General Investing >> Money Manager Interviews >> July 13, 2012

Investing in Global Growth Through Canadian Assets

Desjardins, Jean-Guy
Jean-Guy Desjardins, CFA, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Fiera Capital Corporation, began his career at Sun Life Insurance Company as an Analyst and Portfolio Manager. In 1972, Mr. Desjardins cofounded TAL Global Asset Management, and was its principal shareholder until its purchase by a financial institution. He then acquired, in 2003, a portion of the assets under management and professionals of Elantis Investment Management to create Fiera Capital. The firm continued its expansion with the acquisition of Senecal Investment Counsel in 2005, YMG Capital Management in 2006 and Sceptre Investment Counsel in 2010, and Natcan Investment Management, a subsidiary of the National Bank of Canada, in 2012. Mr. Desjardins is a member of the board of directors of the Societe de services financiers Fonds FMOQ Inc., HEC Montreal, DJM Capital Inc., Centria, Fiera Axium Infrastructure Inc., where he is also a member of the investment committee, and he serves as Chairman of board of Fiera Properties Limited. He served as a member of the board of directors of Bank of Canada for five years, and was elected Lead Director in 2007. Mr. Desjardins also acted as Chairman of the special committee comprised of the Bank of Canada’s independent directors responsible for the recruitment of the current Governor of the Bank of Canada. Mr. Desjardins is a member of the Council of Governors of Centraide of Greater Montreal, a member of the investment committee of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, and a member of the executive committee and of the board of directors of Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal. Mr. Desjardins graduated from College Mont-Saint-Louis in 1966 with a B.A. In 1969, he earned his master's degree in commerce in finance from the Universite de Montreal. Profile
TWST: Please begin with a brief introduction to Fiera Capital, including some highlights from its history, your total assets under management, a bit about your role there and an overview of