Invesco Ltd. strengthens presence in Canadian institutional market



    TORONTO, May 6 /CNW/ - As part of its commitment to strengthen and grow
its Canadian institutional business, Invesco Ltd. (Invesco) today announced
that Heather Hunter has assumed a new role as head of Canadian Equities for
Invesco's institutional business in Canada.
    "This move provides us with a tremendous opportunity to strengthen our
existing institutional presence in Canada, as institutional clients in this
market are increasingly looking at a wider array of investment strategies,"
said Martin L. Flanagan, president and chief executive officer of Invesco Ltd.
"By further broadening the institutional-grade investment capabilities
available in the Canadian marketplace, Invesco can provide greater value while
building our share of the fourth-largest institutional market in the world."
    In her new role, Ms. Hunter will report to Kirk Holland, CEO of Invesco
Global Strategies, and will focus on building Invesco's Canadian equity
capabilities in the defined benefit and defined contribution pension channels
in Canada. With 68 investment professionals, the Invesco Global Strategies
team currently manages approximately US$30 billion for clients worldwide, with
capabilities that include fundamental equity, quantitative equity and asset
allocation strategies. Invesco Global Strategies is a division of Invesco
Worldwide Institutional, which currently manages approximately US$198.4
billion for clients (as at March 31, 2009).
    Ms. Hunter's distinguished career in investment management spans more
than 30 years. She began her investment career at Confederation Life Insurance
Company in 1976. Prior to joining Invesco Trimark in 1999, she was a vice
president at Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board, where she was responsible
for building the equity investment platform and transforming the investment
portfolio to include equities. She is a member of the CFO Task Force for the
Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. She earned an MBA from the
University of Western Ontario and a BA in Economics from McGill University and
holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
    Supported by a local team of analysts, Ms. Hunter currently manages
approximately C$2 billion in assets and will remain based in Toronto. The team
will continue to manage Trimark Select Canadian Growth Fund, Trimark Canadian
Equity Private Pool and Trimark Canadian Focus Class for retail investors. The
team will also continue to manage Canadian equity and balanced pools for
institutional clients.
    The funds will be renamed on June 30, 2009 as indicated below, though
their investment objectives and strategies will not change as the team will
continue to manage the funds with the same investment philosophy and process:

    
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    Current Fund name                     New Fund name
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    Trimark Select Canadian Growth Fund   Invesco Select Canadian Equity Fund

    Trimark Canadian Equity Private Pool  Invesco Canadian Equity Private
                                           Pool

    Trimark Canadian Focus Class          Invesco Canadian Focus Class
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    Invesco is a leading independent global investment management company,
dedicated to helping people worldwide build their financial security. By
delivering the combined power of our distinctive worldwide investment
management capabilities, Invesco provides a comprehensive array of enduring
investment solutions for retail, institutional and high net worth clients
around the world. Operating in 20 countries, the company is listed on the New
York Stock Exchange under the symbol IVZ. Additional information is available
at www.invesco.com.

    Commissions, trailing commissions, management fees and expenses may all
be associated with mutual fund investments. Mutual funds are not guaranteed
and their values change frequently. Mutual fund securities are not covered by
the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation or by any other government deposit
insurer. There can be no assurances that the money market funds will be able
to maintain their net asset values per security at a constant amount or that
the full amount of your investment in the funds will be returned to you. Past
performance may not be repeated. Please read the prospectus before investing.
Copies are available from your advisor or from Invesco Trimark Ltd.






For further information:

For further information: Aysha Mawani, Vice President, Corporate
Affairs, Tel: (416) 324-7712, aysha.mawani@invescotrimark.com

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