Manulife Investment Management

Office address: 200 Bloor Street East, Toronto, ON M4W 1E5
Year established: 1887 (parent company)
Company type: asset management, investment, insurance provider, financial services provider
Employees: 1,000 to 5,000
Expertise: finance
Parent company: Manulife Financial Corporation
CEO and key people: Paul R. Lorentz, President and CEO
Financing status: corporate backed or acquired

Manulife Investment Management is one of the largest asset managers in Canada, with $845 billion in assets under management as of March 2023. It’s a subsidiary of Manulife Financial Corporation, one of the largest financial services companies in Canada. Manulife Investment Management is an advocate for investing sustainably and aims to be a global leader in this area.

History of Manulife Investment Management

Manulife Investment Management builds on the heritage and reputation of its parent company, Manulife Financial. Manulife was established as “The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company” by an Act of Parliament in 1887. Canada’s first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, was also the company’s first president.

In 2019, Manulife brought together its institutional, retail and retirement wealth and asset management businesses under one brand: Manulife Investment Management. The company is known by this name in Canada, Asia and Europe; in the US, it goes by John Hancock Investment Management.

Manulife Investment Management has grown rapidly since 2019. The company has expanded its product offerings and geographic reach, and it is now one of the largest asset managers in Canada.

Products and Services of Manulife Investment Management

Manulife Investment Management offers a wide range of products and services to institutional and individual investors. The company's products and services include:

  • mutual funds
  • segregated funds
  • ETFs
  • tax, retirement, estate planning
  • group retirement

Manulife Investment Management also offers a variety of investment management services, such as portfolio management, investment consulting, and investment research.

Culture at Manulife Investment Management

Manulife Investment Management has consistently ranked as among Canada’s top employers based on the awards it receives from different organizations. The company remains committed to creating a positive work environment by:

  • espousing a values-first culture, with a focus on customers
  • offering opportunities for growth and development
  • promoting and supporting a DEI program that honors its employees, clients, and communities

Manulife Investment Management is also an advocate of sustainable investing. Its investment teams incorporate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) principles in every activity. The company also has a dedicated team of 25 sustainability professionals to support its sustainability goals. Manulife Investment is a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment.

About Manulife Investment Management President and CEO Paul R. Lorentz

Not a lot of executives can say that they’ve been with the company for 30 years, but Paul R. Lorentz can. He has been with Manulife since 1993, rising through the ranks and taking on leadership roles over the years. He assumed the role of president and CEO in 2019.

Lorentz graduated from the University of Waterloo with a B. Mathematics and is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries. He is also an alumnus of the Queen’s Leadership Program.

Future at Manulife Investment Management

Manulife Investment Management is a leading name in its field, just like its parent company has been for the past 130 years. With Manulife Investment’s steady improvements in financial services, the DEI space, and sustainable investing, the company continues to bring pride to the Manulife brand.

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