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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
Tel: 416-946-3818