The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board has appointed Ed Cass senior vice-president and chief investment strategist and a member of the senior management team effective April 1. He’s currently vice-president and head of global tactical asset allocation in the public market investments department.
Heather Cooke is now the director, institutional clients at Unigestion in Toronto. She was formerly at Mercer and has more than 20 years of experience in investment management, sales and research.
Sun Life Financial has appointed Jennifer Elia as assistant vice-president, health and wellness, market development. In this role, she will lead the company’s organizational and employee health and wellness mandate.
Chris Ford has been appointed global head of investment at Towers Watson. He succeeds Carl Hess, who has taken on the role of managing director of the Americas region. Ford joined the firm 23 years ago and most recently headed the investment business in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Robert Gill has joined Lincluden Investment Management as vice-president and equity portfolio manager. He previously worked at Aston Hill as a vice-president and portfolio manager. Gill has more than 17 years of investment experience as a value portfolio manager.
Emilian Groch, CEO of the Alberta Teachers’ Retirement Fund board, plans to retire at the end of the year. A search firm has been hired to find a replacement.
Iain Kennedy has joined Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and is responsible for making direct equity investments for the Teachers’ Private Capital team in London. He has worked in the private equity industry for more than 18 years.
BFL Canada has appointed Joseph Lobo to the position of vice-president, client executive. He has more than 30 years of experience was most recently a managing director at Arthur J. Gallagher (Canada).
Fidelity Investments has appointed Charles Morrison as president of the company’s asset management organization. He most recently served as president of the Fidelity’s fixed income division. He succeeds Ronald P. O’Hanley, who recently announced his plans to leave the firm.
Kent Thexton has joined OMERS Ventures, the venture capital investment arm of the OMERS pension plan, as managing director. Thexton has spent almost 25 years in both founder and operational management positions at growth companies globally, in roles including founder, chair, president and CEO.
Bethune Whiston, a partner in Morneau Shepell’s Ontario retirement solutions and international practice, has been appointed to the province’s Financial Services Tribunal. She will initially serve on the tribunal for a three-year period until December 2016.
Canada’s Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (CVCA) has appointed Mike Woollatt as its first CEO. He has held senior executive roles at various major Canadian corporations, including Bell Canada, CTVglobemedia and Canwest Global Communications. Before entering the private sector, Woollatt worked for the Government of Canada.
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