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Board of Directors

Dean Connor

Chairperson, Corporate Director, Board and Investment Strategy Committee (Chair), ex officio member of the Audit, Governance, Human Resources and Compensation, and Risk Committees.

Toronto, Ontario

Director since August 2021.

Currently serves as Board Chair for the University Health Network in Toronto and as a member of the Ivey Advisory Board.

Between 2011 and 2021, served as President & CEO of Sun Life Financial Inc., a leading financial services company. Prior to this, he held senior roles with Sun Life, including Head of Canadian Operations and Chief Operating Officer. Previously had a 28-year career with Mercer Human Resource Consulting, where he rose to be President for the Americas, a position he held until 2006.

Holds an Honours Business Administration from the Ivey School of Business at Western University.

Qualifications include more than four decades of global experience in financial services and executive consulting. Qualified as a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and the Canadian Institute of Actuaries.

Judith Athaide

Corporate Executive, Corporate Director, Investment Strategy Committee, Governance Committee, Risk Committee
Calgary, Alberta

Director since November 2022

Serves as a Director of Kiwetinohk Energy and CEO of The Cogent Group Inc. Past directorships include HSBC Bank Canada, Computer Modelling Group, TriSummit Utilities, New Brunswick Power, PHX Energy Services.

Previously served as Vice President, Bow Engineering and Project Execution of EnCana Leasehold Limited Partnership. She has held academic positions at the Universities of Alberta, Brandon, Calgary and Mount Royal. Holds a B. Comm (Honours) from the University of Manitoba and a Master of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta.

Qualifications include experience as a professional engineer, entrepreneur and energy sector professional.

Sylvia Chrominska

Corporate Director, Investment Strategy Committee, Human Resources and Compensation Committee, Risk Committee

Stratford, Ontario

Director since September 2018

Currently serves as an ex officio member of the board of the Stratford Festival. Previously served as Chair of the Boards of the Bank of Nova Scotia Jamaica and Scotiabank Trinidad & Tobago, as a Director and Chair of the Management Resources and Compensation Committee of Emera Inc., Director and Chair of the Human Resources Committee of Dofasco Inc., as the Chair of the Board of Governors of the Canadian Bankers Association. Previously served on the Board of the University of Western Ontario and the Dean’s Advisory Committee of the Richard Ivey Business School, former member and Honorary Fellow of the Advisory Council for Dalhousie University, former Chair of the International Women’s Forum; and former member and Vice President of the Canadian Club of Toronto. Holds an Honours Degree in Business Administration and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Western Ontario.

Qualifications include more than 30 years of banking experience, including executive positions in human resources and corporate credit risk, as well as extensive board experience.

William ‘Mark’ Evans

Early-stage technology investor, Investment Strategy Committee, Human Resources and Compensation Committee, Risk Committee

London, U.K.

Director since May 2019

Works with early-stage technology entrepreneurs in the UK, Europe, and North America. He has degrees in Economics from Queen’s University and the University of Oxford.

Ashleigh Everett

Corporate Executive, Corporate Director, Investment Strategy Committee, Governance Committee (Chair)

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Director since February 2017

Director of The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company. Former Director of the Bank of Nova Scotia (Chair of the Corporate Governance and Pension Committees). Former Director of Manitoba Telecom Services (Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committees). Former member of the Premier’s Enterprise Team for the Province of Manitoba. President, Corporate Secretary and Director of Royal Canadian Securities Limited, the holding company of Royal Canadian Properties Limited, Domo Gasoline Corporation Ltd., and L’Eau-1 Inc. Masters of Business Administration, Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario.

Qualifications include extensive board experience as a director on executive and risk, governance and pension, and human resources and compensation committees in the finance, insurance, and telecom sectors, with experience in governance and international risk issues. More than 35 years of senior management experience in private property development and retail business operations.

Tahira Hassan

Corporate Director, Investment Strategy Committee, Audit Committee, Governance Committee

Toronto, Ontario

Director since February 2015

Served as Non-executive Director of Brambles Limited, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, Recall Holdings Limited, Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream Holdings Inc., Dairy Partners America and several other international management and association boards. Past member of the Dean’s advisory council of the Laurier School of Business & Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University. Former Senior Vice-President at Nestlé SA with extensive international experience in transformative change including mergers & acquisitions. Held executive positions such as Global Business Head for Nescafé Ready-to-Drink, Head of Global Supply Chain and President of Ice Cream in Canada. Chartered Professional Accountant & Certified Management Accountant of Canada, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (U.K.) and Chartered Global Management Accountant.

Qualifications include more than 45 years of business and board governance expertise, in multinational environments including lived-in experiences in the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Pakistan, in addition to Canada.

