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Board of Directors

Appointments to the SC Board are made on a rotating basis, which provides both continuity and opportunity for newer Directors to gain experience and knowledge. Directors attend anywhere from 12 to 16 Board meetings annually, as well as, information, education and planning meetings, some held jointly with the OMERS Administration Corporation Board. Based on the committee composition, Directors may also Chair or attend some of the 20 to 30 committee meetings typically scheduled throughout the year.


Frank Ramagnano (Chair)

Corporate Governance Committee, Human Resources & Compensation Committee, Plan Design Committee

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Frank Ramagnano was appointed to the OMERS Sponsors Corporation (SC) in March 2009. In 2016, he became Co-Chair of the Board, serving on all SC committees. In 2020, he became the SC’s first-ever Board Chair following a unanimous election.

Mr. Ramagnano is now the Assistant to the General Secretary-Treasurer of the International Association of Fire Fighters. He completed his term as President of the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters’ Association in June 2021 after serving for six and half years and was Secretary-Treasurer from 2002 to 2014. He was a board member of The Fire Department Credit Union for nine years and has been a full-time firefighter for over 30 years with the City of Toronto, holding the position of Acting District Chief. Mr. Ramagnano is a graduate of the Credit Union Director Achievement (CUDA) Program and holds certificates in Pension Plan Administration and the Pension Plan Trustee Development Program from Humber College’s Centre for Employee Benefits. In 2013, he completed the Governance Program at Queen’s University. In 2021 he graduated from McMaster University completing the Chartered Director program.

Mr. Ramagnano received a certificate in Labour Studies from George Brown College, and has been certified as a Company Officer by the Ontario Fire College. He has also graduated from the Harvard Law School/University of Ottawa Executive Leadership Program in 2014.

He has served on many Boards and committees, including the Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Pension Committee, and has been recognized by his peers for his community volunteerism.


Barry Brown (Vice-Chair)

Audit Committee, Plan Design Committee

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Barry Brown was appointed to the OMERS Sponsors Corporation (SC) Board in 2015. He served as a Co-Chair of the SC Board from 2019 to the end of 2020. Mr. Brown was elected as the Vice-Chair of the SC Board effective January 1, 2021.

He practiced employment and labour law for 30 years, retiring from Hicks Morley in 2014. Throughout his career, he worked with a variety of unions and other employee representatives to find mutually acceptable solutions to challenging workplace issues.

Mr. Brown received his BA and MA from the University of Western Ontario before graduating from its Law School as the School’s Gold Medalist. He recently completed the Board Effectiveness Program for Pension and Other Long-Horizon Investment Institutions at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.


Dan Axford

Corporate Governance Committee (Chair), Human Resources & Compensation Committee, Plan Design Committee

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Dan Axford was appointed to the OMERS Sponsors Corporation (SC) Board in October 2015.

He has been a police officer in London, Ontario for 30 years. Since 2002, he has served as the full-time Chief Administrative Officer of the London Police Association, retiring from that position in late 2015. Mr. Axford has also served as a Director on the Board of Directors of the Police Association of Ontario (PAO) since 2001, and served as the Interim President of the PAO for 20 months, while the organization underwent a major structural reorganization.

In 2015, Mr. Axford completed the PPAC I – Introduction to Pension Plans course at Humber College, and the Governance Program at Queen’s University. He completed a Certificate program in Board Effectiveness for Pensions and Long-Term Investments at the Rotman School of Management in 2017.


Frederick Biro

Corporate Governance Committee, Human Resources & Compensation Committee, Plan Design Committee

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Frederick Biro was appointed to the OMERS Sponsors Corporation (SC) Board in 2014.

Mr. Biro has extensive experience in the government and private sectors, including 25 years working in the field of police governance. He served on the OMERS Administration Corporation (AC) Board from 2000 to 2013, where he sat on or chaired several committees, including a two-year term as AC Board Chair.

He earned his Chartered Director designation from The Directors College in 2006. In 2014, he completed the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management Board Effectiveness Program for Pension and Other Long-Horizon Investment Institutions. He is a published author and has spoken on pension-related matters at international and national events.


Max Cananzi

Audit Committee, Human Resources & Compensation Committee, Plan Design Committee

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Max Cananzi was appointed to the OMERS Sponsors Corporation (SC) Board in January 2022.

Mr. Cananzi is retired and was most recently (2017 to 2020) the President of Alectra Utilities Corporation, the largest municipally-owned electricity utility and distribution corporation in Canada.

