- Senior Managing Director, Infrastructure & Natural Resources
Dale Burgess leads the Infrastructure and Natural Resources department and is responsible for overseeing infrastructure acquisitions and asset management globally. He was previously head of the Infrastructure & Natural Resources team for Latin America where he oversaw portfolio companies as well as business development and origination in target countries across the LATAM region.
Dale joined Ontario Teachers' in 1996 and has deep experience in the utilities, power and transportation sectors. He worked on the acquisition of Cubico Sustainable Investments and Autopista Arco Norte and currently serves on the boards of AndesCan, Ontario Airports Investments Ltd., and Heritage Royalty. Dale holds a BA (Accounting) from the University of Waterloo. He is a Chartered Accountant, a CFA charterholder and a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
- Managing Director, Natural Resources
Christopher Metrakos leads Ontario Teachers' Natural Resources team, which is focused on building a diversified portfolio across agriculture, energy, mining and timberland. He joined the organization in 2014 and previously focused on the energy sector. Prior to joining Ontario Teachers' Chris spent approximately ten years with a leading unregulated energy company, investing in energy and retail customer businesses across North America and internationally. He started his professional career in corporate finance, and previously held roles at two global investment banking firms in Toronto and London.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts, with a major in Economics, from McGill University and is a CFA charterholder. He also has ICD.D certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
- Managing Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) (London)
Charles Thomazi leads Ontario Teachers' Europe, Middle East and Africa Infrastructure team, with responsibility for identifying, executing and managing infrastructure assets. He has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services sector and has been actively involved in infrastructure since 2001. Charles has worked across many sectors, including leading the acquisition of Ontario Teachers' airport assets, High Speed 1 and Koole Terminals and Westerleigh.
Charles currently serves on the boards of Brussels Airport, Copenhagen Airports and MapleCo. He joined Ontario Teachers' Finance Group in 1995, then moved to the Research and Economics Group before becoming a founding member of Ontario Teachers' Infrastructure Group in 2001. Prior to joining Ontario Teachers', Charles worked as an Actuarial Specialist at Towers Perrin (now Towers Watson).
Charles holds a B.Sc. (Honours) in Actuarial Science from Western University. He is a CFA charterholder and a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
- Director, Natural Resources
Thierry Bédard is responsible for investments in the agricultural and forestry sectors. He led the acquisition of Woodspur Farms, a vertically-integrated producer of dates in the US, and Aroona Farms, an almond grower in Australia. He was also involved in the acquisition of a working interest in the Weyburn oil field in 2012. Thierry joined Ontario Teachers' in 2001 after spending two years as an investment consultant at Mercer. Since then, he has held a number of roles at the Plan. Prior to joining the Natural Resources group in 2013, he was part of the Tactical Asset Allocation team where he managed the fund's commodity portfolio.
Thierry earned a B.Sc. in Actuarial Science from Université Laval and an M.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of Ottawa. He is a CFA charterholder and has completed the OTPP Private Investments Board of Directors Program at the University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management.
- Director, Greenfield Investments and Renewables
Chris Ireland is responsible for leading the Greenfield & Renewables investment mandate for Ontario Teachers' Infrastructure team. Chris was a lead on the acquisition of Cubico Sustainable Investments and serves as a board member and chair of its Investment Committee. He also led our investments into Anbaric Development Partners and STEM, Inc., which were both innovative ways to invest in and support the renewables build-out.
Chris also serves on the boards of BluEarth Renewables and Anbaric Development Partners, and has been a board member on seven other portfolio companies. Prior to joining Ontario Teachers', Chris worked in investment banking, developed power plants, and was an engineer for a large EPC company.
Chris earned a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.Sc. in Atmospheric Fluid Mechanics, both from the University of Waterloo. He also has an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University. He is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors and a Professional Engineer.
- Director, Value Creation and Analytics
Maria Morsillo is a member of Ontario Teachers' Value Creation & Analytics team which has a broad mandate to assist in value creation activities across the Infrastructure & Natural Resources portfolio. Maria currently sits on the boards of Cubico Sustainable Investments and Koole Terminals. She has previously held numerous board positions such as at Birmingham Airport, GCT Global Container Terminals, Saesa and Express Pipeline. Before joining Ontario Teachers' in 2006, Maria was a Corporate Development Manager at Canadian National Railway and worked at CH2M Hill, a large environmental engineering consulting firm.
Maria earned a B.Sc. (Honours, Chemical Physics) from the University of Toronto and an MBA from Queen's University. She has an ICD.D certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Stacey Purcell heads the Latin America Infrastructure team with responsibility for identifying, executing and managing infrastructure investments. Stacey joined INR in 2005 and has been involved in a number of transactions including the acquisitions of Essbio, Nuevosur, Esval, Saesa and Intergen’s former portfolio of Mexican generation assets. Stacey currently serves on the boards of Essbio, Esval, Saesa, and AndesCan and previously was a director for Bristol Airport. Prior to joining Ontario Teachers', she worked in energy transport and utilities as part of the corporate development team at Enbridge Inc. and as an analyst with Enbridge Gas Distribution.
Stacey earned a Bachelor of Commerce from Dalhousie University and is a Chartered Business Valuator. She completed the OTPP Private Investment Board of Directors Program at the University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management and is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors.