The Board delegates the day-to-day management of Teachers' to our highly skilled executive team.

 

Ron Mock

Ron Mock

  • President & CEO

Mr. Mock joined Teachers' in 2001 and has more than 25 years of international experience in investments and finance. Most recently, as Senior Vice-President, Fixed Income and Alternative Investments, he was responsible for $60 billion of Teachers' assets including the policy mix in fixed income, credit investing, hedge fund activities and fixed income investments in emerging markets.

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Until his appointment as President and CEO, Mr. Mock was a board member of The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited, the pension plan's commercial real estate subsidiary. He was also a member of Cadillac Fairview's Audit Committee and chair of its Human Resources Committee. Mr. Mock is a former board member of Maple Financial Group and Cordiant Capital.

Early in his career, Mr. Mock, an electrical engineer, held various positions at Ontario Hydro in field work, design, construction and research, including responsibility for nuclear safety and licensing at the Pickering and Bruce nuclear generating stations.

Mr. Mock then joined the investment dealer Burns Fry (now BMO Nesbitt Burns) where he directed sales and trading staff in derivatives products and held the firm's membership seat on the Chicago Board of Trade and other exchanges. He was a board member of the Montreal Exchange in the early 1990s.

As founder and CEO of Phoenix Research and Trading, Mr. Mock was responsible for all aspects of the asset management firm including investment and trading strategies, client relationships, risk and compliance.

Mr. Mock earned a B.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto and an MBA from York University.

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Neil Petroff

Neil Petroff

  • Executive Vice-President and Chief Investment Officer

Neil Petroff oversees the pension plan's investment program. He is responsible for all aspects of Teachers' investment activities, as well as the pension fund's asset-mix and risk allocations, and its real estate portfolio managed by Teachers' subsidiary, Cadillac Fairview.

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Mr. Petroff has more than 30 years experience in the financial industry. He began his career in investing at Bank of Nova Scotia and continued at Guaranty Trust and Royal Trustco.

He joined Teachers' in 1993 and has been responsible for a number of portfolios, including international equity indexes, fixed income, foreign exchange, commodities, tactical asset allocation and alternative investments. With his broad capital markets knowledge and asset and risk management expertise, he became Senior Vice-President in 2008, and assumed his current role at the beginning of 2009.

Mr. Petroff was recognized for his important role in innovative hedge fund portfolio management when Teachers' was named in 2007 Public Pension Fund Investor of the Year by Alternative Investment News.

Mr. Petroff holds a BBA and an MBA from York University and serves on the boards of The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Ltd. and Samsung Investment Trust Management Co. Ltd.

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Rosemarie McClean

Rosemarie McClean

  • Senior Vice-President, Member Services

Rosemarie McClean is responsible for providing client services to 307,000 active and retired teachers. She also oversees actuarial and accounts receivable activity, employer services and tax compliance.

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Ms. McClean joined Teachers' in 1986, rising through the ranks to the position of Senior Vice-President, Member Services, and a member of the executive team. Under her leadership, the client services group was organized into self-directed work teams that dramatically improved the speed, range and quality of client services. She introduced award-winning services, including web-based retirement planning tools that provide members with immediate access to personal pension information.

Ms. McClean serves on the boards of the Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation and the Alberta Pensions Services Corporation. In 2008, she was recognized by Women's Executive Network as one of Canada's 100 Most Powerful Women.

Ms. McClean holds a BA in Economics from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. She holds the CMA designation and is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

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Jacqueline Beaurivage

Jacqueline Beaurivage

  • Vice-President, Enterprise Project Management Office

Jacqueline Beaurivage oversees the enterprise-wide Project Management Office, which standardizes project planning, monitoring, implementation and governance at Teachers'.

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Ms. Beaurivage joined Teachers' in 2010. She has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services sector, including senior positions at CIBC and Royal Bank of Canada. Before Teachers', Ms. Beaurivage was Senior Vice-President, Corporate Development, at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.

