To remain on track and focused on our goals, the Plan relies on the leadership of an accomplished team of professionals. With a mix of industry experience, education, and a commitment to our long-term objectives, we have a team with a wealth of expertise to meet future challenges.
Derek W. Dobson, Chief Executive Officer and Plan Manager
Since joining as CEO in April 2009, Derek has applied his expertise in funding, risk management, strategic planning, governance, and stakeholder relations to strengthen the CAAT Plan, and more recently, guide its growth. In addition to leading one of Canada’s model pension plans, he plays an active role in various industry groups, notably as Co-Chair of the Canadian Public Pension Leadership Council, as a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Canadian Pension Management, and as a founding faculty member of the Masters of Trust Management Standards of the International Foundation of Employee Benefits and Pensions. Derek’s pension management expertise and engaging presentation style make him a sought-after speaker in Canada and abroad on a variety of topics, including the need for national aging and retirement strategies. Derek is an Associate of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries with a degree in mathematics from the University of Waterloo.
Julie Cays, Chief Investment Officer
Julie brings more than 30 years of experience in the capital markets. She has served as the Chief Investment Officer at CAAT since 2006, where she has been instrumental in shaping the Plan’s investment portfolio to meet long-term funding goals. She is the Vice Chair of the board of directors of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance, and is a past Chair of the Pension Investment Association of Canada. Julie is also on Wilfrid Laurier University’s Lazaridis School of Business & Economics’ Dean’s Advisory Council. She has a BA in Economics from the University of Waterloo and is a CFA charterholder.
Kevin Rorwick, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer
Kevin is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) with more than 25 years of experience in the financial services sector and a strong background in investment operations and risk management. He oversees core operations of the Plan, which includes responsibility for all member and employer interactions and administration, as well as central functions including finance, office administration, information technology, and communications and marketing. Kevin has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Mary Darakjian, Director, Pension Implementation
In her role as Director of Pension Implementation, Mary is responsible for supporting new plan employers through the merger consent process. She brings more than 20 years of experience in investment and operations in both the private and public sectors, with the last 10 years focused in the pension industry. Mary is currently a member of the Financial Executives International Canada Pensions Committee. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Chartered Accountant (CA), with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto.
Mike Dawson, Director, Finance
Mike brings over a decade of experience in the financial services industry, both as an auditor at PwC Canada and as a Vice President at BlackRock. As Director, Finance, Mike is responsible for overseeing the investment and corporate finance, and enterprise risk functions at CAAT. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Chartered Accountant (CA), as well as a CFA charterholder. He graduated from Brock University with a Bachelor of Accounting.
Alan Elliott, Program Director, Project Solutions
Alan is responsible for project delivery, methodology and strategic initiatives at the CAAT Pension Plan. He brings to the Plan over 25 years of experience as a project manager and consultant in the pension, finance, telecommunications and human resource sectors. Alan earned a BSc from the University of Toronto, and is a Certified Project Management Professional and member of the Project Management Institute.
Kevin Fahey, Director, Investments
Kevin is responsible for the CAAT Plan’s private equity and real assets (infrastructure and real estate) investments, and brings over 20 years of relevant experience to his role. Kevin is a past Chair of the Pension Investment Association of Canada, and is the current Chair of the Salvation Army of Canada’s Investment Advisory Committee. Kevin is a CFA charterholder, has an LL.B from Osgoode Hall Law School, and a BCom from Queen’s University.
Julie Giraldi, Vice President, People and Strategy Development
Julie is an accomplished, energetic senior executive and recognized organizational culture turnaround specialist. As Vice President, People and Strategy Development, she leads organizational business strategy development, as well as the People Strategy, and initiatives related to CAAT’s Innovation and Transformation objectives. Prior to joining CAAT, Julie was Vice President, Business Transformation at OMERS. She holds a degree from the University of Toronto, is a Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE) from the Human Resources Professional Association, and is certified by the Institute of Corporate Directors as an ICD.D.
