Chancellor, Queen’s University Retired President and CEO, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan
Jim Leech retired in 2014 as President and CEO of the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, one of the world’s largest and most innovative pension funds. During his tenure as CEO, Teachers’ was ranked first in the world for investment returns and customer service.
Mr. Leech is currently the 14th Chancellor of Queen’s University; Chair, MasterCard Foundation (one of the world’s largest foundations focused on youth employment in Africa); Chair Emeritus, Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation; Senior Advisor to McKinsey & Company; and an Honorary Colonel in the Canadian Forces.
In 2013, Mr. Leech co-authored The Third Rail, Confronting our Pension Failures, a best-selling book that received the 2013-2014 Best Canadian Business Book Award and was a finalist for the Donner Award for contribution to Canadian public policy
In 2012, he was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal in recognition of his work with the True Patriot Love Foundation and in 2014, was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada for his contributions to Canada as an innovator in pension management, for his writings on the subject of retirement funding, and for his community involvement.
Mr. Leech holds a B.Sc. (Hons. Math and Physics) and an LL.D from the Royal Military College of Canada and an MBA from Queen's University. He is also a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors.