Investment Management

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Why

Celernus?

Experienced management team

The Celernus investment team is comprised of Gordon Martin, MBA and Chris Grant, CFA. Gord and Chris have over forty years of combined industry experience. Their extensive and diverse investment experience results in an investment perspective that is singular to Celernus.

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Active management of private credit and real estate assets

At Celernus Investment Partners, our goal is to manage funds that generate attractive returns that have only minimal return variability from month-to-month (at least downside variability).

Our key funds: Celernus Mortgage and Income Trust (CMIT), Celernus Pivot Private Credit Fund (CPPCF), and Celernus Absolute Growth Fund (CAGF) all focus on the active management of private credit and real estate assets.

These funds allow investors to improve the returns of their investment portfolios while at the same time reducing the variability of those returns. We help reduce the reliance of investment portfolios on the equity risk premium to generate returns. Fewer equities means lower volatility of returns. Lower return volatility means less worry.

The Celernus funds help investors build better portfolios by emphasizing active, private, low volatility investment strategies.

Depending on an investor's objectives, our private credit and real estate strategies can help:

  1. Increase portfolio returns while maintaining similar volatility,
  2. Maintain portfolio returns while reducing volatility, or
  3. Increase portfolio returns and reduce volatility.

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Strategic partnerships

Our aim is to provide outstanding investment performance and client service. We couldn’t achieve this without our fantastic service partners and we are proud of and grateful for the strong relationships and support that we have received from all of them. Our partners were carefully chosen for their financial strength, expertise, dedication to client service, and technological capabilities.

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Our values drive our business practice

Celernus Investment Partners was founded in September 2011 and is registered with the Ontario Securities Commission in the categories of Portfolio Manager and Investment Fund Manager. Celernus manages individual discretionary accounts and investment funds on behalf of Canadian individuals and institutions. Our investment process and business practices are guided at all times by the five core values upon which the firm is founded: strong client relationships, cost efficient management, performance, partnership and social responsibility.

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Our

Team

Gord Martin

MBA

Managing Partner, Portfolio Manager

gmartin@celernus.com
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Christopher Grant

CFA

Senior Partner, Portfolio Manager

cgrant@celernus.com
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Kurt Hagerman

CPA, CA

Senior Partner, CCO & COO

khagerman@celernus.com
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Jonathan Miller

Senior Partner, Business Development

jmiller@celernus.com
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Toby Gibson

CIM

Senior Partner, Investment Counsellor

tgibson@celernus.com
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John E. Panneton

B.Comm.

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Our

Funds

CPPCF

Celernus Pivot Private Credit Fund

Celernus Pivot Private Credit Fund (CPPCF) is a secured commercial lending fund focused on financing the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises.

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CCOF

The Celernus Credit Opportunities Fund

The Celernus Credit Opportunities Fund (CCOF) is a fixed income fund that is principally focused on investing in the corporate and high yield credit market. The Fund's investment objective is to generate positive returns with an emphasis on capital preservation.

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CAGF

Celernus Absolute Growth Fund

The Celernus Absolute Growth Fund principally invests in a diversified portfolio of actively-managed, private equity real estate assets. The fund augments its exposure to equity real estate assets with investments in mortgage-backed securities, private credit assets and other alternative fixed income securities. The strategy of the Celernus Absolute Growth Fund is twofold: 1. To generate sufficient cash flow to provide positive monthly returns, and 2. To achieve meaningful capital gains by purchasing, developing and monetizing real estate assets.

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CMIT

Celernus Mortgage and Income Trust Fund

The Celernus Mortgage and Income Trust (CMIT) launched May 1, 2013. The Fund aims to provide investors consistent monthly income while simultaneously protecting capital, primarily through investments in mortgages with a loan to value measure that provides a desirable degree capital. In addition to first and second mortgages, CMIT may also invest in other asset backed debt, government and corporate bonds and security debentures, convertible debt, common equities, warrants, preferred shares, trust units, REITs, derivative instruments and other securities.

