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DPE considers the full spectrum of ownership structures – from passive, minority positions up to 100% control. We invest in all sectors, excluding real assets, with a focus on sizeable investments alongside aligned partners, including funds, families, like-minded investors, corporations, entrepreneurs and management teams. The minimum investment size is C$100 million, with no predetermined maximum.

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The DPE team is comprised of over 60 experienced professionals with offices in Toronto, London, San Francisco and New York. Here is a listing of all our senior team members, categorized and searchable by city.

The DPE team is comprised of over 60 experienced professionals with offices in Toronto, London, San Francisco and New York. Here is a listing of all our senior team members, categorized and searchable by city.

The DPE team is comprised of over 60 experienced professionals with offices in Toronto, London, San Francisco and New York. Here is a listing of all our senior team members, categorized and searchable by city.

The DPE team is comprised of over 60 experienced professionals with offices in Toronto, London, San Francisco and New York. Here is a listing of all our senior team members, categorized and searchable by city.

The DPE team is comprised of over 60 experienced professionals with offices in Toronto, London, San Francisco and New York. Here is a listing of all our senior team members, categorized and searchable by city.

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Ryan Selwood

Managing Director, Head of Direct Private Equity

Ryan is responsible for CPP Investments’ Direct Private Equity program. He previously led both our Direct Private Equity activities in Europe and our Financial Institutions group.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2006, Ryan was a Vice-President at Merrill Lynch & Co. in the Financial Institutions Group in the Investment Banking Division in New York. He currently serves on the boards of Dorna Sports S.L. and Wilton Re. He was formerly a director of Antares Capital, Ascot Group and AWAS Aviation Capital.

Ryan holds an MBA and law degrees from York University, and a BA from the University of Western Ontario.

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Geoff McKay

Managing Director, Head of North America, Direct Private Equity

Prior to joining CPP Investments, Geoff was Managing Director and Head of Private Equity at Vulcan Capital in Seattle. He was previously Partner at Forstmann Little & Co. in New York and worked in M&A for Goldman Sachs in New York and London. He currently serves on the board of Asurion and Informatica.

Geoff holds a BA in Economics from the University of Victoria and an MBA from Wharton.

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Sam Blaichman

Managing Director, Direct Private Equity

Sam is responsible for our direct private equity efforts in the Industrial sector and serves as a member of the Active Equities Investment Committee. He has worked on private equity investments across sectors.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2007, Sam worked as a management consultant at Bain & Company, an investment banker at CIBC World Markets and in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Corporate Finance and Assurance groups.

Sam holds a BComm From McGill University and an MBA from the Ivey Business School. He is a CFA Charterholder and a Chartered Professional Accountant.

He is on the board of Berlin Packaging and previously served on the boards of The Gates Corporation and Air Distribution Technologies.

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Lori Hall-Kimm

Managing Director, Direct Private Equity

Lori Hall-Kimm is a senior member of the  Direct Private Equity (North America) team, responsible for coverage of the Consumer/Retail sector. She previously led our co-investments business across North America & Europe, within the Secondaries & Co-investments team and currently serves on the boards of Nord Anglia Education and 99Cents Only Stores.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2016, Lori spent almost 11 years in the Private Capital team at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board, having helped establish their London office and leading European fund and co-investments. Prior to OTPP, Lori worked in the Consumer-Retail Investment Banking team at Goldman Sachs, and has held previous positions with TD Securities and OMERS.

Lori holds an MBA from Columbia Business School (New York) and a BBA (Hons.) from the Schulich School of Business at York University.

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Michael Douglas

Senior Principal, Direct Private Equity

Michael is responsible for sourcing, executing and overseeing private equity investments in North America.

He joined CPP Investments in 2007 and previously worked at Ernst & Young Orenda Corporate Finance.

Michael holds a BComm from Queen’s University and is a CFA Charterholder.

He currently serves on the boards of Ascend Learning and Waystar; and was previously a director at Acelity, LHP Hospital Group and Wilton Re, and a board observer at Antares.

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Thomas Kalvik

Senior Principal, Direct Private Equity

Prior to joining CPP Investments, Tom worked at Goldman Sachs in New York in their Merchant Banking Division. Prior to that, he worked in Goldman’s Investment Banking Division, where he was a part of their Financial Institutions Group.

Tom holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics and Architecture, with Distinction, from Yale University.

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Sunny Lee

Senior Principal, Direct Private Equity

Since joining CPP Investments in 2008, Sunny has worked globally on direct private equity transactions with a focus on Technology, Media and Telecom.

