We were invited to take part of an Opalesque round table at the end of April. The focus was Montreal alternative investment industry.
Here are the opening words:
“Québec is the second-most populous province (8.3m) in Canada (after Ontario) and the only one to have a predominantly French-speaking
population, with French as the sole provincial official language. With a territory nearly three times the size of France or Texas, most inhabitants live in urban areas near the Saint Lawrence River between Montréal and Québec City, the capital.
Montréal is definitely a world-class city in the alternative investment space, for a number of reasons. For one, you can find some excellent universities here: McGill University, Concordia, HEC Montréal, and Université de Montréal. Second: the Montréal Exchange has launched equity options in 1975, right after CBOE launched the first options in the US. Like in Chicago, this derivatives exchange created a lot of talent in terms of trading, operations, regulations, and market know-how. The third reason, and this is another very special feature of Montréal, is the quality of the institutional investing space. Some of the finest pension funds that invest in alternatives are in Montréal and have world-class respect; Caisse de depot, PSP Bimcor, CN and Air Canada. There are also some very sophisticated family offices in Montréal.”
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