Chair of the Governance & Compensation Committee
Jim Dinning provides deep experience in corporate governance, finance and organizational effectiveness. He is chair of the boards of two publicly traded companies: Russel Metals Inc. and Western Investment Company of Canada Ltd. Mr. Dinning serves on the boards of Desjardins-owned Zag Bank and Quirk Logic, a new technology business headquartered in Calgary, Alberta.
His past board service includes serving as chair of Western Financial Group Inc., Liquor Stores N.A. Ltd. and Export Development Canada; he was a director of Parkland Fuel Corporation, Finning International Inc. and Shaw Communications Inc. He is a trustee of the Killam Trusts and serves on the board of the Muttart Foundation. Prior to his corporate governance career, Mr. Dinning served 11 years as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta and served in three cabinet positions, notably as Provincial Treasurer from 1992 to 1997. From 1997 to 2004, he was executive vice-president of TransAlta Corp. He is past chancellor and now Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Calgary. In 2015, Mr. Dinning was named a Member of the Order of Canada and a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors. He earned a B.Comm and a Master of Public Administration at Queen’s University in the 1970s.
President & CEO, Heritage Royalty Limited Partnership
Member of the Audit Committee, Governance & Compensation Committee and Reserve Committee
Glenn McNamara has more than 40 years of oil and gas exploration and production experience in North and South America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region. He received his MBA from the University of Calgary in 1988 and his B.Sc. in Mining Engineering from the University of Alberta in 1978. Mr. McNamara currently serves as a director of Whitecap Resources Inc. and as a director of Parex Resources Ltd.
Mr. McNamara is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta and a past Governor of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. From 2010 to 2016, he was CEO of Petromanas Energy, an internationally focused small-cap company exploring with Shell in Albania. From 2005 to 2010, he was the President of BG Canada and responsible for all aspects of BG Canada’s business, including Western/Northern Canada and Alaska. Prior to that, Mr. McNamara held several senior executive positions with ExxonMobil, ExxonMobil Canada and Mobil Oil Canada, including President of ExxonMobil Canada West from 2000 to 2004. In addition, he has served as the Chairman of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.
Senior Managing Director, Total Fund Management, OTPP
Member of the Audit Committee and Governance & Compensation Committee
Stephen McLennan leads the newly-created Total Fund Management department, which integrates Ontario Teachers’ portfolio construction approach with our treasury and funding capabilities. He was previously responsible for managing Ontario Teachers’ allocation to Natural Resources, including direct private assets such as timberland, oil and gas and mining and agriculture.
Stephen joined Ontario Teachers’ in 2003 and has since held positions of increasing responsibility in both capital market and private asset related groups. Before joining Ontario Teachers’, Stephen spent over three years with Merrill Lynch’s investment banking team in Calgary and prior to that, two years with the Canadian operations of Archer Daniels Midland.
Stephen holds a Master of Mathematical Finance from the University of Toronto, an MBA from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University. He is also a CFA charterholder and has ICD.D certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Managing Director, Infrastructure and Natural Resources, OTPP
Member of the Audit Committee, Governance & Compensation Committee and Reserve Committee
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.
Deborah Stein, FCPA
Chair of the Audit Committee
Deborah Stein is a corporate director with extensive experience in corporate governance, leadership and finance. She brings to her role over 30 years of experience in the areas of finance, accounting, capital markets, investor relations and financial management. Ms. Stein is a member of the Board of Directors of Parkland Fuel Corporation, Trican Well Services Ltd., NuVista Energy Ltd. and CEDA International. She was also a Trustee of the Calgary Zoological Society and is Past Chair of the Board of Financial Executives International, Canada.
Prior to focusing on corporate governance, Ms. Stein had an extensive management career. Most recently she was Executive Vice President of AltaGas Ltd. from November 2015 to her retirement in March 2016, prior to which she was the company’s Chief Financial Officer from January 2008 to November 2015. She served as Vice President Corporate Risk of AltaGas Income Trust from January to October 2005 and as Vice President and Controller from October 2005 to January 2007. Concurrently she was also Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of AltaGas Utility Group Inc. Prior to joining AltaGas she spent five years in various positions with TransCanada Corporation.
In her early career, Ms. Stein was Director of Finance at Wendy’s Restaurants of Canada and was Controller of Paramount’s Canada’s Wonderland. Ms. Stein is an FCPA, an FCA, holds a designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors, and has a B.A. (Honours) in Economics from York University.
Ken Woolner, P.Eng.
Chair of the Reserve Committee
Ken Woolner has over 30 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry and currently is President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Velvet Energy Ltd., a private Calgary-based exploration and production company. He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Brompton SI Fund Management Limited. From February 2006 to June 2011 Mr. Woolner served as a corporate director. From April 2005 to February 2006 he was Executive Chairman of White Fire Energy Ltd., a publicly traded oil and gas company operating in Western Canada, and a trustee of Sequoia Oil & Gas Trust. Mr. Woolner founded and served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Lightning Energy Ltd. from December 2001 to April 2005, when it merged with Argo Energy Ltd. to create Sequoia Oil & Gas Trust and White Fire Energy Ltd.
Prior to that Mr. Woolner was President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Velvet Exploration Ltd., a publicly traded oil and natural gas exploration and production company, from April 1997 to July 2001, when it was acquired by El Paso Oil & Gas Inc. At that time he became a director of El Paso Oil and Gas Canada Inc., serving until May 2002. Before founding Velvet, Mr. Woolner was a Senior Vice President of Morrison Petroleums Ltd. from 1991 to 1997.
Senior Managing Director, Infrastructure & Natural Resources, OTPP
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.
Director, Infrastructure & Natural Resources, OTPP
Member of the Audit Committe, Governance & Compensation Committee and Reserve Committee
James Sikora is responsible for investments in the energy and mining sectors within the Natural Resources group at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. Prior to joining the group in January 2019, James was part of the Global Active Equities team where he managed Ontario Teachers’ public equities resource exposure. He was also involved in the Plan’s acquisition of a working interest in the Weyburn oil field in 2012.
James joined Ontario Teachers’ in 2004 after spending two years in equity research at National Bank Financial. James earned a MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta. He is a CFA charterholder.