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CPPIB is internationally recognized as a leading example of sound pension plan management. We are independent of the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), operate at arm’s length from federal and provincial governments and are guided by an independent highly qualified, professional Board of Directors.

Robert M. Astley

Robert M. Astley

Chair, Investment Committee and Governance Committee
Waterloo, Ontario

Fellow, Canadian Institute of Actuaries

Director since September 2006. Appointed Chair effective October 2008.

Former president of Sun Life Financial Canada, former president and CEO of Clarica Life Insurance Company. Director of the Bank of Montreal and chair of its human resources committee. Former chair of Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association and of Wilfrid Laurier University. Honorary Lifetime Director of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.

Qualifications include extensive senior management experience in pension and life and health insurance financial services, including oversight of the successful integration of Clarica with Sun Life Financial.
Speech: In the Crucible: The Governance Model of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board at a Time of Global Financial Crisis April 6, 2009 (PDF 65KB)
Speech by Robert M. Astley, Chair, to the C.D. Howe Institute

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Robert L. Brooks

Robert L. Brooks

Corporate Director, Investment Committee and Audit Committee
Toronto, Ontario

Director since January 2009

Former vice-chair and group treasurer of the Bank of Nova Scotia, the culmination of a 40-year career with the bank serving in a succession of senior investment banking, finance and treasury roles. Director of Dundee Wealth and Hamilton Capital Partners Inc. Former director of numerous Scotiabank subsidiaries including Scotia Discount Brokerage, Inc., Scotia Life Insurance Company, ScotiaMcLeod, Inc. and Scotia Cassels Investment Counsel Ltd.

Qualifications include more than 40 years of financial industry experience as a bank executive dealing with finance, risk management, pension fund asset mix, investment strategies, treasury functions and international operations.

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Michael Goldberg

Michael Goldberg

Economist, Ph.D., Investment Committee, Governance Committee and Audit Committee
Vancouver, British Columbia

Director since February 2008

Former Chief Academic Officer, Universitas 21 Global, an online graduate school initiated by Universitas 21, an international network of 20 research-intensive universities. Scholar in Residence at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and Professor Emeritus and former Dean of the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business, with 37 years on the UBC faculty. Former member of the Deposit Insurance Advisory Committee to the federal Minister of Finance and of the B.C. Workers’ Compensation Board Investment Committee. Director, Surrey City Development Corporation. Former director of Geovic Mining Corporation and Chair of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee. Former director of China Enterprises Limited, Redekop Properties Ltd., Vancouver Land Corporation, Catamaran Ferries International Inc., Imperial Parking Limited and Lend Lease Global Properties Fund, a Luxembourg-based fund investing in properties in Europe and Asia. Ph.D. (Economics) from the University of California at Berkeley.

Qualifications include expertise in global real estate investments and urban infrastructure and experience on boards as a director serving on audit and compensation committees.

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Douglas W. Mahaffy

Douglas W. Mahaffy

Corporate Director, Investment Committee and Human Resources and Compensation Committee
Toronto, Ontario

Director since October 2009

Recently retired Chairman and chief executive officer of McLean Budden Ltd., an institutional money management firm. Former managing director and head of investment banking (Ontario) of Merrill Lynch Canada Inc., and former senior vice-president, finance and chief financial officer of Hudson’s Bay Company. Current director at Methanex Corporation and former director at Stelco Inc. and Woodward’s Ltd. Current chairman at Drumlane Capital, a personally owned investment firm.

Qualifications include more than 25 years of investment industry, general management, and mergers and acquisitions experience.

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Karen Sheriff

Karen Sheriff

Corporate Executive, Investment Committee and Human Resources and Compensation Committee
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Director since October 2012

President and CEO of Bell Aliant since November 2008. Previously Chief Operating Officer, Bell Aliant; President of Small and Medium Business, Bell Canada; Chief Marketing Officer, Bell Canada; Senior Vice President of Product Management and Development, Bell Canada. Prior to joining Bell, held a variety of assignments with Ameritech and United Airlines.

Director of Bell Aliant Inc., Bell Aliant Regional Communications Inc., and Bell Aliant Preferred Equity Inc. Past director of Aliant Inc. and Teknion Corporation. Current Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art and member of the New Brunswick Business Council.  Named one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEOs (Atlantic Business Magazine). Recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women three times and named to the Women’s Executive Network Top 100 Women Hall of Fame.

Qualifications include extensive senior management experience and expertise in strategic-priority setting of major corporations, including oversight of Bell Aliant’s conversion back to a corporation from one of the largest income trusts in Canada and leading Bell Aliant to become the first company in Canada to cover an entire city with a fibre-to-the-home network.

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D. Murray Wallace

D. Murray Wallace

Investment Committee and Human Resources and Compensation Committee
London, Ontario

Fellow, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario

Director since April 2007

CEO of Granite Global Solutions, an insurance services company, since August 1, 2009. Chairman and CEO of Park Street Capital Corporation, a personally owned investment and corporate advisory firm. Former president of Axia NetMedia Corporation. Director of Terravest Income Fund and Critical Outcome Technologies Inc. Former director of Western Surety Ltd., Ontario Hydro, London Insurance Group, IPSCO Inc., Crown Life Insurance Co. and Queen’s University School of Business (Advisory Committee), among others. Former Deputy Minister of Finance and Deputy Minister to the Premier for the Government of Saskatchewan.

