George L. Cooke is Chair of the Board of Directors of OMERS Administration Corporation. He began serving as Chair on October 1, 2013. As Chair, Mr. Cooke also serves as ex officio (non-voting) member on the Board’s Audit & Actuarial, Governance, Human Resources, Investment and Technology Committees.
Other current Board activity includes Board Chair, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, Director, Hydro One and Board Chair, CANATICS.
In 2012, Mr. Cooke retired after a tenure of more than 20 years as the CEO and a Director of The Dominion of Canada General Insurance Company, one of Canada’s oldest and largest general insurance companies. During that time, he served as both an Executive Vice President and Director of E-L Financial Corporation (The Dominion’s parent).
Mr. Cooke has also served as a Director and Chair of The Insurance Bureau of Canada, Director of The Facility Association, and Director and Chair of the Property and Casualty Insurance Corporation. Other past positions include Director of Empire Life Insurance Company, Director of Atomic Energy Canada Limited, and Director of Toronto Rehabilitation Institute.
Mr. Cooke enjoys a profound interest in public policy and, earlier in his career, was a Special Advisor on Policy to the Honourable Robert F. Nixon, Ontario's former Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance. He and two colleagues recently completed a report for Ontario's Minister of Finance on financial services regulation.
Mr. Cooke has an MBA and an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from Queens University. He is the recipient of an Honourary Doctor of Laws Degree (LLD) from Assumption University in Windsor, Ontario. He also was awarded an HCIP (Honourary Chartered Insurance Professional) designation by the Insurance Institute of Canada.
Mr. Cooke is a former Director and President of the Empire Club of Canada. He was recently appointed as a member of the Dean of Arts and Sciences Advisory Council, Queen’s Universtiy. He is also involved with a number of not-for-profit organizations, the most prominent being Spinal Cord Injury Ontario (SCI). This work helped him earn the Ken Langford Honourary Lifetime Membership from SCI. In 2014, he was inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame.
Bill Aziz is Chair of the Investment Committee of the OAC Board and also serves on the Human Resources Committee.
Bill Aziz is a senior executive and experienced director with a record of achievement in change management, corporate culture transformation and team building. He is a value-oriented executive with the experience to enhance profitability. He has extensive experience in building strong management teams focused on profitability, while promoting strong and flexible strategic thinking to create solutions. Bill also has extensive, international experience in multi-party negotiations, strategic partnerships, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. Through BlueTree Advisors, Bill provides advice based on his more than 28 years of turnaround and management experience. His work encompasses diverse industries including softwood lumber, steel manufacturing, refrigerated warehousing, transportation, retail, telecommunications, manufacturing and media.
Bill was appointed to the OMERS AC Board on January 1, 2014 as the representative for the Ontario Provincial Fire Fighters Association. Bill previously served on the OMERS AC Board from 2009 to 2012 and was Chair of the Investment Committee and a member of the Human Resources Committee during that time as well. He is also a director, member of the Human Resources Committee and Chair of the Audit Committee for Maple Leaf Foods Inc. He has previously served on the boards of Tecumseh Products Company (Michigan), Sun-Times Media Group, Inc. (Chicago), Doman Industries Limited (British Columbia) and Algoma Steel Inc. (Ontario), among other public and private companies. As a Chartered Accountant, he is recognized as a financial expert and is an alumnus of Ernst & Young. He is a graduate of the Ivey School of Business at Western University. He has studied negotiation and multi-party dispute resolution at Harvard Law School and has completed the Institute of Corporate Directors Governance College at the University of Toronto.
Monty Baker is Chair of the Human Resources Committee and also serves as a member of the Audit & Actuarial Committee and Technology Committee.
Monty Baker was appointed to the OMERS AC Board in January 2012 and reappointed in 2015 as the representative of the Ontario Association of Police Services Boards. Monty is Chair of the Human Resources Committee and also serves on the Audit & Actuarial Committee and Technology Committee.
Monty is a retired partner from PricewaterhouseCoopers where he was a member of the Global PwC Consulting Advisory Board from 1999 to 2002 and had significant involvement in the sale of the PwC Consulting Practice to IBM. Until his retirement in 2011, Monty was the Vice President, Global BTO HR Solutions at IBM where he was responsible for overall strategy, sales, marketing and the delivery for Human Resource Outsourcing.
Monty is a former Board member of the Ontario Division of the Canadian Cancer Society, a member of the Audit Advisory Committee for the Federal Superintendent of Pensions and the former President of the Halton Peel Chartered Accountants Association.
Monty is a graduate of the University of Toronto and a Chartered Accountant. He received his chartered director designation from The Directors College in 2013.
