Keith Ambachtsheer has been recognized as the globe’s number one knowledge broker in institutional investing and is known for his ‘out-of-the-box’ approach to pension design, governance, and investing issues. Since its 1985 inception, KPA Advisory Services has been a trusted incubator for new thinking in the field of pensions. CEM Benchmarking Inc., co-founded by Keith in 1991, has earned a reputation as the premier global benchmarking organization in the pensions and investments industry.

Keith was named "One of the 30 Most Influential People in Pensions" by Pensions and Investments in the USA and has received many honours over the course of his professional career, including:

  • four Financial Analysts Journal Graham & Dodd Awards
  • two Q Group Roger Murray Awards 
  • Investments & Pensions Europe (IPE) Outstanding Industry Contribution Award
  • CFA Institute's James Vertin Award
    • contributions “of enduring value” in investment theory and practice
  • EBRI's Lillywhite Award
    • outstanding lifetime contributions to Americans’ economic security
  • CFA Institute's Award for Professional Excellence
    • exemplary achievement, excellence of practice, and true leadership
  • IMCA's McArthur Industry Pioneer Award
    • outstanding contributions to investment consulting

In addition to being closely connected to the business side of the pension and investments industry, Keith has strong ties to its related fields in academia. aiCIO named Keith one of the globe’s "10 Most Influential Academics in Institutional Investing", and he has helped guide the discourse in the field through a variety of academic positions, including:

  • Adjunct Professor and founding Director
    • International Centre for Pension Management (ICPM) based at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
  • Director Emeritus
    • International Centre for Pension Management (ICPM) based at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
  • Founding Editor
    • Rotman International Journal of Pension Management
  • Founding Academic Director
    • Rotman-ICPM Board Effectiveness Program for Pension and Other Long-Horizon Investment Institutions

Keith is cited regularly in the world’s leading financial publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Financial Times, and The Globe & Mail. His editorials and articles have been published in the Financial Analysts Journal, the Journal of Portfolio Management, the Rotman International Journal of Pension Management, and other professional journals.

He has authored four critically acclaimed books: 

Organizationally, he has and continues to serve as a director on a number of corporate and not-for-profit boards of directors and advisory councils. 

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