In 2013, Mr. Cananzi was recognized for his leadership in sustainability and utility performance as a Clean50 award recipient. In 2017, he was co-awarded the Ontario Energy Association (OEA) Leader of the Year for his leadership in the merger and creation of Alectra. And in 2020, Mr. Cananzi was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the OEA for his leadership, contribution and achievements in Ontario’s energy sector.

From 2006 to 2017, Mr. Cananzi was President and CEO at Horizon Utilities Corporation where he led the company to become the first utility in Canada to receive the Sustainable Electricity Company™ designation.

Mr. Cananzi has served on several Boards, including the Electricity Distributors Association (EDA), MEARIE, OEA, Canadian Electricity Association (CEA), and Ontario Energy Network. He also served as Chair of the EDA, OEA and the CEA Sustainability Committee and the CEA Standards Management Committee.

Mr. Cananzi is a graduate of the University of Toronto and an electrical engineer. He received his Master of Business Administration in Finance from the Schulich School of Business at York University.


Peter Derochie

Audit Committee, Plan Design Committee (Chair) 

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Peter Derochie was appointed to the OMERS Sponsors Corporation (SC) Board in January 2017.

Mr. Derochie is retired from the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board (SMCDSB) after 32 plus years of serving in various senior leadership roles. He is past President of the Catholic School Boards Services Association and the Ontario School Boards Financing Corporation. He recently led a provincial team for the amalgamation of Management and Non-union employee benefits plans across Ontario School Boards and various Associations into an Employee Life and Health Trust.

Mr. Derochie was Chair of the Finance Committee for the Ontario Catholic School Business Officials’ Association from 1990 to 1995 and from 2013 to 2017 he was a regional representative on the Board of Directors for OSBIE, which is a non-profit insurance program owned by Ontario school boards.


Marianne Love

Corporate Governance Committee, Human Resources & Compensation Committee, Plan Design Committee

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Marianne Love was appointed to OMERS Sponsors Corporation (SC) Board in 2006 and served as Co-Chair until the end of 2018. She was also a member of the former OMERS Board from 1999 to 2006.

Ms. Love is a Pension Policy Advisor for the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) and is Principal for ML Consulting, specializing in governance practice, job evaluation, pay equity, and compensation and performance management systems. She has a Law Degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Windsor. Ms. Love has also earned her Pension Plan Administration Certificate from Humber College, her Chartered Director’s designation from the Directors College at McMaster University, a certificate in Human Resources and Compensation Committee from McMaster University. She completed the Governance Program at Queen’s University in 2013, and the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management Board Effectiveness Program for Pension and Other Long-Horizon Investment Institutions in 2015.


Scott Marks

Audit Committee, Plan Design Committee

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Scott Marks was appointed to the OMERS Sponsors Corporation (SC) Board in January 2022.

Mr. Marks was most recently (2010 to 2021) the Assistant to the General President for Canadian Operations of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), an international union representing career fire fighters in the United States and Canada, headquartered in Washington, D.C., with Canadian offices in Ottawa. In this role, among other things, Mr. Marks created and managed fire fighter involvement in the 2019 and 2021 Canadian federal elections as a registered third party, advocating for fire fighter issues in key ridings.

From 2002 to 2010, Mr. Marks was President of the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters Association (TPFFA) where he represented over 3,000 fire fighters in the City of Toronto and harmonized key contractual issues after the amalgamation. Mr. Marks was first elected to the TPFFA Executive Board in 1993, elected President in 2002 and acclaimed in 2004, 2006 and 2008.

Mr. Marks started with the Toronto Fire Services in 1981, retiring as an Acting District Chief in 2010, managing staff in several fire districts in the City of Toronto and acting as the senior officer in command of emergency responses.

Mr. Marks is a graduate of Ryerson University. He received his Bachelor of Applied Arts in Radio and Television Arts in 1977.


Mary McConville

Human Resources & Compensation Committee (Chair), Corporate Governance Committee, Plan Design Committee

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Mary McConville was appointed to the OMERS Sponsors Corporation (SC) Board in 2013.

Throughout her child welfare career, Ms. McConville has supported OACAS and advocated for high quality and accountable child protective services in the Province of Ontario. She had led and participated in many provincial committees, projects and leadership groups, which have successfully improved legislation, service standards, professional training and systems development in the sector. Ms. McConville has a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Toronto and is a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.

She has participated in a variety of major public policy initiatives, such as Ontario's Civil Justice Task Force, and was a founding member of the Canadian Child Welfare Association and the Child Welfare League of Canada. In addition to having served as a Director of the Board of St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, she has extensive board experience, including the establishment of three not-for-profit corporations and the design of attendant governance models. In 2017, she completed a Certificate program in Board Effectiveness for Pensions and Long-Term Investments at the Rotman School of Management, and a certificate in Foundations of Trust Management Standards through the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP).


