Duane Green officially assumed his new role as President and CEO of Franklin Templeton Investments in Canada. We recently sat down with Duane to discuss his background, his goals for Franklin Templeton's Canadian business, and his outside interests.
I have always had a keen interest in business, and my passion for the investment management world started when I was studying economics at the University of Ottawa in the early '90s. One of my professors recommended that I get some sales experience in order to broaden my perspective on investing. He thought that it would open many doors for me and he was right.
I joined Franklin Templeton in 2004 in the role of Vice President, Strategic Alliances. Four years later, I was promoted to head up our Canadian institutional business. We built a great team and, with a lot of hard work building relationships and demonstrating our capabilities, the institutional business grew significantly. In 2015, I became the Managing Director for Canada where I was responsible for overseeing the company's retail, institutional, high net worth, marketing, business operations and strategy groups. And now, I have the honour of taking on the role of President and CEO of the Canadian business.
I am excited to lead a team that continues to work with plan sponsors, other institutional clients and their consultants and intermediaries to improve plan outcomes. We achieve this by being a trusted advisor and providing the highest quality investment solutions, strong investment performance and superior client service. While we are a truly global company with clients in over 170 countries, Franklin Templeton has a long history of managing assets in Canada, dating back to 1954.
Our teams across the country leverage Franklin Templeton's global expertise and resources to give us a unique edge over the competition. So we are fortunate to be able to offer a broad and deep shelf of specialized, independent managers providing diverse investment solutions across multiple asset classes. We can provide our Canadian institutional clients with a truly global perspective informed by local insights. So whether it is equity, fixed income, real assets, or alternatives, to name just a few, we have the asset management experience and expertise to be able to tailor a solution that fits the need.
So it is an honour to be taking the reins here in Canada because I do believe our global asset management and risk management platforms can be of significant value to institutional investors.
And finally, I am looking forward to continuing and evolving our tradition of community involvement. Our global Involved Program supports volunteerism among our employees. I am so proud that our employees have the passion to affect positive change and I am committed to providing them with the resources and opportunities to do that.
Global growth prospects, the new U.S. administration, European elections and potential interest rate hikes are some of the factors fueling uncertainty in the markets this year. Regardless of what happens, we want to continue to provide timely perspectives to help our clients make well-informed decisions regarding the growth and resilience of their portfolios.
Institutional investing typically takes the long view, and as a firm we feel strongly that after 70 years of managing money through all market cycles we do have some insight into how to build portfolios to weather the inevitable ups and downs of markets. To do this, we will continue to leverage the insights and experience of approximately 650 investment professionals around the globe
I am a big believer in the power of volunteering. It's a wonderful chance to give back to the community and to gain new perspectives and experiences. I have had the privilege to have served on the board of Crohn's and Colitis Canada for three years and the board of Canada's National Ballet School for the past six years. I am also on the Faculty Cabinet at my alma mater, the University of Ottawa. During our spare time, my wife Angela and I love to travel, and Europe is a preferred destination. We are also huge baseball fans and in my office are souvenirs from my favourite sports team ... Go Jays Go!