Active vs. Passive – A Perpetual Debate

“Active vs. Passive – A Perpetual Debate.” 

The Ontario Trade and Investment Office Tokyo is hosting an event with the support of CCCJ on Active vs. Passive – A Perpetual Debate.”

Date: Friday, September 8, 10:00-12:50

Venue: Embassy of Canada to Japan (North 4F)


Mr. ARJUN KUMAR, HBA, MBA, CFA (Sprucegrove Investment Management, Toronto; CEO, Portfolio Manager & Board Director)

Ms. TASLEEM JAMAL, B.Comm., BA, MBA, CFA (Sprucegrove Investment Management, Toronto; Executive Vice President, Head of Marketing & Client Services)

Mr. Mineo Bito, CFA, President of Bito Financial Services 

Fee: Free of charge



Over the past 25 years, global pension assets have grown threefold from ~$15 trillion to ~$45 trillion. The U.S. remains the largest market, with a 64% share of global pension assets. This has largely been driven by investing in global equities.

The evolution of the global markets has resulted in a proliferation of investment managers and new asset classes. Most recently, some of the trends observed include Sustainable Investing and Artificial Intelligence (AI), which has seeped into pension investments further fueling the ongoing debate of Active vs. Passive investing. 

After a 40-year secular trend of declining interest rates, both inflation and interest rates have increased globally in the aftermath of the global pandemic. We have seen geo-political tensions, supply-side disruptions, and rising energy costs which have all distorted consumer prices, leading to higher costs of living, globally.

Our speakers will delve into these key topics, trends, and concerns shared by institutional investors in recent years.

With that background, we are delighted to introduce CCCJ Corporate member, Sprucegrove Investment Management Ltd., a Canadian institutional investment manager, who has a proven track record of successfully managing U.S. and Canadian institutional assets in global equity markets for almost 40 years.



09:50-10:10  Registration

10:15-10:20  Opening remarks by Marc Bolduc, Chair, Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan

10:20-10:50  Keynote Speech by Mineo Bito, CFA, President of Bito Financial Services 

10:50-11:45  Presentation by Arjun Kumar (CEO) & Tasleem Jamal (EVP), Sprucegrove Investment Management  "Active vs. Passive"  - followed by QA session

11:45-11:50  Closing Remarks by Christian Howes, Government of Ontario Trade and Investment Office 

11:50-12:50  Networking lunch (Beverages/Finger foods)


*Schedule may differ slightly from the above listed

*This event is on the record

*Guests must present a government-issued photo ID and submit to a bag check upon entry

*Sorry, but no walk-ins allowed

Event Details

  • September 08 (Fri)
    Registration Closed
  • 10:15 ~ 12:50
  • Free of Charge
Registration is Closed