Edwin D. Cass
Senior Managing Director & Global Head of Real Assets - CPPIB
Prior to joining CPPIB, he was Managing Director and Co-Chief Investment Officer for Fortress Investment Group’s Drawbridge Relative Value Fund where he was responsible for the development and execution of fixed income, currency, stock index and commodity trading strategies. With over 15 years of investment experience, Ed previously held senior positions at Deutsche Bank Canada and TD Securities.
Ed holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Theoretical Physics from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School.
Senior Strategic Advisor, McMillan LLP
J. Michael Durland
President and CEO, Melancthon Capital
Mike is a member of various boards including:
• Member of the Board of Directors of TruLeaf Sustainable Agriculture
• Member of the advisory board of Riipen Networks Inc.
• Member of the Board of Directors of the Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation
• Member of the Board of Capitalize for Kids
• Member of the Business Strategy Committee for the Global Risk Institute
• Member of the Advisory Board of the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University
• Member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Social Impact at Queen’s University and the Master of Management Analytics Program at Queen’s University.
Mike is a former Group Head and CEO, Global Banking and Markets for Scotiabank. Mike holds a B Comm degree from St. Mary's University, a PhD in Finance and Operations Research from Queen’s University and an honorary Doctorate from St. Mary’s University.
Janet L. Ecker
Janet L. Ecker is Corporate Director, and former President and CEO of the Toronto Financial Services Alliance (TFSA), a growing public–private partnership dedicated to building Toronto as a global financial services centre. With government and industry support, she has also established the Global Risk Institute in Financial Services to leverage the sector’s global reputation for stability, as well as the Centre of Excellence in Financial Services Education to capitalize on Toronto region’s talent advantages. A former Ontario Finance Minister, Ms. Ecker also held the portfolios of Minister of Education, Minister of Community and Social Services and Government House Leader. Ms. Ecker currently sits on numerous corporate and non-profit boards and agencies and is also a member of the Ontario Finance Minister’s Economic Advisory Panel. A frequent public speaker and media commentator, she was recognized in 2010 as one of the “Most Influential People in the World’s Financial Centres” by Financial Centres International and received a “Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award” from the Women’s Executive Network and the Richard Ivey School of Business in 2003. She is also one of the founders of Equal Voice, a national, multi-partisan organization working to elect more women.
Executive Vice President, Banking Centres - CIBC
Prior to that role, Mr. Forbes was Executive Vice President of Brand, Corporate and Client Relationships. He has also held a series of progressive management positions since joining CIBC in 2001, including serving as Executive Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Public Affairs.
Prior to joining CIBC, Mr. Forbes was Vice President of Communications at Moore Corporation from 1997 to 2001. He also held management positions at Rogers Communications.
Richard Frank Goulding
Former Chief Risk Officer – Standard Chartered PLC
Partner – KPMG
Ozench is a mentor and sponsor for KPMG’s top talent in our Women in Line for Leadership program. Her community involvement includes service on the Board of Governors of York University as Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee; Business Strategy Advisory Committee - Global Risk Institute; Advisory Council - Women in Capital Markets and the Advisory Board of Schulich School of Business - Center of Excellence in Accounting and Society.
Head of Insurance Investment Strategy, OMERS
Sharon has 25 years of progressive experience and is uniquely positioned with experience in both the Life & Health and Property & Casualty (P&C) insurance industries. Prior to joining OMERS, Sharon served as President, Aviva Insurance Company of Canada, Canada’s 2nd largest P&C insurer. From 2005 to 2014, Sharon served as President & CEO (initially CFO) of Swiss Re Canada; one of the world’s largest reinsurers. Prior to that, Sharon served as CFO with Liberty International Underwriters Canada and launched Kanetix, Canada’s first on-line insurance marketplace for consumers.
Sharon is a Chartered Accountant/Chartered Professional Accountant; with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto. Sharon also holds an FLMI (Fellow, Life Management Institute) designation. Sharon is a graduate of the Directors Education Program, Institute of Corporate Directors and is an ICD.D designate.
In 2013, Sharon was named by WXN one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women and one of the Top 50 Women in the insurance industry globally by Reactions magazine.
Chief Risk Officer - ScotiaBank
Daniel is a member of the Bank’s operating committee, senior risk policy, asset liability committee, market risk, and credit committees. Daniel joined Scotiabank in 1997 and has held progressively senior roles in Toronto, Europe and Asia. Prior to becoming Chief Market Risk Officer in 2016, Daniel ran the Global Banking and Markets business in Asia-Pacific. He brings a strong focus in developing risk management strategies that align with the Bank's risk tolerance, business objectives and customer focus.
Daniel holds a D. Phil. in Theoretical Physics from Oxford University and a B.Sc. from Queen’s University.