Advisory Board

Claude Bergeron
Executive Vice President & Chief Risk Officer
Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Claude Bergeron has been Executive Vice-President and Chief Risk Officer since November 2009. In this capacity, he oversees the teams responsible for monitoring, measuring and analyzing risk at la Caisse. His team is also responsible for promoting a risk culture within the institution by focusing on specialized expertise in la Caisse’s investment areas and applying the tools developed to identify risks. The team also plays an active role in all management processes. Co-Chair of the Investment-Risk Committee, Mr. Bergeron sits on the Executive Committee.
 

Gilles Horrobin
Chief Investment Officer
Montreal Transit Commission

Mr. Horrobin has worked in the financial community for over 25 years. At the beginning of his career, he worked as a trader and analyst for various brokerage firms. He then gained a significant amount of experience in mutual funds marketing and portfolio manager selection at TD Asset Management and TAL Investment Counsel. His portfolio manager career started at CDP Capital where he successfully started and managed a portfolio of International REITS. In 2000, he joined the Montreal Transit Society Pension Funds as portfolio manager U.S. equities.

From 2007 to 2012, he also supervised the management of all other equities portfolios. In 2012, he took over the role of Chief Investment Officer.

Mr. Horrobin graduated from the University of Montreal Business School (HEC) in Finance and also holds the CFA designation. His personal time is monopolized by sports and by his three children, who keep him as well as his better half very active.
 

Martin Leroux
Strategic Advisor
Investment Management Services
 

Martin Leroux is a seasoned professional with more than 25 years of experience in asset management for institutional clients.  He has comprehensive experience, including asset management consulting (9 years with a leading consulting organization), portfolio management and business development (8 years with one of the largest investment managers in the US) and, more recently, strategy, asset allocation and portfolio construction (9 years with one of the largest asset managers for Canadian public pension plans).

Sample of key work accomplishments include:

  • Led the review of the long-term investment strategy of a large asset manager, guiding the organization 5-year strategic vision.
  • Led the review of the CIO group strategic intent and operating model;
  • Led the Total Fund Management Group, responsible for the long-term strategic asset allocation, Asset-Liability Modeling, on-going asset allocation, risk factor exposure and benchmarks.
  • Led the management and development of investment offerings for the Canadian institutional market place.
  • Led the investment consultant relation team, including developing the strategic approach with consultants.
  • Managed, as Institutional Portfolio Manager, the asset allocation activities related to various U.S and European investment offering (totaling $30B in AUM).
 
Martin Leroux is a Fellow of the Society of Actuary and holds a B.Sc. in mathematics from the University of Montréal. He has also served on various committees of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries.
 

Todd Mattina
VP, Portfolio Construction and Chief Economist
Investment Management Corporation of Ontario
 
Todd is focused on building IMCO’s economic outlook, overseeing the development of a macroeconomic modeling framework and providing in-depth analysis of economic, monetary and financial policy developments. He will also lead the portfolio construction team in identifying key drivers of IMCO clients’ liability profiles and assist them in their strategic asset allocation to IMCO products.

Most recently, Todd was Chief Economist and Strategist, Asset Allocation and Alternatives at Mackenzie Investments. His 20-year career in economics and research has included senior roles with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), including Deputy Division Chief, Fiscal Operations and Senior Economist. Todd also held positions at the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) and within the federal Ministry of Finance.

Todd holds a B.A. in Economics from Queen’s University, a Master’s in Economics from the University of British Columbia and a PhD in Economics (International Macroeconomics & Finance) from Queen’s University.
 

Charles Quintal
President, Retirement Committee
Quebec Assembly of Catholic Bishops

Charles Quintal has over 30 years’ experience in corporate, structured and real estate finance and in managing various asset classes.

From 2008 to 2011, he was Chair of the ‘MAV 1’ Advisory Committee, a $15 billion trust holding investments of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Mouvement Desjardins, National Bank of Canada, PSP Investments and Alberta Treasury Branches.

