With a gleam in his eye and a fresh diploma from Toronto’s Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate Institute tucked into his suitcase, he departed for Hamilton in the fall of 1972 – eager to embrace the intellectual freedom and boundless opportunity of academia. Studying at McMaster provided the opportunity to create options, to open doors. As Latimer explains, he was determined to make the most of it.
In May, the OMERS President and CEO will receive the prestigious Wayne C. Fox Distinguished Alumni Award during the DeGroote School of Business’ annual Evening of Accolades. It’s a feat not lost on the decidedly humble family man.
Latimer, who earned a BA from McMaster in 1976, has spent the past four decades carving out a reputation as one of Canada’s leading investment strategists. No slouch on the world stage, he’s been recognized as one of the most globally-influential asset owners by Chief Investment Officer twice in the past four years. During his time as OMERS’ Chief Investment Officer, Latimer oversaw the strategic, operational and financial leadership of the company’s investment activities.
In his latest role at OMERS – held since April 2014 – he is responsible for the overall leadership and performance of the enterprise including pension administration, investment activities and the execution of its strategic plan. As CEO, his focus is on ensuring OMERS’ 461,000 active and retired members have secure and sustainable defined benefit pensions.more…