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Jim Leech, C.M., LL.D

Chancellor Emeritus, 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.

Since retiring, Mr Leech has dedicated his time to Philanthropic Leadership and non-partisan Public Service. He is currently Chair of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Sustainable Finance and serves on the Investment Committee (former Board Chair), MasterCard Foundation, one of the world’s largest foundations focused on youth livelihoods in Africa; Chancellor Emeritus, Queen’s University; Senior Advisor to McKinsey & Company; and former 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; 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; in 2019 was awarded the Canadian Decoration for his military service, and the Order of Ontario for his pioneering work in pension management, philanthropic leadership and public service.

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.