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Appointment notice – Paul Mouchakkaa

Paul Mouchakkaa Joins BentallGreenOak as Managing Partner, Head of Canadian Investment Management


BentallGreenOak is pleased to welcome Paul Mouchakkaa as a Managing Partner in the firm’s Investment Management Business. Paul will lead the Canadian Investment Management team, which is responsible for a $25B CAD diversified real estate portfolio (as of March 31, 2020) made on behalf of 140 Canadian and global investors. Paul will also play a senior role in BentallGreenOak’s global strategy, portfolio management and investor relations. Prior to joining BentallGreenOak, Paul was Managing Investment Director and Head of Real Assets at the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (”CalPERS”), where he had responsibility and authority for CalPERS’ $43.5B USD real assets portfolio.


Appointment notice – Anum Siddiqui and Neeraj Jain

Anum Saddiqui


Mawer Investment Management Ltd. is pleased to announce the addition of Anum Siddiqui and Neeraj Jain to the Institutional Client Management team.


Mrs. Siddiqui and Mr. Jain will join the firm’s institutional client management team in Toronto, reporting to Rob Broley, Director of Institutional Client Management at Mawer.

Prior to joining Mawer, Anum Siddiqui, CFA, CAIA, was an investment consultant at Ellement Consulting Group where she advised institutional clients and conducted investment manager research across public and private asset classes. Neeraj Jain, CFA, was Head of Institutional Business Development at CGOV Asset Management before its acquisition by Fiera Capital in May 2018, after which he focused on institutional clients, Indigenous communities, and consultants in Western Canada.



The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans has appointed Alyssa Hodder as director of education and outreach for Canada.

Blake Hutcheson has succeeded Michael Latimer as the new chief executive officer of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System, effective June 1.

The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada is nominating Malcolm Heins, Jennifer Newman and Laura Tamblyn Watts as candidates for upcoming independent director positions on its board.

Mawer Asset Management Ltd. is appointing Crista Caughlin as lead manager of Canadian bond, global bond and Canadian money market strategies.

Mercer is appointing Monika Freyman as Canadian head of responsible investment and David Fanger in the same role for the U.S.

Slate Asset Management is promoting Katie Fasken to managing director of investment relations.

People Corp. has appointed Brevan Canning as president, effective May 21.

The Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System is promoting Rob Ecclestone to head of business human resources, effective May 1.

The Nova Scotia Teachers’ Pension Plan Trustee Inc. has appointed John Rogers as its new chair, effective July 1, 2020.

Lori Landry, chief marketing officer at Sun Life Global Investments, has retired, effective April 17.

The Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System is appointing Bob Aziz as its new chief operating officer and Michael Kelly as its chief legal and corporate affairs officer.

The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec made several personnel changes in a bid to shore up its team to tackle economic challenges in the coming decade.

Franklin Templeton Canada is making Dean Liotta its new senior vice-president of consultant relations.

The Health Solutions team at Shoppers Drug Mart Inc. has appointed Mike Smiley as director of business development for Western Canada.

Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt LLP has promoted Jana Steele to partner and department chair of its pension and benefits team.

Manulife Financial Corp. has appointed Paul Stephens director of group benefits for British Columbia.

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is appointing Cindy Forbes to its board, effective immediately.

The Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System has appointed Michael Graham as its new global head of private equity.

The C.D. Howe Institute has appointed Bob Baldwin as chair of its pension policy council.

Foyston, Gordon & Payne Inc. is promoting Ryan Domsy to co-head of fixed income.

Medavie Blue Cross appointed Hélène Lavictoire as its Ontario government executive lead.

The Quebec government has selected Charles Emond to succeed Michael Sabia as head of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec.

Sun Life Canada has appointed Cheryl Mallett as senior vice-president of client services, effective Feb. 17, 2020.

Willis Towers Watson is appointing Ofelia Isabel as its new market leader for Toronto.

Aon is appointing Brad Lorimer as executive vice-president and health leader in Canada.

SEI Investments Canada Co. is appointing Kendra Kaake as director of investment strategy for its institutional group in Canada.

Canadian-based health-care provider INLIV is appointing Lori Casselman as president and chief revenue officer of Wello, its virtual care platform and telemedicine business.

The Empire Life Insurance Co. is appointing Dara Brachman as vice-president of group distribution.

Willis Towers Watson has promoted Wendy Poirier to global well-being leader.

Proteus Performance Management has appointed Gord Lewis as president, succeeding Peter Henry who founded the company 25 years ago.

The Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System is appointing Annesley Wallace as its new chief pension officer.

Ron Mock, former president and chief executive officer of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Fund, has been made a senior fellow at the C.D. Howe Institute.

The Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System is appointing Blake Hutcheson as its new chief executive officer, effective June 1, 2020.

OMERS Ventures, the venture capital investing arm of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System, has appointed Jambu Palaniappan as a managing partner in its London office.

Morneau Shepell Ltd. is appointing Neil King as executive vice-president and president of LifeWorks, effective Jan. 1, 2020, as Rita Fridella retires at the end of 2019.

The University Pension Plan is appointing Gale Rubenstein as the inaugural chair of its board of trustees.

The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec is regrouping all of its private equity activities in Quebec and abroad under the leadership of Charles Émond, who has been appointed executive vice-president, Quebec, private equity and strategic planning.

Digital mental-health platform Snapclarity is appointing Karen Adams as its chief commercial and health innovation officer.

Michael Sabia, president and chief executive officer of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, is stepping down from the role in February 2020.

Hub International Ltd. has named Robert Taylor, Faizal Mitha, Mary-Lou MacDonald, Lisa Jandali and Matt Lievers to its Canadian employee benefits leadership team.

BMO Global Asset Management is appointing Nalini Feuilloley as director of its responsible investment team for North America.

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is appointing Zubaid Ahmad to the newly created role of senior advisor, United States.

The Benefits Alliance Group’s board of directors is appointing Jim Edmands as president.

Franklin Templeton Investments Corp. has appointed William Tsotsos as its new head of institutional.

Schroders is appointing Marc Brookman as chief executive officer of its North American operations.

Richard Nesbitt was appointed to the OPSEU Pension Trust board of trustees this past September by the Government of Ontario.



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