Ms. Beaurivage earned a BA from the University of Regina and an MBA from McGill University.

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Russ Bruch

Russ Bruch

  • Senior Vice-President, Chief Information Officer

Russ Bruch and his staff are responsible for all aspects of Teachers' IT infrastructure and business application development, support and maintenance. The IT group plays a key role in identifying, prioritizing and managing the implementation of initiatives that align to the organization's strategic objectives.

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Mr. Bruch has more than 25 years of experience in the information technology industry. He joined Teachers' in 1991 and has risen through positions of increasing responsibility throughout his career. Mr. Bruch holds both an undergraduate degree and an MBA (with distinction) from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

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Melissa Kennedy

Melissa Kennedy

  • Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Affairs

Melissa Kennedy leads the General Counsel's office, which includes the Legal, Corporate Communications, Regulatory Compliance and Pension Law and Policy departments.

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Ms. Kennedy joined Teachers' in 2009 from the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, where she was Vice-President, Associate General Counsel. She has practiced law for more than 20 years, specializing in securities and commercial litigation. She previously headed the prosecution team at the Ontario Securities Commission.

She holds an LLB from the University of Toronto, a BA from Carleton University and is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors. Ms. Kennedy is the Chair of Legal Leaders for Diversity.  She received the Zenith Award in 2013 for leading female lawyers in Canada.  In 2012, Ms. Kennedy was recognized as the Canadian General Counsel of the Year and received the Women of Influence, Canadian Diversity Champion award.

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David McGraw

David McGraw

  • Senior Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer

David McGraw and his team are responsible for corporate and investment finance; enterprise and operational risk management; and, process excellence for the organization. Finance responsibilities include  risk analytics, performance measurement, data management, tax, operational due diligence, valuation and reporting and the CEO/CFO internal controls certification program.

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Mr. McGraw has more than 20 years of senior management experience in financial management, corporate finance, banking, and mergers and acquisitions.

Before joining Teachers' in 2004, Mr. McGraw was Chief Financial Officer of Bell ExpressVU. Prior to that, he was Vice-President, Mergers & Acquisitions/Corporate Finance, at BCE/Bell Canada and Partner-in-Charge of the Corporate Finance Group of a major international accounting firm.

Mr. McGraw is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. He earned a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario. He is also a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

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Marcia Mendes-d'Abreu

Marcia Mendes-d'Abreu

  • Senior Vice-President, Human Resources and Facilities

Marcia Mendes-d'Abreu and her staff are responsible for human resources for Teachers', including recruitment, compensation and benefits, learning and development, labour relations and facilities.

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Ms. Mendes-d'Abreu has more than 20 years of experience in human resources management and strategy in the retail, apparel, pharmaceutical and high-tech sectors. She joined Teachers' in 2008 from the Canadian Tire Corporation, where she was Vice-President, Human Resources, Corporate and Diversified Businesses.

Ms. Mendes-d'Abreu earned an M.Sc. from Pepperdine University and a BA from McGill University. She also earned a Human Resources and Compensation Committee Certified (H.R.C.C.C.) Designation in 2009.

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Barbara Zvan

Barbara Zvan

  • Senior Vice-President, Asset Mix and Risk
  • Chief Investment Risk Officer

Barbara Zvan and her team of investment professionals oversee the development of the fund's long-term investment strategy based on economic outlooks, asset and liability matching, and risk analysis.

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Ms. Zvan joined Teachers' in 1995 as an assistant portfolio manager and has risen steadily through positions of increasing authority.

Her Asset Mix and Risk team plays a leading role in researching and assessing new products for possible integration into the investment strategy. Ms. Zvan also oversees the development of the annual active management risk budget, economic analysis, benchmarks, investment guidelines and the design of the internal enterprise-wide risk system.

Ms. Zvan is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and the Canadian Institute of Actuaries, and holds an M Math from the University of Waterloo.

In 2009, she was honoured as one of the top 40 people in Canada under age 40 for 2008.

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