Hugh O’Reilly is President and CEO of OPTrust, one of Canada’s leading defined benefit pension plans with offices in London, Sydney and Toronto. In this role, Hugh is responsible for the management of the pension fund’s $19 billion in net assets and plan administration.
Hugh has served as the President and CEO of OPTrust since January of 2015. Since his arrival, he has led an organization-wide transformation of OPTrust and changed its focus to the measure that matters, which is maintaining the Plan’s fully funded status.
A highly-regarded and sought-after speaker at national and international conferences and events, including the University of Calgary, Harvard Law School, The International Centre for Pension Management and Oxford University, Hugh is a member of the TMX Advancing Innovation Roundtable, the editorial advisory board of Benefits and Pensions Monitor and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance (CCGG).
In 2016, he was the recipient of the Industry Leadership Award from Benefits Canada Workplace Benefits Awards and most recently was honoured with the CORPaTH Crystal Globe Award for his efforts in protecting and promoting Defined Benefit pensions.
Hugh has extensive expertise in the governance and operations of jointly sponsored pension plans. Included among his competencies are a comprehensive knowledge of pension plan best practices, investment strategies and asset classes.
Prior to joining OPTrust, Hugh led the Pension Benefits and Insolvency Practice at Cavalluzzo Shilton McIntyre Cornish LLP and is recognized as one of Canada’s foremost pension legal experts.
Over the course of his career, he served as Senior Policy Advisor and Chief of Staff to a Government of Ontario cabinet minister, was Senior Corporate Counsel at Canada Trust and practiced law as an associate at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, and a partner at Torys LLP in Toronto.