Enhancing Community Impact for

Endowments and Foundations

As a foundation, endowment or not-for-profit organization, your capacity to serve your community is directly related to your ability to preserve and enhance your financial assets. Since 1990, Genus has assisted organizations like yours to successfully achieve their community impact goals by understanding and meeting their need for income and stability through portfolios that have a higher yield and lower risk than market benchmarks.
Successful money management requires vision and discipline and at Genus we provide both. Our ability to evolve, learn and respond quickly to changing market realities has ensured our clients gain both from new opportunities and are protected from unnecessary risk. Our investment process is supported by comprehensive data analysis and computer modelling that allows us to empirically test our strategies, rebalance portfolios, manage risk and identify emerging trends globally.
When working with us, you’ll find an experienced and attentive firm offering top-tier asset-class specialists with global expertise. Clients appreciate our flexibility in developing innovative solutions that are tailor-made to meet their specific needs.

Customized from Start to Finish

Every organization’s goals are different. We have built our reputation by carefully listening to our clients’ wishes, and by delivering highly customized solutions to meet each of their objectives. The first step in our engagement involves sitting down with one of our Portfolio Managers to discuss your organization’s situation and understand what you’d like to achieve going forward. From there, we can develop a customized Investment Policy Statement (IPS) which confirms your goals, and provides a forward-looking framework with clear guidelines and strategies for effectively managing your money.

Your Portfolio Manager will be responsible for implementing your strategy, overseeing the day-to-day management of your portfolio, and consulting with you on a regular basis to ensure your evolving needs continue to be met.


Innovative Solutions

Genus offers a range of specialized solutions to meet a variety of clients needs. Each of the following portfolios can be customized to further improve the fit:

Multi-Manager Portfolios — We believe great investing happens when experienced experts collaborate to develop and execute aligned strategies. Genus Multi-Manager Portfolios bring together our expertise in developed market stock selection and asset allocation with the complementary skill-set of our institutional-quality sub-advisors, Addenda Capital and Wells Capital.

Montreal-based Addenda Capital is one of Canada’s leading bond houses. They manage our high-quality fixed income mandates that include commercial mortgages, as well as corporate and government bonds. Boston-based Wells Capital is a leading global money manager, and they are responsible for security selection on our emerging markets equity mandate.

Our Multi-Manager Portfolios can be customized in a number of ways. Firstly, your organization’s investments can be set up to match your specific needs for income, growth, liquidity and capital preservation. For those who want a tactical approach, we proactively tilt portfolios toward the most attractive asset classes, and away from areas that present more risk. We can also tailor the safety and yield characteristics of your holdings through our industry leading low-volatility, high-dividend mandates. For clients wanting socially responsible investing, we have the expertise to customize your Multi-Manager Portfolio along those dimensions as well.

Best of Best Around the World — Our Genus CanGlobe and Genus Dividend strategies provide strong diversification and are designed to maximize risk-adjusted returns. These stock mandates combine Canada and the rest of the world into a single optimized strategy that emphasizes top industries in each region. They are invested at around 40 percent Canada, 60 percent global, and are tilted toward the most attractive countries on a monthly basis. Genus CanGlobe seeks to maximize exposure to our highest-ranked stocks with market-levels of risk, while the Genus Dividend strategy provides better income and safety.

Alpha Strategies — Deliver highly concentrated stock strategies in specific geographic regions. These mandates offer access to our highest ranked equities in Canada, the U.S. and EAFE (Europe, Australia and the Far East). Although these strategies are less diversified, they provide greater return potential. To manage risk during difficult market cycles, we aim to allocate a portion of assets to cash.


DynaMix ETF Strategies — These mandates are designed to pursue additional returns and risk reduction through highly active asset allocation. The investment tactics are all expressed through exchange traded funds (ETFs) and are driven by our proprietary DynaMix research. This advanced asset-allocation tool examines over 90 proven market indicators to forecast relative monthly performance amongst several cash, bond, stock, currency and commodity sectors. DynaMix insights help us systematically increase exposure to attractive asset classes and avoid those presenting more risk.

Fossil Free Portfolios — For clients preferring socially responsible investing, Genus offers a variety of strategies based on environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria. For example, many investors concerned about climate risk want to divest from fossil fuels. We are leaders in this area and were recognized in 2014 by the Responsible Investment Association as offering “the most robust subcategory of Fossil Fuel Free products.” All of our socially responsible strategies seek to add performance by identifying and avoid ESG related risks. Read more about SRI investing.

Impact Equity Strategy — Mission-based investing is another significant growth area in sustainability. Our strategy seeks to make positive social and environmental impacts in addition to generating competitive financial returns. This mandate focuses on investing in global companies who are leaders in sustainability areas such as: renewable energy, energy efficiency, water and waste management, low negative impact products, sustainable agriculture, as well as access to healthcare, education and technology. This solution is a one-of-a-kind in Canada. Read more about SRI investing.

We believe great investing happens when experienced experts collaborate to develop and execute aligned strategies.


Competitive Advantage

Knowledge is power, and in the ‘information age’, it’s essential to have a systematic way to gain insights from the mega data available. Over the past 25 years, we’ve built and continued to enhance our leading-edge investment research and analysis platform called Genus RAMKit. This proprietary software equips us to collect and continually interpret vast amounts of new information from many sources around the world. Through RAMKit, we can find determinants of performance, develop and test asset allocation strategies, and explore new security selection and portfolio construction techniques. RAMKit contains more than 1.5 terabytes of economic, market and stock data from around the globe. Through this system, we’ve found over 300 proven investment factors and used them to develop more than 40 investment models. RamKit enables Genus to continually improve and executive sound strategies for our clients.


At Your Service
In addition to managing your foundation’s money, we provide a wide range of value-added resources. These include financial planning, as well as financial education events. As a client, you can receive:

• Direct service and money management through a dedicated Portfolio Manager;
• A customized Investment Policy Statement that establishes your organization’s investment goals;
• A comprehensive quarterly reporting package that can be tailored to meet your organization’s needs;
• Quarterly consultations via phone or in-person;
• Quarterly online video commentary and newsletters from our investment team;
• Secure web access to your account information;
• Prompt response to your calls and emails, usually within two business hours;
• Invitations to Genus-sponsored educational seminars;
• A complimentary Genus cash-flow analysis;
• Access to answers from our knowledgeable panel of experts.

Reasonable Pricing
Without a doubt, reducing investment fees and expenses is one of the best ways to improve results. Our fees are competitive and transparently based on the market value of the assets we manage for you. In this way, we have a direct financial incentive to put your interests first and help protect and grow your organization’s wealth.

Your Money is Secure
When Genus acts as your manager, we never hold any of your cash or securities. Our clients’ savings and investments are always held in trust, safeguarded by an independent custodian. RBC Investor Services Trust acts as our fund custodian. RBC is among the top 10 global custodians in the world and the leading provider of investor services in Canada.


Learn More

We welcome your questions and enquiries. Please feel free to contact us. We would also be pleased to meet with you to discuss your organization’s needs in more detail.

Wayne Wachell, MBA CFA
CEO & Chief Investment Officer (Founding Partner)

John-Paul (J.P.) Harrison, MBA
President (Partner)

Margaret Lanthier, BA BEd CIF
Director of Non-Profit Investments (Partner)

Sue-May Talbot, CIM
Portfolio Manager, Director of Client Service (Partner)