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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.

Fur­ther infor­ma­tion on the Knowl­edge Bro­kers 2014 is avail­able at

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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