Desautels Capital Management

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Desautels Capital Management

Desautels Capital Management Inc. is Canada’s first university-owned, student-run, licensed and regulated investment firm with assets totaling $9M. Established in 2009, Desautels Capital Management offers students at McGill University meaningful and realistic experience in the industry.

The firm currently manages four funds:

  1. the Desautels Global Equity Fund
  2. the Desautels Fixed Income Fund
  3. the Desautels Alpha Squared Equity Fund
  4. the Desautels SRI Equity Fund.

The first two funds are managed by the Honours in Investment Management students and the latter are managed by MMF students. Each fund has a team of student-analysts, led by a strategist. Students are guided by experienced faculty members and by the Desautels Global Experts with expertise in investment management.

Alpha Squared Equity Fund

The Alpha Squared Equity Fund was launched in January 2017 to provide Masters of Management in Finance (MMF) students with real world investment management experience. MMF students work as Analysts for Desautels Capital Management (DCM) and are responsible for all elements of the $1 million Fund, including research, trade execution, portfolio and risk management, compliance, and settlement. The Fund uses a combination of top-down macroeconomic views, bottom-up fundamental valuation, and quantitative analysis. The MMF's rigorous curriculum provides students with the necessary skills to become effective managers, and students are further mentored by DCM's Chief Investment Officer, Prof. Vadim di Pietro.

Desautels SRI Equity Fund

The Desautels Faculty of Management has introduced a new fund dedicated to Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) under Desautels Capital Management (DCM) – a student-run, registered investment management firm. Learn more

For further information on Fund details, investment style, and past student publications visit

Experiential learning

Vadim di Pietro

"As analysts at Desautels Capital Management, MMF students put theory to practice to generate alpha for our investors. If you’re passionate about finance, this is the place to be."

Vadim di Pietro
Chief Investment Officer,
Desautels Capital Management

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