The Canadian Investment Awards is Proud to Present the 2007 Winners!



    Celebrating excellence in the Investment industry

    TORONTO, Nov. 29 /CNW/ - The Canadian Investment Awards, Canada's premier
awards program, recognizing excellence in the Financial Services industry, is
proud to present this year's winners of the 2007 Canadian Investment Awards.
The awards were presented earlier this evening at the annual Gala held at the
Direct Energy Centre. These awards showcase excellence in the investment
industry and are determined through a rigorous, audited process.
    "I personally want to extend my congratulations to all of the 2007
winners. Every year highlights extraordinary products, initiatives and leaders
within the Canadian Financial Services industry," said Sabine Steinbrecher,
CIA President and Founder of the Canadian Investment Awards. "This year was no
exception; with a record number of entries into our judged awards and another
sold out Gala. This industry has proven itself committed to providing advisor
and investor education, while developing products that meet the needs of an
ever-changing marketplace."

    Among some of the most anticipated award winners are:

    Gerald Cooper-Key of Mawer Investment Management Ltd. winner of the
    Morningstar Fund Manager of the Year
    This award honours the Canadian mutual fund manager who has produced the
best performance over the past year but has also been an extraordinary long
term manager.

    Blake Goldring of AGF Funds Inc. winner of Person of Influence of the
    Year
    Qualifying candidates were chosen from any area of financial services in
Canada including fund management, banking, distribution, media, analysts and
suppliers. It is presented to an individual who has proven superior
performance and an outstanding contribution to the financial community during
the previous 12 months.

    CI Investments Inc. winner of the CGI Inc. 2007 Analysts' Choice
    Investment Fund Company of the Year
    The award is given to a company that excels in 9 key areas such as
performance, management, breadth of core fund category representation,
community investment, service to industry, investor and advisor education,
volatility/risk, fund governance and communication to unit holders.

    Dynamic Funds was winner of the Advisors' Choice Investment Fund Company
    of the Year
    Winners are chosen by a closed survey where Canadian Advisors cast their
vote for their favourite fund company. While voting, they judge based on
quality and range of products, performance, MER, service, education, community
investment and management.

    This year marked the introduction of a new award, the Advisor Education
Award, sponsored by Learning Library Inc. This award recognized a commitment
to an exceptional educational initiative aimed at advisors. The inaugural
winner was awarded to PlanPlus Inc. & Wealth Enhancement Academy for
demonstrating their dedication to educational leadership and excellence in the
advisor community.
    The fund award process is very rigorous. Independent juries review
performance with special attention to minimum three-year performance history
to support a longer-term perspective. Strict attention is paid to quantitative
performance as well as various measures of risk and the fund's diversification
benefits. The focus is not just quantitative alone; juries also weigh
qualitative factors such as management quality, availability and fee
structure. The Morningstar team spearheaded the process to research the data
and create eligible fund lists for the analysts to review. Analysts are then
responsible for reviewing multiple perspectives within a sound analytical
framework and choose their top three choices. Results go back to Morningstar
to audit results and determine the finalists and winner in each category,
through a point system.

    The 2007 Canadian Investment Award Winners are listed below:

    Canadian Dividend & Income Equity Fund
    Winner: Standard Life Canadian Dividend Growth, Standard Life Mutual
    Funds Ltd.
    Finalist: TD Dividend Growth, TD Mutual Funds
    Finalist: Stone & Co Dividend Growth, Stone & Co. Limited

    Canadian Small/Mid Cap Equity Fund (greater than 50% Canada)
    Winner: Ethical Special Equity / IA Clarington Canadian Small Cap,
    Ethical Funds Inc. / IA Clarington Investments.
    Finalist: BMO Special Equity, BMO Investments Inc.
    Finalist: AGF Canadian Small Cap, AGF Funds Inc.

    Canadian Equity Fund (greater than 50% Canada)
    Winner: Fidelity True North, Fidelity Investments Canada Limited
    Finalist: Leith Wheeler Canadian Equity, Leith Wheeler Investment
    Counsel Ltd.
    Finalist: Mawer Canadian Equity, Mawer Investment Management Ltd.

