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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Meritas Financial Inc. And Qtrade Fund Management to Merge.

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Meritas Financial Inc. and Qtrade Fund Management Inc. have announced a plan to merge.

The merger will result in Meritas Mutual Funds becoming a separate division of QTrade Financial and they will maintain their philosophy of socially responsible investing(SRI). (No investments in tobacco, military or companies harmful to the environment).

It is expected the deal will close at the end of March. The Meritas team will continue to be headed by Gary Hawton and when the deal is finalized he will become the chief investment officer of the Qtrade fund management division.

"For us, it gives us a more national presence. Right now, while our funds are for sale right across Canada, all of our employees are in Ontario," Hawton said.
Hawton will report to Qtrade head Scott Gibner, who will become chief executive officer of Meritas's new parent company.

"Meritas' strong and unwavering commitment to SRI over the last 10 years has been the foundation for their success and, as SRI funds continue to grow in popularity in Canada and globally, we believe this dedication and historical track record will continue to serve Meritas very well into the future," Gibner said in a statement.

Gibner, also said the company wanted to broaden its wealth-management portfolio.

“One of our primary goals will be to build the status of Qtrade’s investment solutions nationally, including a large focus on Meritas industry-leading socially responsible investment funds.”

Together the two companies will have combined assets of more than $4.3 billion from individual and institutional investors.

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