Top Toronto Investment Managers Banking on Solid Returns to Help Kids With Disabilities

(TORONTO, ON) January 22, 2018 Three Canadian portfolio managers are hoping their investment strategies pay off big for Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.

Launching this month, Alfred Lam, Senior Vice-President and Chief Investment Officer, CI Multi-Asset Management, a division of CI Investments; Som Seif, President and Chief Executive Officer, Purpose Investments Inc.; and Michael Simpson, Senior Vice-President and Executive Portfolio Manager, Sentry Investments are managing funds for Holland Bloorview’s 2018 Investor Challenge. 

Each fund manager will start with $25,000 donated by their respective firms. Additional donations (including online donations) of cash or securities can also be made to Holland Bloorview Foundation, and then directed to each manager’s Investor Challenge fund at hollandbloorview.ca/InvestorChallenge.

They will manage all investments to their fund on behalf of Holland Bloorview Foundation over the course of the calendar year, with all capital and investment gains going directly to the hospital. 

The money raised will be used to develop new technologies that will help kids speak, walk, and play; improve patient care through innovative research; and provide specialized camps and recreation programs that let kids be kids. 

“The team at CI Investments is honoured to partner with the hospital’s outstanding team to raise funds for Holland Bloorview’s highest priority needs,” said Alfred Lam.  

“Purpose Investments has a strong sense of community at its core. I am thrilled to be involved in the Investor Challenge and the opportunity it provides for us to help this top-notch organization improve the lives of kids with disabilities,” said Som Seif.

“Holland Bloorview is so important to thousands of children and youth from across Canada. We look forward to using our specialized investment approach to benefit this great facility and the wonderful families it supports,” added Michael Simpson. 

Throughout 2018, BNN and The Globe and Mail will provide quarterly reports on the progress of each investment manager’s respective portfolio. Progress updates will also be posted regularly at hollandbloorviewfoundation.ca. 

“We’re grateful to these managers who are keen to invest in an organization that supports so many amazing kids and families,” said Sandra Hawken, President and CEO of Holland Bloorview Foundation. “Through their support and hard work, we can continue to invest in creating a world of possibilities for kids with disabilities.” 

Now in its fourth year, the Holland Bloorview Investor Challenge has attracted many of Toronto’s best investment managers who have raised over $525,000 during the past three years, directly supporting Holland Bloorview’s wide spectrum of programs and services. 
Learn more by visiting hollandbloorview.ca/InvestorChallenge


About Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital creates a world of possibility by supporting children and youth living with disability, medical complexity, illness and injury. Holland Bloorview is a top 40 Canadian research hospital that is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and serves 7,500 families annually. Providing both inpatient and outpatient services, Holland Bloorview is renowned for its expertise in partnering with clients and families to provide exceptional care. Holland Bloorview is the only organization to ever achieve 100 per cent in two successive quality surveys by Accreditation Canada. Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation raises funds in the community for Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. For more information, visit: hollandbloorviewfoundation.ca  

Media Contact:

Erin Johnston
Manager, Public Engagement
Holland Bloorview Foundation