People Watch






“It is with great pleasure that I announce three recent appointments to the Desjardins Insurance Group Retirement Savings team. As an organization known for our inherently collaborative approach with our clients and partners, Karrina, Nadia and Janick will build on Desjardins’ success supporting the financial well-being of Canadians.DESJARDINS GROUP RETIREMENT SAVINGSTheir demonstrated leadership, industry advocacy, proven dedication to client satisfaction and commitment to integrating innovative solutions will deliver on the overall Desjardins promise of putting our clients at the heart of all our business.”







Drawing on her years of industry experience, Karrina has national responsibility for overall growth through our national business development, client relationship and education teams. Her dynamic communication and leadership skills serve Karrina well in engaging our clients and our sales teams across Canada. Karrina’s commitment to pioneering client solutions is reflected in her hands-on approach launching plan sponsor communication initiatives, serving as a member of the Advisory Board for Benefits Canada and sharing her expertise as a speaker at industry events.





Nadia leads the Group Retirement Savings teams responsible for marketing, investment strategy and product development. She also oversees business development for Ontario and Western Canada. A champion of the client experience, Nadia has been a powerful advocate for the evolution of group retirement and savings plans. Combining her market insights and a passion for driving ideas from concept to market, she is focused on delivering experiences built around engaging and innovative solutions. Nadia is an active member of several industry committees and frequently presents on key topics.





Janick oversees the Plan Sponsor, Participant Services and the Implementation teams. Janick’s more than 16 years in the industry and his project management and administrative expertise are reflected in the leadership of his teams and ensure plan sponsors and members can count on an exceptional experience from implementation to ongoing administration. Known for taking a proactive approach, Janick and his teams work directly with clients to truly understand their environment and to provide collaborative solutions that make a difference and deliver results.

Robert Sankey, CFA

Robert Sankey, CFA

to Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

For more than a decade, Robert has made significant contributions in many roles across the firm, and brings a wealth of experience to his new position from studying the operations of businesses around the world. Robert joined Burgundy in May 2005 to focus on performance measurement and firm-wide compliance initiatives. In February 2007, he joined the Investment Team and has since worked as an analyst focusing on fixed income securities, Canadian equities and emerging markets equities. In addition to his analyst responsibilities, Robert served four years as Director of Research. He was appointed a Vice President of the firm in May 2011.
Robert earned his Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the University of British Columbia in 1997. He serves on the Board of Directors for Cystic Fibrosis Canada.


The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan has appointed Tamara Finch as managing director of portfolio management and Jeff Clark as managing director of business analysis and quality assurance.

SEI Investments Canada Co. has appointed Rachel Volynsky as Canadian equity portfolio manager in Toronto

MFS Investment Management has named Joshua Marston director of fixed income for North America and Melissa Haskell director of fixed-income research for North America.

Roland Lescure, the chief investment officer of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, is leaving his position to enter French politics.

Manulife has appointed Roy Gori as president, effective June 5, 2017.

Great-West Life Assurance Co. has appointed Jeff Aarssen leader of its group customer sales business unit.

Mercer Canada has appointed Suzanne Nagy as drug consulting leader in its health team.

Alan Torrie will retire as president and chief executive officer of Morneau Shepell in May 2017 and will be succeeded by Stephen Liptrap.

Rayne Capital Management Inc. has appointed Mitch Molloy and David Szybunka to its executive and portfolio management team.

The Ontario Pension Board has appointed Geri Markvoort as chair of its board of directors.

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec has renewed Michael Sabia’s mandate as president and chief executive officer until March 31, 2021.

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan has promoted Mary Cover to managing director of pension strategy and enterprise risk and Marc Dupont to managing director of government and public affairs.

The federal government has appointed Ashleigh Everett and John Montalbano to the board of directors of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.

British Columbia’s college, public service and teachers’ pension plans have appointed Claude Marchessault as executive director.

Hansell Consulting Group has appointed Harrison Wheeler as a communications consultant.

Aviva Investors has named Tyler McGraw as managing director and president of Aviva Investors Canada Inc. It has also appointed Remi Tetreault as an investment specialist in Canada.

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan has promoted Gillian Brown to managing director, credit, insurance linked securities and equity products; Tanya Carmichael to managing director of global funds; and Charles Thomazi to managing director of infrastructure for EMEA.

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.

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