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CPPIB appoints Torys’ Patrice Walch-Watson to senior management

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) has appointed Patrice Walch-Watson as its senior managing director-general counsel and corporate secretary, and as a member of CPPIB’s senior management team. Walch-Watson was previously a partner at Canadian law firm Torys LLP. CPPIB said she will manage its legal department in a period in which the pension fund manager’s activity is expected to expand into new markets and sectors.


Canada Pension Plan Investment Board Announces Senior Executive Appointment

Toronto, Ontario ( April 28, 2015): Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) is pleased to announce the appointment of Patrice Walch-Watson as CPPIB’s Senior Managing Director & General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, and a member of the Senior Management Team, effective June 5, 2015.

Ms. Walch-Watson brings a wealth of experience and leadership to CPPIB, having spent more than 22 years at Torys LLP, one of Canada’s top international business law firms, where she was most recently a Partner. Her knowledge and experience will be invaluable as CPPIB expands into new markets and sectors. Under her leadership, the legal department will continue to be critical to our investment activities and other operations, while effectively managing legal matters.

Ms. Walch-Watson’s addition to CPPIB’s management team continues to demonstrate the organization’s ability to attract top talent to the organization. Her broad experience includes leading roles in advising some of Canada’s largest public, private and government businesses on a wide array of transactions, particularly in cross-border matters. She has focused her corporate and securities practice primarily in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, public and private corporate finance, privatizations and corporate governance.

Ms. Walch-Watson holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Bachelor of Laws from Queen’s University.

Ms. Walch-Watson will report into Benita Warmbold, Chief Financial Officer.

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) is a professional investment management organization that invests the funds not needed by the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) to pay current benefits on behalf of 18 million contributors and beneficiaries. In order to build a diversified portfolio of CPP assets, CPPIB invests in public equities, private equities, real estate, infrastructure and fixed income instruments. Headquartered in Toronto, with offices in Hong Kong, London, New York City and São Paulo, CPPIB is governed and managed independently of the Canada Pension Plan and at arm’s length from governments. At December 31, 2014, the CPP Fund totalled C$238.8 billion. For more information about CPPIB, please visit

Source: Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

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