President & Chief Executive Officer
Mark was appointed President & CEO in June 2016, where he is responsible for leading CPP Investments and its investment activities.
He joined CPP Investments in 2012 as its first President for Asia. In November 2013, Mark became Head of International, where he was responsible for the organization’s international investment activities, managing global advisory relationships and leading the organization internationally.
Prior to joining CPP Investments, Mark had a 20-year career at Goldman Sachs where he was most recently Vice Chairman of Asia ex-Japan. Based in Asia for more than 20 years, among other roles, Mark ran the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs in Asia ex-Japan for six years. He was a member of Goldman Sachs’ Asia Management Committee and the Firmwide Capital Committee. Beforehand, Mark qualified as medical doctor in 1990 and in 1991, after practicing medicine in the UK, he joined Goldman Sachs in London in European Corporate Finance.
Mark holds a BA in Physiological Sciences from Oriel College, Oxford University, and a BM BChir from Downing College, Cambridge University.
Mark currently serves as Chairperson of the Board of Directors of FCLT Global and in 2020 he joined the Advisory Board of the 30% Club of Canada.
He was named one of Canada’s Top 10 CEOs in 2018 by Glassdoor in its Employee Choice Awards.
Senior Managing Director & Chief Financial and Risk Officer
Neil is responsible for leading all the operations, finance and risk functions at CPP Investments, including strategy and business planning, investment operations, corporate and investment finance, tax, performance, reporting and analytics, investment and enterprise risk, and assurance and advisory.
Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2017, Neil spent five years at BHP where he was Vice President, Finance, Minerals Americas, chaired their Finance Leadership team and led all public statutory reporting. Before that, Neil was a partner with KPMG for 10 years in senior client leadership roles, as well as having responsibility for the Regional Assurance practice for Western Canada.
Neil holds a BComm from the University of Saskatchewan and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.
Senior Managing Director & Head of International, Head of Europe
Alain is responsible for CPP Investments’ international investment activities and the overall management of our global advisory relationships, and is also Head of Europe. He has more than 27 years of financial industry experience.
Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2008, he was Managing Director at Goldman Sachs in their Investment Banking division in New York and London. Alain started his career as a lawyer at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York.
Alain holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from Laval University in Quebec City, a Master of Laws (DESS) degree from the Sorbonne in Paris and a Master of Laws (LLM) degree from Columbia University.
He is on the boards of Axel Springer, Dorna Sport and Institutional Investors Roundtable.
Edwin D. Cass
Senior Managing Director & Global Head of Real Assets
Ed is responsible for the global Real Assets program, which encompasses Energy & Resources, Infrastructure, Power & Renewables, Real Estate and Portfolio Value Creation. The department is active in major developed and emerging countries.
He Joined CPP Investments in 2008, initially heading up the Global Capital Markets group during the financial crisis. He subsequently headed the Global Corporate Securities group and then the Global Tactical Asset Allocation team, all within the Public Market Investments department. Most recently Ed was Chief Investment Strategist and Head of Total Portfolio Management.
With over 25 years of investment experience, Ed previously held senior positions at Fortress Management Group, Deutsche Bank Canada and TD Securities.
Ed holds a BS (Hons) in Theoretical Physics from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School.
Senior Managing Director & Global Head of Private Equity
Shane leads CPP Investments’ Private Equity program, including teams dedicated to investments in Direct Private Equity, Private Equity Asia, Private Equity Funds and Secondaries.
Shane joined CPP Investments in 2010 from Bridgepoint Capital Limited in London. Prior to Bridgepoint, he was a partner and founding member of Hermes Private Equity’s direct investing business until its transition to Bridgepoint in 2009. Previously, he was an Associate Director at Morgan Grenfell Private Equity in London and has served as a director of Neiman Marcus Group, Livingston International, 99 Cents Only Stores, The Gates Corporation and Air Distribution Technologies.
Shane holds a BA in Economics from Dartmouth
College and an MBA from INSEAD.
Senior Managing Director & Global Head of Credit Investments
John is responsible for leading Credit Investments globally.
He has worked in both the Total Portfolio Management group and in Private Investments. John took on leadership of Principal Credit Investments in 2015 as Managing Director and Global Head of the group.
Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2008, John spent nine years at Xerox Innovation Group in research and strategy roles.
John holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and a PhD from the University of Western Ontario. He is a CFA charterholder.
Senior Managing Director & Head of Asia Pacific
Suyi is responsible for leading CPP Investments’ investment activities in Asia Pacific and overseeing its portfolio of Asia Pacific investments.
Suyi joined CPP Investments in 2007 and established our first international office in Hong Kong. She oversaw the private equity business in Asia as Head of Private Equity Asia until early 2016.
Suyi has over 15 years of private equity investment experience, including at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and The Carlyle Group. She also worked at McKinsey & Co. in various Asian countries and at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Suyi holds a BA in International Economics from Seoul National University and an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. She is a Certified Public Accountant.
She currently serves on the Board of Home Plus, one of the largest multi-channel retailers in South Korea.
