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Board of Directors: James Donegan

James DoneganCategory: Independent


James Donegan is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of the firm AGAWA Partners. AGAWA is an investment management company focused on providing solutions for institutional investors. Prior to founding AGAWA, Mr. Donegan spent twenty-one years investing in public markets at the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS). During his final seven years with OMERS he was President and CEO of OMERS Capital Markets (OCM) and responsible for over $40 billion invested globally in the fixed income, equity, foreign exchange and hedge fund programs. He was Chair of the OCM Asset Mix Committee and accountable for developing the risk management framework for the capital market’s portfolio. He was a member of the OMERS Senior Leadership Team and the OMERS Transaction Approval Committee that is responsible for approving large private market transactions in Infrastructure, Private Equity and Real Estate. Prior to joining OMERS Mr. Donegan spent ten years with two Canadian investment dealers as a research analyst specializing in economic forecasting, credit analysis and portfolio strategy.

Mr. Donegan currently serves as Chairman of the Investment Advisory Committee for the Archdiocese of Toronto. Previously, he has served on the Board of Social Housing Services Financial Inc., was a member of the Investment Committee of the United Church of Canada, and a past member of the FT-Actuaries Benchmark Indices advisory group and the Council for Asset and Investment Management advisory group for the International Institute of Finance (IIF).

He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Carleton University, his Master of Arts in economics from the University of Toronto, is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a qualified Chief Compliance Officer. Mr. Donegan is a member of IIROC’s Corporate Governance Committee, Human Resources & Pension Committee, Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.

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