company profiles

The following is a list of companies Portland Investment Counsel may invest in:
  • ABB ltd.

    ABB is a leading global engineering firm, specialized in power and automation technologies. The company founding dates back to 1883, when Asea AB of Sweden was created to excel in the “generation and application of electric power”, and 1891, when Brown Boveri & Cie was initiated to manufacture motors and generators. The two companies merged in 1988 to form Asea Brown Boveri, which changed its name to ABB in 1996. The company was a dual listed company until 1999 and it has been since its formation a key player in the electric infrastructure industry.

  • AT&T INC.

    AT&T Inc. (AT&T) is a holding company that is focused on providing a broad range of telecommunication services to its customers. The products and services provided by AT&T include wireless communications, local telephone, long-distance, data/broadband and Internet, video, telecommunications equipment, managed networking, wholesale, directory advertising and publishing services.

  • Bank of America

    Bank of America Corporation is headquartered in Charlotte, NC and operates in all 50 states of the US and more than 40 countries. Provides a diversified range of banking and non-banking financial services which it delivers and reports the results of its operations through six business segments: Deposits; Global Card Services; Home Loans & Insurance; Global Commercial Banking; Global Banking & Markets and; Global Wealth Management with the remaining operations recorded in “All Other”. On January 1, 2009 the corporation acquired Merrill Lynch & Company Inc.

  • Barclays

    In challenging market conditions, Barclays has benefited from its diversified business base. The investment made, particularly in its international businesses, are driving strong income performance and allowing the Group to absorb the consequences of the economic downturn. Its capital base is stronger and it has significantly reduced leverage.

  • Bayer AG

    Bayer AG is a multinational concern with main interests in healthcare, agribusiness and high-tech materials through its Bayer HealthCare, Bayer CropScience and Bayer MaterialScience subgroups.

  • BCE

    BCE Inc. is a leading telecommunications operator in Canada, providing communication solutions to residential, business and wholesale customers. BCE has 7.9 million subscribers, 5 million access lines, 2.3 million broadband customers, and 2.4 million video subscribers.

  • BHP Billiton

    BHP Billiton is the largest miner worldwide. The company reached most of its current size through the merger of BHP, listed on the Australian stock exchange, with Billiton, listed in London, UK. The entity thus formed is a dual listed company, with roughly 60% of the shares listed in Australia and the remainder listed in UK. The company’s global headquarters are in Melbourne, Australia and employs 41,000.

  • BNP Paribas SA

    BNP Paribas SA (”BNP”) is a European leader in global banking and financial services and one of the strongest banks in the world. Present across Europe through all its business lines, BNP has four domestic retail banking markets in France, Italy, Belgium and Luxembourg. It has one of the largest international networks with operations in more than 80 countries and 204,600 employees, including over 162,000 in Europe, 15,000 in North America, 12,000 in Asia, 4,000 in South America and 9,000 in Africa. BNP has key positions in its three core businesses: Retail Banking, Corporate & Investment Banking and Investment Solutions. In 2006, BNP acquired BNL, Italy’s then 6th largest bank and in 2009 took control of Fortis Bank and BGL (Banque Generale du Luxembourg) thereby creating a European leader in retail banking.

  • Brookfield Infrastructure Partners LP

    Brookfield Infrastructure Partners (BIP) is one of the largest multinational owners and operators of long-life, high quality infrastructure assets.

  • Brookfield Property Partners LP

    Brookfield Property Partners LP (BPY) is a multinational commercial real estate owner, operator and investor. BPY possesses a diversified portfolio including interests in over 400 office and retail properties encompassing approximately 260 million square feet.

  • Cable and Wireless Communications PLC

    Cable & Wireless Communications plc (CWC) is a full-service telecommunications company offering mobile services and mobile data, broadband services and fixed line communications services to over 5.6 million residential customers. CWC is headquartered in London, UK, and employs 4,000 people. CWC operates in 17 countries in the Caribbean, Latin America and the Seychelles. Founded in Great Britain in the 1870s, CWC was formed through the demerger of Cable & Wireless plc in 2010.


    CK Hutchison Holdings (CKH Holdings) is a global conglomerate that owns operating units in over 50 countries, while Cheung Kong Property Holdings (CK Property) is one of the largest property companies listed in Hong Kong.

  • Crescent Point Energy

    Crescent Point Energy Corp. (CPG) is an intermediate oil and gas exploration and production company based in Canada with large oil-in-place assets in Viewfield Bakken, Shaunavon, Beaverhill Lake and Viking plays in Western Canada (Saskatchewan and Alberta).

  • Distinct Infrastructure Group Inc.

    Distinct Infrastructure Group Inc. (“Distinct”) has 250 employees in 5 offices across Ontario and Western Canada that are focused on offering responsive, safe, and turnkey infrastructure solutions to telecommunication and cable companies, electrical providers and government operated utilities.