Senior Managing Director & Global Head of Public Affairs and Communications
Michel leads the team responsible for the organization’s overall communications program and global public affairs, including relationships with domestic and foreign governments, media and other diverse stakeholder groups.
Michel joined CPP Investments in 2011 and oversees reputation management strategy, positioning its global capabilities to support long-term investment and diversification goals, while upholding the mandate and governance structure. A senior communications professional, Michel has 25 years of experience in the areas of public affairs, government relations, corporate communications, social responsibility and branding.
Previously, he was most recently Vice President, Public and Corporate Affairs at Sun Life Financial where he oversaw the company’s global public affairs, corporate communications and brand-management functions. He has also held positions at the Canadian Bankers Association and the Canadian Payments Association. Michel also recently served on the Board of Directors of the Canada China Business Council, Canada-India Business Council and the Toronto Financial Services Alliance.
Michel holds a BA in Law from Carleton University.
Senior Managing Director & Global Head of Active Equities
Deborah is responsible for leading Active Fundamental Equities, Relationship Investments, Thematic Investing, Fundamental Equities Asia and Sustainable Investing.
She joined CPP Investments in 2009 and has held senior leadership roles, including Managing Director, Head of Relationship Investments International, where she covered Europe and Asia, and was most recently Managing Director and Head of Private Equity Asia. She was previously a member of the Board of Nord Anglia Education and the Bridgepoint Health Foundation.
Prior to joining CPP Investments, she spent nine years at Goldman Sachs in New York and Toronto. Previously, Deborah was a securities lawyer at Blake, Cassels & Graydon in Toronto.
Deborah holds both a BA and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from Queen’s University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors of HKBN Ltd.
Senior Managing Director & Chief Investment Strategist
Geoffrey is responsible for overall fund-level investment strategy and heads the Total Portfolio Management (TPM) department – the operational arm of CPP Investments’ Investment Planning Committee, with overall management accountability for the oversight and management of the Fund’s investment portfolio.
He joined CPP Investments in 2011, with the inception of TPM, and has helped shape its growth and evolution, and to define and execute CPP Investments’ Total Portfolio Approach.
Previously, Geoffrey held finance roles with Fannie Mae and Capital One Financial where he managed the global balance sheet. Geoffrey also ran a consulting practice and was Adjunct Professor at American University’s Kogod School of Business in Washington, DC.
He holds a BA in Economics from the University of Virginia and a PhD in Economics from Princeton University.
Senior Managing Director & Chief Technology and Data Officer
Kelly is responsible for all aspects of CPP Investments’ technology and data capabilities and for leading the firm’s efforts to optimize the use of data, advanced analytics and technology to enable business growth, process automation and innovation.
Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2018, Kelly served as the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Managing Director for S&P Global Ratings in New York. Before that, Kelly was the Chief Information Officer, Business Intelligence for GE Capital, where she had dual responsibilities for GE Capital’s global risk data warehouse and Capital Americas’ entire data ecosystem, and established an award-winning innovation team.
Kelly holds a BS from the University of Virginia and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Senior Managing Director & Chief Talent Officer
Mary leads our global Human Resources team.
A seasoned executive with over 25 years of Human Resources experience, she joined CPP Investments in 2015 and is responsible for talent acquisition, organizational development, international mobility, compensation and benefits, facilities and office services, and inclusion and diversity.
Prior to joining CPP Investments, Mary was Senior Vice President at Holt, Renfrew & Co. where she was responsible for their Human Resources function. Prior to that she was Senior Vice President, Corporate Human Resources at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. She also spent seven years as the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at IMAX Corporation.
Mary holds a BA in Administrative and Commercial Studies from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.
Senior Managing Director, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Patrice leads our global legal, compliance and corporate secretarial functions.
She is a seasoned business lawyer and advisor with deep experience in transactions, regulation, corporate governance and providing strategic counsel.
Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2015, Patrice spent over 22 years as a corporate lawyer in private practice at Torys LLP, a highly respected cross-border law firm, advising some of Canada’s largest public, private and government businesses in strategic mergers and acquisitions, financing and governance matters. In addition to being a practicing partner, she served on Torys’ executive management committee for several years.
Patrice holds a BA (Hons) from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from Queen’s University. She is a member of the Law Society of Ontario.
Patrice is an active member of the Advisory Council to the Dean of Queen’s University Law School.
Senior Managing Director & Global Head of Capital Markets and Factor Investing
Poul is responsible for leading the External Portfolio Management, Financing, Collateral & Trading, Macro Strategies, Research & Innovation Group, and Quantitative Strategies & Risk Premia groups. Before this appointment, he was Managing Director and Head of Thematic Investing and External Portfolio Management.
Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2009, Poul had several senior roles, including Chief Investment Officer at AP2 in Sweden. He also held senior roles at Nordea Investment Management, including Head of Tactical Asset Allocation, Fixed Income Research and Quantitative Portfolio Management.
Poul holds undergraduate and master’s degrees in Economics and Management from Aarhus University in Denmark.
He currently serves on the Board of Enstar Group, and on the Standards Board for Alternative Investments.