Stephen J. Griggs, CEO, has extensive senior executive experience in the investment management industry and is also a corporate lawyer. He was most recently the President and CEO of OPTrust, a major Ontario public sector pension plan, leading OPTrust's integrated investment and administrative operations. Prior to joing OPTrust in mid-2011, Mr. Griggs served for three years as Executive Director of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance representing the interests of leading Canadian pension plans and other institutional shareholders. He also served during this time as Chairman and Partner of Investeco Capital Corp., Canada's first environmental investment company.
Griggs was the President and CEO of Legg Mason Canada Inc. from January 2003 to June 2007, with responsibility for the Canadian operations of Legg Mason Inc., one of the world's largest global investment management firms, and has been Chief Operating Officer of two leading Canadian mutual fund companies (AIC and BPI).
Mr. Griggs is an active corporate director and is the Chairman of the board of directors of Genesis Land Development Corp. and Equity Financial Holdings Inc., and also serves on the board of Greater Toronto Airports Authority, which operates Toronto Pearson International Airport. Mr. Griggs is on the Independent Review Committee of ING Mutual Funds, the Chair of the IRC of IA Clarington Funds and is on the board of several charitable organizations.
Griggs is also the General Counsel and Secretary of Smoothwater Capital and is an active writer and commentator on Canadian corporate governance matters.