Judy Cotte is V.P. & Head, Corporate Governance & Responsible Investment for RBC Global Asset Management and is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. RBC Global Asset Management manages approximately CAD $380 billion in assets for individual and institutional investors through offices in Canada, the U.S., Europe and Asia. The Corporate Governance & Responsible Investment team oversees all of RBC Global Asset Management’s activities related to corporate governance and responsible investment including the more formal integration of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors into the investment process, proxy voting and the development of a more formal program to engage on ESG issues with the companies in which it is invested.
Prior to joining RBC Global Asset Management, Judy was the Director of Policy Development & Chief Operating Officer for the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance (“CCGG”), a coalition of most of Canada’s largest institutional investors. Before joining CCGG, she completed her Masters degree in securities law while working on special projects for various branches of the Ontario Securities Commission (“OSC”) including the Office of Domestic and International Affairs, Enforcement and Corporate Finance. Previously, she was Senior Litigation Counsel with the OSC where she prosecuted offences under the Securities Act, including misleading disclosure, market manipulation and insider trading. Prior to joining the OSC, Judy was litigation counsel for a large broker/dealer and prior to that, a partner in a Bay Street law firm.
Judy is a member of the OSC’s Securities Advisory Committee, the CCGG’s Public Policy Committee and an incoming member of the TSX Listings Advisory Committee. She has been designated the Country Correspondent for Canada by the International Corporate Governance Network. She is a past member of the OSC’s Continuous Disclosure Advisory Committee, Environmental Reporting Advisory Committee and Enforcement Committee. She was previously the Canada Correspondent for the Council of Institutional Investors.
LL.M. (2009), Osgoode Hall Law School, York University; LL.B., Law (1994) University of Toronto.