Jim Leech, President and CEO, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
Time: 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Canada's Leadership in Pension Funding Innovation
Toronto Roundtable Event
As head of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, Jim Leech oversees the management of the pension fund and the administration of pensions for 300,000 plan members in Ontario.
Mr. Leech joined Teachers’ in 2001 to lead Teachers’ Private Capital and was appointed President and CEO in 2007. The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan was established by the Ontario government in 1990 as an independent organization to manage the pension plan. Today, Teachers’ is recognized for its outstanding service to members and its innovative investment program.
During his distinguished career, Mr. Leech has gained recognition for his expertise and leadership in the private equity industry and as CEO of several public companies. He has a solid reputation for building businesses and strong management teams and has led large public companies operating and investing in the financial services, real estate and energy industries, as well as start-up technology businesses.
Under his leadership, Teachers’ Private Capital became one of the world’s leading private equity investors. Before joining Teachers’, Mr. Leech was president and CEO of Unicorp Canada Corporation, one of Canada's first public merchant banks, and Union Energy Inc., then one of North America's largest integrated energy and pipeline companies. During the 1990s, Mr. Leech guided two start-up technology companies to the revenue generation stage.
He graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada with a B.Sc. (Honours Math and Physics) and holds an MBA from Queen's University.
He is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors and serves on the boards of Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation, the MasterCard Foundation and was a founding director of Right To Play International. He also chairs the advisory board of the Queen's School of Business and participates on the advisory board for The Learning Partnership, the advisory council for the Toronto Board of Trade and the Toronto Financial Services Leadership Council.