In accordance with the Alberta Investment Management Corporation Act, the Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing the management of the business and affairs of AIMCo. Guided by this mandate, the Board sets the strategic direction of the Corporation and oversees the development and implementation of policies and procedures that govern the day-to-day conduct of AIMCo’s business. All directors are duly appointed to the Board by the Lieutenant Governor in Council and must have experience in investment management, finance, accounting or law, or have served as an executive or director with a large, publicly traded company. Individuals should also have, to the extent practicable, experience in executive management of a substantial corporation. All directors are fully independent of management.
Directors are required by statute to act honestly and in good faith with a view to the best interests of the Corporation and, as such, are required to exercise due care, diligence and skill, and manage risk appropriately in their oversight of AIMCo.
Mac H. Van Wielingen
Mac H. Van Wielingen is a founder and director of ARC Financial Corp. and a founder and former Chair of ARC Resources Ltd. He is also President of Viewpoint Capital Corporation, a private family-owned investment company, and President of Viewpoint Foundation, a private charitable foundation. In addition, he is a past director of numerous other companies within the energy sector, and is active in various capacities in the community and the not-for-profit sector. Mr. Van Wielingen is a co-founder and Chair of the Canadian Centre for Advanced Leadership (CCAL) at the Haskayne School of Business. He is an Honors’ graduate of the Ivey School of Business in finance and has also studied post graduate economics at Harvard University.
Phyllis Clark served as the Vice-President (Finance and Administration) and Chief Financial Officer at the University of Alberta, from 2002 to 2016. In this role, Phyllis provided the link between the Administration and the Board of Governors on all matters relating to University finances and human resources including supply management services, internal audit, strategic analysis, risk management services and administrative IT services. Previously, she spent five years as Vice-President (Finance and Administration) at York University, and prior to that, she was Assistant Deputy Minister of Ontario’s Management Board Secretariat. Between 1991 and 1992, Ms. Clark was the Province of Ontario’s Chief Economist and Assistant Deputy Minister of Finance.
Ms. Clark currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Bank of Canada, TEC Edmonton, the Edmonton Airport Advisory Board, and the AMA Edmonton Regional Advisory and Insurance Boards. She also chairs the Edmonton Symphony and Concert Hall Foundation Board. She previously served on the boards of the Universities’ Academic Pension Plan (UAPP), the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, and the Royal Mayfair, to name a few.
Ms. Clark was born in Lethbridge, Alberta, and graduated from the University of Toronto in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Economics. She went on to complete her Doctorial Candidacy and Master of Arts in Economics at the University of Michigan in 1973.
Dr. Kenneth (Ken) Kroner was most recently Senior Managing Director at BlackRock, where he was the global head of the Multi-Asset Strategies Group and the global head of Scientific Active Equities. These teams were responsible for managing several hundred billions of dollars of publicly-traded assets. He also served as a member of BlackRock's Global Executive Committee and Global Operating Committee.
Dr. Kroner's service with the firm began 1994, including his years with Barclays Global Investors (BGI), which merged with BlackRock in 2009. At BGI, he was responsible for several investment teams, including asset allocation, global macro, currency, active commodity, fund of hedge funds and client solutions. At the time he joined BGI in 1994, Dr. Kroner was an associate professor of economics and finance at the University of Arizona.
Dr. Kroner serves or has served on various academic boards, foundation boards and academic journal editorial boards. His research on forecasting volatility and asset returns has been widely published in both academic and practitioner journals. Dr. Kroner earned a BA Honours degree in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Alberta in 1983 and a PhD in Economics from the University of California at San Diego in 1988.
C. James Prieur is a former Chief Executive Officer of CNO Financial Group, Inc. and has over 30 years of finance, investment management, risk management, and international business experience. Mr. Prieur served as Chief Executive Officer and director of CNO Financial Group, Inc. from 2006 until his retirement in 2011. CNO Financial Group is a life insurance holding company focused on the senior middle income market in the U.S. Prior to joining CNO Financial Group, Mr. Prieur had been with Sun Life Financial since 1979. He began his career at Sun Life Financial in Investments, and in 1997 he was named Senior Vice President and General Manager for U.S. operations, and became corporate President and Chief Operating Officer in 1999, a position Mr. Prieur occupied until he left Sun Life Financial to join CNO Financial Group. While at Sun Life Financial, Mr. Prieur managed multiple lines of business, including life, annuities, and health products in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Asia.
He serves on the Board of Directors of Manulife Financial Corporation and Ambac Financial Group, Inc., as well as, the not-for-profit Music of the Baroque. In addition, he is a member of the President’s Circle of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and The Pacific Council on International Policy.
Mr. Prieur is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School at Western University and a Bachelor of Arts from the Royal Military College of Canada.
Harold A. Roozen
Harold A. Roozen is currently the Executive Chairman of CCI Thermal Technologies Inc. He is a member of the Business Council of Canada, a trustee of the University of Alberta Hospital Foundation, and presently sits on the Board of Directors of ZCL Composites Inc. (TSX).
