Building Ontario Fund Welcomes New Director to the Board


April 22, 2024

TORONTO — The Building Ontario Fund (BOF) Chair, Brian J. Porter, is pleased to welcome the appointment of James Cowan to the BOF Board of Directors. This appointment is a further governance step in the establishment of the arm’s-length, board-governed agency.

James Cowan is Vice Chair of Global Private Markets at Northleaf Capital Partners, one of Canada’s leading private market asset managers focused on investments in infrastructure, private equity and private credit globally.

James has worked in private markets for more than 25 years, including serving as Chief Executive Officer and President of the MIRA Infrastructure Global Solution funds.

Prior to joining Northleaf, James worked at Macquarie, TD Securities, Hambros Bank and started his career with Ernst & Young in corporate restructuring. James earned a BA from Western University and his Chartered Accountant designation.

James also serves on the board of Canada’s National History Society and the investment committee for Sinai Health Foundation, the latest in 30-plus years of serving on boards of not-for-profit organizations in the education, community and health sectors.

“We are thrilled to welcome James Cowan as the newest addition to the Building Ontario Fund Board.” said Chair Brian J. Porter. “With a proven track record of leadership in infrastructure investments, James brings a wealth of experience that will undoubtedly help the Building Ontario Fund deliver on its mandate to support the financing and building of critical infrastructure projects in Ontario.”


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