John Montalbano

Corporate Director, Investment Strategy Committee, Audit Committee (Chair), Risk Committee (ex officio member), Human Resources and Compensation Committee

Vancouver, British Columbia

Director since February 2017

Serves as Director on a number of corporate boards, including AbCellera Biologics (Audit Chair), Aritzia Inc., Eupraxia Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Audit Chair) and White Crane Capital. Current member of the Gairdner Foundation, Windmill Microlending and The Rideau Hall Foundation. Former Vice Chairman of RBC Wealth Management. Past Chair, University of British Columbia. Served as Chief Executive Officer of RBC Global Asset Management from 2008 to 2015. Previously President of Phillips and Hager & North Investment Management. Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Leslie Wong Fellow of the UBC Portfolio Management Foundation. UBC BCom (Hons).

Qualifications include nearly 30 years working in asset management and extensive senior management experience, including overseeing double-digit annual growth over seven years as CEO of the new RBC Global Asset Management, making it one of the 50 largest asset managers in the world.

Nadir Mohamed

Corporate Director, Investment Strategy Committee, Governance Committee, Human Resources and Compensation Committee
Toronto, Canada

Director since October 2023.

Currently serves on the board of Cineplex Inc. and as Chair of Alignvest Management Corp. and DMZ Ventures. Retired President and Chief Executive Officer of Rogers Communications Inc. Engaged in a spectrum of community organizations and is focused on innovation and entrepreneurship in Canada. Co-founder of ScaleUP Ventures. Holds a BCom from the University of British Columbia and is a Fellow Chartered Accountant. Named a Member of the Order of Canada in 2019.

Qualifications include extensive business leadership experience, expertise in stakeholder management, enterprise risk management, cultivating talent, and corporate governance.

Barry Perry

Corporate Director, Investment Strategy Committee, Audit Committee, Human Resources and Compensation Committee (Chair)

Newfoundland & Labrador

Director since August 2021.

Currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Royal Bank of Canada and Capital Power.

Previously served as a Board member of Fortis, ITC Holdings, UNS Energy, FortisBC Energy, FortisAlberta, Central Hudson Gas & Electric and Newfoundland Power.

Between 2015 and 2020, held senior roles with Fortis Inc., most recently serving as President & CEO, as well as Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer from 2004 to 2014. Prior to joining Fortis Inc., he served as Vice President and Treasurer with a global forest products company and Corporate Controller with a large crude oil refinery.

Holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Qualifications include more than three decades of executive and board experience in the utilities sector. Member of the Association of Chartered Professional Accountants of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Mary Phibbs

Corporate Director, Investment Strategy Committee, Audit Committee (ex officio member), Risk Committee (Chair)

London, U.K.

Director since May 2017

Senior Independent Director & Audit Chair of Just Group plc., Just Retirement Limited, Partnership Life Assurance Company Limited, Just Retirement Money Limited, and Partnership Home Loans Limited. Chairperson of Virgin Money Unit Trust Managers Limited. Previously a non-executive Director of Morgan Stanley International Limited, Morgan Stanley & Co International plc and Morgan Stanley Bank International Limited, Novae Group plc, New Day Group Limited, Nottingham Building Society, Friends Life Group plc, Stewart Title Limited, The Charity Bank Limited and Northern Rock plc during its period of public ownership. Held senior positions at Standard Chartered Bank plc, ANZ Banking Group, National Australia Bank, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, and PricewaterhouseCoopers, among others. Holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of Surrey, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Qualifications include more than 40 years of international business, risk management and board experience in various countries in the Australian, Pacific, Southeast Asia, Middle East and European regions including the United Kingdom.

Boon Sim

Corporate Director, Investment Strategy Committee, Audit Committee, Human Resources and Compensation Committee
New York, USA

Director since July 2020

Founder and Managing Partner of Artius Capital Partners, a New York-based growth and private equity investment firm. Held senior roles with Temasek International, most recently President, Americas, Head of International Group and Head of Life Science and Credit Portfolios, between 2012 and 2017. Prior to joining Temasek, served a 20-year tenure with Credit Suisse Group and its predecessor firm, The First Boston Corporation, including various senior leadership positions, last as Global Head of Mergers & Acquisitions based in New York, NY, U.S. Served as a semiconductor and process automation design engineer with Texas Instruments Inc. prior to joining The First Boston Corporation. Holds a Master of Science in Engineering (SM) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Master of Private & Public Management (MPPM) from Yale University and a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng First Class Honours) from the National University of Singapore.

Qualifications include more than 30 years of global experience in the finance and technologies industries and expertise in a range of high-growth sectors including technology, financial-technology and healthcare. Currently a member of the Yale University School of Management Board of Advisors, and previously served on the boards of WorldPay Inc. and Vantiv Inc.

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