Blair Cowper-Smith

Former Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Chief Legal Officer at OMERS Administration Corp.

Blair Cowper-Smith

Blair Cowper-Smith

Former Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Chief Legal Officer at OMERS Administration Corp.

Overview
Career Highlights

Stelco, Inc. (Canada)
The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships

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922

Number of Boards

3

Birthday

1949

Age

71

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Former Chief Executive Officer at OMERS Private Equity Inc.

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Investor at Fraction/al

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President & Chief Executive Officer at Hydro One Ltd.

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Acting President & Chief Executive Officer at Hydro One Holdings Ltd.

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Chief Operating Officer & Pension Services at OMERS Administration Corp.

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Former Executive Vice President at Abitibi-Consolidated, Inc.

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Partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

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Member-Consumer Food Policy Group at Harvard University

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President & Chief Executive Officer at OMERS Administration Corp.

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Former President & Chief Executive Officer at OMERS Administration Corp.

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Blair Cowper-Smith
Former Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Chief Legal Officer at OMERS Administration Corp.
Education
Law

Osgoode Hall Law School is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is the oldest law school in Ontario, and is one of the professional faculties at York University. Osgoode Hall Law School is consistently ranked as one of the top law schools in Canada by Maclean's Magazine, ranking second among common-law schools in 2011 and 2012. Named after the first Chief Justice of Ontario, William Osgoode, the law school was established by The Law Society of Upper Canada in 1889. The school was at the centre of the debates over the principles of modern legal education in the 1950s. Osgoode Hall Law School provided many of the founding members of the bar in the prairie provinces. Today, the law school offers a professional degree in law that is accepted for bar admission in every province in Canada with the exception of Quebec, as well as the American States of Massachusetts and New York. Osgoode has three joint degree programs, as well as Canada's largest graduate program in law. Osgoode Hall Law School has adopted the Juris Doctor degree designation which has replaced their previous Bachelor of Laws designation. The law school is home to the Law Reform Commission of Ontario, the Osgoode Hall Law Journal, the German Law Journal, and the largest law library in the Commonwealth. Osgoode Hall Law School students may participate in a number of clinical and intensive programs, including the Community and Legal Aid Services Program (CLASP), the Poverty Law Intensive at Parkdale Community Legal Services, the Criminal Law Intensive, the Innocence Project, and the Osgoode Business Clinic.[5] According to the Official Guide to Canadian Law Schools, Osgoode Hall Law School has the most extensive range of clinical programs in Canada. The primary student government at Osgoode is the Legal and Literary Society. Osgoode Hall Law School is particularly known for its leading role in the areas of constitutional law, the Charter and human rights, and international law. (Peter Hogg, Brian Slattery, Patrick J. Monahan, Jean-Gabriel Castel) Some of the world's most important legal scholars teach at Osgoode, including Leslie Green who holds the University of Oxford's statutory Chair in Philosophy of Law. Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and former judge at the Supreme Court of Canada, Louise Arbour taught at, and later became the associate dean of, Osgoode Hall Law School.

Memberships
Member
Current

The Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) is responsible for the self-regulation of lawyers and paralegals in the Canadian province of Ontario. Founded in 1797, it is known in French as "Le Barreau du Haut-Canada". The motto of the Society is "Let Right Prevail". On its website, the Law Society states it "has a duty to protect the public interest, to maintain and advance the cause of justice and the rule of law, to facilitate access to justice for the people of Ontario, and to act in a timely, open and efficient manner.

Career History
Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Chief Legal Officer
2000 - Current

OAC's investment strategies cover a diverse range of assets in public and private markets, ensuring solid returns that help fund OMERS pensions. The firm's public investments include fixed income securities inflation-linked bonds, government bonds and credit, along with public equities. Their private investments, through holdings in infrastructure, private equity and real estate are selected specifically for their ability to provide more predictable returns and cash flows compared to assets that may be exposed to greater market volatility. OAC's investment teams are organized in 3 strategic investment platforms: OMERS Capital Markets, OMERS Private Markets, and OMERS Real Estate & Strategic Investments.

Chief Corporate Affairs
2008 - 2017

OMERS, officially the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System, is a pension fund created by statute in 1962 to handle the retirement benefits of local government employees in the Canadian province of Ontario. It has become one of the largest institutional investors in Canada. Over the past 20 years approximately two-thirds of the capital added to the pension fund has been through investment returns, while about 1/3 has been added by contributions split evenly between employees and employers. As of December 2013, OMERS had 65.1 billion Canadian dollars in net investment assets. OMERS serves 982 employers and almost 440,000 members, retirees and survivors, including municipal workers, firefighters, police, emergency services staff, Children's Aid Society workers, school board staff (non-teaching), and transit and hydro workers.

Senior Partner
2004 - Prior

McCarthy Tetrault LLP provides legal services. Its services include integrated business law, litigation services, taxation, real property, and labour and employment law. The company was founded in 1855 and is headquartered in Montréal, Canada.

Transactions
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United States Steel Corporation purchases Stelco, Inc. (Canada)

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General Electric Company, GE Water & Process Technologies Co purchase ZENON Membrane Solutions, Inc.

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CHUM Ltd. purchases Craig Media, Inc. from Providence Equity Partners IV LP, Providence Equity Partners LLC, Providence Equity Operating Partners IV LP, St. Joseph Media, Inc., Manalta Investment Co. Ltd.

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