People Watch


Hub International Ltd. has appointed Faizal Mitha as chief innovation officer of its Canadian employee benefits business.

The Association of Canadian Pension Management has appointed Ric Marrero as chief executive officer, effective immediately.

CIBC Mellon has appointed former Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board managing director Karen Rowe as its new chief financial officer.

Jeff Aarssen will retire from the position of senior vice-president of group customer sales at the Great-West Life Assurance Co., effective Sept. 1.

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan has appointed Ziad Hindo as its new chief investment officer and Jo Taylor as executive managing director of global development.

Morneau Shepell Ltd. has appointed Anand Parsan as a vice-president it its consulting practice.

The Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association has elected Mark Sylvia, president and chief executive officer of the Empire Life Insurance Co., as its new chair.

Vancouver-based pension and benefit consulting firm George & Bell Consulting has named Mike Greschner as partner.

The Investment Management Corp. of Ontario has appointed Jean Michel as its chief investment officer, effective July 3, 2018.

Sun Life Financial Inc. has appointed Helena Pagano as executive vice-president and chief human resources and communications officer.

Russell Investments has appointed Robert Hostetter as its new global head of product.

Mercer Canada has appointed Sebastian Haager as principal and Calgary office business leader for health.

The Public Sector Pension Investment Board has made a number of appointments in the last fiscal year, including Pierre Gibeault as managing director and head of real estate investments; Simon Marc as managing director and head of private equity; Patrick Samson as managing director and head of infrastructure investments; and Marc Drouin as managing director and head of natural resources.

Morneau Shepell Ltd. has promoted Kenneth MacDonald to manager of small- and mid-sized business for Western Canada.

BFL Canada Consulting Services Inc. has appointed Jean-Daniel Côté as vice-president of retirement.

Schroders has appointed Shawn Cohen as institutional director.

The Co-operators Group Ltd. has appointed Karen Higgins as its new executive vice-president and chief financial officer, effective June 1.

Pierre Lavallée has been named the inaugural chief executive officer of the Canada Infrastructure Bank.

Julie Holden is principal of a new workplace health consultancy, Holden & Associates.

Aon has promoted Kim Siddall to vice-president and local practice leader. She was previously an associate vice-president of the firm in Winnipeg.

W.F. (Frank) Morneau Sr., the founder of Morneau Shepell Ltd. and father of federal Minister of Finance Bill Morneau, has retired from the company.

Willis Towers Watson has appointed Amanda Voegeli as the Canadian national leader in its rewards practice.

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan has appointed Dale Burgess as senior managing director of infrastructure and natural resources. It has also promoted Jean-Charles Douin to managing director of private capital for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Brent Kalemkiarian has joined the Canadian sales team of Northern Trust Corp. as vice-president of business development.

The Canada Infrastructure Bank has appointed Annie Ropar as chief financial officer and chief administrative officer, effective June 1.

Financial Horizons Inc. has appointed Nick Pszeniczny as president and chief executive officer, effective July 1. John Hamilton, founder and chief executive officer will transition to the role of founder and senior advisor.

The Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board has made the following senior executive appointments, effective June 1: John Graham has been appointed senior managing director and will lead the credit investments team; Suyi Kim has been appointed senior managing director and head of Asia Pacific; Deborah Orida has been appointed senior managing director and global head of active equities; and Poul Winslow has been appointed senior managing director and global head of capital markets and factor investing. All appointees will also join the board’s senior management team.

The Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board also announced that Pierre Lavallée, senior managing director and global head of investment partnerships will be leaving the organization effective May 2.

Ontario’s new pension regulator, the Financial Services Regulatory Authority, has appointed Mark White as its inaugural chief executive officer.

Ivanhoé Cambridge has appointed Karim Habra as head of Europe, effective July 2, 2018.

Marsh and McLennan Companies Inc. has named Mercer Canada chief executive officer Louis Gagnon country corporate officer for Canada.

The Human Resources Professionals Association has appointed Louise Taylor Green chief executive officer, effective June 4, 2018.

Bjarne Graven Larsen is leaving the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. Ron Mock, president and chief executive officer, will be acting as interim chief investment officer.

The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec has appointed Emmanuel Jaclot as executive vice-president of infrastructure.

Sun Life Institutional Investments (Canada) Inc. has appointed Eugene Lundrigan as president and senior managing director of business strategy.

Leadership changes at the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec include new roles for Macky Tall and Maxime Aucoin.

Green Shield Canada president and chief executive officer Steve Bradie is retiring in December 2018.

Eckler Ltd. has appointed Naomi Denning as a principal in its national investment practice.

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan has appointed Datuk Ben Chan as regional managing director for the Asia-Pacific, effective June 1, 2018.


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