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Affinia Group Inc.: Affinia is a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of aftermarket components for passenger car, sport utility vehicles, light, medium and heavy trucks and off-highway vehicles. Affinia’s broad range of brake, filtration and chasis products are sold in North America, Europe, South America and Asia.

OMERS Capital Partners has a 20 per cent ownership interest and has one seat on the Board of Directors.



Cari-All Group Inc.: Cari-All Group Inc. is one of North America’s leading manufacturers and distributors of retail shopping carts and shelving. The business is comprised of three separate companies: Cari-All Products Inc, a Canadian manufacturer of shopping carts and other wire and tubing products, Technibilt Ltd., a U.S. manufacturer of shopping carts and back room equipment; and Rondi Industries Inc., specialized customer injection molding.


CHG Healthcare Services: CHG Healthcare is one of the oldest and largest nationwide providers of temporary physician staffing services, commonly referred to in the industry as “locum tenens,” in the United States. They are a leading nationwide provider of temporary allied health and travel nurse staffing services and permanent placement of physicians and other healthcare professionals. Their temporary staffing services focus exclusively on travel staffing.


Constellation Software Inc.: Constellation Software Inc., headquartered in Toronto, was publicly listed on the TSX in May 2006. The Company is an international provider of market leading software and services to a number of industries across both the public and private sectors. Constellation acquires, manages and builds vertical market software businesses that provide mission-critical software solutions to address the specific needs of its customers in those industries.

OMERS Capital Partners owns 34 per cent of the equity and has two director seats.


Cookie Jar Group of Companies: Cookie Jar Group of Companies (formerly CINAR) develops, produces, markets and distributes high-quality, non-violent programming and supplemental educational products for children, families and educators worldwide. It has a 20 percent interest in Teletoon Canada Inc., which operates a 24-hour animated television channel. The company was privatized in 2004. OMERS has been an owner since March 2004.


Faiveley Transport: Faiveley Transport SA specializes in the design and manufacture of railway equipment, with four ranges of products: HVAC, electromechanics (doors, power collectors, etc.), electronics and customer services. SAB WABCO is a wholly owned subsidiary of Faiveley Transport SA and specializes in the design and manufacture of brake systems, wheels and couplers for the railway industry as well. Both companies are based in France and are leading suppliers for the European railway industry and also supply the Asian and American markets. OMERS has been an owner since November 2004.


Give and Go Prepared Foods Corp.: Give and Go Prepared Foods Corp. is a Toronto-based wholesale bakery. Its products include Two-Bite Brownies™, Cinnamon Crunchies™, Butter Tarts and Two-Bite Coffee™Cakes. The company markets its products throughout Canada and has expanded into the United States. OMERS has been an owner since September 2003.


Golf Town: Golf Town is Canada's leading retailer of golf merchandise. Founded in 1998, it now operates 32 stores across Canada employing some 1,200 people in the provinces of Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Quebec and Nova Scotia. Golf Town offers products from the leading international manufacturers together with teaching academies, golf simulators and pro shop services. As well, Golf Town provides fast, reliable logo’ing services on this wide range of brand name apparel, equipment, balls and more for corporate tournaments and events.


Honsel International Technologies: Honsel International Technologies is one of the world's largest independent suppliers of cast, machined and assembled light metal components to the automotive industry. Based in Luxembourg and with annual sales exceeding US$1 billion, Honsel supplies Audi, BMW, Ford and General Motors with transmission, engine, suspension and body components from nine plants in Germany, France and Brazil. Honsel owns ACT, a leading provider of metal castings to the North American automakers from five plants in Canada. OMERS has been an owner since December 2004.



MAAX Inc.: MAAX Inc. is a Quebec based bathtub and cabinet door manufacturer. Founded in 1969, MAAX Inc. today is the leading Canadian manufacturer of bathroom products and spas, and on of the top three players in its industry across North America. The company employs about 3,800 people throughout an infrastructure of 26 plants – 12 in Canada, 13 in the U.S. and one in Europe – and 13 distribution centres. OMERS has been an owner since June 2004.


Marketwire: Marketwire (formerly CCNMatthews) is a leading provider of newswire services in Canada and the United States. Founded in 1983, the company has one of the largest distribution platforms in North America with partnerships worldwide to distribute news. The business is comprised of three companies: (1) Marketwire Canada, a leading provider of press releases in Canada; (2) Marketwire Inc., a rapidly growing provider of press releases in the United States; and (3) Marketwire U.K., a distributor of press releases in the United Kingdom and continental Europe.

Based in Toronto, the company has offices across Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.


Nelson Education: Nelson Education (formerly Thomson Learning Canada) is Canada's leading education publisher, serving the educational communities of kindergarten through to university and college across Canada. Nelson offers complete, customized educational solutions that reflect the distinct needs of Canadian students and educators across such core disciplines as mathematics, science, language arts and the humanities.


