As the nation debated the good and bad of foreign investment from Asian state-owned companies this month, Montreal investment executive Jean-Guy Desjardins was on a plane to Calgary to lock up a major acquisition.
During the trip, the chairman, chief executive officer and chief investment officer of Fiera Capital Corp., one of Quebec’s largest investment managers, met with his 20 new staff in Calgary at Canadian Wealth Management Group Inc., the company he purchased from Paris-based Société Générale, to “celebrate the beginning of our marriage.”
Then he was off to dinner, to catch up with senior executives of oil and gas companies in which his various funds are invested for a first-hand update about their activities.
His goal: to gain a beachhead in Alberta and grow it from its resource-based economy.
Wealth management, real estate, infrastructure, oil and gas — Mr. Desjardins likes it all.
“We are definitely open and…
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