Over the same period, as AVP at Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Charles was responsible for turning around the Caisse’s $12.5 billion frozen ABCP Portfolio.

Prior to that, Charles oversaw the $1.2 billion ACE trust through which Société Générale’s Corporate and Investment Banking division ran its Canadian securitization business. He bought portfolios of auto loans and leases from major manufacturers as well as farm and construction equipment loans.

Charles was also Vice-President, Structured Finance, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and managed three public issues totaling $1.5 billion of Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities (CMBS) sold on the Canadian capital market.

An Associate member of the Society of Actuaries, Charles graduated from Laval University’s Actuarial School and is a Certified Board Director. He also serves as the President of the Retirement Committee of the Quebec Assembly of Catholic Bishops.
 

Alexandre Roy
Vice President, Public Market and Total Fund Investment Risk
PSP Investments

Alexandre joined PSP Investments, one of Canada’s largest pension investment managers in August 2007, Alexandre was appointed Vice President, Public Market Risk in 2012 and assumed responsibility for Total Portfolio investment risk in 2016. Alexandre now oversees the valuation of derivative products, public market risk, and now total portfolio investment risk and has a seat at PSP’s Senior Management Group Committee. Prior to joining PSP Investments, Alexandre worked at Hydro-Québec, where he held Financial Risk Manager positions within Treasury and Hydro Quebec’s pension fund.

Alexandre holds a Master’s degree in Financial Engineering and from HÉC Montréal and a BSc in Mathematics from the Université de Montréal. A dedicated professional in quantitative financial markets, Alexandre has also taught at the graduate level on Interest Rate Derivatives and Risk Management.
 

Jon Spinney
Chief Investment Officer and Vice President — Quantitative Investing
Vestcor Investment Management Corporation

Jon is Chief Investment Officer and VP – Quantitative Investing at Vestcor (formerly the New Brunswick Investment Management Corp.) in Fredericton, NB, where he is responsible for the management of several billion dollars in active quantitative investment strategies, in addition to directing the firm’s overall investment activities.

Prior to this, he held roles in portfolio management, research, and fixed income derivatives analysis and trading.

Jon has an MS in Computational Finance and is a CFA Charter holder.
 

Natasha Trainor
Chief Investment Officer
Provident10

Natasha is the Chief Investment Officer at Provident10, an organization established to deliver investment management and plan administration services in Newfoundland and Labrador. She is responsible for the oversight and strategic direction of the Public Service Pension Plan investment program with $6.5 billion in assets.

Prior to joining Provident10, Natasha was the Manager of Pension Investments at the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador where she had investment oversight of all the Government-sponsored pension plans. Originally from Toronto, Natasha began her financial career in investment management at RBC Asset Management and worked as an equity analyst at AGF Management.

Natasha received her Master of Business Administration from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and her Bachelor of Science (Chemical Engineering) from Queen’s University. Natasha is a CFA charterholder and a Professional Engineer of Ontario. She is a member of the WorkplaceNL Investment Committee and a member of the Board of Directors of the Pension Investment Association of Canada (PIAC).
 

Gareth Witten
Total Portfolio Management
Ontario Power Generation

Gareth held various executive roles in investments and risk oversight. His current role is responsible for asset allocation and oversight of risk exposures at total fund level. This role is responsible for recommending and advising on the optimal asset mix and risk allocation necessary to achieve net liabilities of the DB Plan. He is also directly responsible for evaluating and selecting hedge fund managers (in particular, alternative risk premia and risk parity strategies etc.).
 
His prior role at the Global Risk Institute was as an executive-in-residence where he worked on various research projects and helped develop and foster GRI's National Pension Hub initiative. He also held numerous tenured, adjunct and visiting professor positions at various business schools globally. His most recent role was as an adjunct professor at the Smith School of Business at Queens University. He serves on the Board of Weizmann Canada.