    Canadian Balanced Fund
    Winner: CI Signature Canadian Balanced, CI Investments Inc.
    Finalist: Fidelity Canadian Balanced, Fidelity Investments Canada Limited
    Finalist: CI Harbour Growth & Income, CI Investments Inc.

    US Small/Mid Cap Equity Fund
    Winner: TD US Mid-Cap Growth, TD Mutual Funds
    Finalist: Trimark US Small Companies Class, AIM Trimark Investments
    Finalist: RBC US Mid-Cap Equity, RBC Asset Management Inc.

    Global Fixed Income Fund
    Winner: Templeton Global Bond, Franklin Templeton Investments Corp.
    Finalist: RBC Global Bond, RBC Asset Management Inc.
    Finalist: GGOF Global Bond Classic, Guardian Group of Funds Ltd.

    Global Small/MidCap Equity Fund
    Winner: IA Clarington Global Small Cap, IA Clarington Investments Inc.
    Finalist: CI Global Small Companies, CI Investments Inc.
    Finalist: GGOF Global Small Cap, Guardian Group of Funds Ltd.

    Global Equity Fund
    Winner: Trimark Fund, AIM Trimark Investments
    Finalist: Mutual Discovery, Franklin Templeton Investments Corp.
    Finalist: Dynamic Global Value, Dynamic Funds

    Canadian Fixed Income Fund
    Winner: Phillips, Hager & North Total Return Bond, Phillips, Hager &
    North Investment Management Ltd.
    Finalist: Beutel Goodman Income, Beutel Goodman Managed Funds Inc.
    Finalist: Phillips, Hager & North Short Term Bond & Mortgage, Phillips,
    Hager & North Investment Management Ltd.

    Canadian Income Trust Fund
    Winner: Renaissance Canadian Monthly Income, CIBC Securities Inc.
    Finalist: Saxon High Income, Saxon Funds Management Limited
    Finalist: Sentry Select Canadian Income, Sentry Select Capital Corp.

    Emerging Markets Equity Fund
    Winner: AGF Emerging Markets, AGF Funds Inc.
    Finalist: TD Emerging Markets, TD Mutual Funds
    Finalist: Brandes Emerging Markets Equity, Brandes Investment
    Partners & Co.

    Global Balanced Fund
    Winner: McLean Budden Balanced Growth, McLean Budden Limited
    Finalist: Trimark Global Balanced, AIM Trimark Investments
    Finalist: Phillips, Hager & North Balanced, Phillips, Hager & North
    Investment Management Ltd.

    High Yield Fixed Income Fund
    Winner: Phillips, Hager & North High Yield Bond, Phillips, Hager & North
    Investment Management Ltd.
    Finalist: Renaissance Canadian High Yield Bond, CIBC Securities Inc.
    Finalist: Dynamic High Yield Bond, Dynamic Funds

    Asian Equity Fund
    Winner: Fidelity Far East, Fidelity Investments Canada Limited
    Finalist: Dynamic Far East Value, Dynamic Funds
    Finalist: Excel China, Excel Funds Management Inc.
    Finalist: Franklin Japan Corporate Class, Franklin Templeton
    Investments Corp.

    International Equity Fund
    Winner: Mawer World Investment, Mawer Investment Management Ltd.
    Finalist: AIM International Growth, AIM Trimark Investments
    Finalist: AGF International Stock, AGF Funds Inc.

    European Equity Fund
    Winner: AGF European Equity, AGF Funds Inc.
    Finalist: Trimark Europlus, AIM Trimark Investments
    Finalist: Investors European Mid-Cap Equity, Investors Group Inc.

    US Equity Fund
    Winner: Dynamic Power American Growth, Dynamic Funds
    Finalist: Fidelity American Disciplined Equity, Fidelity Investments
    Canada Limited
    Finalist: RBC O'Shaughnessy US Value, RBC Asset Management Inc.

    Precious Metals Equity Fund
    Winner: AGF Precious Metals, AGF Funds Inc.
    Finalist: Mackenzie Universal World Precious Metals, Mackenzie
    Financial Corporation
    Finalist: Sentry Select Precious Metals Growth, Sentry Select
    Capital Corp.