David M. Beatty serves as a member of the Investment Committee and the Human Resources Committee.
David Beatty was appointed to the OMERS AC Board effective January 1, 2013 as the City of Toronto representative. David serves as a member of the Investment Committee and the Human Resources Committee.
David brings 25 years of experience in investment banking principally focused on equity financing and mergers and acquisitions of power & utilities and mining & natural resource companies. He is currently Deputy Chairman, Industrial Alliance Securities. He is the former Chief Executive Officer of Rio Novo Gold Inc. and Chairman of Rio Verde Minerals and co-founded Westwind Partners Inc., an investment bank, which was acquired by Thomas Weisel Partners in 2008, where he remained as Deputy Chairman – Investment Banking until January 2010. He was Head of the Mining & Metals Group at First Marathon Securities and a partner and Head of Mining Group at Gordon Capital Corporation. David was a member of the TSX/OSC Mining Standards Task Force in 1997-98 that drafted the National Instrument 43/101 regulations and is also a past member of the IDA Corporate Finance Committee. He co-founded Yamana Gold Inc. with Mr. Victor Bradley in 1994 and is a Director of Guyana Goldfields.
David holds a B. Comm. (Queen’s), M. Phil., International Affairs (Cambridge) and an MBA (Harvard Business School).
Darcie Beggs serves as a member of the Governance Committee, Human Resources Committee and Appeals Committee.
Darcie Beggs was appointed to the OMERS AC Board effective January 1, 2017 as one of the two CUPE representatives. Darcie serves as a member of the Governance Committee, Human Resources Committee and Appeals Committee. Darcie previously served on the OAC Board from January 1, 2014 to March 31, 2016.
Ms. Beggs is a pension policy expert with extensive experience both as an advisor to labour organizations on pension issues and as a pension plan trustee. She holds a bachelor's degree in Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan.
Bill Butt is Chair of the Audit & Actuarial Committee and serves as a member of the Investment Committee.
Bill was appointed to the OMERS AC Board effective January 1, 2014 as the Electricity Distributors Association representative.
In addition to OMERS, Bill serves on the Board of Directors of Xplornet Communications ($1.5 billion communications company) and its Human Resources (Chairperson), Audit & Finance and Governance Committees.
Bill spent many years with BMO Financial Group most recently as Global Head of Investment & Corporate Banking where he was responsible for all of BMO’s business with major corporations worldwide encompassing equity and debt underwriting, corporate lending, mergers & acquisition advisory services, merchant banking, trade finance and global treasury management. He had profit and loss and risk responsibility for a ~$60 billion portfolio (corporate credit & private equity) and a team of 600 professionals in 18 offices in 10 countries. As one of BMO’s most senior officers, Bill sat on BMO’s Management and Performance Committees and BMO Capital Markets’ Executive, Operating and Management Committees.
Bill is Chairperson of the St. Michael’s Hospital (Toronto) President’s Council (2011-present) and was a long-time member of the St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation Board of Directors (2003-2011). He is Co-Chairperson of the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada’s $60 million “National Campaign for Child Welfare” and a member of the Children’s Aid Foundation’s Board of Directors (2016-present).
He holds a BComm (Windsor), MBA (Ivey), ICD.D (Institute of Corporate Directors) and studied at the Rotterdam Graduate School of Management. He was named to Canada's Top 40 Under 40.
Paul Elliott serves as a member of the Audit & Actuarial Committee and Investment Committee.
Paul Elliott was appointed to the OMERS AC Board effective January 1, 2017 as the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation representative.
Paul Elliott was re-elected for a second term in 2015 as President of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation. His current term will run until June 2017. Paul was first elected to the Provincial Executive as an Executive Officer in 2005 and as a Vice President in 2007.
OSSTF/FEESO, founded in 1919, has 60,000 members across Ontario. They include public high school teachers, occasional teachers, educational assistants, continuing education teachers and instructors, early childhood educators, psychologists, secretaries, speech-language pathologists, social workers, plant support personnel, university support staff, and many others in education.
Paul began his Federation experience as a local site representative and from there became the local Chief Negotiator and Treasurer of OSSTF/FEESO District 5B, Rainy River. Paul was a member of the provincial Collective Bargaining Committee when elected in 2005.
Michael Fenn is Chair of the Technology Committee and also serves as a member of the Governance Committee.
Michael Fenn chairs the Board’s Technology Committee and serves on the Board’s Governance Committee. He is one of the two Directors nominated by the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO).
Over the course of an extensive career in public service, Michael Fenn has been an Ontario Deputy Minister under three Premiers, municipal chief administrator in Hamilton and Burlington, and the founding CEO of both regional transportation authority Metrolinx and regional health authority Mississauga Halton LHIN.
