2000 Academic Money Purchase Pension Plan Update to Plan Participants

2000 Academic Money Purchase Pension Plan
Update to Plan Participants
December 10, 2013
Canadian Equity Fund – Investment Manager Changes
Presently the funds in the Canadian Equity Fund of the Academic Money Purchase Pension Plan are managed by
Jarislowsky Fraser (JF) and Sheer Rowlett and Associates (SRA) on a two thirds-one third basis, respectively.
Effective December 13, 2013, the funds will be managed by BlackRock Asset Management Canada (BRC) and
Triasima Portfolio Management (TPM) on an equal basis. This newsletter sets out the reasons for these actions.
Over the past 18 months, succession issues related to the retirement of Mr. Jarislowsky have led to the resignation
of many senior executives of JF who have been responsible for the investment decisions regarding Canadian
equities. As a result of these resignations and the lack of resolution of the secession issues, our investment
consultant AONHewitt lost confidence in the ability of JF to replicate its past performance going forward and
recommended that the University terminate the services of JF. Concurrently, the Committee has been monitoring
the underperformance of SRA. Over the past five years, the average return on its managed funds net of fees has
been less than the performance benchmark and the volatility of returns has been higher than average. In light of
these developments, the Committee decided to conduct an investment manager search for possible replacements
for both JF and SRA.
AONHewitt was engaged to create a list of potential replacements and the Committee interviewed principals of
three firms in September. On the basis of these interviews and reports prepared by the investment consultant, the
Committee recommended to the Board that BRC and TPM replace the existing managers. Further, it is the belief of
Committee members that the styles of these two firms will complement one another and that they should be
allocated an equal share of the Canadian Equity Fund in their mandate. The Board accepted both
recommendations on October 7th.
The ten-year historical performance of both the BRC and TPM Canadian equity mandates have exceeded the
Canadian Equity Fund performance benchmark net of fees by a significant margin while simultaneously producing
below average volatility of returns. The Committee is confident that the management structures and investment
processes of both firms are stable enough to continue to generate these desirable outcomes into the future.
Since the Canadian Equity Fund is a component of all three life-cycle funds, Conservative, Balanced and Aggressive,
it follows that to the extent that you have allocated your pension funds to any of the life-cycle funds or the
Canadian Equity Fund, your pension funds will be managed in part by BRC and TPM after December 13, 2013
automatically without any action required on your part.
If you have any questions about the replacement of managers, please contact the Director of Pensions, Heather
Fortosky at 966-6276 or contact any of the AMPPC members listed below.
R. Lucas, Vice-Chair (Economics)
D. Gilchrist (Economics)
G. Tannous (Finance and Management Science)
L. Kennedy, Chair (Financial Services)
M. Sander (Financial Services)
J. Traves (Advancement)
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