Alpha will only get harder to generate (and other findings)

This year’s International Best Practices Forum which took place in Victoria, BC, from October 11-13, 2023, brought together an exceptional group of leaders from across the Canadian pension industry. The two-day agenda sparked conversations about the foundational changes taking hold in the asset management space as investors grapple with geopolitical divisions, rising interest rates, and the growing impact of the energy transition.

Our key findings this year: most asset owners think AI holds more benefits than risks, alpha is going to get increasingly difficult to generate in the coming years, and a recession is in the cards over the next six to 12 months.

See the full list of questions and results below – and follow Canadian Leadership Congress on LinkedIn for photo highlights from the event.

Are the goals of sustainable investing aligned with the dynamics of a free market economy?

Given expectations of market volatility and uncertainty in the coming years, will be easier or harder to generate alpha?

In 2025 will we view AI as a benefit or a risk?

Do you think Indian businesses or the Indian Government will look on potential Canadian investment negatively as a result of the recent allegations by Canada of Indian Government involvement in the assassination of a Sikh Canadian?

Are you planning to increase your allocation to infrastructure in the next 2-3 years?

Interested in joining us at the 2024 DB Pension New Ideas Forum? Please contact Joanne Boccia at