    Science and Technology Equity Fund
    Winner: GGOF Global Technology Classic, Guardian Group of Funds Ltd.
    Finalist: TD Entertainment & Communications, TD Mutual Funds
    Finalist: Fidelity Focus Telecommunications, Fidelity Investments
    Canada Limited

    Healthcare Equity Fund
    Winner: Renaissance Global Health Care, CIBC Securities Inc.
    Finalist: TD Health Sciences, TD Mutual Funds
    Finalist: CI Global Health Sciences, CI Investments Inc.

    Natural Resources Equity Fund
    Winner: RBC Global Resources, RBC Asset Management Inc.
    Finalist: Mackenzie Universal World Resource, Mackenzie Financial
    Corporation
    Finalist: Mackenzie Universal Canadian Resource, Mackenzie Financial
    Corporation

    Socially Responsible Investment Fund
    Winner: Ethical Special Equity, Ethical Funds Inc.
    Finalist: Meritas International Equity, Meritas Mutual Funds

    Opportunistic Strategy Hedge Fund
    Winner: Dynamic Power Hedge Fund, Dynamic Funds
    Finalist: BluMont Hirsch Performance Fund, BluMont Capital

    Multi Strategy Hedge Fund
    Winner: Salida Multi Strategy Hedge Fund, Salida Capital Corporation
    Finalist: Vertex Fund, Vertex One Asset Management Inc.

    Canadian Equity Pooled Fund
    Winner: Mawer Canadian Equity Pooled, Mawer Investment Management Ltd.
    Finalist: Highstreet Canadian Equity Fund, Highstreet Asset
    Management Inc.
    Finalist: Greystone Canadian Equity, Greystone Managed Investments Inc.

    Canadian Income Pooled Fund
    Winner: PH&N Bond Fund, Phillips, Hager & North Investment
    Management Ltd.
    Finalist: Beutel Goodman Income Fund, Beutel Goodman Managed Funds Inc.
    Finalist: FGP Bond Fund, Foyston, Gordon & Payne Inc.

    Canadian Small Cap Pooled Fund
    Winner: Standard Life Canadian Small-Cap Equity Fund, Standard
    Life Canada
    Finalist: Legg Mason Batterymarch Canadian Small Cap Fund, Legg
    Mason Canada Inc.
    Finalist: Acuity Pooled Canadian Small Cap Fund, Acuity Funds Ltd.

    Global Equity Pooled Fund
    Winner: Trimark Fund, AIM Trimark Investments
    Finalist: Legg Mason Brandywine International Equity Fund, Legg Mason
    Canada Inc.
    Finalist: Templeton Global Equity Trust, Franklin Templeton
    Investments Corp.

    Canadian Balanced Pooled Fund
    Winner: Fidelity Canadian Balanced, Fidelity Investments Canada Limited
    Finalist: BonaVista Balanced, BonaVista Asset Management Ltd.
    Finalist: Greystone Balanced, Greystone Managed Investments Inc.

    Global Balanced Pooled Fund
    Winner: PH&N Balanced Pension Trust, Phillips, Hager & North Investment
    Management Ltd.
    Finalist: Mawer Canadian Balanced Pooled, Mawer Investment
    Management Ltd.
    Finalist: MB Balanced Growth Fund, McLean Budden Limited

    US Equity Pooled Fund
    Winner: CI American Value, CI Investments Inc.
    Finalist: McLean Budden American Equity, McLean Budden Limited
    Finalist: Beutel Goodman American Equity Fund, Beutel Goodman
    Managed Funds Inc.

    International Equity Pooled Fund
    Winner: Mawer World Investment, Mawer Investment Management Ltd.
    Finalist: GE Asset Management International Equity, GE Asset
    Management Canada
    Finalist: Desjardins Bernstein International Equity Value Fund,
    Desjardins Financial Security

    Canadian Investment Marketing Award
    Winner: "Value of Commitment", AIC Limited
    Winner: "Launch of IncomePlus", Manulife Investments
    Winner: "Putting Criterion on the Map", VenGrowth Asset Management /
    Criterion Investments
    Winner: "The Bag Lady Program", Blackmont Capital Inc.

