Great Canadian ESG Championship

Nine Canadian institutional investors (6 Foundations, 1 university, 2 trusts) are searching for the best ESG investment managers across the country to battle it out for a share in a new $90 million investment mandate – who will win in this ultimate showdown?

Eleven have made the cut to present live in Montreal on June 2!
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Why we need the Great Canadian ESG Championship

We believe that organizations like ours should use their endowments to achieve their missions, as well as solid financial returns. However, as the responsible investment market has grown exponentially, it’s become increasingly difficult to differentiate between quality offerings and greenwashing. Today, there are more green, sustainable and responsible investment options than ever before and navigating this is like venturing into the wild west.

The Great Canadian ESG Championship is our roadmap. It will shine a light on the responsible investment choices available to Canadians, publicly promote those who demonstrate real impact and help other asset owners make investment decisions aligned with their values.  

 

How it works

Asset managers have been asked to submit proposals to demonstrate the most robust ESG investment approaches within three asset classes: equity and/ or fixed income, alternatives, and multi-asset.  

The co-investors, alongside ESG and finance experts, Millani and Normandin Beaudry, will identify the most promising candidates to move forward to the second stage of the competition.

From over 50 proposals submitted, the top nine finalists will be invited to their approaches at the public competition in June.

Winners for each category will be awarded in the fall once formal due diligence is completed. Co-investors will also compile the lessons of this competition into a “State of the Industry” report, highlighting opportunities to increase transparency and credibility in the ESG fund management market. 

 

Where we’re at in the competition:

We heard from over 60 asset managers from across the country who believe in our mission. The co-investors, alongside ESG finance experts, Millani and Normandin Beaudry, have identified a short-list of promising candidates to move to the next stage of the competition.

Our Top 11 finalists :

Category 1:

Equity and/or Fixed income

Category 2:

Alternatives

Category 3:

Multi-assets

Winners for each category will be awarded in the fall once formal due diligence is completed. Co-investors will also compile the lessons of this competition into a “State of the Industry” report, highlighting opportunities to increase transparency and credibility in the ESG fund management market.

2022

Key dates

Let the competition begin

March 9

Proposal evaluation

March and April

Top eleven finalists announced

May 11

Public competition live and virtually in Montreal

June 2 - UP NEXT

Shortlist proposal evaluation

June and July

Legal revision of contracts

July, Sept

Winner announcement and State-of-The-Industry report released

Fall

For applicants

Download RFP (.pdf) (.docx)

For more about our Investment Strategies

The Trottier Family Foundation: Investment strategy

The Foundation of Greater Montréal: IPS and RI strategy

The Concordia University Foundation: IPS

The Skagit Environmental Endowment Commission: IPS

The McConnell Foundation: Investment strategy

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