GBC International Growth Fund: Providing Canadians with Access to Stronger Foreign Markets and Top Performance in the Past Three Years

    MONTREAL, April 19 /CNW Telbec/ - With moderate growth predicted for the
Canadian economy, more Canadian investors are turning to the investment
opportunities provided by international funds. Thanks to an annual average
rate of return of 22.38%, the GBC International Growth Fund has once again
been named one of Canada's top performing funds over the past three years by a
Globe Information Services monthly analysis of 166 international investments
funds. The analysis also placed the GBC International Growth Fund in the
highest performance quartile over the past five and 10-year periods for
international investment funds.
    Available in Canada only through GBC Asset Management and managed by
William Blair & Company, the GBC International Growth Fund targets long-term
wealth creation though investments in high quality, smaller foreign growth
stocks. With its head office in Chicago, William Blair & Company manages
approximately $40 billion in assets and practices an investment philosophy
that stresses a conservative, long-term approach to growth investing based on
quality, prospective near-term and long-term growth, earnings trends, and
    "The outstanding performance of the GBC International Growth Fund is
exactly what we seek to accomplish with all the investment products we offer,"
said GBC Managing Partner Daniel Thompson. "In order to offer our investors
higher returns over the longer term, we focus exclusively on small and
medium-sized growing companies both in Canada and abroad. This targeted
approach has enabled us to develop a unique expertise and a reputation for
excellence in the growth fund sector."

    About GBC

    GBC Asset Management Inc. is the private client division of Pembroke
Management Ltd... As Canada's premier provider of high-growth securities
investment management services to individuals, GBC has a mission to be the
investment manager of choice for growth-oriented long-term investors. To
accomplish this, GBC is committed to providing the highest level of client
service and relies on its portfolio management team's proven long-term
performance, stability and uniform approach to investment. GBC is owned by its
employees and by Pembroke, and has approximately $950 million in assets under
management. Further information is available at

For further information:

For further information: John Lute, (416) 929-5883, ext. 222; Mylène
Bélanger, (514) 289-8688, ext. 231; Source: GBC Asset Management Inc.

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