Maintaining our capacity for support over the long term
Excerpt from the Investment Policy
The Investment Policy (the "Policy") governs the management of the investments (the "Fund") of the Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation (the "Foundation"). Its provisions reflect the instructions of the Board of Directors (the "Board"). All persons involved in managing the Fund, including trustees, Foundation employees and external service providers, are required to comply with these provisions. The Fund is managed in accordance with all applicable laws. In the event of conflict, the latter take precedence over the Policy.
Since the effects of social change can take generations to become apparent, the Foundation is intent on ensuring the continuity of its social action. To make certain that preventive and concerted action remains a central priority of Quebec society, the Foundation's goal is to generate sufficient investment income to maintain sustainability over a horizon of at least 40 years.
The Fund must be managed through healthy portfolio diversification, whether by applying different management strategies or using several investment managers. With the exception of a few activities, management of the Fund is entrusted to external managers.
Governance and responsibility
The Governance section of the Policy describes the responsibilities of the various Fund stakeholders, including the Board, the Investment Committee, the Investment department, external managers and the custodian.
Although the Board delegates overall management of the Fund to the Investment Committee, it retains certain responsibilities, including:
- Appointing the members of the Investment Committee and the Vice-President - Investments (ensuring that the Audit Committee Chair also sits on the Investment Committee)
- Establishing Policy guidelines
- Approving the Policy.
The main responsibilities of the Investment Committee are:
- Supervising all of the Fund's activities in accordance with the rules set out in the Policy
- Periodically reviewing the Policy and recommending its adoption to the Board
- Approving the choice of external managers based on recommendations from the Investment department.
The Investment Committee has delegated management of the Fund and implementation of the Policy to the Investment department, which is also responsible ensuring the sound implementation of the Policy. The Investment department provides support, transmits all relevant information, reports on its activities and makes recommendations to the Investment Committee.
The primary long-term risk is the potential inability to generate the income needed to achieve the Fund's objectives. To manage this risk, an asset allocation policy has been set up to limit probability. The asset allocation policy is the element that should have greatest impact on Fund return and volatility.
Since it is currently not possible to create a risk-free portfolio that would help to achieve the objective of sustainability, a certain degree of additional risk is unavoidable. Although investments in public shares and certain categories of alternative investments should generate sufficiently high returns over the long term, they result in greater short-term variability.
Asset class / Target allocationMoney market and Canadian bonds / 12%
Credit / 10%
Fixed income / 22%
Developed market equities / 34%
Emerging market equities / 9%
Private investments / 10%
Variable income / 53%
Real assets / 17%
Opportunistic strategies / 8%
Conflicts of interest
Members of the Board, the Investment Committee, Investment department and any other person with discretionary power in managing the Fund must take the necessary measures to avoid being in a situation of real or apparent conflict of interest between their interests and those of the Fund.
Once a year, the Policy is reviewed by the Investment Committee, which takes into account any major changes in the following areas:
- Fund objectives
- Its expenditure policy
- The Foundation's risk tolerance
- Long-term market perspectives
The Policy is reviewed in depth at least once every five years.
Every modification to the Policy is recommended by the Investment Committee to the Board for its approval.
(Excerpts from the Investment Policy adopted September 26, 2018)