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Manitou Investment Management Limited


150 King Street West
Suite 2003, P.O. Box 31
Toronto , Ontario M5H 1J9
(416) 865 - 1867

Principal Contacts

Mark Gaskin
President & Portfolio Manager
Tel: (416) 628 - 6512

John Platt
Vice President & Investment Counsellor
Tel: (416) 628 - 6514

Talia Rovinski
Senior Counsel, Vice President & Senior Counsellor
Tel: (416) 628 - 6519

Client Minimums

Private: $5,000,000
Institutional: $10,000,000

Types of Accounts Managed

  • Private Individual / Investor
  • Family Office
  • Institutional Investor - Pension Plan
  • Institutional Investor - Non-Profit
  • Institutional Investor - First Nations
  • Institutional Investor - Other

Provinces of Business

  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • Manitoba
  • Nova Scotia
  • Ontario*
  • Quebec
  • Saskatchewan

* indicates a physical location in this province

About Manitou Investment Management

Founded in 1999, Manitou Investment Management Ltd. is an independent investment management company located in Toronto. Manitou manages Canadian, U.S. and Global equities on a segregated specialist or pooled basis.  Fixed income management is also available, primarily to serve short to mid term cash requirements.

Our Clients

Clients are both institutional (endowments/foundations, corporations and pension plans) and private clients.  We believe an exceptional client experience requires two key ingredients: strong investment returns and open and candid communications with clients and the other trusted advisors involved with the management of their financial affairs.

Approach to Equity

Our approach puts risk management and the assessment of quality at the forefront of all investment decisions.  Emphasis is placed on rigorous and independent company research and effective capital allocation.

While our view of risk leads us to emphasize preservation of capital, our strategy employs a truly concentrated, yet efficiently diversified approach, leading to consistent long-term outperformance. Our strategy tends to underperform bull markets and outperform bear markets.  While we identify a benchmark/index for purposes of comparison, our primary focus is on generating positive absolute returns over the longer term.

We evaluate businesses from the standpoint of an owner rather than that of a stock trader.  We strive to gain superior knowledge about a company, such as its internal workings (culture), industry dynamics, financial strength, competitive advantage and leadership.

Understanding the business, and the industry in which it operates, enables us to formulate a solid estimate of its true (intrinsic) value.  We then determine the discount between a company’s stock price and our estimation of its intrinsic value we required before we will purchase of the company.  By paying less than our estimate of a company’s true value we reduce downside risk in the event of unforeseen negative surprises and position ourselves for positive absolute returns.

Our objective is to grow our clients’ capital by outperforming on absolute and relative measures:

1. An absolute return of CPI+6%, net of fees, over a rolling three year period.

2. Exceed the return of the relevant benchmark, net of fees, over a rolling three year period.

3. Perform in the first quartile of both a selected and broader universe of peers.

Key Concepts:

  • Concentrated portfolios (<25 names)
  • Growing companies trading below their intrinsic value
  • Disciplined buy and sell decisions based on price relative to intrinsic value and long term company prospects
  • Alpha derived prrimarly from concentration and disciplined capital allocation
  • High active share (typically > 80)
  • Low turnover (typically < 30%)
  • Low downside capture (typically < 70%)
  • Low beta (typically < .75)