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Gryphon Investment Counsel Inc.


20 Bay Street, Suite 1905
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2N8
(416) 364 - 2299

Principal Contacts

Michael Pears
Managing Partner
Tel: (416) 364 - 2299 ext 119

Camille Yap
Client Services
Tel: (416) 364 - 2299

Client Minimums

Private: $5,000,000
Institutional: $5,000,000

Types of Accounts Managed

  • Institutional Investor - Pension Plan
  • Institutional Investor - Non-Profit
  • Institutional Investor - Other

Provinces of Business

  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • Manitoba
  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Nova Scotia
  • Ontario*
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Quebec*
  • Saskatchewan
  • United States

* indicates a physical location in this province

About Gryphon Investment Counsel Inc. (”Gryphon”)

Gryphon Investment Counsel Inc. (Gryphon) was incorporated under Federal Charter and began offering investment management services in 1981. Gryphon is registered in all Canadian provinces (except for the Territories) where we will not seek registration. The day-to-day business of the firm is directed by 5 managing partners.

Since our inception, Gryphon’s strategic plan has been to be a premier provider of investment services. Our goal is to consistently add value to our clients’ respective benchmarks, on a risk adjusted basis, through a full range of products and services that meet the needs of the Canadian market place.

Gryphon provides professional discretionary portfolio management services for pension funds, corporations, foundations/endowments, health and welfare funds, and estates in Canada, the United States and internationally for taxable and non-taxable assets. Gryphon investment management is available in both segregated and pooled funds. As a firm, we are committed to providing prompt, courteous and professional services to meet our clients’ needs.

Affiliates and Ownership

In 1987, Gryphon hep form Integra Capital Management and still owns 9.5% of the firm as a passive investment.

In 1995 as a joint venture, Gryphon formed Gryphon International Investment Corporation (“GIIC”) with Alexander Becks and Lawrence McManus. Gryphon still maintains a 30% interest in Gryphon International Investment Corp. GIIC acts as sub-advisors for U.S. and international equities.

In 1995, Gryphon also formed Gryphon Capital Corporation (“GCC”), which holds an Exempt Market Dealer registration for pooled funds invested in Balanced, Canadian, EAFE and U.S. equities n behalf of Gryphon’s clients.

Investment Philosophy

Gryphon’s investment philosophy on balanced fund management is that value can be added to a client’s benchmark through security selection and by actively managing the asset mix.Gryphon firmly believes that equities outperform other asset classes over long periods of time; however, there is no portfolio for all seasons. Although we have an orientation towards equity ownership in the portfolio, we maintain the flexibility to shift the asset mix when economic and financial conditions warrant.We do not simply set an asset mix, and then proceed to manage each asset class on a specialist basis.  Gryphon’s balanced fund management is a process in which we identify, in advance, the potential rewards and risks of the complete portfolio structure and balance the diversification trade-offs in a risk-aware portfolio management style. The management of each sector is interrelated and the asset mix decision is but one step, an important one, in an interconnected string of risk-reward trade-offs.Gryphon characterizes its equity investment style as “Growth at a Reasonable Price” (GARP). Our equity portfolios are built using a stock selection approach, which is driven by fundamental analysis focused on growth. Our goal is to identify growth potential by focusing on specific financial and industry metrics that can vary in significance depending on where we are in the economic cycle. Our primary focus in fixed income management is interest rate timing and the efficient application of portfolio strategy for anticipated changes in the shape of the yield curve.  Furthermore, we believe the use of a high quality government bond portfolio is the most efficient structure for duration management.

Assets under Management and Number of Clients – as of June 30, 2019

Total assets under management is $4.3 billion (the information provided includes AUM for both Gryphon and its associate, Gryphon International Investment Corporation (“Gryphon International”) of which Gryphon manages $379 million and Gryphon International sub-advise on $192 million of Gryphon’s assets).

Total number of clients is 55* (includes both Gryphon and Gryphon International). 

* Number of clients reported based on client relationships. Some clients have multiple accounts with Gryphon.

Institutional Client Minimum Note

Specialty Segregated $5 million 

Balanced Segregated $10 million 

Balanced Pooled $5 million