People Watch




We have new talent that will further our commitment to transforming workplace savings programs in an ever changing group retirement world:

We have new talent that will further our commitment to transforming workplace savings programs in an ever changing group retirement world

Sharon Vanderwerff, RVP, Western Region, Client Relationships & BD: highly client-focused, developing long-term partnerships is in Sharon’s DNA.

Mazen Shakeel, VP, Market Development: his deep retirement and investment solution foresight will drive innovative strategies built for the future.

Diane Lafontaine, AVP, Marketing & Communications: there’s a fresh, new digital, personalized approach underway with Diane at the helm.

Ted Singeris, VP, Client Relationships & BD: with exceptional strategic focus, Ted brings a new lens to client service.


The Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System Sponsors Corp. has appointed Paul Harrietha as chief executive officer.

Mercer Canada has appointed Michael Fortin as Quebec wealth leader and Phil Mullen as leader of its wealth business in Vancouver.

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec has appointed Kim Thomassin as executive vice-president of legal affairs and secretariat.

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board chief financial officer Benita Warmbold is retiring this June.

The Financial Institutions Commission of British Columbia has appointed Stanley Hamilton as chair.

Franklin Templeton Investments Corp. has promoted Matthew Williams to head of institutional and client services for Canada.

Pacific Blue Cross has promoted Rob Chiarello to vice-president of human resources and chief privacy officer.

The British Columbia Investment Management Corp. has appointed Peter Milburn as a director and chair of the board of directors

Alberta Investment Management Corp. has appointed Phyllis Clark and Ken Kroner to its board of directors, effective Jan. 1, 2017.

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan has re-appointed Bill Chinery and John Murray to its board for two-year terms commencing Jan. 1, 2017, as well as re-appointing Jean Turmel to another two-year term as the board’s chair.

Manulife Asset Management has named R. James Robertson as a senior portfolio manager in its portfolio solutions group in Toronto.

Mercer Canada has appointed Alex Boucher as total health management leader for Canada.

Aon Hewitt has made a number of additions to its Canadian investment consulting team, including Calum Mackenzie, Catherine Ann Marshall and Iftikhar Ahmed.

Mercer Canada has appointed Jane Emslie as officer leader, based in its Winnipeg office. The consultancy has also appointed Marie-Claude Blanchard as a principal on the rewards team, based in Montreal.

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan has promoted Jonathan Hausman to managing director and head of global strategic relationships.

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan has promoted Jo Taylor to senior managing director, international.

Mercer Canada has appointed Todd McLean as partner and office leader.

Duane Green will become president and chief executive officer of Franklin Templeton Investments Corp. upon the retirement of Don Reed on Jan. 31, 2017.

Telus Corp. Inc. has appointed Shane Sabatino as president of its sourcing solutions business.

John Salmond has been appointed president and chief executive officer of Group Medical Services and GMS Insurance Inc.

Accompass Inc. has appointed Anne Peiris as a vice-president in its compensation practice.

Great-West Life has restructured its Canadian operations and made a number of new appointments.

OPTrust has named Vicki Ringelberg to chair and Tim Hannah to vice-chair of its board of trustees.

Mercer Canada has appointed Andrew Grubb as head of innovation.

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan has appointed Millan Mulraine as director and chief economist.

Mercer has appointed Jamie Farrell as a principal in its Toronto health and benefits practice.

Stem Capital has appointed Joseph Chan vice-president in its benefits and total rewards practice.

Sun Life Financial has appointed Marilee Mark as vice-president, product and integrated health solutions, and Wayne Millar as vice-president, marketing and digital solutions.

Mercer has named René Beaudoin global health delivery leader, part of its retirement, health and benefits leadership teams.

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan has appointed Nicole Musicco senior vice-president of public equities. She will replace Wayne Kozen, who is leaving the organization. The pension fund has also appointed Kristina Riis vice-president of project delivery.

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