Q9 Networks: Q9 Networks is a leading Canadian Internet infrastructure service provider focused on managing hosting services for companies with mission-critical Internet operations. It operates data centres in Calgary and Toronto. Q9 is now a publicly traded company on the Toronto Stock Exchange. OMERS has been an owner since April 2001.


Sitel: Sitel, (formerly Client Logic), is based in Nashville. Client Logic completed the acquisition of Sitel Corporation on January 30, 2007. The combined company is a leading global provider of outsourced customer care and back office processing services. Sitel has over 65,000 associates across 28 countries.

OMERS Capital Partners owns 9 per cent and has one seat on the Board of Directors.

SunGard Data Systems Inc.

TeraGo Networks Inc.: TeraGo Networks Inc. is Canada’s leading wireless broadband data communications provider to businesses and other organizations. Owning and managing its own network, TeraGo Networks uses state-of-the-art broadband technologies for cost-effective, high performance Internet access, data services, Web hosting and e-mail solutions. TeraGo Networks holds 70 frequency licenses in the 24 and 38 GHz bands, which allow the company to operate in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.


Trident Exploration Corp.: Trident Exploration Corp. (Trident) is a private, Calgary-based company founded in 2000 and is part of the Trident Group of Companies. Tridents sole business focus is the discovery and commercial development of natural gas in coal (NGC), also known as coalbed methane (CBM), from resources in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin (WCSB). Trident has assembled its own WCSB land position, which it continues to grow through direct acquisition, farm-ins and other joint ventures with Canadian resource companies.


Warner Chilcott PLC: Warner Chilcott PLC is a leading specialty pharmaceutical company which focuses on developing, manufacturing, marketing and selling branded pharmaceutical products in women’s healthcare and dermatology in the United States. The company has development and marketing relationships with such partners as Leo Pharma. Warner Chilcott is based in Rockaway, New Jersey and has a specialty sales force of 400 representatives.

OMERS Capital Partners owns less than 5 per cent of shares. Warner Chilcott completed an initial public offering in September 2006 and is listed on the NASDAQ.


Xantrex: Xantrex, headquartered in Vancouver, manufactures and markets worldwide inverter/chargers that provide AC power from DC sources and batteries to other electrical products, such as computers, cell phones, and microwave ovens. Its products are popular among truckers, campers, and scientists in remote areas because they are smaller, lighter, smarter, more efficient and more reliable than traditional power conversion equipment. Xantrex also makes electronic components for wind turbines and solar panel fuel cells. The company’s shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:XTX). OMERS has been a shareholder since October, 1999.


Fund Relationships

OMERS Capital Partners has relationships with over 40 external fund managers. The following is a summary of certain of our fund investments.

APAX Partners: A global private equity group that invests in five industry sectors. Founded more than 30 years ago, the firm uses its sector expertise, deep local presence and broad global platform to creat value for its stakeholders.

Berkshire Partners: Based in Boston, Berkshire is a leading private equity firm with a 20 year track record of success investing in mid-sized private companies.

Celtic House Venture Partners: Celtic House Venture Partners: Ottawa-based Celtic House provides early-stage venture capital, management experience and industry connections to technology entrepreneurs in North America and the United Kingdom. It has supported more than 50 start-ups, many of which have been acquired by other firms or become public companies. OMERS committed US$13.5 million to Celtic House in 2002 and US$15 million again in 2005.

Charterhouse Capital Partners

Exponent Private Equity

Francisco Partners: A leading global private equity firm focused exclusively on investments in technology and technology-enable services businesses.

Friedman Fleischer & Lowe: Friedman Fleischer & Lowe: This San Francisco firm applies strategic and operating expertise to middle-market companies in the financial services, outsourcing, educational, healthcare, marketing and media, and consumer products sectors. In 2004, OMERS committed US$50 million to this fund manager.

Hellman & Friedman LLC: A leading private equity investment firm, founded in 1984, with offices in San Francisco, New York and London. The Firm focuses on investing in superior business franchises and serving as a value-added partner to management in select industries including media and marketing services, financial services, professional services, asset management, software and information services, energy and healthcare.

HSBC Private Equity Asia

J.F. Lehman & Company

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.: One of the world’s oldest and most experienced private equity firms specializing in management buyouts. Founded in 1976, it has offices in New York, Menlo Park, London, Paris, Hong Kong and Tokyo.

Sagard Private Equity Partners: This fund is managed by Power Equity Partners, a subsidiary of Power Corporation of Canada, with offices in Paris and Geneva. It chiefly targets middle-market companies with the potential to become leaders in their markets, and operates mainly in France and French-speaking Europe. It invests alongside ambitious and experienced management teams to help them bring their projects to fruition over the medium and long terms.

Terra Firma


Tricor Pacific Capital, Inc.: A private equity investment firm, based in Vancouver, British Columbia with offices in Chicago and Illinois. They invest in profitable, well managed middle-market companies in the manufacturing, service, distribution, and consumer products sectors with enterprise values of between $25 million to $200 million. With expertise resident in Canada and the U.S., Tricor has been successful in expanding Canadian businesses into the U.S. market and U.S. businesses into the Canadian market.