CPPIB CEO Urges Canada to Look Overseas for Growth

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The CEO of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) told the Toronto Region Board of Trade on Monday that Canada should be looking overseas and around the world for growth opportunities.

More on Mark Wiseman’s remarks from the Times Colonist:

Meanwhile, Wiseman said in a speech prepared for Monday’s annual dinner of the Toronto Region Board of Trade that Canadian organizations should be looking overseas for growth.

He noted that the CPPIB already invests 70 per cent of its capital outside of Canada, with a particular focus on China, India and Brazil.

“Most of you are familiar with Wayne Gretzky’s style of playing hockey — he staked to where the puck was going to be, not to where it was,” Wiseman said in his speech to the business audience.

“To put it bluntly, Canada needs to follow Gretzky’s practice.”

Wiseman says Canada should leverage its strong reputation overseas and its large population of immigrants, who possess a wealth of global experience that can help Canadian companies expand abroad.

“Having international skills and knowledge is a key asset — and it’s one that won’t rise and fall in value along with global commodity prices,” Wiseman said.

The CPPIB managed $201.1 billion in assets at the end of last fiscal year.

 

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