Reaching for Returns:
Investors Test the Marketplace

Roundtable Topics

  • Global risk outlook in 2014
  • Investment assumptions in a post-GFC world
  • Behavioral finance and institutional investors
  • Sustainable investing strategies
  • Regulatory reform
  • Banking trends
  • Tapering and emerging market risk

PPI’s first program of the year took as its theme Reaching for Returns: Investors Test the Marketplace. The discussions focused on the realities of investing in a post-financial crisis “New Normal” environment. The co-chairs of the Whistler Roundtable were Frank Tang, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner, FountainVest Partners (Asia), and Bryan Thomson, Senior Vice President, Equities, British Columbia Investment Management Corporation.

The roundtable featured keynote remarks by Ian Bremmer, President and Founder of the Eurasia Group, who outlined key drivers of risk for the year ahead and his thoughts on the emerging economies, the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the China-Japan relationship, and North Korea. The CEO/CIO session brought together a panel of three retired or retiring stalwarts of the Canadian pension industry who shared their wisdom on the global markets: David Denison, former President and Chief Executive Officer, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board; Jim Leech, former President and Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board; Doug Pearce, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer, British Columbia Investment Management Corporation; Member, PPI Advisory Committee. The session was moderated by Facilitated by Gordon Fyfe, President and Chief Executive Officer, PSP Investments.

In Whistler, PPI honored Doug Pearce and the late Joe Dear for their service to the organization, bestowing on them the H. Lawrence Hull, Jr. Leadership Award and PPI Lifetime Membership.