About the FIRCAP
The FIRCAP was created in 2015 by the QCC, a not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to contribute to the identification and resolution of capital market inefficiencies that lead to underinvestment in activities or sectors that generate societal benefit. More information on QCC is available at: https://qcconference.com.
FIRCAP staff and advisors
Christian Racicot is the founder and CEO of the Institutional Investors Roundtable (IIR), where he also sits on the Board of Directors. Created in 2011, the IIR is a not-for-profit, independent, apolitical and by-invitation-only platform for the world’s leading global asset owners (mainly pension plans and sovereign wealth funds) to identify and collaborate on private market investment opportunities and challenges of long-term strategic importance for them. As of October 2019, the IIR comprised over 45 asset owners with collective assets exceeding US $13 trillion, representing over 75% of the institutional capital available for long-term investment in the world.
He is also the founding CEO of the Long Term Investment Organization, a not-for-profit, independent and apolitical organization created on the initiative of the IIR whose mission is to foster collaboration among global asset owners, national governments, philanthropic organizations and other non-commercial organizations around investment strategies essential to long-term sustainable economic development that require large-scale, long-term capital such as: investments and disruption arising from climate change, need for new infrastructure worldwide (“infrastructure gap”), global threats around healthcare, food and water challenges and investments required in assets underpinning the economic development of developing economies, etc..
Prior to establishing the IIR and the Long-Term Investment Organization, Christian was a partner at BCF LLP, a leading Canadian law firm based in Montreal and Quebec City of which he founded the Quebec City branch in 2001, and where he was specializing in commercial and corporate law.
He received a Bachelor of Laws from Laval University (Quebec) in 1983 and was admitted to the Bar of the province of Quebec in 1985. He also received a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the Richard Ivey School of Business (University of Western Ontario, Canada) in 1989.
Christian is a member of the Sustainable Markets Council created in September 2019 by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales in collaboration with the World Economic Forum in response to the increasing threats posed by climate change and biodiversity loss.
Gordon, based in Switzerland, is a Special Advisor for the Institutional Investors Roundtable and the FIRCAP. He has extensive experience in the financial services industry, with a focus on corporate and investment governance. Most recently, he was CEO of the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI), based in Melbourne. ACSI provides governance research and ownership services to Australian and international pension funds managing more than $1.8 trillion on behalf of 18 million fund members. Prior to leading ACSI, Gordon was Head of ESG Risk Management at the Future Fund, the Australian Government’s $160 billion sovereign wealth fund. His other experiences include working for the United Nations Environment Programme in Geneva, where he played a key role in creating the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment. Gordon was also employed as an investment consultant in Zurich, and as an investment banking analyst with Greenhill & Co. in London. In addition to his executive roles, Gordon is a member of the board of the Australian Government’s Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in geophysics from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.
Xanthe Boardman-Weston has recently joined IIR as Head of Connectivity. Prior to this, Xanthe worked at Terra Firma, a Private Equity firm based in London where she was Director for European Investor Relations. Xanthe worked for Terra Firma for 8 years.
Tom Rotherham-Winqvist is External Advisor to the IIR. After acting as Vice-President of the IIR for 5 years, he moved on to become Managing Director at Wafra, where he is responsible for strategic initiatives and global partnerships as well as setting up a new London office, and will be working on the implementation of the Capital Constellation JV between Alaska Permanent, RPMI Railpen and the Public Institution for Social Security of Kuwait – a peer collaboration developed through the IIR platform. Prior to joining the IIR in 2014, Tom participated in the IIR as a representative of the British Telecoms Pension Scheme (BTPS), where he spent four years as Director, Private Markets with BTPS and their in-house asset manager, Hermes Fund Managers Ltd. Tom is based in London, UK.
Ashby is Director of the Global Projects Centre at Stanford University. A leading international expert on pension and sovereign funds, Ashby provides advice to the FIRCAP and IIR on a broad range of issues relating to content and programming of the meetings.
Gilles Duruflé is presently Special Advisor for the Institutional Investors Roundtable (IIR). He was until 2019 Executive Vice President of the QCC and President of the TIP Ecosystem Building Forum (formerly Public Policy Forum on Venture Capital and Innovation). He was until 2004 Senior Partner at CDP Capital Technology Ventures, the venture capital subsidiary of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, in charge of the Funds of Funds portfolio, investing in North American and European VC funds. He was previously Head of strategic studies at the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. From 1979 to 1991, he worked as Senior Partner in strategic consulting firms in the CDC Group (Caisse des dépôts et consignations, Paris) in Africa, Europe and North America. He sits on the Board of the Quebec City Conference. Dr Duruflé obtained his Masters in Philosophy from the CERP (Paris), his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the Paris VI University and the Diploma of the Centre d’Études des Programmes Économiques (Ministry of Finance, Paris). He is a CFA and has published numerous books and articles on various subjects related to economics and finance.
Paul was most recently with OMERS for 10 years. He was Managing Director with the Growth Equity team, where he led the development of investment themes, sourcing and executing on new opportunities and actively managing current investments. Previously, Paul spent five years as a Vice President within the infrastructure group at OMERS. Prior to that, Paul practiced law for nine years at Torys LLP in Toronto and NY and Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault LLP in Boston. Paul is currently a member of the board of the McMichael Canadian Art Gallery Foundation and several early and growth-stage private companies. Paul was previously chair of Gain Energy, a Canadian upstream oil and gas producer, lead OMERS director on PointNorth Capital, a special situations fund, a member of the Investment Committee of ArcTern Ventures, an early stage cleantech venture fund and OMERS representative on the boards of CEDA Corporation and Gamma-Dynacare Laboratories. Paul is a member of the Law Society of Ontario and the Board of Bar Overseers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He is also a Chartered Director. Paul received his JD from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law and his Bachelor of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business, York University.