Hoc Doc Says Degree is a Passport to other Worlds at EMBA Convocation
Education provides a passport to “other worlds of knowledge, awareness and connectivity with the bigger picture,” according to Ron Mock (MBA ’79), CEO of Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.
“Congratulations to the graduating EMBA class. You have earned your passports. I know that they can – and will – take you beyond anywhere that you can even imagine,” said Mock to the 47 Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA graduating students at Fall Convocation on October 20th, where he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws by York University for his financial commitment to social responsibility.
As one of Canada’s most influential CEOs, Mock started his career as an electrical engineer with Ontario Hydro and eventually moved into the investment field. In 2001, he joined the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan before accepting the position of President and CEO in 2014. Today, Mock captains one of the world’s largest pension funds, which manages $175 billion in global assets on behalf of nearly 320,000 active and retired teachers in Ontario.
Earlier this year, Mock was named a Champion of Change by Women in Capital Markets for his commitment to increasing the representation of women in corporate leadership teams and boardrooms. Half of Teacher’s Board of Directors and half of the fund’s Executive Team is comprised of women.
“Ron Mock is one of this country’s most admired and accomplished CEOs leading one of this country’s most important pension plans,” said Schulich Dean Dezsö J. Horváth. “We are proud of all that he has accomplished. He is a great role model for our students, a great friend to Schulich and a great Canadian.”