RBC Dexia Chosen by Portland Investment Counsel to Provide Custody and Fund
Administration Services

TORONTO, May 19 /CNW/ - RBC Dexia today announced it has been chosen by Portland Investment Counsel to provide custody and fund administration services to the closed end investment funds for which AIC Limited is the Manager and Portland Investment Counsel Inc. is the Investment Manager. As part of their on-going efficiency strategy, AIC Limited has agreed to engage RBC Dexia Investor Services due their commitment and strength in the Canadian market.

"RBC Dexia represents a natural fit for us. They provide excellent global reach as well as market-leading technology and stability," said Randy LeClair, Chief Investment Officer and Portfolio Manager, Portland Investment Counsel Inc. "The excellent reputation of the parent companies, in Canada and abroad, is seen as an additional benefit."

"Portland was looking for a service partner with a reputation of meeting the specific needs of their clients and the capabilities to provide the products Canadian investment managers need to be successful," said John Lockbaum, Managing Director, Canada for RBC Dexia Investor Services. "We are pleased RBC Dexia came out on top of this competitive bid process."

RBC Dexia Investor Services recently received top scores in seven key categories of the 2010 Global Investor Global Custody Survey, including No.1 overall for the Americas and EMEA. RBC Dexia also excelled in the annual R&M Consultants Global Custody Survey, and was ranked the number one service provider by fund managers and number one for Europe in Global Custodian's 2009 Global Custody Survey. RBC Dexia was also named Global Custody: Client Relationship Manager of the Year in ICFA's 2009 Global Awards.

About Portland Investment Counsel

Committed to the principles of disciplined long-term value investing, Portland Investment Counsel Inc. provides investment advisory and portfolio management services and products to individual private clients and to institutional investors across Canada. With roots dating back to 1987, Portland Investment Counsel offers customized portfolios drawing on expertise in equity and fixed income management. In addition to this, Portland Investment Counsel currently sub-advises a number of third-party retail and closed-end mutual funds in Canada.

About RBC Dexia Investor Services

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 5,300 professionals in 16 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 2.5 trillion in client assets under administration.

rbcdexia.com

RBC Dexia Investor Services Limited is a holding company that provides strategic direction and management oversight to its affiliates, including RBC Dexia Investor Services Bank S.A., a credit institution licensed in Luxembourg by the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier and the Ministry of Finance. All are licensed users of the RBC trademark (a registered trademark of Royal Bank of Canada) and Dexia trademark (a registered mark of Dexia Crédit Local) and conduct their global custody and investment administration business under the RBC Dexia Investor Services brand name.

SOURCE RBC Investor & Treasury Services

For further information: For further information: RBC Dexia: Jason Graham, Toronto, (416) 955-5800, jason.graham@rbcdexia.com; Portland Investment Counsel Inc., Diana Oddi - (905) 331-4250 or info@portlandic.com


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