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Our

Values

  • Client Relationships
  • Cost Efficiency
  • Performance
  • Partnership
  • Social Responsibility

Client Relationships

We care deeply about our clients and aim to exceed their expectations in all that we do. We provide the maximum amount of transparency and a communication process tailored to the individual desires of each client. The world today is increasingly busy and rapid technological advancement has created what seems like an endless barrage of information. We provide the tools for you to simply and quickly monitor your investments and feel secure knowing that your money is being expertly managed by a team you can trust.

Cost Efficiency

Sound, professional investment management shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg. At Celernus, we manage our expenses vigilantly in order to keep our client fees as low as possible. We don’t invest our capital in extravagant Bay Street office space or lavish expense accounts. Every dollar we spend is meant to help Celernus provide better investment results or an improved client experience.

Performance

Our clients desire performance. This includes attractive returns as well as low volatility. We aim to provide investors with positive, low-volatility returns over time through the active management of private credit and real estate assets. Fees for all our accounts and funds are directly tied to investment performance. In short, we get paid to perform. Our clients’ success is our success!

Partnership

Our culture is one of partnership: partnership with our employees, our suppliers, and our clients. Celernus has tremendously strong service partners. Companies like National Bank Independent Network, KPMG and Convexus Managed Services provide us best in class audit, back office, custody, and trading services so that we can concentrate providing superior investment performance. Our clients are our most important partners. We appreciate the faith and trust you place in us. Our fee structure clearly aligns our interests and we constantly strive to exceed your expectations.

Social Responsibility

Celernus was formed with the vision to be more than just another Bay Street investment management firm. Each year we help fund charitable initiatives in the communities of our partners and investors. We have a particular interest in organizations that feed the hungry, assist children in need, and help people lift themselves up from poverty through education and training.

Our

Partners

Custodian and Prime Broker NBIN.ca

Committed to independent firms for more than 25 years, National Bank Independent Network is one of Canada’s leading providers of custodial, trading, clearing, settlement and record keeping services to independent registered portfolio managers, introducing brokers and investment fund managers. National Bank Independent Network proudly serves over 400 firms from coast to coast and is backed by the strength of National Bank of Canada (NBC). National Bank Independent Network is a division of National Bank Financial Inc. (NBF Inc.), which is an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of NBC, a public company listed on Canadian stock exchanges (TSA:NA). National Bank Independent Network is also a registered trademark of NBC used under license by NBF Inc. NBF Inc. is a member of the Canadian Investor Protection Fund (CIPF) as well as the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), which is the national self-regulatory organization that oversees all investment dealers and trading activity on debt and equity marketplaces in Canada.

Fund Auditor BDO.ca

BDO provides the audit function for our funds. With a strong international and national presence, BDO is one of the leading professional service providers in Canada. BDO in Canada is the country’s fifth largest single national accounting and advisory partnership, with more than 3,000 partners and professionals.

Legal Counsel WeirFoulds.com

WeirFoulds provides legal counsel and support for our funds. Tracing their roots in Canada back as far as 1860, WeirFoulds has a strong reputation in Canada in the area of securities law. The securities practice includes significant experience acting for dealers and advisors in obtaining and maintaining their registration with securities administrators, and acting for public and private mutual funds. The firm’s corporate practice has a rich tradition of serving business clients in the following areas: mergers and acquisitions, banking and corporate finance, private equity, securities, multinational transactions, public sector transactions and tax, regulatory and intellectual property matters. WeirFoulds provides comprehensive legal services to a wide range of clients, from public companies and major institutions requiring sophisticated legal services to entrepreneurs building an organization from the ground up.

Fund Administrator Convexus.com

Convexus provides shareholder record keeping and administrative services for all Celernus funds. State of the art technology allows Celernus to focus on your prime objective of sound investment advice while Convexus takes care of the administration, NAV valuation, tax reporting, and other administrative services, delivering peace of mind.

Contact

Us

Celernus Investment Partners Inc.

1001 Champlain Avenue
Suite 302
Burlington, Ontario
L7L 5Z4

289.863.1330
fax 1.855.870.7464
info@celernus.com