Helen Kearns is the President & CEO of Bell Kearns & Associates Ltd. and is a leader in capital markets in Canada with more than 30 years’ experience as a senior executive and entrepreneur in the investment industry and corporate director. She was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Bell Kearns & Associates Ltd. in February 2008. Bell Kearns & Associates provides extensive investment advisory services to families, corporations, estates and foundations on total portfolio governance, portfolio construction and performance measurement.
Previously Helen was President of NASDAQ Canada (2001-2004) and an officer of NASDAQ Inc., the world’s largest electronic stock market. Helen worked at Richardson Greenshields of Canada Limited from 1980-1995, during which time she had roles of increased responsibility. As Head of Institutional Sales and Trading, which included a seat on the Executive Committee, Helen oversaw the institutional equity sales and trading activities both in North America and abroad as well as managing liability trading and offering capital markets insight into underwriting.
In September of 2015, Helen was named to the Board of AIMCo, Alberta Investment Management Company, one of Canada’s largest and most diversified institutional investment managers with more than $75 billion of assets under management. Helen completed the Institute of Corporate Directors Course in 2010 and received the ICD Directors designation. She completed the ICD course for Crown Corporations in 2015.
Helen was Lead Director for the Advisory Board of the KingSett Canadian Real Estate Income Fund, (2008-2014) a privately held real estate investment fund with more than $1 billion invested in a diverse portfolio of income generating real estate assets across Canada.
From 2005 to 2011, Helen served on the board of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. Teachers’ is one of the most respected pension plans in the world with $150 billion in invested assets around the globe. She served on the Investment Committee, the Audit Committee and the Governance Committee and co-chaired the Benefits and Adjudication Committee.
Helen was a Governor on the Board of the TSX for three terms (1993-1999) and played an instrumental role in the strategic re-positioning of the TSX which resulted in the consolidation of Canada’s capital markets and the de-mutualization of the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Helen’s extensive background in Canada’s investment industry was recognized in 2002 when she was the recipient of the John Molson School of Business Award of Distinction. In addition, she is a recipient of the Montreal Board of Trade Women of Distinction Award (2002), the “Women on the Move” Entrepreneur of the Year Award (1997), and was recognized by the Financial Post as one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada (2004). In 2012 Helen was elected President of The Ticker Club, a Bay Street luncheon club that attracts the cognoscenti of Canada's money managers with assets under management of over $3 trillion.