Northern Trust's goal is to be a trusted advisor who understands our client's underlying needs. We recognize each of our clients has a unique investment objective and risk tolerance. As our client needs evolve, reflecting the market and regulatory environment changes, our investment philosophy has adapted. While we continue offering competitive single asset class products and strategies, we see a trend in client requests for integrated investment solutions including investment management in other investment services such as securities lending and transition management.
Northern Trust's broad array of index, quantitative, active and manager-of-manager products combined with our world class asset servicing capabilities allows Northern to develop and implement customized investment solutions ranging from Liability Driven Investing, Portable Alpha, Socially Responsible Investing and Alternatives.
David Lester is a 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.