership will include coordinating research efforts on Canadian equities and oversight of all Canadian equity analysts and portfolio managers.

Trimark Select Growth Fund
After considerable planning, Invesco Trimark has decided to diversify and enhance its global equity product line. This will be accomplished by changing the mandate of Trimark Select Growth Fund.1 In making this enhancement, we are pleased to announce changes to the portfolio management team responsible for managing Trimark Select Growth Fund. The new mandate will also be differentiated from Trimark Fund, providing investors with a broader set of global equity investment solutions. As the investment strategies of Trimark Select Growth Fund are changing, Invesco Trimark will be filing a prospectus amendment. In light of the exciting changes, we're pleased to introduce a new name for Trimark Select Growth Fund. Going forward, the Fund will be named Trimark Global Fundamental Equity Fund.

Effective immediately, this Fund will be managed by a team comprised of Michael Hatcher (lead), Darren McKiernan, Jeff Feng and Dana Love. Nearly two years ago, Mr. Hatcher, Mr. McKiernan and Mr. Feng joined Invesco Trimark to take on lead management roles for Trimark Global Dividend Class (Mr. McKiernan), Trimark Europlus Fund (Mr. Hatcher) and Trimark International Companies Fund (Mr. Feng). We have reached an ideal time to expand their portfolio responsibilities to include Trimark Global Fundamental Equity Fund. Mr. Hatcher, Mr. McKiernan and Mr. Feng will also join lead portfolio manager Dana Love on Trimark Fund.

Portfolio manager Heather Peirce is no longer with the company. We thank her for her contributions.

Trimark Canadian Small Companies Fund
We are also pleased to announce that Jason Whiting becomes lead portfolio manager on Trimark Canadian Small Companies Fund and co-manager on both Trimark U.S. Small Companies Class and Trimark Global Small Companies Class, joining Rob Mikalachki and Virginia Au on our small-cap equity team. Mr. Whiting will remain lead manager of the award-winning2 Trimark North American Endeavour Class, where he has accumulated an impressive track record; it is the best-performing mutual fund versus every single fund in the global, U.S. and Canadian equity categories over the past three years.3

Portfolio manager Ted Chisholm is no longer with the company. We thank him for his contributions.

Trimark Global Health Sciences Class
Jim Young becomes lead manager of Trimark Global Health Sciences Class, a fund that he has been on since 2004. A veteran of more than 30 years in the investment industry, Mr. Young has built a strong, long-term track record on Trimark U.S. Companies Fund, being first- or second-quartile over all time periods,3 and has a history of managing technology and health sciences mandates.

We congratulate each one of these proven investment professionals on their well-deserved new roles and expanded responsibilities.

About Dana Love
Mr. Love has been a portfolio manager on Trimark Fund since 2004 and has served as its lead manager since 2008. In 2007, Trimark Fund won a Canadian Investment Award (CIA) as Best Global Equity Fund and while Mr. Love co-managed Trimark Global Balanced Fund from 2000 to 2004, the Fund won a CIA as Best Global Balanced & Asset Allocation Fund (2004). During his tenure as lead manager of Trimark Europlus Fund, the Fund won as Best European Equity Fund two years in a row (2004-2005) at the CIAs and was a two-time (2009-2010) Canadian Lipper Award winner for Best European Equity Fund for the latest 10-year period. Mr. Love earned an MSc in Finance from the London Business School and a BA in Sociology from the University of Waterloo, plus he is a CFA charterholder.

About Michael Hatcher
Mr. Hatcher has over 14 years of investment management experience and is lead portfolio manager of Trimark Europlus Fund. Previously he held the position of Vice President at an established asset management firm and was a senior member of the team that was responsible for managing over $400 million in European equities. Mr. Hatcher graduated with an MSc in Econometrics & Mathematical Economics from the London School of Economics & Political Science and a Master's degree in Mathematical Finance from the University of Toronto. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

About Darren McKiernan
Mr. McKiernan has over 15 years of investment experience and is lead portfolio manager on Trimark Global Dividend Class. Previously, he was a vice president and portfolio manager on a team that managed more than $1 billion of equity investments with an established asset management firm. In 1997, he joined the Trimark investments team as a global equity analyst, where his primary responsibilities included broad industry and sector coverage for Trimark Fund. He graduated with a B.Comm. (Honours) degree specializing in Finance from the University of Manitoba and is a CFA charterholder.

About Jeff Feng
Mr. Feng has over 11 years of investment management experience and is lead portfolio manager of Trimark International Companies Fund. Previously, he worked at an established asset management firm, where he was Vice President, EAFE Equities and was a senior member of the team responsible for managing over $300 million in Asia-Pacific assets. Mr. Feng graduated with a BA in Finance from Xiamen University in China and an MBA from Richard Ivey School of Business. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

About Jason Whiting
Mr. Whiting joined Invesco Trimark in 2003 as an equity analyst and was promoted to portfolio manager in 2005, working with Ian Hardacre on Trimark Canadian Fund and Trimark Select Balanced Fund. In 2007, Mr. Whiting was given lead management responsibilities for Trimark North American Endeavour Class. Prior to joining Invesco Trimark, he was a research analyst supporting the Canadian and global equity teams at Laketon Investment Management. He graduated with a BBA (Hons) from Wilfrid Laurier University and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

About Jim Young
Mr. Young has over 30 years' investment management experience, with extensive expertise managing U.S. equities, as well as technology and health sciences equity mandates. He began his investment career in 1977 as an analyst at Ontario Hydro Pension Fund. He worked as a senior vice president at Prudential-Bache Securities and was Vice President, U.S. Equities at Royal Bank Investment Management prior to joining Invesco Trimark in 1999. Mr. Young holds an MBA from McMaster University and is a CFA charterholder.

1 Changes apply also to Trimark Select Growth Class, Trimark Global Equity Private Pool and Trimark Global Equity Private Pool - Currency Neutral.
2 Trimark North American Endeavour Class won the 2011 Canadian Lipper Award as Best North American Equity Fund over the most recent three-year period.
3 Source: Morningstar Canada Research Inc., as at February 28, 2011.

Commissions, trailing commissions, management fees and expenses may all be associated with mutual fund investments. Mutual funds are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated. Please read the prospectus before investing. Copies are available from your advisor or Invesco Trimark Ltd.

Invesco Trimark Ltd. is one of Canada's largest investment management companies. A subsidiary of Invesco Ltd., Invesco Trimark offers a diversified suite of investment solutions to institutions, organizations, companies and individual investors across Canada and around the world. Invesco is a leading independent global investment manager, dedicated to helping investors worldwide achieve their financial objectives. By delivering the combined power of our distinctive investment management capabilities, Invesco provides a wide range of investment strategies and vehicles to our retail, institutional and high-net-worth clients around the world. Operating in more than 20 countries, the company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol IVZ. Additional information is available at www.invesco.com.

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Stephen Lee
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aysha.mawani@invescotrimark.com

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