The Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan is appointing Michael Wissell as its chief investment officer.

Prior to the new role, Wissell was the plan’s senior vice-president of capital markets and total portfolio since 2018. During his tenure, he’s credited with helping to foster a culture of innovation and for spearheading several new investment strategies.

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He takes over from Jeff Wendling, who was promoted to the position of president and chief executive officer in March 2021. In a press release, Wendling lauded Wissell for his deep understanding of the HOOPP’s investment strategies and investors. “I am very pleased to have someone of Michael’s calibre moving into this critical position at [the] HOOPP.”

Prior to joining the HOOPP, Wissell spent 16 years working for the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, where he was responsible for leading the public equities team and building and leading the portfolio construction team. Earlier in his career, he also worked at TD Bank in various roles.

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