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iA Financial Group appoints a new vice-president of distribution for its group sector

Rick Holinshead

Rick Holinshead,
Vice President,
Distribution, Group Benefits and Retirement Solutions

Holder of a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Waterloo, Rick brings to iA Financial Group more than 35 years of experience in the financial services industry, and extensive knowledge of the market. Over the past 30 years, he has held senior management positions at several actuarial consulting firms, has led Canada-wide teams and helped talented people fulfill their potential.

Over the course of his career, Rick has set himself apart through his strong sense of leadership, mobilization, communication, his vision and his client-focused approach. His main mandate will be to ensure the growth of the company’s group insurance and group savings and retirement activities.

About iA Financial Group

Founded in 1892, iA Financial Group is one of the largest insurance and wealth management companies in Canada, with operations in the United States. It is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol IAG.

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Franklin Templeton is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Wright to our institutional distribution team in Western Canada.

Chris Wright

Chris Wright
Vice President
Institutional Investor Services

Chris Wright is responsible for developing and managing institutional client relationships across Western Canada. Based in Calgary, Chris oversees and provides guidance on investment capabilities and solutions for a diverse client base, including defined benefit and defined contribution pension plans, endowments, foundations and asset managers.

With over 20 years of investment industry experience, Chris has held sales and leadership positions at some of Canada’s leading financial institutions. He started his career in 1987 in junior capital finance in Vancouver, and transitioned to the asset management business in 1998. After 11 years in business development he moved into management and has held leadership roles in Western Canada for two major Canadian financial institutions.

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Russell Investments Canada Limited – Tom Reimer, Director, Institutional Sales

Tom Reimer

Tom Reimer, Director, Institutional Sales

Russell Investments Canada Limited is pleased to announce the appointment of Tom Reimer to Director, Institutional Sales.Tom will be responsible for developing partnerships with a wide range of institutional investors including endowments and foundations as well as corporate, multi-employer and public-sector pension plans.

With more than 30 years’ experience in the institutional investment industry, Tom has worked extensively with organizations to define solutions that meet their evolving investment objectives.

In this role, he will look to marry the unique needs of clients with our complete investment and implementation services as well as customized delegated and outsourced investment solutions.

Tom holds the Chartered Investment Manager (CIM) designation.

About Russell Investments Canada

Russell Investments works with institutional investors and financial advisors, using the firm’s core capabilities that extend across capital market insights, manager research, portfolio construction, and asset allocation.

For more information about our solutions for institutional investors, please contact us at 1-866-737-2228 or visit us at

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Mercer Canada has appointed Todd Nelson as wealth leader for its Toronto office and Yanick Chainey as wealth leader for Quebec.

John Bai is joining NEI Investments and Aviso Wealth Inc. as vice-president and chief investment officer.

Jeff Marshall is joining Canada Life as senior vice-president and chief digital officer.

The Empire Life Insurance Co. is appointing Michael Perry as senior vice-president of  group solutions.

Kathy Jenkins is joining the Investment Management Corp. of Ontario as its new chief financial officer.

TD Asset Management has appointed Bruce Cooper as senior vice-president and chief executive officer, and Rob Vanderhooft as senior vice-president and chief investment officer.

Daniel Peak, national senior manager of private payer strategy at Sanofi, has retired.

bfinance has appointed Philip Coté director of client consulting.

The C.D. Howe Institute appointed Hugh O’Reilly as senior fellow.

FTSE International Ltd. has appointed Paul Bowes in the newly created role of Canadian country head.

Express Scripts Canada has appointed Michael Roszak as chief operating officer.

Foyston, Gordon & Payne is making changes to its global equity team.

Mercer Canada has re-appointed Rose Kwan as a partner in its health team.

Jim Keohane is retiring from his role as president and chief executive officer of the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan in March 2020.

The Ontario Pension Board has appointed Chris Kautzky as its new chief investment officer.

Hugh O’Reilly has resigned as president and chief executive officer of the OPSEU Pension Trust, effective immediately.

The Investment Management Corp. of Ontario is appointing Christian Hensley senior managing director of public equities and credit.

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions’ office of the chief actuary has appointed Assia Billig as chief actuary, starting in April 2019.

Art Babcock is retiring after more than 40 years in the Canadian group benefits industry.

Shoppers Drug Mart has appointed Chrissy Piraino as director of business development in its employer health solutions group.

Sun Life Financial Canada is making adjustments to its leadership teams.

Eckler Ltd. has appointed Dianne Tamburro as a senior defined contribution consultant.

B.C.’s College Pension Plan board of trustees selection panel has appointed Bita Jenab as its director of research and analysis for the college and public service pension plans.

Financial Horizons Group Inc. is changing up its broader leadership team.

Great-West Lifeco Inc. is appointing Edmund Murphy as its new president and chief executive officer of its U.S. subsidiary, Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Co.

Frank Belvedere is retiring after more than 40 years as a pension actuary, investment consultant and advisor at Mercer Canada.

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. is appointing Melanie Jeannotte as the national president of its benefits services group in Canada.

Russell Investments has appointed Peter Gunning as global chief investment officer.

Fasken LLP has appointed Michael Wolpert as a lawyer in its pension and benefits group.

Northern Trust has appointed Kimberly Evans as head of private capital fund administration in North America.

Express Scripts Canada has appointed Karen Kesteris as chief product owner.

Accompass Inc., a division of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., is appointing Sherry Shaw as a vice-president in its benefits and health practice.

The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec has appointed Martin Coiteux as chief economist and Charles Émond as executive vice-president of Quebec and global strategic planning.

Mercer Canada has appointed Carole Field as wealth business leader in Calgary.

MFS Investment Management has appointed Edward M. Maloney as chief investment officer, effective Jan. 1, 2019. Maloney will succeed Michael Roberge, who will continue at MFS as chief executive officer.

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is appointing Steve McGirr as its new chair beginning January 2019.

Assumption Mutual Life Insurance Corp. is appointing Sébastien Dupuis as president and chief executive officer following the retirement of André Vincent. Vincent will assume the role of senior advisor to Dupuis until he officially retires on June 30, 2019.

Express Scripts Canada is appointing Dr. Dorian Lo as president following Michael Biskey’s retirement from the position in the first quarter of 2019.

The Great-West Life Assurance Co., the London Life Insurance Co. and Canada Life Financial Corp. have appointed Brad Fedorchuk as executive vice-president for group customer.

Medavie Blue Cross has appointed Marc Avaria as vice-president of product and disability management.



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