Holding a Master’s degree in economics from Université Laval, Mr. Gignac has amassed a wealth of experience after 30 years in the public and private sectors, including serving as a Member of the National Assembly and minister in the Quebec government. Before entering politics, in 2009 Mr. Gignac served as special advisor to the deputy minister of finance in Ottawa, and officially represented Canada on a G20 task force.

During the previous 20 years, Mr. Gignac acted as economic consultant and strategist for several prominent financial institutions, notably as Vice President and Chief Economist at National Bank Financial from 2000 to 2008. During this period, Mr. Gignac was regularly named one of Canada’s top three economists/strategists in the Brendan Wood annual survey of portfolio managers. As decided by his peers, he was elected President of Association des économistes québécois (ASDEQ) in 2008.

Since December 2012, Mr. Gignac has held the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Economist at Industrial Alliance Financial Services. As well as serving as spokesman on economic matters for the financial group, he also works closely with investment portfolio managers and is president of the Asset Allocation Committee. Mr. Gignac is also the lead portfolio manager for IA Clarington Yield Opportunities Fund, IA Clarington Monthly Income Balanced Fund and IA Clarington Managed Portfolios.

Mr. Gignac is an esteemed speaker and often sought after by the media. In 2012, he was asked to chair the committee on competitiveness at the prestigious World Economic Forum in Davos.

Clément's philosophy

Clément employs a flexible and diligent asset allocation process that focuses on analysis of global economic and market conditions. He vigilantly and prudently manages risk using a variety of tools, including options strategies, to help reduce the exposure of his funds to potential market downturns.

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