Andrew Smith is Managing Executive of Northern Trust Asset Management in Canada and Chief Investment Officer of the Asset Management Client Solutions group. Andrew leads efforts to understand investor needs, market themes and trends — and translates these into investment solutions built upon intelligent risk management and research. He has presented on investment strategy, investment process, investment due diligence, and investment risk management to audiences worldwide.
David Lester is a Senior Vice President at Northern Trust Global Advisors. Based in the Toronto office, David leads the asset management sales effort at Northern Trust in Canada. With a focus on providing innovative investment and outsourcing solutions to the marketplace, David will be working closely with pension plan sponsors, charitable organizations, and other institutional investors. David started his investment career in 1996 with a retail mutual fund company. Prior to joining Northern Trust, David spent 12 years at SEI, most recently as the Director of National Accounts where he lead the firm’s institutional sales and marketing efforts. David has authored a range of articles on pension-related topics in addition to speaking at industry conferences. He is a past chair of the Ontario Regional Council of the Canadian Pension & Benefits Institute and is a member of the Toronto CFA Society. David holds a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University where he was awarded the British Association Medal for Great Distinction. David graduated from INSEAD in Fontainebleau France with distinction, where he received a Masters Degree in Business Administration.
Descia Milinkovich is a Senior Vice-President, Institutional Sales, for The Northern Trust Company, Canada “TNTCC”. In this role, Descia is responsible for the growth of Northern Trust’s asset servicing businesses in Canada and is a member of the TNTCC Canadian management team. Descia has been in the institutional financial services industry for 20 years, specializing in custody, back and middle office outsourcing sales to Public / Private Pensions, Insurance and Investment Management Firms. Prior to joining Northern Trust, Descia was a Vice President in Sales and Relationship Management at State Street; Regional Director of Business Development for Sun Life Financial's Group Retirement Services division; and Director of Business Development at Canada Trust Group Pensions.
Arti SharmaManaging Executive, Asset Servicing Canada
Arti is President & CEO of The Northern Trust Company Canada and serves as a member of the Corporation’s Canadian Management Committee and Canadian Board. Arti has over eight years of custodial consulting experience and over 20 years of experience primarily in the custody industry. She has been the lead consultant on custodian searches, benchmarking custodians, reviewing client’s current operating model and recommending future operating models.
As a premier financial firm, Northern Trust specializes in goals driven wealth management backed by innovative technology and a strong fiduciary heritage. For more than 125 years we have remained true to the same key principles -- service, expertise and integrity -- that continue to guide us today.
As of March 31, 2017, Northern Trust Corporation had:
$121 billion in banking assets
$7.1 trillion in assets under custody
$8.9 trillion in assets under custody/administration
$1.0 trillion in assets under management
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