  • HSBC Holding PLC

    HSBC Holdings PLC is a banking and financial services organization. Its international network comprises some 7,500 offices in 87 countries and territories in Europe; Hong Kong; rest of Asia- Pacific, including the Middle East and Africa; North America, and Latin America. HSBC manages its business through two customer groups: Personal Financial Services and Commercial Banking and two global businesses Global Banking and Markets, and Private Banking.


    Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL) is a leading international corporation committed to innovation and technology with businesses spanning the globe. Its diverse array of holdings range from some of the world’s biggest port operators and retailers to property development and infrastructure to the most technologically-advanced and marketing-savvy telecommunications operators. HWL reports turnover of approximately HKD301 billion (USD39 billion) for the year ended 31 December 2009. With operations in 54 countries and approximately 220,000 employees worldwide.

  • Johnson & Johnson CO.

    Johnson & Johnson (J&J) is a leading diversified multi-national healthcare corporation which provides high quality products that enhance the health and well-being of human beings.

  • JPMorgan Chase & CO.

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPMorgan) is one of the most prominent global financial services firms with worldwide assets of US $2.5 trillion.

  • National Australia Bank

    It is the largest Australian bank-based financial services group and among the world’s top 30, by market capitalization, engaged primarily in retail banking, wholesale banking and wealth creation/protection management.

  • National Grid

    National Grid plc (NG) principal operations are the ownership and operation of regulated electricity and gas infrastructure networks in the United Kingdom and the United States serving around 19 million customers directly and many more indirectly. It also has interests in related markets, including electricity interconnectors, metering services, liquefied natural gas (LNG) importation facilities and property in the United Kingdom.

  • Nestle

    Nestlé SA is involved in the manufacturing and commercialization of a large selection of packaged food and beverage products including: powdered and liquid beverages, water, milk products and ice cream, nutrition and health science, prepared dishes and cooking aids, confectionery and pet care.

  • Nordea Bank

    Nordea headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, is the largest financial services group in the Nordic markets (Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden) measured by total income with additional operations in Poland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania which Nordea refers to as its ‘New European Markets.’

  • Northern Trust

    Northern Trust is a leading provider of investment management, asset and fund administration, fiduciary and banking solutions for corporations, institutions and affluent individuals. The Group’s principal activities are the provision of trust, commercial banking and investment management services to domestic and international institutional clients. The Group provides services through two units namely Corporate and institutional services unit and Personal financial services unit.

  • Northland Power Inc.

    Northland Power Inc. is an independent power producer (IPP) with a focus on developing, owning and operating power generation facilities in thermal, wind and solar energy areas. As of June 30, 2013, the company had 20 facilities in operation, totaling 1,335 megawatts (MW) of installed capacity, of which 974MW is thermal generation (natural gas or combined cycle natural gas), 280MW is wind generation and 81MW is solar generation.

  • Petrowest Corporation

    Petrowest Corporation (“Petrowest”) is involved in both industrial and civil infrastructure projects, as well as pre-drilling and post-completion energy services, gravel crushing and hauling for non-energy sector customers.

  • Procter & Gamble Company

    Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) is a leading multinational corporation which provides highly competitive consumer packaged goods.

  • Prudential PLC

    Prudential is focused on life assurance and asset management in the U.K., U.S. and across the Asian region. In the U.S.

  • Royal Bank of Canada

    The Royal Bank of Canada’s principal activity is to provide personal and commercial banking, wealth management services, insurance, corporate and investment banking and transaction processing services on a global basis.

  • Royal Dutch Shell PLC

    Royal Dutch Shell plc is one of the world’s largest independent oil and gas companies in terms of market capitalization, operating cash flow and production. Its diversified portfolio consists of some of the world’s most innovative energy projects, from the deepest offshore oil and gas field on earth to the largest floating liquefied natural gas production facility.

  • Santander

    Santander focuses on retail banking and is the euro zone’s largest bank and Latin America’s leading financial group. It is also pushing other high growth potential businesses such as consumer finance, wholesale banking, insurance and private banking.

  • Siemens AG

    Siemens is a diversifi ed engineering group with major interests in industrial infrastructure, energy and healthcare and operations in about 190 countries. Through its industry sector, the Group is involved in industrial automation, drive technology, building technologies, lighting, industry solutions and railway. Through its energy sector, the Group operates in fossil power generation, renewable energy, oil and gas infrastructure, power transmission and power distribution. Through its healthcare sector, the Group is present in diagnostics, clinical information technology systems and imaging technologies. The Group is headquartered in Munich, Germnany, and currently employs about 405,000 people.

