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James Leech

James Leech became 14th Chancellor of Queen's University in July 2014.

[photo of James Leech]

Jim Leech retired as President and CEO of the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, one of the world's largest plans.

Previously, Mr. Leech was president and CEO of Unicorp Canada Corporation, one of Canada's first public merchant banks, and Union Energy Inc., then one of North America's largest integrated energy companies.

Mr. Leech is a Senior Advisor with McKinsey and Company, chairs the Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation, is on the board of the MasterCard Foundation, is the Honorary Colonel of 32 Signal Regiment, Canadian Forces and was a founding director of Right To Play International.

Mr. Leech has been a member of Queen's Board of Trustees, University Council and Chair of Queen's School of Business Advisory Board.

In 2013, he co-authored The Third Rail, Confronting our Pension Failures, a best-selling book that received the 2013-2014 National Business Book Award.

In 2010, Mr. Leech was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal and in 2014 was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada.

Mr. Leech holds a BSc (Hons. Math and Physics) from the Royal Military College of Canada, an MBA (1973) from Queen's University, and is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

[photo of Homecoming Kickoff]

At the ceremonial kick off for the Homecoming Weekend football game, October 18, 2014.
Pictured (l-r) Principal Daniel Woolf (Arts'80), Queen's University Alumni Association President,
George Jackson (Artsci'85), and Queen's Chancellor Jim Leech (MBA'73)

[photo of Leech Installation]

The installation ceremony at the 2014 Fall Convocation