Company Summary

Established in 1994, BonaVista Asset Management Ltd. (BonaVista) manages approximately $1 billion in investments. Prior to 1994, the firm was a well-known investment house within Confederation Life Insurance Company that produced some of the top money managers in Canada. In September 2005, BonaVista was acquired by Phillips, Hager & North Investment Management Ltd., itself acquired by Royal Bank of Canada in May 2008. In November 2010, Phillips, Hager & North Investment Management Ltd. amalgamated with RBC Asset Management Inc. to form RBC Global Asset Management Inc. (RBC GAM). BonaVista remains a separate company and is a wholly owned, indirect subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada.

Located in Toronto, BonaVista serves clients across the country in the pension, foundation and private client markets both directly and through alliances with Great-West Life and London Life, Standard Life, and Sun Life.

BonaVista is registered as a portfolio manager in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan; and is registered as an investment fund manager in Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec; and is also registered as an exempt market dealer in Ontario.

Source: BonaVista Asset Management

Unique Value Proposition

We apply a value-driven philosophy to the management of both our equity and fixed income (bond) portfolios. We believe that superior long-term investment returns are a function of combining the purchase of quality securities at attractive prices and having the patience to wait until the value is recognized in the market.

Over time, we expect that equities will provide the best risk-adjusted returns, with bonds contributing stability over shorter time periods.

Discipline and continuity lead to consistent outperformance

Clear philosophy and well established processes. The conservative, relative value approach used by BonaVista has a long history, and has been successfully applied across asset classes and across firms, from BonaVista to Sprucegrove Investment Management Ltd. (Sprucegrove), our sub-advisor for international equities. Our proprietary valuation tool, the Common Stock Rating System (CSRS), has successfully identified relative value in the marketplace under a variety of market conditions.

Continuity of decision-makers. BonaVista’s investment decision-makers – whether internal or sub-advisors – have all been associated with the firm since its inception and each one has more than twenty years of investment experience. Each decision-maker has effectively held the same asset-class responsibilities for at least 10 years.

Proven track record. BonaVista has consistently placed among the top investment managers in Canada across all asset classes. Our disciplined style and process, along with integrated, well-developed risk management tools, have delivered consistent outperformance, serving our clients very well in a variety of market conditions.

Depth of resources. With the support of its parent RBC Global Asset Management Inc. (RBC GAM), BonaVista has gained access to the resources of a large firm, while still maintaining smaller firm independence. This allows us to concentrate on excelling in investment management and client service.

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Key Personnel

Terry Bacinello, Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager
Paul Balfour, Vice President
Chris Beer, Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager


1 Adelaide Street East, Suite 2320
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5C 2V9

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