Michael is now a management consultant specializing in the public sector and healthcare. He is also a Board Director with the Toronto Board of Education's realty arm, the Toronto Lands Corporation. He is a certified board director, having attained the C.Dir. designation in 2014.
His recent published research reports have addressed: ‘megatrends’ and the future of Canada’s infrastructure; creative approaches to infrastructure finance, including asset recycling and infrastructure banks; municipal asset management; the role of the city manager in Ontario; municipal government “at an inflection point”; and, water, wastewater and stormwater policy in Ontario.
Michael's career achievements have been acknowledged by a number of professional awards, including the Lieutenant Governor's Medal of Distinction in Public Administration for Ontario, the AMCTO's Prestige Award, and the OMAA's Robert Baldwin Award. In 2010, he was one of two Ontarians added to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario's Honour Roll. Michael's municipal management career was recently profiled in a chapter in the book: Leaders in the Shadows: The Leadership Qualities of Municipal Chief Administrative Officers, by Professor David Siegel.
Laurie Hutchinson serves as a member of the Audit & Actuarial Committee and Technology Committee.
Laurie Hutchinson was appointed to the OMERS AC Board effective January 1, 2014 as the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) representative and serves as a member of the Audit & Actuarial Committee and Technology Committee.
Ms. Hutchinson brings more than 25 years of experience working with defined benefit pension plans like OMERS, including more than 10 years as a senior executive at another large public sector plan. She has also worked as an advisor and a regulator and has successfully advocated for regulatory change for pension plans in Canada. She brings an in-depth working knowledge of both pension plans and pension plan organizations.
A believer in volunteerism, Laurie has been a Board and Committee member of the Association of Canadian Pension Management (ACPM), a member of the Actuarial Advisory Committee for the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, a member of the Consumer Education Committee of the Actuarial Foundation of Canada, and previously volunteered with disabled children at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.
Laurie is a Certified Director, a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries, and a graduate of the University of Western Ontario.
Cliff Inskip is a member of the Investment Committee and the Audit & Actuarial Committee.
Cliff Inskip was appointed to the OMERS AC Board, effective January 1, 2015, having been jointly nominated by both the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association and Ontario Public School Boards’ Association.
Cliff is President of Polar Star Advisory Services Inc., a management consulting firm that advises government and large corporate clients on major infrastructure projects and related financing matters. Previously he spent over 30 years in the financial services industry at CIBC and Export Development Corporation. He retired from CIBC at the end of 2014 where most recently he was Managing Director and Head of the Bank's Canadian infrastructure advisory and bond underwriting business and prior to that he was Deputy Managing Director of CIBC World Markets plc in the UK. Cliff has advised developers, owners and procurement agencies on major projects in the power, energy, pipeline and transportation sectors and has also advised and arranged capital markets financing for a wide range of clients including utilities, airport and port authorities, long-term care operators, universities, school boards and governments.
Cliff has appeared as an expert witness before the National Energy Board and the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance. He is a recipient of the TopGun Banker designation from Brendan Woods recognizing the highest achievers in the investment banking industry.
Cliff serves as a director on the boards of Oakville Enterprises Corporation and JCM Power Corporation as well as a number of not-for-profit organizations. Previously he served on the Board of CIBC World Markets plc, a regulated bank in London, UK.
Cliff holds an MBA and B.A.Sc. (civil engineering) from the University of British Columbia. He received his chartered director and audit committee certified designations from The Directors College and also received a Diploma in Corporate Treasury Management from the Association of Corporate Treasurers (UK). He is a member of Professional Engineers Ontario.
Charlene Mueller was appointed to the OMERS AC Board effective April 1, 2016 as one of the two CUPE representatives. Charlene serves as a member of the Audit & Actuarial Committee and Technology Committee.
Ms. Mueller is an experienced pension advisor, who leads pension supports for CUPE Local One members and leadership on a variety of OMERS pension issues. She is a province-wide CUPE Ontario pension leader, a member of CUPE Ontario's OMERS Reference Group providing independent and expert advice to senior CUPE Ontario leadership and staff on OMERS member stakeholder issues and concerns as well as broader pension issues. Along with being a passionate defender of defined benefit pension plans like OMERS, Ms. Mueller is a strong advocate of public services and for public sector workers.
Charlene retired from Toronto Hydro Electrical Systems Limited in July 2016 after 36 years of service.
Jim Phillips is Chair of the Governance Committee and serves as a member of the Technology Committee and the AC/SC Joint Council Sub-Committee.
