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Founding director of the Rotman International Centre for Pension Management named as globe’s most influential institutional investor consultant

September 18, 2014

Toronto, ON – The founding director of the Rotman International Centre for Pension Management has been named as the most influential consultant in the institutional investor world by Chief Investment Officer magazine.

Keith Ambachtsheer placed first in the annual list published by the magazine on September 15. The magazine says their list is “an appraisal of the individuals within the consulting industry who have made a positive impact for their clients. Sourced from interviews with pension and non-profit CIOs, asset managers, and former consultants, it represents our best approximation of the hierarchy of today’s institutional consultant industry.”

Ambachtsheer has provided strategic advice on pension plan design and on the governance and management of pension and other long-horizon investment institutions through KPA Advisory Services. His primary clients are pension organizations, but also include governments, industry associations, pension plan sponsors, foundations and other institutional investors around the world. He started a strategic research and education program on these issues through the Rotman School in 2004. In 2005, he was appointed Adjunct Professor of Finance, and was the founding Director of the Rotman International Centre for Pension Management (Rotman ICPM). At the start of 2011, he was appointed Academic Director of the Rotman-ICPM Board Effectiveness Program for Pension Funds and Other Long-Horizon Investment Institutions. He was appointed Director Emeritus of Rotman ICPM in 2014 and continues to serve as the editor of The  Rotman International Journal for Pension Management.

In 2007 he was honoured with the Outstanding Industry Contribution Award by the Investments and Pensions Europe publication and in 2003 he was named One of the 30 Most Influential People by the Pensions and Investments publication in the USA. In 2008, he received the James A. Vertin Award for making contributions “of enduring significance” to the practical application of investment theory by the CFA Institute. In 2010, he received the Lilywhite Award from the Employee Benefits Research Institute for “extraordinary lifetime contributions to Americans’ economic security.” In 2011, he received CFA Institute’s Award for Professional Excellence in 2011 for “exemplary achievement, excellence of practice, and true leadership.” In 2013 the aiCIO publication named him one of the globe’s 10 Most Influential Academics in Institutional Investing.

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The mission of the Rotman International Centre for Pension Management (Rotman ICPM) is to be an internationally-recognized, high-impact catalyst for fostering effective pension design and management. Its four primary tools to achieve this goal are the funding of objective and transformative research, the organization of interactive, action-oriented discussion forums, the publication of a readable journal relevant to professionals in the pensions and related fields, and the delivery of the globe’s leading governance education program for Board members of pension and other long-horizon investment institutions. Further details on the Centre, including access to the Rotman Journal of International Pension Management, are available at

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