Angela Goodchild, Vice President, Service Delivery
Angela brings over 30 years of experience in pension administration. With CAAT since 2013, Angela is responsible for the Service Delivery and Quality Assurance teams, ensuring delivery of exemplary, client-focused service to employers and members. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto.
Asif Haque, Director, Investments
Asif brings over 20 years of experience in finance and investments to the CAAT Pension Plan. He is responsible for oversight and strategy initiatives associated with the CAAT Plan’s public market investments, specifically its equity, fixed income, absolute return, currency hedging and overlay programs. Asif serves as Chair of the Member Services Committee for the Pension Investment Association of Canada. He earned a master’s degree in economics from the University of Toronto and is a CFA charterholder.
Randy Haug, Director of Technology and IT Service Management
Randy brings over 20 years of leadership experience in IT managed services, IT consulting, financial services and telecommunications to his role at the CAAT Pension Plan. He is responsible for continuous improvement of information systems infrastructure and security, business systems solutions, systems development, testing and automation, IT service management, and IT operational capabilities through people, process and technology. Randy is an ITIL certified practitioner and Certified Agile Service Manager (CASM).
Evan Howard, General Counsel and Vice President, Pension Management
Evan and his team are responsible for pension policy development, public affairs, and pension regulatory compliance at CAAT. He brings over 20 years of experience in the area of pension and benefits law in Canada and abroad. Evan is the past Chair of the Ontario Regional Council of the Association of Canadian Pension Management (ACPM) and continues to serve on the ACPM’s National Policy Committee. He earned a BA from the University of Toronto (Trinity College) and an LL.B from the University of Western Ontario.
Jeff Kissack, Vice President, Pension Solutions
Jeff brings 29 years of pension consulting experience to CAAT, where he leads the actuarial practice, focused on growing CAAT membership through plan mergers. As a senior consulting actuary, Jeff provided strategic counsel to many large, complex Canadian and global organizations on all aspects of retirement plan management. He is a fellow of both the Canadian Institute of Actuaries and the Society of Actuaries. He has a BSc in actuarial science from the University of Western Ontario.
Mary-Lou McGivney, Director, Project Management
Mary-Lou is a certified Project Management professional with over 18 years’ experience managing projects, and over 25 years’ experience working in the pension industry. She is responsible for overseeing strategic and operational project delivery, standards and training, as well as leads organizational change management and business transformation initiatives at CAAT. Mary-Lou earned a BA from the University of Western Ontario and has a master’s certificate in Adult Training and Development from the Schulich School of Business-York University.
Marnie Niemi Hood, Director, Pension Solutions
Marnie joined CAAT in January 2019 as Director, Pension Solutions, leading growth initiatives as CAAT grows its membership beyond the Ontario college sector. Prior to joining CAAT, she served as CEO of Toronto Electrical Industry Benefits Administration Services (TEIBAS). Marnie holds the Chartered Director designation from McMaster University, the CEBS designation from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, the Osgoode Certificate in Pension Law, and a Bachelor of Music from Queen's University.
Michelle Oosterman, Director, Marketing, Communications & Stakeholder Relations
Michelle brings over 25 years of strategic marketing communications experience to CAAT, where she leads marketing, communications, stakeholder relations and brand strategy for the Plan. As a senior marketer, Michelle has expertise in brand building, customer engagement, and marketing strategies to advance growth and transformation goals for national and global organizations, including those in the financial services sector. Michelle has an associate degree in marketing, is an accredited communications professional, and is certified in digital marketing management.
Tom Pavlich, Director, Governance, RCA & Board Services
Tom brings over 20 years of experience in pension administration to CAAT, where he oversees the Office of the CEO, and coordinates the operations of the Board of Trustees, its five committees, the Sponsors’ Committee, and the RCA Sponsors’ Committee. He maintains CAAT’s RCA documents and ensures all required external and internal reporting is complete. Tom has a Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) Designation, and a BBA from the Schulich School of Business-York University.