Déjà New – from hindsight to foresight

Join us at Mercer’s Global Investment Forum - Canada in November to explore what we can learn from recent history and the key themes that are likely to shape markets and investment practices. Key stakeholders, industry experts and other influential thinkers come together for an insightful look at the forces affecting the investment industry.

You can download a copy of the plenary agenda here.


All times are in Montréal, QC, Canada EST (UTC-05:00)

Monday, November 6

Geneviève Gauvin, Wealth Leader, Quebec

Moderator: Jo Holden, Global Head of Investment Research and Consulting
Yusuke Khan, Investments Leader, Canada

Duncan Burrill, Managing Director/CEO, CBC Pension Plan
Ciarán Lynch, Portfolio Manager, Equities and TDFs
Sam Reda, President of Maralex Capital Inc. & Co-Founder and Chairman of AlphaCCO Software Inc. 
Rachel Volynsky, Chief Investment Officer, Canada (Moderator)

Valérie Adelson, Client Manager

Highlights of the global survey and how Canadian E&Fs are different
Ryan Anderson
, Senior Investment Consultant
Alex Zarbatany, Senior Investment Consultant 


Exploring ESG Ambitions of DC Plans
Dan Galvao,
Manager, Pension, Canadian Medical Association 
Brett Jennings, Senior DC Consultant
Ciarán Lynch, Portfolio Manager, Equities and TDFs


Asset allocation implications of higher yields

Todd Saulnier, Senior Investment Consulant
Trevor Lin, Fixed Income Portfolio Manager

Climbing the sustainability mountain
Elena Demopoulos, Sustainable Investment Consultant
Christine Ha Kong, Sustainable Investment Consultant


Governing for tomorrow, the challenge of evolving DC Plan Governance 
Stéphanie Mariamo, Senior DC Consultant
Carl Proulx, DC Growth Leader

How much illiquidity can you afford?
Dario Morrone
, Senior Investment Consultant
Jean-Pierre Talon, Senior Investment Consultant 

Canadian reference portfolios
Peter Hallett
, Senior Investment Consultant
Darren Murray, Principal, Alternatives Portfolio Manager and Investment Products 

Decumulation: The final frontier
Moderator: Jean-Nicolas Royer, Senior Investment Consultant
Jillian Kennedy, Canadian Leader of DC and Financial Wellness
Neil Lloyd, Wealth Leader, Western Canada

ESG data challenge 
Bonnie Foley-Wong
, Head of Sustainable Investment, Canada
Max Messervy, Head of Sustainable Investment, Americas

Joelle Pineau, Vice President AI Research, Meta & Professor and William Dawson Scholar, School of Computer Science, McGill
Geneviève Gauvin, Wealth Leader, Quebec

Penny Aitken, European Leader Hedge Funds Research
Dave McMillan, Global CIO – Hedge Funds

Brian Kingston, CEO, Real Estate, Brookfield
Paul Kolevsohn, Head of North American Real Estate

Hooman Kaveh, Global Chief Investment Officer

Tuesday, November 7

Meet the speakers

Each Forum features top thought leaders from within Mercer and the investment community and renowned experts shaping the way we think.

Keynote speaker - Joelle Pineau

Joelle Pineau is the Vice President of AI Research at Meta, supporting labs across North America and Europe. She is also a faculty member at Mila and a Professor and William Dawson Scholar at the School of Computer Science at McGill University, where she co-directs the Reasoning and Learning Lab. 

Location and hotel

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth

900 Rene Levesque Boulevard West,

Montreal, QC, Canada, H3B 4A5

+1 514 861 3511 queenelizabeth.hotel@fairmont.com

Hotel website

Ideally located in downtown Montreal, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth is the best place to start your journey in this vibrant city. With legendary Sainte-Catherine street a block away, the hotel is a short walk away from galleries, theaters, sporting and shopping venues and the storied cobbled streets of Old Montreal.

Hotel Booking Information

Mercer’s room block at Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth is now full and all Fairmont Rooms are sold out. The hotel is able to offer Mercer attendees the next room category, Fairmont View Rooms, at the group rate of CDN 319.00 plus tax which includes complimentary Wi-Fi. This rate is available until October 13, 2023. Reservations made after this date will be based on hotel availability and at the prevailing rate. To secure your room reservation, please contact the hotel reservations department at +1 514 861 3511 and identify yourself as part of the Mercer Global Investment Forum group.

Accommodation Terms & Conditions

Hotel room cancellations must be received 48 hours before arrival to avoid a penalty fee of 1 nights' room and tax.

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Which attendee are you? 

For the purposes of the Forum, an asset owner is a client or contact of Mercer who is an executive, board member or other key decision-maker of a retirement plan, wealth management firm, insurer, endowment, foundation, government agency or similar entity. Invited asset owners do not have to pay registration fee.

The asset manager registration fee for this event is 12,000 USD for one attendee. Registration includes attendance at the asset manager briefing, attendance at the networking opportunities, main presentations and breakout sessions, up to five virtual 30 minute one-to-one sessions, opportunities to make new professional connections with hundreds of other attendees and all session materials after the event.

Global members have a secured seat at all five events. If you have purchased a global membership for the Global Investment Forums 2023 program, you can register as a global forum member. Please contact us if you are not sure of your status or click here to sign up for a global membership.
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