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Mackenzie appoints Alex Bellefleur as Chief Economist and Strategist, Multi-Asset Strategies Team

TORONTO ­– September 12, 2018 – Mackenzie Investments has hired Alex Bellefleur, CFA, effective September 17, as Chief Economist and Strategist of the Multi-Asset Strategies Team. Insightful research is the foundation of Mackenzie’s investment strategies and Bellefleur will support and help drive the team’s asset allocation solutions for investors. Working with this leading team, Bellefleur will contribute insights to build proprietary valuation models and assess macroeconomic conditions and their impact on global markets.

“Alex Bellefleur is an experienced economist with a strong ability to link economic indicators to the financial markets,” said Alain Bergeron, Senior Vice President and Head of the Multi-Asset Strategies Team. “Our multi-asset investors will benefit from his in-depth analysis, research, and interpretation of global macroeconomic data, trends and themes.”

Prior to this appointment, Bellefleur served in progressively senior roles at Pavilion Global Markets Ltd. in Montreal, most recently as Head of Global Macro Strategy & Research. He also worked as an Associate Analyst at Moody’s Investors Service in Toronto. He has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Economics from Université Laval and the University of British Columbia, respectively.

“With wide-ranging expertise in analyzing global macroeconomic data, Alex will be a key player in our Multi-Asset Strategies Team and in the solutions we offer investors,” said Tony Elavia, Mackenzie Investments Chief Investment Officer.

Mackenzie Investments has also hired Blair Ireland, CFA, effective September 17, as Portfolio Manager on the Multi-Asset Strategies Team. Ireland has worked as a portfolio manager and researcher at firms such as CPP Investment Board and Citadel. He has a strong background in systematic portfolio management and global macroeconomics.“

I am delighted to work with Blair again,” added Bergeron. “This re-unifies four investment professionals who have worked well together in the past, and also adds to our tremendous experience with pension style investing.”

About Mackenzie Investments

Mackenzie Investments was founded in 1967, and is a leading investment management firm providing investment advisory and related services. With $142.3 billion in assets under management as of August 31, 2018, Mackenzie Investments distributes its investment services through multiple distribution channels to both retail and institutional investors. Mackenzie Investments is a member of the IGM Financial Inc. (TSX: IGM) group of companies. IGM Financial is one of Canada's premier financial services companies with $161.1 billion in total assets under management as of August 31, 2018

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Trish Tervit
Director, Communications and Media Relations
Mackenzie Investments