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The Treasury team works to improve OMERS ability to meet its pension promise through globally optimized key portfolio activities, which include liquidity management, currency management and development of economic research.

Key activities include:

  • Holistic management of OMERS liquidity and funding to ensure resilience to withstand downside market events andflexibility to deploy capital for new investment opportunities

  • Centrally managing FX exposures and risks to support balance sheet growth and resilience for OMERS

  • Enhancing investment decisions by providing insightful, forward-looking thought leadership, analysis and research tailored to OMERS needs

Meet the Team

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Anca Drexler

Executive Vice President Head of Treasury

Anca Drexler is the Executive Vice-President and Head of Treasury at OMERS. She is responsible for leading funding and liquidity management, currency management and economic research for the OMERS investment portfolio.

Anca joined OMERS in 2017 and her previous roles included EVP and Head of Total Portfolio Management and Managing Director, Risk Management for OMERS Capital Markets.

Anca has over 25 years of experience in the financial industry. Before joining OMERS she spent over 15 years with another defined pension plan, OPTrust, in a number of leadership roles, including Chief Risk Officer. She has also spent time in an advisory capacity with the Health Care of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) Board of Trustees and the Global Risk Institute (GRI). Anca started her career as a financial engineer with Algorithmics Inc.

An alumna of the Harvard Business School, Anca also holds a MMath from the University of Waterloo and a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto. She is a CFA charter holder.

Anca is a member of the board of Directors of the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada and sits on their Investment Committee. She is also a member of the Investment Committee for the Sunnybrook Foundation.

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Robert Lavigne

Senior Managing Director, Economic Research

Robert Lavigne is a key member of OMERS Total Portfolio Management leadership team, advising investment teams and OMERS more broadly on a wide variety of economic and financial issues, including the macroeconomic outlook, country assessments and longer-term economic trends.

Before joining OMERS, Robert worked at the Bank of Canada on a wide variety of issues related to global macroeconomics and policies. In particular, he advised Canadian policymakers on Canadian positions at the G20 and International Monetary Fund (IMF).

In his most recent role at the Bank of Canada, as Division Head of the Advanced Economies Division, he focused on the economic outlooks for Europe and Japan.

He has policy and research experience regarding both advanced and emerging economy themes. Robert holds a Master’s degree in International Economics, University of Montreal, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, University of Aix-Marseille II.

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David Mitchell

Managing Director, Liquidity Management

David Mitchell is the Managing Director of Liquidity Management on the Total Portfolio Management team and in this role, he is responsible for helping manage the Plan’s overall liquidity to ensure optimal and efficient balance sheet management, with resilience to downside events and flexibility for capital deployment.

Prior to joining OMERS David spent 15 years at CPP Investments, most recently in Total Fund Management and prior to that as part of the Global Capital Markets team where he participated in the growth and change from a passive to an active, cross-asset investment mandate. Prior to CPP Investments, he began his career at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.

David holds a BComm, Joint Honours Economics and Finance from McGill University and is a CFA charter holder. He is an active volunteer including with the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program, an initiative that provides free tax clinics for local communities.

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Abhay Abhyankar

Director, FX Management

Abhay joined OMERS in October 2021 as a Director within the Total Portfolio Management group and in his current role leads the FX Management initiative at OMERS. Abhay brings with him deep FX expertise and macro insights in addition to his broad experience assessing a diversified, global, Asset-Mix with a Total Portfolio Approach.

Prior to joining OMERS, Abhay worked as a Portfolio Manager within the Office of the Chief Investment Officer at OPSEU Pension Trust, where he was primarily responsible for assisting the CIO with the oversight and management of Total Portfolio investment strategies, currency- & risk-management frameworks.

Abhay has an MBA-Finance degree from Brock University and an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India.

Abhay is an avid reader and a Chess enthusiast; his long-term aspiration is to replicate the Toronto Public Library model around the world and build freely accessible libraries to foster free education and equal opportunity for all.