Board of Directors
Members of OPB’s Board of Directors are appointed based on their expertise, commitment, integrity and vision. Working together, they ensure the Plan’s governance structure and practices reflect the highest standards.
Geri Markvoort Chair
Geri Markvoort is a retired senior human resources executive, with more than 40 years’ experience in large complex organizations. She has aligned the delivery of human resources with the needs of business in various sectors (natural resources, manufacturing, banking and professional services). Significant organizational change, global service models, total rewards delivery, effective client relationships and the evolution of the HR function have challenged and engaged her throughout her career. A passionate champion for change and strong HR leadership, Geri’s board experience has included governance roles as Chair of the Board of Governors, George Brown College; Chair of the Board, Dress for Success Toronto; and board member of Lawn Summer Nights and the Cystic Fibrosis Toronto Chapter. Geri holds an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Patti Croft Vice-Chair
Patricia Croft is Vice Chair of the Ontario Pension Board as well as Chair of the Investment Committee and a member of the Audit and Governance Committees. She is also a member of the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board, where she is Chair of the Benefits Adjudication and Governance Committees, as well as a member of the Audit and Investment, and Human Resources and Compensation Committees. She is the former Chief Economist of RBC Global Asset Management. Her community involvement has included the Oakville Humane Society and the Oakville Fairshare Food Bank. She is currently providing pet therapy visits in Toronto through the St John Ambulance program. Ms Croft has been a member of the Ontario Pension Board since 2013. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Toronto as well as the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Michael Briscoe Director
Michael Briscoe worked for 27 years in the Ontario and municipal government as an HR professional. With a focus on labour relations, he was Chief Negotiator and Senior Manager of HR for the Simcoe County District School Board. Michael was hired by the Ontario Provincial Police Association in 2013 as its Executive Labour Advisor and as its Chief Administrative Officer in 2015. He is also a former Strategic Issues Advisor with the Ontario Provincial Police, Strategic HR Business Advisor, Senior Staff Relations Officer and Client Relationship Coordinator with the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and is a Certified Human Resources Professional and Certified Human Resources Leader.
David Bulmer Director
Dave Bulmer is the President and Chief Executive Officer of AMAPCEO – Ontario’s Professional Employees (15,000 members) and has been since 2015. He previously held the offices of Chief Financial Officer, Board Chair, Director-at-Large, Finance Committee Chair and Pension Committee Chair. His home position in the Ontario Public Service is within the Emergency Health Services Branch of the Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care. Dave has attained his ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors at Rotman’s School of Management, and completed SHARE’s Pension Investment and Governance, and Trustee Master Class certifications. Dave lectures on labour relations at several Ontario universities and is a long-time community activist who has volunteered his time as a coach in elite-level sports and as a volunteer with PFLAG and Crohn’s & Colitis Canada.
Lynne Clark Director
Lynne Clark is a recently retired senior Deloitte partner with over 35 years of public accounting experience and a former leader of the Deloitte National Financial Services Industry. She is the 2012 recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for community service, is a former Treasurer of the Junior Achievement Foundation (Canadian Business Hall of Fame) and is past chair of Junior Achievement of Canada. She was also a Director of The Easter Seals Society of Ontario. Lynne is a Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant of Ontario and received her ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. She also holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto.
Earl Dumitru Director
Earl Dumitru has been a legal and policy advisor with the Government of Ontario for more than twenty years. He brings breadth and depth in legal practice attained in increasingly complex and senior portfolios under five governments with diverse missions. Some notable files include liability reform, amendments to the Class Proceedings Act, developing a new Legal Aid Services Act, agency and industry governance, and oversight of capital projects.
Earl has also served on the Board of the Association of Law Officers of the Crown, (ALOC) for over 10 years and was elected President of ALOC from 2014-2018. As President, his responsibilities included collective bargaining, managing staff, budgets and audits, day-to-day operations, and developing a sustainable organization capable of meeting its fiduciary responsibilities to its members.
Elana Hagi Director
Elana Hagi is a Principal and a senior pension consultant in Mercer’s Wealth business.
Elana has 23 years of experience in the pension industry. Elana is responsible for building and maintaining effective working partnerships with diverse clients - sponsors of a variety of funded and unfunded pension arrangements in various jurisdictions (defined benefit and defined contribution). Elana provides strategic advice tailored to a variety of businesses, corporate philosophies and evolving pension environments. She assists clients in understanding and solving various challenges that apply to their employee benefit programs, including design, funding, governance and risk management of their pension plans.
Elana leads Mercer’s national group responsible for developing intellectual capital and providing support and expertise to Mercer colleagues involved in various financial reporting activities.
Elana holds an Honours Bachelor of Mathematics and Actuarial Science degree from the University of Toronto. She is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries and a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries. Elana is also enrolled in the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program (completed Level I and Level II exams).
Suzann Pennington Director
Suzann Pennington is a retired senior finance executive with over 30 years’ experience in strategic planning, complex investments, M&A, risk management and ESG in public and private companies. As Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of CIBC Global Asset Management, Suzann was responsible for over $110 billion in financial assets. She has held a number of senior finance positions including Vice President of Mackenzie Financial, and was a founding partner of a mutual fund company. Suzann holds a Bachelor of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo, a Chartered Financial Analyst designation, and the ICD.D designation from the Institute for Corporate Directors.
Rob Ritchie Director
Rob Ritchie is the Chief Executive Officer of a defined benefit plan, with over 35 years of experience in the insurance, pension, and financial services industries. He spent 27 years with a major Canadian life insurance group with both domestic and international assignments, and has extensive experience in investment management and delivering total return and liability-oriented investment solutions. He also has a strong track record of building and operating successful business units, and recruiting and developing high-performing teams.
Rob holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University and an MBA from the University of Toronto.