The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec's mission is to achieve an optimal return on the deposits of its clients, or depositors, while contributing to Québec's economic development.
Created in 1965, the Caisse is now one of the largest institutional fund managers in Canada and North America. The leading private equity investor in Canada, it is also one of the 10 largest real estate asset managers in the world.
The Caisse’s financial soundness has earned it the best credit ratings issued by the following credit rating agencies: Moody's Investors Service, Standard and Poor's, and Dominion Bond Rating Service.
The Caisse serves 29 depositors, primarily public and private pension and insurance funds in Québec. In addition to managing their funds, the Caisse provides investment consulting services to all its depositors.
Delivering long-term returns
The Caisse is committed to acting in a fiduciary spirit to provide long-term, risk-adjusted, liability-driven returns to its depositors.
As at December 31, 2012, its depositors’ net assets totalled $176.2 billion.
Contributing to the Québec's economic development
The Caisse is a leading investor in Québec, defining itself as a long-term partner for promising, high-quality, well-managed companies.
In line with its mission, the Caisse has reaffirmed its commitment to strengthening its presence and fulfilling its leadership role in Québec. Its objectives are to increase its investments, support successful companies in their plans to expand locally and internationally, play a leadership role in the university and financial sectors, and pursue its efforts to purchase Québec goods and services and promote sustainable development.
Earning an optimal return on funds under management
The Caisse implements a diversification strategy to increase the value of its clients’ funds. It invests in financial markets in Québec, elsewhere in Canada, and around the world, in various types of assets, and in all economic sectors.
The Caisse’s foreign investment strategy is based on partnership, particularly in private equity and real estate. This approach helps to minimize the risks related to investing and opens the door to a wide range of business opportunities and large-scale international projects.
As an institutional investor, the Caisse tries to influence the social, environmental, and governance (SEG) performance of companies. It has also been committed to sustainable development for several years, addressing social, economic and environmental issues through its actions.
Adopting best governance practices
The Caisse manages and coordinates its activities in accordance with the rules of transparency, integrity, and responsibility specific to its role as investor. In addition, it encourages the companies in which it invests to adopt good governance policies.
Recruiting the best talents
The Caisse employs one of the largest fund management teams in Canada and all of North America. It offers a stimulating, open-minded work environment and is an equal opportunity employer. The Caisse primarily recruits portfolio managers and analysts in various investment sectors along with professionals in related fields.