Canadian Large-Cap Growth Equity

The strategy seeks to achieve long-term capital appreciation by investing primarily in Canadian large-cap securities with a growth bias.


The team believes that long-term outperformance comes from bottom-up selection of stocks of companies with excellent growth characteristics benefiting from strong long-term investment trends and from top-down sector allocation accounting for economic and market trends.

Managed by

Shauna Sexsmith, CFA

Senior Portfolio Manager, Canadian Growth Equity

Shauna is senior managing director and senior portfolio manager at Manulife Investment Management, and leads the Canadian growth equity team, responsible for managing Canadian and North American growth equity mandates. Over her career, Shauna has managed Canadian, dividend, small-cap, balanced, North American, and global strategies; she has focused primarily on Canadian growth strategies over the last 15 years. Prior to joining the company, Shauna was vice president and portfolio manager with Altamira Management, where, as subadvisor, she managed a Canadian large-cap growth fund for Manulife. Shauna holds the Certified Financial Analyst designation.

  • Education: B.A. in Finance and Economics, University of Toronto
  • Joined the company: 2002
  • Began career: 1987
Shauna Sexsmith, CFA

Noman Ali, CFA

Senior Portfolio Manager, Canadian Growth Equity

Noman is a managing director and senior portfolio manager at Manulife Investment Management, working with the Canadian growth equity team, and responsible for large-cap growth mandates. Prior to his current role, Noman worked on the U.S. equity team, which was responsible for large-, mid-, and small-cap U.S. equity mandates for clients worldwide. His previous experience includes working as head of research at AKD Securities in his native Pakistan.

  • Education: M.B.A., Karachi University
  • Joined the company: 1999
  • Began career: 1995
Noman Ali, CFA

Luciano Orengo, CFA

Senior Portfolio Manager, Canadian Growth Equity

Luciano is a managing director and senior portfolio manager for Manulife Investment Management, working with the Canadian growth equity team. He’s responsible for the analysis of Canadian and U.S. stocks for Canadian small- and mid-cap equity mandates. Prior to joining the company, Luciano worked as a research analyst for the Canadian Shareowner Association and for the Fund Counsel.

  • Education: M.A. in Economics, McGill University; B.A. in Economics, Ottawa University
  • Joined the company: 2001
  • Began career: 1997
Luciano Orengo, CFA


At Manulife Investment Management, we offer investment strategies through a variety of vehicles to suit a broad range of client needs. Contact our institutional sales or consultant relations team to find out if this strategy/vehicle is offered in your region. 

Separate accounts

Our separate accounts and separately managed accounts (SMAs) are designed for institutions and high-net-worth clients seeking tailored investment solutions and direct ownership of securities. 


Our professionally managed collective investment trusts (CITs) are available in certain qualified retirement plans.

Mutual funds

Mutual funds are liquid, professionally managed portfolios which are available to both institutional and retail investors.

Key facts

Inception date

January 2003

Strategy AUM (CAD)

$1.8 billion


S&P/TSX Composite Index



Expected tracking error

3% to 5%

Average portfolio manager experience

27 years

Important disclosures

All information shown is as of March 31, 2020, unless otherwise indicated. Strategy-level information may differ from vehicle-specific information. Not all vehicles are available in all locations and may be offered through affiliates of Manulife Investment Management.


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