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Hillsdale Wins 2015 Up the Down Market Championship in Support of Down Syndrome Research

Hillsdale, Individuals with Down Syndrome Big Winners at Up the Down Market 2015


On April 23, Hillsdale Investment Management Inc. made a powerful statement to the Toronto financial industry. A year to the day after they won the 2014 Up the Down Market Dinner championship, Hillsdale outduelled 37 competitors to successfully defend their title – and maintain bragging rights for another year. 

The triumphant team steadily grew their net worth throughout the evening before almost doubling it with the closing dividend, which propelled Hillsdale to a comfortable margin of victory over its nearest rivals, Burgundy Asset Management. Fiera Capital, BlackRock Asset Management and TD Securities rounded out the top five. 

Up the Down Market (UDMD) was more than just an opportunity for financial heavyweights to prove their investment mettle. The real story of the evening was the financial community coming together in support of individuals with Down syndrome – and in this, everyone was a huge winner. 

Net proceeds were approximately $80,000 (an increase of $12,000 over 2014), as investors proved they care about much more than just the bottom line. In addition, four dinner guests took the Triple-21 challenge, signing up for DSRF’s monthly partnership program – commitments that will generate another $1,000 annually. This investment will be a tremendous help to the Down Syndrome Research Foundation in its mission to empower individuals with Down syndrome to reach their full potential throughout life, and signifies that the Toronto financial community is standing together, hand in hand, with people who have Down syndrome. 

Throughout the evening, dinner guests were served by a hardworking and friendly team of volunteers who proved beyond doubt that, with the right support, individuals with Down syndrome can thrive in work and in life. 

A spokesperson for DSRF stressed their appreciation of the generous UDMD sponsors, including The Air Canada Foundation, LiUNA, Bridgehouse Asset Managers, Foyston, Gordon & Payne Inc., Lincluden Investment Management, CIBC Asset Management, Desjardins, Jasrislowsky Fraser Ltd., Manulife Asset Management, Phillips, Hager & North Investment Management, Picton Mahoney Asset Management, BNN and the Fairmont Royal York. 

Emcee/Story Writer Kevin Martino, Emcee Peter Muldowney, Game Makers Burton Lee and Kevin Pickell, BNN’s Kristina Partsinevelos, the UDMD Toronto organizing committee (Joel McGurrin, Elton Lau, Kevin Martino, Janet Robovsky and Kathleen Wylie), AV Projects, students from Rotman School of Management, the Down Syndrome Association of Toronto, the volunteer team and all table sponsors and guests were also singled out for special thanks. All involved have made a tremendous difference in the Down syndrome community. 

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