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Investment Research

The Investment Research team supports the Head of Department and Group Heads in investment decision-making, capital allocation, and developing our investing edge across the department through data driven research, alpha & decision research, thematic research, and platform solutions.

Our Team

The Investment Research team is comprised of professionals based in Toronto.

Eric Benner

Managing Director, Head of Portfolio Management & Investment Research, Active Equities

Eric leads the Portfolio Management & Investment Research team in Active Equities, which is responsible for portfolio construction, risk management, alpha analytics, top-down fundamental research, and investment process & tools.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2022, Eric was Vice President & Portfolio Manager at 1832 Asset Management. Previously, he held progressive roles at OMERS Capital Markets, most recently Managing Director & Co-Head of Equities, as well as Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and RBC Capital Markets.

Eric holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Joint Honours in Economics & Finance) from McGill University and a Master of Financial Economics from the University of Toronto. He is a CFA Charterholder.

Brendon Freeman

Managing Director, Investment Research

Brendon leads research in the Alpha Generation Lab to create transformational approaches to generate alpha across investment departments. Prior to his current role, Brendon spent 10 years in quantitative equity strategies doing quantitative research across alpha, risk, and portfolio construction.

Prior to joining CPP Investments, Brendon held roles at TD Asset Management and TD Securities conducting research in asset allocation and electronic market making in options markets.

Brendon holds a Bachelor of Mathematics/Business Administration and Master of Quantitative Finance from the University of Waterloo. He is also a CFA Charterholder.

Nick Gill

Managing Director, Investment Research

Nick founded and leads the team responsible for making data-driven investments and conducting data-driven research across Active Equities.

He has 10 years of experience managing global public equities from previous roles managing a thematic portfolio focused on mobile technology and making public equity investments in the Technology sector.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2011, Nick spent 6 years in product design and management roles in the semiconductor and consumer electronics industries at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and ATI Technologies.

Nick holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a BASc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

Adil Rizvi

Managing Director, Investment Research

Adil leads AE’s Research and Alpha Analytics (RAA) team within the Portfolio Management Group. The team’s role comprises of leveraging advanced data analytics and systematic solutions to help AE’s investment groups better understand the key decisions in the investment process and the drivers of portfolio performance. The team also helps provide solutions to facilitate the incorporation of these learnings into several processes spanning investment decision making, capital allocation and portfolio construction.

Adil has prior experiences within CPPIB in the areas of: i) constructing and managing risk management hedge portfolios, ii) portfolio management using fundamental factor models and iii) investment operations including P&L reporting, collateral management and settlements.

Adil holds a BBA (Hons) from the University of Toronto and is a CFA Charterholder.

Our Active Equity Holdings

We are invested globally in public and soon to be public companies, as well as securities focused on long-horizon structural changes.
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