Prior to joining CPP Investments, Sunny worked at CIBC World Markets in the Mergers & Acquisitions group. He also previously worked at TD Securities.

Sunny holds a B Comm. from the University of British Columbia and is a CFA Charterholder.

Janice Lin

Senior Principal, Direct Private Equity

Janice was previously a Director in CPP Investments’ Real Estate Investments Group, responsible for  U.S. multifamily, student housing, and industrial investments nationally.

Prior to joining CPP Investments, Janice worked on the West Coast acquisitions teams for the Canyon-Johnson Urban Funds and JER Partners. Before that, she was an equity researcher with Green Street Advisors, covering multifamily and manufactured housing REITs.

Janice holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Economics, Cum Laude, from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

David Lubek

Senior Principal, Direct Private Equity

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2008, David worked at CIBC World Markets in the Mergers & Acquisitions investment banking group.

David holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University.

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Nick Senst

Senior Principal, Direct Private Equity

Nick is responsible for sourcing, executing and overseeing private equity investments in North America. He focuses primarily on the health care sector. 

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2010, Nick worked at RBC Capital Markets where he spent the majority of his time in the Leveraged Finance team. 

Nick holds an HBA from the Ivey Business School at Western University. 

He currently serves on the board of Ascend Learning. 

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Nick McKee

Managing Director, Head of Financial Institutions, Direct Private Equity

Nick is responsible for leading our direct private equity investments in financial services.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2018, he was Head of Strategy & Corporate Development at Marsh & McLennan Companies, where he was responsible for strategy, acquisitions, investments, new business development and other global initiatives. While there, Nick was responsible for completing more than 100 acquisitions in more than 25 countries. Before that, Nick was a lawyer at Davis Polk in New York, where he advised public and private equity clients on M&A transactions, and started his career at Blake Dawson Waldron (now Ashurst) in Melbourne, Australia.

He holds a B Comm. from the University of Adelaide and a Bachelor of Laws (first class honors) from Bond University, where he was a recipient of the Law School Medal.

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Hafiz Lalani

Managing Director, Head of Europe, Direct Private Equity

Prior to joining CPP Investments in February 2006, Hafiz worked in the Technology, Media & Telecom investment banking group at CIBC World Markets. Prior to CIBC World Markets, Hafiz worked for Millennium Research Group, a boutique research and consulting firm focused in the medical device industry. During his time at CPP Investments, he has worked on many investments including AgCoA, Asurion, AWAS, Dorna, GlobalLogic, Hotelbeds, Sportrader and ista. Hafiz currently serves on the board of GlobalLogic, Hotelbeds, Sportrader and has served on the board of AWAS and Livingston International.

Hafiz holds a B Comm. from Queen’s University and is a CFA Charterholder.

Katherine Chung

Senior Principal, Direct Private Equity

Katherine joined CPP Investments in 2017 and is responsible for financial services private equity investments in Europe.

Prior to joining CPP Investments, she was a Principal at Crestview Partners leading and managing investments in insurance, specialty finance and business services. Previously, Katherine was a Principal in Blackstone’s private equity group, in both New York and London, and invested across a variety of sectors, with a focus on financial services and has also held positions at Capital Z Partners and Morgan Stanley.

Katherine holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was awarded a Joseph Wharton fellowship, and a BA from the Johns Hopkins University.

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Pascal Keutgens

Senior Principal, Direct Private Equity

Pascal focuses on the healthcare and consumer sectors. He is also responsible for investments in Germany, France and the Benelux.

Prior to joining CPP Investments, Pascal was a Partner at Bregal Freshstream, where he was responsible for their Private Equity activities in France and the Benelux. Previously Pascal was a Partner at Doughty Hanson, where he spent 13 years focusing on mid-market buyouts across Europe. Pascal trained as an accountant at PwC.

He holds a BA in Finance from HEC Business School in Liège, Belgium, and a MA in International Business from the University of Leicester (UK).

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Austin Locke

Senior Principal, Direct Private Equity

Austin focuses on private equity transactions in the Technology sector.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2014, Austin worked at Miller Buckfire in New York, where he specialized in restructurings and distressed transactions. He previously served as an investment professional at DLJ Merchant Banking Partners, where he analyzed and executed private equity investments across several industries. Prior to that he worked in mergers & acquisitions.

Austin has a BS from Wake Forest University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

He serves on the board of Informatica.

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Our Private Equity Investments

We are invested globally in funds, secondaries and directly in private equity.

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