Qualifications include expertise as a chartered accountant, senior-level financial experience from five years as President of Avco Financial Services Canada Ltd. and eight years in executive roles with companies in the Trilon Financial Group, experience in public pension plan management and interface with government.

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Ian A. Bourne

Ian A Bourne

Corporate Director, Investment Committee, Governance Committee and Audit Committee
Calgary, Alberta

Director since April 2007

Retired executive vice-president and CFO of TransAlta Corporation, a power generation company, and president of TransAlta Power L.P. Over 35 years of experience in senior finance roles at TransAlta, General Electric and Canada Post Corporation. Current Vice-Chair and Interim Chief Executive Officer of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. Chair of Ballard Power Systems Inc. Director of Canadian Oil Sands Limited, Wajax Corporation, and the Canadian Public Accountability Board. Former director of TransAlta Power L.P., TransAlta CoGeneration, L.P. and Purolator Courier Ltd.

Qualifications include expertise in finance in major corporations and international experience in Paris and London.

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Pierre Choquette

Pierre Choquette

Corporate Director, Investment Committee, Governance Committee and Human Resources and Compensation Committee
Vancouver, British Columbia

Director since February 2008

Director of Methanex Corporation since 2003. Former CEO of Methanex, serving for 10 years and credited with globalizing the company’s asset base. Former president and COO of Novacorp International and former president of Polysar Inc. Former chair of Gennum Corporation. Former director of Credit Lyonnais (Canada), Echo Bay Mines (U.S.), Stelco, Inc., TELUS Corporation, Terasen Gas, Inc., Terasen Pipelines and Terasen, Inc.

Qualifications include 25 years of senior management experience, concentrated in the natural gas and chemical industries, international experience in Belgium and Switzerland, and extensive board experience, including chairing human resources and governance committees and serving on the full range of board committees – notably two acquisition committees for large transactions.

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Nancy Hopkins

Nancy Hopkins

Lawyer, Investment Committee and Governance Committee

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Director since September 2008

Partner with the law firm McDougall Gauley LLP, specializing in business law and corporate governance. Chair of the University of Saskatchewan board of governors. Director of Cameco Corporation, chairing the nominating, governance and risk committee. Director of GrowthWorks Canadian Fund Ltd. and GrowthWorks Opportunity Fund Inc., chairing the audit committee. Former chair of the Saskatoon Airport Authority, former chair of SGI Canada, a Saskatchewan Crown corporation, and of the Saskatchewan Police Commission. Appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1992.

Qualifications include more than 30 years of legal experience with expertise in taxation, governance and information technology, experience in government interface and as a director in multiple stakeholder organizations.

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Heather Munroe-Blum

Heather Munroe-Blum

Corporate Director, Investment Committee and Human Resources and Compensation Committee
Montreal, Quebec

Director since December 2010

Dr. Munroe-Blum is a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, and the Principal Emerita, McGill University. She is currently on leave as a Fellow in Residence of the Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. She is a director of the Royal Bank of Canada and the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation. She is a member of the President’s Council of the New York Academy of Sciences, and the Canada Foundation for Innovation. She is a Specially Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
 
Dr. Munroe-Blum earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Social Work degree from McMaster University, a Master of Social Work degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the recipient of numerous honorary doctorates from Canadian and international universities.

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Kathleen Taylor

Corporate Executive, Lawyer, Corporate Director, Investment Committee, Audit Committee and Governance Committee
Toronto, Ontario

Appointed Director October 2013.

Chair Designate RBC Board effective January 1, 2014. Former President and CEO of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts with over 24 years of experience beginning as General Counsel promoted to EVP Corporate Planning and Development, President, Worldwide Business Operations, and President and COO. Prior to joining Four Seasons practiced corporate securities and competition law at Goodmans, LLP and spent a year secondment at the Ontario Securities Commission.  Member of RBC Board for over a decade (Chair of HR Committee, member of Risk Committee, previously member of Audit Committee). Director and Vice Chair of the Hospital for Sick Children Foundation in Toronto (Chair of Compensation and Resource Management Committee,  member of Capital Campaign Cabinet for Peter Gilgan Research and Learning Tower).

First woman to receive the Corporate Hotelier of the World award from Hotels Magazine.  Recipient of Cornell University Hospitality Innovator Award, Schulich School of Business Award for Outstanding Executive Leadership, inaugural Medal for Career Achievement from Hennick Centre for Business and Law at York University, and inducted into the Canadian Marketing Hall of Legends.   

Qualifications include over 25 years of global executive experience overseeing major strategic and operations initiatives, negotiating expertise and strong relationship management capabilities that drove the modern evolution of an iconic Company with the support of almost 100 ownership and development partners around the world.

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Jo Mark Zurel

Jo Mark Zurel

Chartered Accountant, Corporate Director, Investment Committee and Audit Committee
St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

Director since November 2012

President/Owner of Stonebridge Capital Inc., a private investment company that invests in a variety of businesses, including Atlantic Canadian start-up and high-growth companies. From 1998 to 2006 served as Senior Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of CHC Helicopter Corporation. Director of Highland Resources Inc., chair of Newfoundland Power, director of Major Drilling Group International Inc., vice-chair of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council and director of Dr. H. Bliss-Murphy Cancer Care Foundation. Past chair of the St. John’s Board of Trade and Junior Achievement of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Honoured as one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 in 2000. Qualifications include extensive investment industry and corporate director experience including as an active angel investor with the Newfoundland and Labrador Angel Network (NLAN) and as director of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and member of the founding executive of the ICD’s Newfoundland and Labrador affiliate.

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