Save the Date: International Pension Conference of Montreal - June 12, 2017

Fifth edition of conference to focus on the impact of the new economic reality and geopolitical risk on investment strategies

MONTREAL, June 9, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - The challenging global economic context facing pension fund managers and other institutional investors will be the focus of the 2017 edition of the International Pension Conference of Montreal (IPCM), taking place on Monday, June 12 at the Hotel Bonaventure under the auspices of the International Economic Forum of the Americas / Conference of Montreal.

Presented in partnership with la Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Power Financial Corporation and Finance Montréal, the IPCM will bring together leading experts from around the world to examine the impact of declining return rates and various geopolitical risks on short-and long-term investment strategy.

Conference sessions will include:

7:30am –Return Rates and Risk Management: The Impact of the New Economic Context

What are the recent developments for pension funds in terms of investment strategies and asset allocation, and how can their impact on return expectations be measured?

Moderator: Clément Gignac, Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist, iA Financial Group


  • Lisa Emsbo-Mattingly, Director of Research, Global Asset Allocation Group, Fidelity Investments
  • Phil Edwards, European Director of Strategic Research, Mercer
  • Eric Girard, Senior Vice-President, Corporate Treasury, National Bank of Canada

10:30am –Adapting Investment Strategies to the Rising Geopolitical Risk

How should geopolitical risks such as Brexit and the Trump election be integrated in the decision-making process of investment? What are the possible financial implications of these risks, and can they be properly mitigated by adapted investment strategies?

Moderator: Bernard Morency, Special Advisor, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec


  • Marko Papic, Senior Vice President, Geopolitical Strategy, BCA Research
  • Philip Stephens, Chief Political Commentator, Financial Times

Conclusion: Henri-Paul Rousseau, Vice-Chairman, Power Corporation and Power Financial

3:00pm - Investment Perspectives for a Shifting World

In a global context of political uncertainty and weak growth, which asset categories and geographies should investors focus on next? How could a future rise in interest rates influence investment decisions?


  • Paul Podolsky, Senior Portfolio Strategist, Bridgewater
  • Jean Raby, Chief Executive Officer, Natixis Global Asset Management
  • André Bourbonnais, President and CEO, PSP Investments

IPCM participants are also invited to the inaugural Plenary Session of the Conference of Montreal (9:00am) with Minister of Finance Bill Morneau, as well as the opening luncheon at 12:00pm.

Media Accreditation and Practical information:

The 2017 International Pension Conference of Montreal will take place under the auspices of the Conference of Montreal on Monday, June 12 at the Hotel Bonaventure (900 de la Gauchetière West, Montreal).

The Conference program is available online at

For media accreditation and to request interviews with speakers, contact Andrea Wong ( / 514-843-2384).

About Finance Montréal
Finance Montréal, Québec's financial cluster, was created in 2010 by institutions in the financial services industry at the invitation of the Québec Government. Finance Montréal brings together 24 Governor Members, 6 Partner Members, 12 Associate Members and close to 300 volunteer professionals. Its mission is to develop and promote Québec's financial services industry. The organization works to enhance Montréal's reputation as world-class financial hub and engages in international business development activities to attract foreign firms in Montréal by promoting various fiscal incentives including the IFC tax credit. Finance Montréal fosters cooperation among a vast range of institutions to stimulate the industry's growth while raising awareness of the financial specializations found in Montréal. To learn more about Finance Montréal, visit

About la Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) is a long-term institutional investor that manages funds primarily for public and parapublic pension and insurance plans. As at December 31, 2016, it held $270.7 billion in net assets. As one of Canada's leading institutional fund managers, CDPQ invests globally in major financial markets, private equity, infrastructure and real estate. For more information, visit, follow us on Twitter @LaCDPQ or consult our Facebook or LinkedIn pages.

About Power Financial Corporation
Power Financial Corporation is a diversified management and holding company that has interests, directly or indirectly, in companies in the financial services sector in Canada, the United States and Europe. It also has diversified investments in industrial companies based in Europe. Power Financial Corporation is a member of the Power Corporation Group of Companies. To learn more, visit

About the International Economic Forum of the Americas
The Conference of Montreal, organized by the International Economic Forum of the Americas, is a major international event which invites leaders from the worlds of economics, politics and academia, the public and private sectors, and civil society to come and discuss the major issues surrounding economic globalization, with a particular emphasis on relations between the Americas and the other continents.


SOURCE Finances Montréal

For further information: Kristin Gable, NATIONAL Public Relations, 514-843-2378,


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