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Systematic Strategies Group

SSG develops and manages systematic investment strategies across global markets, spanning equities, fixed income, currencies, commodities, and volatility. We invest in absolute return strategies as well as long-only strategies, designed to provide a diversifying return stream to the total fund. Our strategies are scalable, liquid and capital-efficient. They seek to capture various patterns of predictability observed in asset return behavior.

The team operates from CPP Investments’ Toronto, London and Hong Kong offices.

Our Team


Tyler Hayes

Managing Director, Systematic Strategies Group

Tyler Hayes received his PhD in Geophysics with Scientific Computing from The University of Western Ontario in 2008. After which he started at TD Securities working on automating retail order flow and market making on behalf of the firm. In 2011 Tyler moved to BlackRock and worked within their Scientific Active Equities team with a focus on Canadian and mid-horizon strategies as a portfolio manager and researcher. Following his work with BlackRock, Tyler was a portfolio manager with Man Numeric out of Boston with a focus on US Small Cap strategies.

Most recently, Tyler started work in the Capital Markets and Factor Investing group at CPP Investments in Toronto where he works as a Managing Director within the Systematic Strategies Group focusing on Quantitative Equity strategies.

Vasant Naik

Managing Director, Head of Systematic Strategies Group

Heading the Research and Innovation Group, Vasant is responsible for directing and overseeing quantitative research within Capital Markets and Factor Investing (CMF). In collaboration with CMF’s investment teams, Vasant’s team determines and executes on the research agenda for systematic as well discretionary investment strategies we use across global markets.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2019, Vasant was global head of asset allocation and empirical research in the Analytics and Quantitative Research Group at PIMCO, where he led a team responsible for quantitative research to provide asset allocation and portfolio construction advice to investment managers. This included developing systematic investment strategies for various risk factors and asset classes. Before that, Vasant was a managing director at Nomura International and Lehman Brothers, where he led a team of quantitative strategists advising clients on systematic investing in fixed-income markets.

Prior to joining the financial industry, Vasant taught finance at the University of British Columbia, with work published in the Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies, and Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis.

Vasant holds a postgraduate diploma in management from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, and a PhD in Finance from the University of California, Berkeley.

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