Jim Phillips was appointed to the OMERS AC Board in 2009 as the representative for the Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies. Jim is Chair of the Governance Committee and also serves on the Technology Committee and AC/SC Joint Council Sub-Committee.
During his career Jim has had the opportunity to work in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. He began his career in the banking and trust industry, including the positions of Chief Accountant and Director of Savings Services of Victoria and Grey Trust Company. Subsequently Jim was employed by the Province of Ontario in financial and human resource management roles with the Ministry of Community and Social Services.
For 26 years prior to his eligible early retirement in March 2011, Jim served as Director of Corporate Resources with Family and Children’s Services of Waterloo Region and for 20 years as the Chief Executive Officer of the Family and Children’s Services Foundation. Jim served on a number of secondments to the Province of Ontario, working on policy development and implementation projects. In 2007 he was a member of a team that received the Amethyst award from the Province of Ontario for outstanding public service.
Jim is Chair of the Board of Directors of Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro Inc., Chair of Kitchener Power Corporation, serves on the Board of GRE Inc. and is Treasurer of the Board of Governors of Waterloo Lutheran Seminary. Through his consulting practice he provides advisory services on a project basis within the government, not-for-profit and fundraising sectors.
Jim received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Guelph in 1976, Certified General Accountant designation in 1981, Chartered Director designation from The Directors College in 2012 and his Professional Chartered Accountant designation in 2014.
Penny Somerville serves as a member of the Investment Committee and Governance Committee.
Penny Somerville was appointed to the OMERS AC Board effective February 12, 2015 as one of the two Association of Municipalities of Ontario representatives.
Penny held a number of senior leadership roles during her nearly 30-year career with BMO Financial Group. This experience reflects her strong grasp of the interplay between corporate/financial strategy and risk. Her roles at BMO included the following: Executive Vice President, Technology & Operations Initiatives; Executive Vice President & Senior Market Risk Officer; Executive Vice President & Treasurer; and Senior Vice-President & Corporate Controller. Prior to working at BMO, Penny provided accounting and auditing research advice to the Canadian operating offices of a large accounting firm.
Penny serves on Cidel Bank Canada Board of Directors and is chair of the Audit Committee. She also is a member of Runnymede Healthcare Centre’s Board of Directors and the University of Toronto’s Audit Committee. Previously, she served on the Board and Audit Committee of Moneris Solutions Corporation and the Board of Bank of Montreal (Barbados) Limited.
Penny holds an Honours Bachelors of Commerce from Queen’s University. She is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario.
Gene Swimmer is a member of the Audit & Actuarial Committee and the Investment Committee. Gene also serves as Chair of the Appeals Committee.
Eugene Swimmer was appointed to the OMERS AC Board in 2008 and reappointed in 2012 and 2015 on the nomination of the Police Association of Ontario. He is a member of the Audit & Actuarial Committee and Investment Committee. He also serves as Chair of the Appeals Committee.
Gene holds an M.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago, a Ph.D. in Labor Economics from the Industrial and Labor Relations School of Cornell University, and chartered director designation from The Directors College. He is a professor emeritus of public policy at Carleton University and has authored more than 30 journal articles or chapters in books, mainly concerned with aspects of public sector labour-management relations and compensation. He has acted as a statistical consultant to numerous Canadian government and non-profit agencies including the Canadian International Development Agency, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and York Region.
Gene served as a mediator in Ontario teacher collective bargaining disputes, an adjudicator during the Ontario Social Contract and as the compensation specialist for the RCMP Pay Council. He is currently a member of the Pension Advisory Committee for the RCMP Pension Plan. In 2004 Gene received the Gérard Dion Award for his outstanding contribution to the industrial relations profession.
David Tsubouchi serves as a member of the Governance Committee, the Human Resources Committee and the Appeals Committee.
David Tsubouchi was appointed to the OMERS AC Board, effective January 1, 2015. He was appointed on the nomination of the retiree organizations.
David’s governance experience includes extensive involvement as a Chair and Director with a wide variety of public sector, private sector, educational and community organizations. He has chaired or been a member of several governance and audit committees on corporate boards. David has also led successful fund-raising campaigns for George Brown College and Seneca College, raising millions of dollars.
As an elected official, David represented the riding of Markham in the Ontario Legislature for two terms, during which he held cabinet posts including Solicitor General. David also served two terms as a Councillor for the Town of Markham.
David holds degrees in English (York University) and law (Osgoode Hall Law School). In 2006, he received an Honourary Doctor of Laws Degree (LLD) from Assumption University in Windsor and in 2014 received an honourary Doctorate of Sacred Letters (DSLitt) from Huntington University in Sudbury. David received his C. Dir. from The Directors College, McMaster University in 2016.