Executive Vice President & Global Head, Private Equity
Since joining BCI in 2016, Jim Pittman has led the private equity team. Jim joined BCI with a specific mandate to build the private equity program’s strategy including total fund exposure, increase direct and co-sponsor deals, and extend the program’s global reach. Since then, Jim has grown the portfolio from C$7 billion to nearly C$30 billion by investing in leading companies and funds with long-term growth potential, while adding sectors including venture and growth capital to the strategy. With $233.0 billion in gross assets under management as of March 31, 2023, BCI is one of the largest institutional investors in Canada.
Before joining BCI, Jim was a managing director at the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSPIB) for over 10 years. During his time there, Jim co-led the implementation of the firm’s private equity strategy. Prior to PSPIB, Jim was the chief financial officer/chief operating officer for PAL Aerospace, Canada. He has a background in acquisitions, divestitures, and tax.
Jim holds a bachelor of commerce from the Memorial University of Newfoundland and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. He has also completed advanced strategy, management, and leadership courses from Harvard, Wharton, and the University of Toronto.
Jim serves as a board director for Hayfin Capital Management, Tropicana Brands Group, and BMS Group, allowing him to continue collaboration efforts with portfolio company management teams on strategic, operational, and financial decisions; as well as ensuring alignment with BCI’s ESG principles, responsible investing approach, and commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Jim remains involved in his community by actively supporting the Canadian National Women’s Rowing Team and the Montreal Community Cares Foundation.