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Rotman School Professor Appointed to Lead Research Initiatives at the International Centre for Pension Management

September 19, 2017

Toron­to, ON – Mikhail (Mike) Simutin, an asso­ciate pro­fes­sor of finance at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toronto’s Rot­man School of Man­age­ment, has been appoint­ed the asso­ciate direc­tor of research for the Inter­na­tion­al Cen­tre for Pen­sion Man­age­ment (ICPM).

In the new role he will dri­ve ICPM’s research ini­tia­tives and strength­en the organization’s posi­tion as a glob­al pen­sion research hub. Prof. Simutin will over­see calls for research pro­pos­als, select win­ning sub­mis­sions, as well as devel­op impact­ful agen­das for bi-annu­al ICPM Dis­cus­sion Forums. In this role, he will work close­ly with ICPM exec­u­tive direc­tor Rob Bauer, as well as ICPM research com­mit­tee co-chair Onno Steen­beek.

“ICPM is hon­oured to have Mike join our team. We are con­fi­dent that Mike will cham­pi­on ICPM’s research ini­tia­tives and strength­en our posi­tion as a glob­al research hub. We look for­ward to his con­tri­bu­tions to ICPM’s glob­al pen­sion research man­date and enrich­ing future Dis­cus­sion Forums,” says Rob Bauer, ICPM Exec­u­tive Direc­tor.

A pro­fes­sor at the Rot­man School since 2010, Prof. Simutin’s own research pri­mar­i­ly focus­es on study­ing insti­tu­tion­al mon­ey man­age­ment and under­stand­ing risks that affect asset prices. His cur­rent work extends to the area of cor­po­rate finance, where he is study­ing the gen­der pay gap in a cor­po­rate set­ting. Prof. Simutin’s research has been pub­lished in lead­ing finance jour­nals, includ­ing the Jour­nal of Finance, the Review of Finan­cial Stud­ies, and the Jour­nal of Finan­cial Eco­nom­ics.

He has been the recip­i­ent of sev­er­al grants and awards. Ear­li­er in the year he received the Governor’s Award from the Bank of Cana­da, which rec­og­nizes out­stand­ing aca­d­e­mics at a rel­a­tive­ly ear­ly stage in their careers, who are work­ing at Cana­di­an uni­ver­si­ties in areas of research impor­tant to the Bank’s core func­tions. In 2017 he was named one of the 40 Most Out­stand­ing Busi­ness School Pro­fes­sors Under 40 by the busi­ness school news site Poets&Quants.  Prof. Simutin holds a PhD in finance from the Uni­ver­si­ty of British Columbia’s Saud­er School of Busi­ness. He grad­u­at­ed Magna Cum Laude from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Wash­ing­ton in 2004, with a BA in busi­ness admin­is­tra­tion and a con­cen­tra­tion in finance and account­ing.

The Inter­na­tion­al Cen­tre for Pen­sion Man­age­ment (ICPM) is a glob­al, research-based net­work of pen­sion deliv­ery orga­ni­za­tions that stim­u­lates lead­ing-edge think­ing and prac­tice about pen­sion design, gov­er­nance and man­age­ment. ICPM brings togeth­er an influ­en­tial com­mu­ni­ty of pen­sion sec­tor lead­ers to share knowl­edge and inter­act with aca­d­e­mics pur­su­ing pen­sion-relat­ed research.

ICPM orga­nizes inter­ac­tive Dis­cus­sion Forums con­nect­ing prac­ti­tion­ers and aca­d­e­mics, and pro­vides fund­ing for trans­for­ma­tive research to sup­port effec­tive man­age­ment and inno­va­tion in pen­sion and invest­ment orga­ni­za­tions. ICPM and the Rot­man School of Man­age­ment joint­ly offer an inter­na­tion­al­ly high­ly respect­ed pen­sion gov­er­nance edu­ca­tion pro­gram – the Board Effec­tive­ness Pro­gram (BEP) – for Board mem­bers of pen­sion and long-hori­zon invest­ment insti­tu­tions. For more infor­ma­tion, vis­it

The Rot­man School of Man­age­ment is locat­ed in the heart of Canada’s com­mer­cial and cul­tur­al cap­i­tal and is part of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to, one of the world’s top 20 research uni­ver­si­ties. The Rot­man School fos­ters a new way to think that enables our grad­u­ates to tack­le today’s glob­al busi­ness and soci­etal chal­lenges.  For more infor­ma­tion, vis­it


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Ken McGuf­fin
Man­ag­er, Media Rela­tions
Rot­man School of Man­age­ment
Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to
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