There are few surprises on this year’s list of TopGun Investment Minds – a set of awards given out to the best money managing professionals in the country, as selected by others in the industry.
Of the six chief investment officers selected as TopGun Team Leaders for 2012, five represent companies that were on the list last year. Each leader is the face of one of the firms with the most employees within the main list of 72 TopGun winners, which is put together by advisory firm Brendan Wood International.
With six professionals on the list, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec’s Roland Lescure and CI Investments’ Eric Bushell easily made the cut again this year. So did Daniel Chornous of RBC Global Asset Management – a firm that scooped up six TopGuns. Mr. Chornous was also credited for PHN’s four winners.
CC&L’s founder Larry Lunn led his team to five awards, and Dennis Mitchell’s team over at Sentry Investments had a team of four winners on the list. Veteran money manager Jean-Guy Desjardins’s Fiera Capital also had four top performers within the top 72, making his firm the only new addition to the team level.
But while 2012’s crop of winners looks fairly similar to last year’s, the number of those who received awards has skyrocketed. Of the more than 800 candidates to choose from, just over half received a nomination for the TopGun award. From there, a panel of investment professionals whittled the list down to 72 winners. That list, though, is notably larger than the 50 minds selected for the award last year.
The other 41 professionals who made the cut this year come from an assortment of firms such as CIBC, Goodman and Aurion, just to name a few.