The Board delegates the day-to-day management of Ontario Teachers' to our highly skilled executive team.
- President & CEO
Jo joined Ontario Teachers’ in 2012 and was appointed President and CEO on January 1, 2020. Jo is a globally recognized investor, with more than 35 years of experience leading investment teams.
Most recently, he was responsible for advancing Ontario Teachers' global effectiveness and expansion, working closely with senior colleagues to design and execute our international investment strategy. He has also been a member of the Committees for private companies and total fund allocations to review investment proposals, manage key relationships and optimize resource allocation.
Prior to joining Ontario Teachers’, Jo spent more than 20 years with 3i Group plc where he held a number of senior Group Management roles.
Jo graduated from London University with a BA (Honours) and later earned an MBA from Manchester Business School. He has served as the Chairman and non-executive director of many companies, including ISS, Helly Hansen, Busy Bees and Camelot (operator of the UK National Lottery).
- Chief Operations & Pension Officer
Tracy Abel and her team are responsible for overseeing the personalized service to Ontario Teachers' 331,000 working and retired members as well as for the Member Services division's Actuarial, Tax and Accounts Receivable Services; Employer Information Services and Strategic Initiatives.
Tracy joined Ontario Teachers' in 1987 and was promoted to Vice-President, Client Services in 2012. As the leader of Client Services, she was responsible for all aspects of service delivery to members of the plan. Tracy has been a key contributor in Ontario Teachers' Member Services ranking first among its peer group, and number one internationally, for exceptional pension service for three consecutive years, according to CEM Benchmarking. She was also instrumental in developing solutions that better serve the needs of our members at all stages of their career or retirement through a realignment of the Client Service department.
Tracy holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and a BA (Hons.) in Sociology from York University.
- Chief of Staff
Sharon Chilcott joined Ontario Teachers’ in 2014 and was appointed Chief of Staff on September 1, 2021. Sharon is responsible for leading the daily operations and administration of the Office of the CEO.
As a trusted advisor to the Executive Team, Sharon works closely with key partners across the business to drive the execution of the goals and objectives set out in Ontario Teachers’ enterprise strategy and help progress critical initiatives.
A leading law professional with more than two decades of experience, Sharon has specialized in employment and labour law in both the private and public sector, including employment standards, labour relations, human rights, wrongful dismissal litigation, occupational health and safety, privacy, workplace safety and insurance matters.
Sharon joined Ontario Teachers in 2014 to manage employment law and labour relations issues. She was promoted to Managing Director and Associate General Counsel, Employment Law & Litigation in 2017, overseeing all enterprise contracts and litigation matters and was most recently appointed Corporate Secretary in 2019.
She started her career as an associate lawyer at one of Canada's top business law firms, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. She then pursued an opportunity to work at Slaughter and May in London before qualifying as a Solicitor in the UK, where she then accepted a position at Allen & Overy.
Sharon earned an LLB from the University of Toronto and a BA in Political Science and French at York University.
- Chief Legal & Corporate Affairs Officer
Jeff Davis oversees the legal team, as well as compliance, communications, government and public affairs, and plan policy.
Jeff’s leadership at Ontario Teachers’ focuses on strategy, culture and nurturing internal talent. His authentic and people-centric leadership - grounded in empathy, trust and vulnerability - is a fitting reflection of Ontario Teachers’ purpose – providing retirement security for Ontario teachers who, among other things, cultivate humane values that are critical to a good citizenry.
Jeff joined Ontario Teachers' in 2004 and was promoted to Vice-President and Associate General Counsel in 2010. A leading securities law expert, he led the legal team in countless transactions around the world and was instrumental in establishing Ontario Teachers' Hong Kong office in 2013.
Jeff has nearly 20 years of legal experience, specializing in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. Before joining Ontario Teachers', he worked as Senior Vice-President, Corporate and Legal Affairs, at InsLogic Corp., and as a Corporate Associate at Torys LLP.
In 2009, Jeff was recognized as one of Lexpert's Rising Stars – Leading Lawyers Under 40, and was a finalist in the Dealmaking category of the Canadian General Counsel Awards. In 2018, he was the recipient of the Chambers & Partners award for Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession and in 2019 he was named General Counsel of the Year by the Canadian General Counsel Awards. Jeff is on the Executive Committee of Legal Leaders for Diversity and Inclusion, and on the Board of Trustees of the Oysterponds Historical Society.
Jeff earned an LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School and a BA from the University of Western Ontario.
- Chief Financial Officer
Tim Deacon leads our global Finance team. He is responsible for Ontario Teachers’ financial and management reporting; taxation; valuation, risk analytics and model valuation; financial operations; and strategic finance initiatives.
Tim joined Ontario Teachers’ in 2021 and has more than 20 years of senior management experience in financial management and global investments. He was most recently Group Controller and Global Chief Accounting Officer at Manulife Financial. In this role, he held global accountability for financial reporting, accounting policy, accounting shared services and global finance transformation. He also had financial oversight of Manulife's General Account Investment portfolio. Previously he was CFO of Manulife's Global Wealth and Asset Management businesses and held other senior executive roles across Finance, Risk, Strategy and Operations. Prior to Manulife, Tim was a director at PwC LLP in the Global Capital Markets Group based in Toronto and London.
Tim is an Ontario Chartered Professional Accountant and a U.S. Certified Public Accountant. He earned his Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University.
- Chief Investment Officer
Ziad leads all aspects of Ontario Teachers' investment activities with oversight of the overall Investment Division. He is responsible for the global portfolio and strategy for all aspects Ontario Teachers' investment activities, including the real estate portfolio managed by wholly-owned subsidiary Cadillac Fairview, and its international offices in London and Hong Kong.
Ziad joined Ontario Teachers' in 2000, and has global experience in both public and private markets spanning multiple asset classes. He was most recently head of the Capital Markets group, a cross asset class, multi strategy platform that manages and enhances Ontario Teachers' policy portfolios while maximizing value add. His achievements during this time included the successful integration of two departments on the trading floor to execute a centralized trade strategy to support all of Ontario Teachers' investment groups.
Ziad earned a B.Sc. at the University of York, an M.Sc. from the University of Warwick, and is a CFA charterholder.
- Chief People Officer
Beth Tyndall is responsible for Ontario Teachers' human resources function across its global offices in Toronto, London and Hong Kong.
Beth joined Ontario Teachers' in 2017 after more than a decade at Deloitte, where she was most recently Associate Partner and National Talent Leader, Audit and Consulting, the firm's largest businesses. She was a member of the Consulting and Audit Executive teams, as well as the Global Talent Councils for both businesses. She also previously held the position of National Talent Leader, Tax.
Beth has a proven track record in talent strategy design and execution, diversity and inclusion, mergers and acquisitions, leadership development, strategic change, performance management, compensation and culture change. She is recognized as a valued business advisor and launched the first global staff mobility centre of expertise.
Beth holds a B.A. in Psychology from Western University and is a Certified Human Resources Leader. She is an active member of the community and involved in several not-for-profit initiatives.