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Member Biographies

Ministry of Finance

Keith Ambachtsheer

Director of the Rotman International Centre for Pension Management

Keith Ambachtsheer is director of the Rotman International Centre for Pension Management (ICPM), an adjunct professor of finance, academic director of the Rotman-ICPM Board Effectiveness Program, and publisher and editor of the Rotman International Journal of Pension Management.

Author of several books on pension management and a recipient of a number of industry awards, he is also the co-founder of CEM Benchmarking Inc., which monitors the performance of 300 pensions worldwide.

David Denison

Corporate Director, Board of Directors, Royal Bank of Canada

David Denison, currently serving on the Royal Bank of Canada's Board of Directors, served as president and chief executive officer of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) from 2005 to 2012, where he was responsible for leading the CPPIB and its investment activities.  

With over 30 years of experience in the financial services sector, he has held senior positions in the investment, consulting and asset management businesses in Canada, the United States and Europe.

Mr. Denison is a director of the United Way of Greater Toronto and a member of the Toronto Community Foundation Investment Committee and the University of Toronto Investment Advisory Committee.

Susan Eng

Vice President for Advocacy at CARP

Susan Eng is vice president for advocacy at CARP, a national non-profit organization committed to a 'New Vision of Aging for Canada,' advocating for social change on key issues such as pension reform, investor protection, mandatory retirement, workplace age discrimination, home care and age friendly cities.

Ms. Eng is a former tax lawyer and well known for her expertise and public policy acumen, ability to build consensus among diverse parties and profound experience in ensuring that public institutions fully address the real needs of a modern and diverse society.

Ms. Eng has also served on numerous Boards of Directors, including acting as chair of the Metropolitan Toronto Police Services Board from 1991 to 1995.

Melissa Kennedy, General Counsel

Corporate Secretary and Senior Vice-President, Corporate Affairs, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan

Melissa Kennedy leads the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan General Counsel's office, which includes the Legal, Corporate Communications and Pension Law and Policy departments.

Prior to joining Teachers' in 2009, she was vice-president, associate general counsel and head of the Litigation and Employment Law Group at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. She has practised law for more than 20 years, specializing in securities and commercial litigation.

In 2012, Ms. Kennedy received the Canadian General Counsel of the Year award.

Jim Keohane

President and CEO, Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan

Jim Keohane is currently president and chief executive officer of the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP). With over 25 years of institutional investing experience with several national firms, he joined HOOPP in 1999, where he occupied a number of senior roles, including most recently as senior vice president, investment management and chief investment officer.

Bill Morneau

Executive Chairman, Morneau Shepell

Bill Morneau is currently the executive chairman for Morneau Shepell. With over two decades of experience, he has held a number of executive positions at Morneau Shepell, including the position of president and chief executive officer, and serves on a number of Boards of Directors.

In 2012, Mr. Morneau was appointed as pension investment advisor to the Honourable Dwight Duncan, former Ontario Minister of Finance, providing advice aimed at facilitating the pooling of public-sector pension fund assets. He also co-authored, with Fred Vettese, The Real Retirement: Why You Could Be Better Off Than You Think and How to Make That Happen, a well-received analysis of the context and factors involved in helping Canadians plan for a successful retirement.

Murray Gold

Managing Partner, Koskie Minsky LLP

Murray Gold is the Managing Partner of Koskie Minsky LLP and a participant in Koskie Glavin Gordon.  He is a leading practitioner in the area of pensions and employee benefits. In 2008, he was appointed by Ontario's Finance Minister as one of four expert advisors to the Ontario Expert Commission on Pensions, and he continues to be involved in various pension reform initiatives.

Murray advises governing boards of public sector and jointly trusteed pension plans across Canada and represents pension boards, as well as plan sponsors, retiree groups and active members in pension regulatory and judicial proceedings. Murray has also been lead counsel for Koskie Minsky, representing stakeholder interests in major insolvency proceedings.

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