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Brett House

Chief Economist, Alignvest Investment Management

BACKGROUND / Academic and professional background

Brett House is Chief Economist at Alignvest Investment Management, a path-breaking new asset manager based in Toronto. A seasoned macroeconomist and enthusiastic catalytic intrapreneur in policy institutions, financial markets, and academia, Brett was previously an economist and financial advisor to the UN Secretary-General, the International Monetary Fund, and World Bank, as well as a global strategist at New York-based hedge fund Woodbine Capital Advisors and an analyst at Goldman Sachs. He has also been a lecturer at the University of Oxford and McGill University, and senior macroeconomist at The Earth Institute, Columbia University. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation and a Visiting Scholar at Massey College in the University of Toronto.

ACHIEVEMENT/ What is your project, initiative, start-up, company all about?

Alignvest Investment Management (AIM) is an international multi-asset class investment management firm. AIM builds globally diversified portfolios using proprietary world-class investment strategies and design techniques. The AIM approach is based on a unifying set of core investment principles that incorporate public, private, and alternative asset classes and strategies. AIM delivers expertise and a sophisticated cross-asset class investment platform to a broad base of long-term asset owners.

LOCATION/ In which city, country, part of the world do you conduct your activities?

Canada and the world

IMPACT/ What is the positive economic, social, political, environmental…of your activity, project, initiative, start-up, company?

Alignvest Investment Management (AIM) generates long-term returns with relatively low volatility and well-managed risk by providing an investment approach pioneered at some of Canada’s largest public-pension funds to asset owners around the world. By bringing the “Canada model” to global institutional investors—investors who manage collectively the savings of millions of individual taxpayers and pensioners, the endowments of public bodies such as hospitals and universities, and the funds of large philanthropic foundations—AIM helps people to achieve their financial goals while focusing large pools of capital on long-term objectives.

QUOTE/ A saying, quote or reference phrase that tells something about you

“To whomsoever much is given, much shall be required.” Luke 12:48