  • SP AusNet

    SP AusNet has 100% ownership and operates an electricity transmission network across the Australian state of Victoria, as well as electricity distribution and gas distribution networks in and around Melbourne, Victoria. SP AusNet was publicly listed on the Australian and Singapore stock exchanges in December 2005. SP AusNet plays a vital role in the energy supply industry of Victoria, delivering a full range of energy related products and services to industrial and domestic customers. The group is headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, and employs 1,500.

  • Standard Charter

    One of the world’s oldest (150 years) and most international banks with a network of over 1,750 branches and outlets and 75,000 employees (115 nationalities) in more than 70 countries and territories across the globe, leading the way in Asia, Africa and the Middle East with only 2,000 employees based in the UK.

  • Suncor Energy Inc.

    Suncor Energy Inc. (Suncor) is Canada’s single largest producer of crude oil from oil sands. In 2009, Suncor acquired Petro-Canada for $20 billion in stock. Suncor is a fully integrated energy company with refineries in both Canada and the United States and approximately 1,800 gas stations, primarily under the Petro-Canada banner. Suncor is also a significant producer of natural gas largely to hedge its own consumption of gas in the oil sands production process. The company has five principal business segments: oil sands, refining and marketing, East Coast Canada, international and natural gas. In 2010, the first full year after acquiring Petro-Canada, Suncor is expected to produce approximately 550,000 barrels of oil equivalent (boe) per day, comprised about 58% crude oil and bitumen from oil sands, 20% international, 10% East Coast Canada, 9% from its natural gas segment and 3% from conventional crude oil and natural gas liquids.

  • Swedbank AB

    Swedbank AB consists of six business areas: Retail, Large Corporates & Institutions, Baltic Banking, Russia & Ukraine, Asset Management and Ektornet. Swedbank maintains a low risk level. A vast majority of exposures are in mature markets such as Sweden. Good risk diversification is achieved through a broad base of customers and businesses from many different industries. The bank also maintains a sustainable balance between lending and deposits in all its markets. Customers cash flow, solvency and collateral are always the key lending variables.

  • Syngenta

    Syngenta is the largest global agribusiness, leading the crop protection sector and claiming the third spot in seeds sales. Formed through the merger of the agribusiness divisions of Novartis and Zeneca in the fall of 2000 the Company underwent a process of product rationalization and realized significant synergies.

  • Tesco

    Tesco is a leading U.K. and international food retailer. It has over 2,100 stores in the U.K. and operates 746 stores in Europe, 814 in Asia and 53 in the U.S.A. The Group’s strategy focuses on five elements: (i) be an international retailer; (ii) maintain a strong core U.K. business; (iii) be as strong in non-food as food; (iv) develop retailing services; and (v) put the community at the heart of what Tesco does.

  • Toronto-Dominion

    The Toronto-Dominion Bank and its subsidiaries are collectively known as TD Bank Financial Group (TD). TD is Canada’s second-largest bank by assets and market capitalization and is a leading North American Financial Services Company. TD operates four businesses in a number of locations in financial centers around the globe.

  • Touchstone Exploration Inc.

    Touchstone Exploration Inc. (“Touchstone”), formerly Petrobank Energy and Resources Ltd., is an oil and gas exploration and production company. Touchstone’s operations exist in Trinidad and Canada.

  • TransAlta Renewables Inc.

    TransAlta Renewables Inc. (“TransAlta Renewables”) is a power producer domiciled in Canada with managed power facilities across Canada, an economic interest in a wind farm in Wyoming and structured ownership in a core set of Australian assets.

  • Visa

    The Visa name has become one of the best recognized financial services brands in the world with a global footprint which extends to more than 170 countries, since the inception of the first Visa card in 1958.

  • Vodafone Group

    Vodafone Group Plc is the world’s leading mobile telecommunications company, with a significant presence in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and the United States through the Company’s subsidiary undertakings, joint ventures, associated undertakings and investments.

  • Wells Fargo

    Wells Fargo & Company is a diversified financial services company. It provides retail, commercial and corporate banking services through banking stores. It provides other financial services through subsidiaries engaged in various businesses, principally wholesale banking, mortgage banking, consumer finance, equipment leasing, agriculture finance, commercial finance, securities brokerage and investment banking, insurance agency and brokerage services, computer and data processing services, trust services, investment advisory services and venture capital investment. It operates in three segments: Community Banking, Wholesale Banking and Wells Fargo Financial. On December 31, 2008 it successfully completed its acquisition of all of Wachovia Corporation’s banking operations.

  • Wesfarmers Ltd.

    Founded in 1914, Wesfarmers’ initial scope and purpose was the provision of services and merchandise to Western Australia’s rural community, specifically: wool and wheat merchandising, grain and fruit exporting, oil distribution and a public radio station.