Alex is a Founding Partner at Common Wealth, a Toronto-based company dedicated to expanding access to good retirement plans and strengthening retirement security. In partnership with SEIU, Common Wealth recently created my65+, the first retirement plan for lower- and moderate-income workers in Canada. He recently co-authored a report for the World Bank on lessons learned from the evolution of the Canadian pension model. Alex has advised governments, unions, associations, international financial institutions, startups, and pension funds with collective assets exceeding a trillion dollars on a wide range of pensions and retirement-related issues. In 2015, Alex was appointed as a special advisor on the implementation of the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan. Alex is a regular speaker and commentator on pensions and retirement issues in both Canada and the US, including as part of such forums as the Brookings Institution, the Aspen Institute, Forbes, The Globe and Mail, the Association of Canadian Pension Management, and Pensions & Investments.
Previously, Alex served as a consultant at McKinsey & Company and in various public service roles. As Director of Policy to the Ontario Minister of Finance, he helped pass two major pension reform bills, helped lay the groundwork for the recent expansion of the Canada Pension Plan, and assisted in the implementation of a value-added tax. His volunteerism has focused on issues of education, domestic violence prevention, and public finance. A graduate of McMaster University (as a Loran Scholar), the University of Toronto, and Harvard Law School (where he was an editor on the Harvard Law Review), Alex grew up on Prince Edward Island and now lives with his wife and son in downtown Toronto.