    Analysts' Choice Investment Fund Company of the Year
    Winner: CI Investments Inc.
    Finalist: Phillips, Hager & North Investment Management Ltd.
    Finalist: Dynamic Funds

    Investor Education Award
    Winner: "Socially Responsible Investing", Mackenzie Financial Corporation
    Finalist: "The Retirement Risk Zone", Manulife Investments

    Advisor Education Award
    Winner: "Advice Transition Program", PlanPlus Inc. & Wealth Enhancement
    Academy
    Finalist: "Insights", Dynamic Funds
    Finalist: "Certified Portfolio Engineer Program", Dundee Wealth
    Inc. (Dundee Wealth Management Division)

    Career Achievement Award
    Winner: Claude Lamoureux, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan

    Person of Influence of the Year Award
    Winner: Blake Goldring, AGF Funds Inc.

    Best Use of Technology Award
    Winner: The Investment Platform, Scotia Securities Inc.
    Finalist: C3 Mutual Fund System, TD Bank Financial Group - Wealth
    Management
    Finalist: IPC Connect, Investment Planning Counsel Inc.

    Best New Initiative Award
    Winner: Manulife GIF Select featuring IncomePlus, Manulife Financial
    Finalist: The Next Generation Corporate Class Structure, NexGen Financial
    Limited Partnership
    Finalist: RBC Funds in Series D, RBC Asset Management

    Advisors' Choice Investment Fund Company of the Year
    Winner: Dynamic Funds
    Finalist: CI Investments Inc.
    Finalist: AGF Funds Inc.

    Morningstar Fund Manager of the Year
    Winner: Gerald Cooper-Key, Mawer Investment Management Ltd

    Corporate Citizenship Award
    Winner: Investors Group

    "We are continuing the celebration of excellence and innovation with our
new green commitment launched last night, this award will be given next year
to a leading organization who best accomplishes their green company
initiatives," said Steinbrecher. "Our goal is to recognize investment
institutions and to encourage those who make a difference reducing their
footprint."
    "In closing, I want to sincerely thank all of our sponsors and look
forward to another exciting year of raising the bar in the Canadian Financial
Services industry. We would like everyone to join us next year for the 2008
Canadian Investment Awards to be held on November 27th, 2008."
    For more information please visit www.InvestmentAwards.com. Awards were
presented at the 13th Annual Gala held on November 29th, 2007 and winners will
be posted online November 30th, 2007.

    Key sponsors and partners:
    Platinum: CGI / Morningstar

    Gold: Canadian Business / MoneySense

    Silver: Fundata Canada Inc. / Informco / Investment Executive / Learning
    Library Inc. / Satyam Computer Services Ltd.

    Strategic Partners: CCR Solutions / Imagine Canada / Kaleidoscope
    Marketing and Communications / Prestige Glass International Inc. / VAULT
    Solutions / YMCA Investment in Values

    Partners: Broadridge / Bullfrog Power / Business News Network /
    CNW Group / Data on the Spot / Elemente Magazine / Investment Fund
    Institute of Canada / John Wiley & Sons Canada Ltd. / Matrix Search
    Group / RPM Technologies / Tiffany & Co. / Vincor Canada

    About the Canadian Investment Awards

    The Canadian Investment Awards and Gala recognizes leading investment
products and firms illustrating an enduring commitment to excellence within
the Canadian financial services industry overall. It is the only time each
year in Canada, that the industry, investors and advisors come together to
select top performers. The event attracts 650 guests annually and represents
the year long work of over 30 firms, 40 senior analysts and expert jury
members researching and ranking 50 categories and is supported by over 25
principal sponsors.
    The unusual nature of this collaborative structure provides an unbiased
and objective outcome that is completely unique to these awards and to Canada.
No other analysis process, nor any other resource, provides this broad
industry representation via "collaborative results" and the top performers
have become a valuable annual reference guide for Canadian investors and
advisors.
    This is the event of the season celebrating financial service excellence.
For more information about the Canadian Investment Awards, and how to purchase
your tickets, please visit www.investmentawards.com.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Sabine Steinbrecher, Canadian
Investment Awards Inc., Tel: (416) 703-8674 x 229, Email:
sabine@learninglibrary.com; Kate Taylor, Kaleidoscope Marketing and
Communications, Tel: (416) 271-9078, Email: ktaylor@kaleidoscoperesults.com

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