Connor Bays is Manager of Partnerships and Client Success at Common Wealth. In this role, he supports Common Wealth’s plan sponsor partners in building and scaling retirement programs that have a positive impact on their members’ financial health. Connor combines his experience across multiple disciplines (including business development, community building, growth marketing, retirement research, and advisory services) to support plan sponsors and members in enhancing retirement outcomes and value-for-money. Connor also advances Common Wealth’s broader mission of expanding access to retirement security by supporting the development of new partnerships with plan sponsors and other organizations to improve retirement security for Canadians.
Connor joined Common Wealth in 2017 as Associate and Chief of Staff, having previously worked at Canopy Labs, a high-growth software analytics platform backed by Y Combinator and Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures. At Canopy Labs Connor helped lead the sales and business development functions, building new partnerships with Fortune 500 clients in the retail and travel sectors. Previously he managed fundraising and alumni relations for the Loran Scholars Foundation, Canada’s largest merit-based undergraduate scholarship.
Connor has worked for both federal and provincial members of parliament, and published research on government transitions in the Canadian Parliamentary Review. In the community, he is a member of the Toronto executive of the Open Democracy Project – a not-for-profit startup working to increase the accessibility of political campaign tools and knowledge. Originally from Alberta, he is a graduate of McGill University as a Loran Scholar and Greville Smith Scholar and serves on the board of the McGill Alumni Association in Toronto.