James was appointed Chief Investment Officer in September 2015 and leads OPTrust’s global investment strategy and operations.
James has 30 years of leadership, strategy development, investment and financial services expertise. He previously held the role of Vice President, Strategy & Asset Mix and Chief Economist at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (Teachers’) in Toronto, where he led a team providing investment strategy, economic analysis, emerging market insight and responsible investing expertise to the pension fund.
Before joining Teachers’, James was President of FuturesTrend Capital Corporation in Prince Edward Island and Vice President & Head, Global Fixed Income & Currencies at RBC Global Investment Management in Toronto. He is a CFA® charterholder and has an MBA, Finance from Dalhousie University.