Infrastructure & Natural Resources
- 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, Infrastructure & Natural Resources, Asia Pacific
Bruce Crane leads Ontario Teachers’ infrastructure investing activities across Asia-Pacific and currently serves on the boards of Sydney Desalination Plant and India’s National Investment and Infrastructure Fund. Bruce joined Ontario Teachers’ in 2020 as one of the initial members of its new Singapore office, its 2nd in Asia after the Hong Kong office.
Prior to joining Ontario Teachers’, Bruce spent nearly 10 years at OMERS Infrastructure where he most recently led their investing efforts in Asia. Previously, he was based in New York where he focused on North & South America transport and energy related investments. While at OMERS, he served on Boards at Midland Cogeneration Ventures, Chicago Skyway, GNLQ Regas (Chile) and IndInfravit Tollroads (India). Prior to that, Bruce worked in Investment Banking at UBS (NYC) and Morgan Stanley (Houston) and earlier as a Field Engineer for Foster Wheeler (global).
Bruce holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University and an MBA from the Columbia Business School.
- Managing 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 board of 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 completed ICD education at the University of Toronto and is a Professional Engineer.
- 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, 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.
- Managing Director, Latin America, Infrastructure & Natural Resources
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.
- Managing Director, Americas, Infrastructure & Natural Resources
Kevin joined the Infrastructure & Natural Resources team in 2020 as Managing Director, Americas. He is responsible for managing Ontario Teachers’ Americas portfolio, which includes both the North America and Latam teams. Kevin is returning to Ontario Teachers’ after spending more than 12 years here. He was a founding member of our Infrastructure team and provided oversight to origination, execution and asset management activities in collaboration with all global offices.
Prior to his return, Kevin was a Partner at Bastian Infrastructure Group and a Managing Director at OMERS Strategic Investments.
Kevin holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Carleton University and is a Chartered Accountant by training, a CFA charterholder, and has an 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.