Press Release Source: Mackenzie Financial Corporation
Mackenzie in the spotlight at annual awards gala
Thursday December 4, 11:07 am ET
Mackenzie tallies eight awards; Peter Cundill named Canada's Fund Manager of the Year
TORONTO, Dec. 4 /CNW/ - Mackenzie Financial Corporation was honoured with eight awards at the 2003
Annual Canadian Investment Awards Gala last night in Toronto. Most notably, Peter Cundill, renowned
contrarian and lead manager of Mackenzie's Cundill fund family, was named Canada's Mutual Fund
Manager of the Year. The award marks the third time in six years that a Mackenzie fund manager has been
honoured with this distinction. Combined, Mackenzie's list of awards addressed the breadth of its business
- Analysts' Choice Fund Manager of the Year: Peter Cundill, Mackenzie Cundill Funds
- Advisors' Choice for Education
- Segregated Canadian Income Fund of the Year: Mackenzie Sentinel Income Segregated Fund
- Specialty Fund of the Year: Mackenzie Universal Canadian Resource Fund
- Global Balanced Fund of the Year: Mackenzie Cundill Global Balanced Fund
- Global Equity Fund of the Year: Mackenzie Cundill Recovery Fund
- Segregated Global Equity Fund of the Year: Mackenzie Cundill Value Segregated Fund
- Print Advertising Award - Mackenzie "Basketball", "Girl Genius", "Twins", and "Dinosaur"
Analysts' Choice for Fund Manager of the Year
Determined by a group of 19 industry analysts, the Fund Manger of the Year award recognizes Cundill's
formidable expertise and superior track record as a value manager. Two of the longest running Cundill
funds, Mackenzie Cundill Value Fund and the Mackenzie Cundill Canadian Security Fund, have been
repeatedly included on Morningstar's coveted 5-star rated funds list, offering investors long-term returns
with low volatility. These funds have also exhibited contrarian sales patterns, posting substantial net sales
over periods when other funds have been in net redemptions. Three other funds for which Cundill is lead
manager also won awards last night.
"Peter is unquestionably top in his field and highly deserving of this honour," said David Feather, president,
Mackenzie Financial Services Inc. "Cundill is synonymous with value and Peter's steadfast dedication to
this philosophy is the reason behind the outstanding performance for which Cundill is renowned. Peter is an
exceptional manager and it is extremely rewarding to see his accomplishments recognized by the industry."
Also the founder of Vancouver-based Cundill Investment Research Ltd., Cundill was previously honoured
at the annual awards gala in 2001 with the Analysts' Choice Career Achievement Award. The award was in
recognition of Cundill's proven superior performance and his outstanding lifetime contribution to the
financial community, as determined by a panel of third-party analysts.
An advocate of Benjamin Graham's value approach since 1973, Cundill has applied his personal brand of
investment management for the last thirty years. Montreal-born, Cundill operates out of London, U.K. and
spends over 200 days a year traveling in search of value opportunities for Mackenzie funds.
For the second year in a row, a Mackenzie fund manager has been honoured with this distinction. Jerry
Javasky, lead manager of the Ivy family of funds, received the Analysts' Choice Fund Manager of the Year
award in both 1998 and 2002.
Advisors' Choice for Education
Mackenzie was awarded for providing quality education, as voted by Canadian financial advisors.
For many years, Mackenzie has offered leading education programs to financial advisors, including:
Mackenzie University, an annual assembly of advisors for continuing education; and e-Services and
InfoMack 4 training sessions. e-Services provides advisors with online account information, and InfoMack 4
offers a series of financial planning tools to help and further educate advisors on the planning process.
InfoMack 4 has benefited advisors and investors alike by improving the ability of financial advisors to
explain to clients complex concepts and discuss the process of investing to meet long-term financial goals.
Mackenzie Financial Corporation is a multi-faceted investment management and financial services
corporation founded in 1967. Mackenzie's core business is the management of mutual funds on behalf of
North American investors. The company manages approximately $36.7 billion for more than one million
investors through its family of mutual, segregated and pension funds. Mackenzie funds are sold through
more than 37,000 independent financial advisors across Canada.
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