Joe Pennachetti

Audit Committee (Chair), Corporate Governance Committee, Plan Design Committee

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Joe Pennachetti was appointed to the OMERS Sponsors Corporation (SC) Board in January 2016.

Mr. Pennachetti has over 35 years of municipal financial management experience, including 14 years of experience managing the overall affairs for the City of Toronto as City Manager and CFO.  He also has 16 years of experience as Treasurer (CFO) of GTA regional municipalities. His long career in public service has contributed to his ability to build strong inter-governmental relationships as well as develop successful management teams.

His academic and professional designations include a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Windsor, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario, and he is a Certified Professional Accountant. In 2017, he completed a Certificate program in Board Effectiveness for Pensions and Long-Term Investments at the Rotman School of Management.


Sandra Sahli

Audit Committee, Corporate Governance Committee, Plan Design Committee

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Sandra Sahli was appointed to the OMERS Sponsors Corporation (SC) Board in July 2014.

Prior to her retirement in July 2011, Ms. Sahli was a Child and Youth Worker (CYW) for the Greater Essex County District School Board. Ms. Sahli was a member of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF), District 9 Educational Support Staff Bargaining Unit in Windsor. She served in many elected and appointed OSSTF positions, including Bargaining Unit President and Chief Negotiator. In 2005, Ms. Sahli was elected to the OSSTF Provincial Executive, and served six years  – four years as an Executive Officer and two years as Vice President. She also served as a member of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation Board of Governors from 2007 to 2011. Ms. Sahli completed the Governance Program at Queen's University in 2015 and Humber College's Introduction to Pension Plans seminar in 2016.

She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Windsor, and is a Certified Child and Youth Worker. She is the recipient of several professional awards in recognition of her work as a union leader, and her innovative program design for at-risk children and youth. In 2011, Ms. Sahli was awarded a Life Membership in the OSSTF and an Ontario Teachers’ Federation Fellowship for her outstanding service to education and union activism.


Giulia Volpe

Corporate Governance Committee, Human Resources & Compensation Committee, Plan Design Committee 

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Giulia Volpe was appointed to the OMERS Sponsors Corporation (SC) Board in November 2019.

Ms. Volpe currently works as a Benefits Officer with the Ontario Public Sector Employees Union (OPSEU) and has worked in the pension and benefits department for the last three years.  Prior to that, she has over a decade of experience in public sector pension plan administration primarily providing frontline client service to Ontario Pension Board’s (OPB) members and pensioners.  Additionally, Ms. Volpe has also served as a Board Trustee for the OPSEU Pension Plan Trust Fund (OPTrust) from 2016 to 2018.

Ms. Volpe is a strong union activist with considerable labour relations knowledge. She has held the roles of Labour Management Committee Co-Chair and Interim Co-Chair, Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee with OPB. Ms. Volpe was elected in May 2016 to serve as the Vice-President of OPSEU’s Local 568 and Unit Steward.

She holds a General Arts and Science Certificate from Seneca College, a Pension Plan Administration Certificate (PPAC) from Humber College and a Registered Retirement Consultant (RRC®) designation from the Canadian Institute of Financial Planners.  In 2017, Ms. Volpe completed a Certificate program in Board Effectiveness for Pensions and Long-Term Investments at the Rotman School of Management (U of T). She also holds a Chartered Directors Designation received in 2019 through the DeGroote School of Business (McMaster).


John Weatherup

Corporate Governance Committee, Plan Design Committee 

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John Weatherup was appointed to the OMERS Sponsors Corporation (SC) Board in January 2017. He was also on the OMERS AC Board in November 2005 and reappointed to the OMERS AC Board from 2009 to 2016. Mr. Weatherup was Vice Chair of the Human Resources Committee and also served on the Governance and Investment Committees.

John has been employed by the Toronto District School Board and the former Toronto Board of Education since 1985. He is the former President of CUPE Local 134, representing caretaking, maintenance and food services staff, and has been President of CUPE Local 4400, Toronto Education Workers, representing more than 12,000 school board employees (including clerical, secretarial, caretaking/maintenance, educational assistants, adult instructors, etc.) since its formation as a result of the amalgamation of all Metro School Boards in 1997.

John also serves on the Board of Directors of the Toronto Educational Opportunity Fund, which raises funds to provide lunch and snacks to Inner City kindergarten students. He previously served on the Board of Governors of Exhibition Place and the Board of Directors of the Toronto Foundation for Student Success. John received his Chartered Director designation from The Directors College in 2009.