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.
Executive Member, Aberdeen Standard Investments, Distribution Division
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
Ms. Ecker was formerly the Minister of Finance for Ontario and was the first woman to deliver a budget in the province. During her political career, she delivered significant public policy reforms as Minister of Education, Minister of Community and Social Services and Government House Leader. Before entering public life, Ms. Ecker was the Director of Policy for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, the doctors’ regulatory body, the first non-physician to hold the position. She currently sits on a wide range of public and private sector boards, agencies and government advisory committees.
In 2016 she received the Order of Canada for public service, in recognition of her public service contributions in the financial sector and in her political life. A frequent public speaker and media commentator, she received the “Excellence in Leadership” award from the Transformation Institute for Leadership and Innovation in 2014, a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for public service in 2012 and was recognized as one of the “Most Influential People in the World’s Financial Centres” by Financial Centres International in 2010. She also received one of “Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award” from the Women’s Executive Network and the Richard Ivey School of Business in 2003. Ms. Ecker is 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
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.
CEO, Ontario Financing Authority
Prior to joining the Ontario Ministry of Finance, Gadi worked at Export Development Canada in Ottawa and in the International Division of the TD Bank. He received a Bachelor of Applied Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto in 1981, and a Master of Business Administration from the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario in 1988.
Gadi is on the boards of Infrastructure Ontario and the Ontario Capital Growth Corporation, and is Co-Chair of the Joint Nuclear Funds Investment Committee, a joint OFA and Ontario Power Generation Committee.
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.
Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Financial Sector Policy Branch, Finance Canada
In her previous experience with federal and provincial governments, she has led policy development respecting Employment Insurance, productivity, innovation and investment, fiscal federalism, labour markets, government expenditure and taxation.
Before joining the civil service, Annette conducted empirical research on innovation and labour issues at the Institute for Fiscal Studies in London, U.K.. She holds a Masters degree in Economics from Oxford University, which she attended as a Rhodes Scholar, and a Bachelor degree in Mathematics from Acadia University.