Mr. Roozen was previously Chair of WIC Western International Communication Ltd., Chair of Canadian Communications Satellite Inc., and President of the Allarcom Group of privately held companies. His prior board experience includes Shaw Communications Inc. (TSX/NYSE) until January 2010, Royal Host REIT (TSX) from 2005 to 2006, and the Edmonton Community Foundation from 2001 to 2005. Mr. Roozen has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta in 1975, and an MBA from Queen’s University in 1979.
Andrea S. Rosen
Andrea S. Rosen is the former Vice-Chair of TD Bank Financial Group and President of TD Canada Trust. Ms. Rosen serves on the boards of Manulife Financial Inc., and Emera Inc. Ms. Rosen has an LLB from the Osgoode Hall Law School, an MBA from the Schulich School of Business, York University, and a BA magna cum laude from Yale University.
Robert L. “Jay” Vivian Jr.
Robert L. “Jay” Vivian is the former Managing Director of the $100 billion IBM Retirement Funds system. Mr. Vivian is on the Board of Directors and Investment Committee of ICMA-RC, and is the founding Chair of the Investment Committee, a member of the Board and the Executive Committee, and Corporate Secretary, of the Committee on Investment of Employee Benefit Assets, the $2 trillion trade group of U.S. corporate retirement funds. He is also on the Investment & Pension Subcommittee for the charity United Way Worldwide, and is a member and Governance Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Bowdoin College, a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, and a CFA® Charter from the CFA Institute.
Helen M. Kearns is a leader in capital markets in Canada with more than 30 years’ experience as a senior executive and entrepreneur in the investment industry and corporate director.
She was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Bell Kearns & Associates Ltd. in February 2008. Previously Helen was President of NASDAQ Canada (2001-2004) and an officer of NASDAQ Inc. Prior to that, Helen worked at Richardson Greenshields of Canada Limited from 1980-1995, rising to the position of Head of Institutional Sales and Trading, which included a seat on the Executive Committee.
Helen has extensive board experience having previously served on the Advisory Board of Kingsett Capital as Lead Director, on the Board of Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and as Governor of the Board of TSX for three terms. Helen earned the ICD Directors designation in 2010 and in 2015 completed the ICD course for Crown Corporations.
In 2002, Ms. Kearns’ extensive background in Canada’s investment industry was recognized when she was the recipient of the John Molson School of Business Award of Distinction. In addition, she is a recipient of the Montreal Board of Trade Women of Distinction Award (2002), the “Women on the Move” Entrepreneur of the Year Award (1997), and was recognized by the Financial Post as one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada (2004).
Tom Woods spent his entire career with CIBC and Wood Gundy, the predecessor firm of CIBC World Markets. He started in Investment Banking, advising companies raising financing in the equity and debt capital markets as well as mergers and acquisitions, and later was Head of Canadian Corporate Banking, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Risk Officer, and retired in 2014 as Vice Chairman.
Mr. Woods also serves on the boards of Bank of America Corporation; the CIBC Children's Foundation; the Board of Advisors of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto; Jarislowski Fraser Limited; and St. Joseph's Health Centre.
Mr. Woods has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Industrial Engineering from University of Toronto, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Ross A. Grieve is the Chairman of the Board of Directors and former Chief Executive Officer of PCL Construction Holdings Ltd. He also serves on the boards of Melcor Developments, Kingsett Capital Fund, Maggnum Ventures Inc, and Inn at the Forks, Ltd. Mr. Grieve has received numerous accolades for his business leadership – most notably, Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year Award in 2009. He has a BSc in civil engineering from the University of Manitoba.
J. Richard Bird
J. Richard Bird retired from Enbridge Inc. in early 2015, having served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Development, and various other roles, including: Executive Vice President Liquids Pipelines, Senior Vice President Corporate Planning and Development, and Vice President and Treasurer. Mr. Bird serves on the Board of Directors or Trustees of Enbridge Energy Partners L.P., Enbridge Pipelines Inc., Enbridge Income Fund Holdings Inc., Gaz Metro Inc. and Bird Construction Company Inc. He is also a member of the Investment Committee of the University of Calgary Board of Governors. Mr. Bird was named Canada's CFO of the Year for 2010. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba, and a Masters of Business Administration and PhD from the University of Toronto and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
AIMCo seeks to be a destination organization, attracting individuals with widely varying work experience from across North America and around the globe. With more than forty languages spoken and a majority of the world’s cultures represented, we are a truly global corporation. We employ those worldly insights to make the best investment decisions for our clients, bringing local knowledge to the most far reaching opportunities for our clients. AIMCo and its Board of Directors recognize and fully support the aims of diversity and inclusion, for our workforce, our Board and for our investee companies. In assessing board candidates and selecting nominees for the AIMCo Board, the Governance/Nominating committee will consider diversity of skills, experience, geographic background, gender and age. Consistent with the AIMCo Board’s commitment to gender diversity and greater representation of qualified women on boards in alignment with the aims of robust board governance, the Board has a stated objective that at least 30% of AIMCo Directors should be women.
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