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Appointment notice – Marnie Niemi Hood and Mary Darakjian

Marnie Niemi Hood

Marnie Niemi Hood, BMus, CEBS, C.Dir.
(Vice President, Pension Solutions)

CAAT Pension Plan is delighted to announce the appointment of Marnie Niemi Hood to the role of Vice President, Pension Solutions, where she will expand CAAT’s business development beyond the Ontario college sector. Marnie joined CAAT as Director, Pension Solutions in January 2019 and has a well-earned reputation for finding solutions that work for both employers and member groups. Prior to joining CAAT, Marnie served as CEO of Toronto Electrical Industry Benefits Administration Services (TEIBAS) where she oversaw all aspects of pension and benefits fund operations (governance, investments, accounting, finance, benefits administration).

Mary Darakjian
Mary Darakjian, BComm, CPA, CA
(Vice President, Member and Employer Onboarding)

CAAT continues to grow its leadership team with the appointment of Mary Darakjian as Vice President, Member and Employer Onboarding. Mary joined CAAT in February 2019 as Director, Pension Implementation. In her former role as Head of Pensions at the TTC Pension Fund Society, Mary oversaw all aspects of pension fund operations, including investments, accounting, finance, and benefits administration. Mary brings her strong pension background and experience in the private and public sectors to her new mandate as she and her team ensure new employers and members are supported in all aspects of their CAAT experience.
Guardian Capital

Appointment notice – Sherry Lee Gregory

Sherry Lee Gregory

Guardian Capital LP Expands Reach: Appoints Sherry Lee Gregory, Vice President, Institutional Sales and Consultant Relations

Guardian Capital LP (Guardian) announces the appointment of Sherry Lee Gregory as Vice President, Institutional Sales and Consultant Relations. Sherry Lee will focus on business opportunities with pension plan sponsors and other institutional investors. She will also take on the lead role for relationships with Investment Consultants for Guardian.

With more than 20 years of industry experience and proven skills in sales, relationship management, consulting and consultant relations, Sherry Lee joins Guardian as it actively builds out capacity and reach in the institutional distribution space in Canada and globally. She will make significant contributions to this initiative.
Guardian Capital

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.

Jamie Farrell is moving to Mercer’s U.K. offices in the role of principal and consulting team leader.

Mercer Canada has appointed Rachel Volynsky as its new chief investment officer.

The University of British Columbia Investment Management Trust Inc. has appointed Dawn Jia as its president and chief executive officer, effective Sept. 13, 2019.

Blue Pier Administration Corp. is appointing Brian Mills to the board of trustees of its retirement plan.

The provincial government has appointed Brian Gibson as the new chair of the Investment Management Corp. of Ontario’s board of directors, effective immediately.

SEI Investments Canada Co. has appointed John Csaszar as Canadian equity portfolio manager and analyst in its investment management unit and Dexton Blackstock as managing director and head of Canadian business development for its institutional group.

Mercer is appointing Dr. Andrew Halpert as clinical innovation leader for health in the U.S. and Canada.

Morneau Shepell Ltd. has appointed Kaytek Przybylski as executive vice-president and chief data and technology officer.

Rosemarie McClean, the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan’s chief operating officer of enterprise operations, is moving to a new role at the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund effective Jan. 1, 2020.

The OPSEU Pension Trust is appointing Peter Lindley as its president and chief executive officer, effective Sept. 16, 2019.

Jennifer Agnew is joining Brown Mills Klinck Prezioso LLP on Sept. 3 as benefits and pensions counsel.

Foyston, Gordon & Payne Inc. is appointing Brooke Biscoe as a credit analyst on its fixed income team.

Daniel Fournier is retiring from his role as the chief executive officer of Ivanhoé Cambridge, with Nathalie Palladitcheff, the firm’s current president set to succeed him.

Jordan Fremont is relocating his pension, benefits and executive compensation practice to Bennett Jones LLP.


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