- Senior Managing Director, Teachers' Innovation Platform
Olivia Steedman leads Teachers' Innovation Platform (TIP), which has a global mandate to invest in late-stage venture and growth equity in companies that use technology to disrupt incumbents and create new sectors.
Olivia joined Ontario Teachers' in 2002 and has been a founding member and senior leader of the Infrastructure and Natural Resources group, most recently as head of both the Greenfield & Renewables and the Value Creation & Analytics teams. She was involved in a number of acquisitions and served on a number of portfolio company boards across the portfolio.
Before joining Ontario Teachers’, Olivia was an Assistant Vice-President in the project finance and privatization group at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She also practiced civil engineering at Marshall Macklin Monaghan.
A Professional Engineer and Chartered Professional Accountant, Olivia earned a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Queen's University and has ICD.D certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors. In 2018 she was recognized by Women's Executive Network as one of Canada's 100 Most Powerful Women.
- Managing Director, Teachers’ Innovation Platform & High Conviction Equities (London)
Maggie Fanari is based in London and heads the High Conviction Equities (formerly Relationship Investing) team's direct equities investments for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. She is also responsible for supporting the build of the global strategy for Teachers’ Innovation Platform (TIP) and the execution of that strategy in EMEA.
Maggie has been with Ontario Teachers' since 2006 and was based in Toronto until moving to London in 2015. Maggie has structured and executed on large-scale, partnership-driven minority investments in both public and private companies in multiple sectors globally. She started her career as an auditor at KPMG and previously worked in equity research at Scotia Capital.
Maggie is a Chartered Accountant and a CFA charterholder. She also holds a BBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University and ICD.D certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
- Senior Principal
Brad Leufkens has significant experience structuring and executing investments globally. In his current role, he leads a variety of strategy, relationship building, investment and leadership activities to support the build of Teachers’ Innovation Platform. Brad was involved in the energy and infrastructure sectors for over 10 years and played a leading role in the investments of several companies including Cubico Sustainable Investments, First Infrastructure Capital, Stem, Inc. and Trillium Storage. Brad currently serves on the boards of BluEarth Renewables, Anbaric Development Partners, and Trillium Storage.
Prior to joining Ontario Teachers', Brad worked in investment banking with the Royal Bank of Canada structuring infrastructure investments in Canada and originating sub investment grade credit in the U.S. Capital Markets.
Brad holds an Honours B.Sc. degree in Physics from the University of Guelph and is currently completing his MBA at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management.
- Principal (London)
Luke Porter joined Ontario Teachers' in 2018. As a member of the Teachers’ Innovation Platform, he plays a key role in implementing TIP’s global strategy. He previously worked on the Equities team, focusing on direct investments in both public and private companies in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Prior to joining Ontario Teachers', Luke was an associate in the investment banking division of J.P. Morgan in London, where he was involved in a variety of capital markets and corporate advisory transactions across the consumer, retail and healthcare sectors.
Luke holds a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in economics and finance, with First Class Honours from the University of Sydney.
Catherine Qian joined Ontario Teachers’ in 2017 and is currently a member of Teachers’ Innovation Platform where she plays a key role in implementing TIP’s global strategy. She was previously a Principal in the Infrastructure and Natural Resources group where she helped structure and execute direct investments in cleantech and renewables, transportation and energy infrastructure space across North and South America. She was also actively involved in the asset management of several portfolio companies across the energy, utilities and timber sectors.
Catherine started her career in the Financial Institutions Group at Citi in Toronto. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto.