President & Chief Executive Officer
Our mandate is to invest in the best interests of Canada Pension Plan contributors and beneficiaries and to maximize investment returns without undue risk of loss.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Mark assumed the role of President and CEO in July 2012 and is responsible for leading the CPP Investment Board and its investment activities.
Mark joined the CPP Investment Board in June 2005 as the organization’s Senior Vice-President, Private Investments. He was later named Executive Vice-President, Investments, responsible for managing all of the investment activities of the CPP Investment Board – Public Market Investments, Private Investments and Real Estate Investments.
Prior to joining the CPP Investment Board, Mark was responsible for the private equity fund and co-investment program at the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. Previously, Mark was an officer with Harrowston Inc., a publicly traded Canadian merchant bank and a lawyer with Sullivan & Cromwell, practicing in New York and Paris. He also served as a law clerk to Madam Justice Beverley McLachlin at the Supreme Court of Canada. From 2004 to 2007, Mark was Chairman of the Institutional Limited Partners Association, a non-profit organization committed to serving limited partner investors in the global private equity industry.
Born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Mark holds a BA from Queen’s University and a law degree and MBA from the University of Toronto. He was also a Fulbright Scholar at Yale University, where he obtained a masters degree in law and is a certified member of the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors.
In 2006, Mark was named to Canada’s Top 40 Under 40. He is a Board member for the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance (CCGG) and serves on the board of several not-for-profit organizations, including the Capital Markets Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto and Right to Play International. He is also a past Chairman of Youth Without Shelter, an emergency shelter for homeless youth.
Senior Vice-President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
John brings a wealth of legal and business experience to his position as Senior Vice-President - General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. He spent 22 years with Torys LLP (and its predecessor firm), most of that time as partner, and served as the firm's Chief Financial and Administrative Officer. While with Torys, he was seconded to executive positions with Royal Trustco, Bramalea Limited, Brookfield Development Corporation and First City Capital Markets. Most recently, he was Senior Vice President, Corporate Development for Barrick Gold Corporation.
John was appointed Vice President - General Counsel and Corporate Secretary in October 2003.
John earned his LLM and LLB degrees from Osgoode Hall, York University, and received his BA in business administration (Gold Medalist) from Wilfrid Laurier University. He was called to the Ontario Bar (Silver Medalist) in 1979
Senior Vice-President, Head of Real Estate Investments
Graeme is responsible for the global real estate program which encompasses both equity and debt investments. Operating out of London, Hong Kong and Toronto the department is active in seven major developed and four developing countries.
Prior to joining the CPP Investment Board in June 2005, Graeme held multiple roles including Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer and President of Cadillac Fairview. Graeme has also held senior management positions with a number of entities in the retail and manufacturing areas and formerly was a Trustee of the Morguard Real Estate Investment Trust and a Director of the Ontario Realty Corporation.
Graeme earned his B. Comm. and M.Sc. (Business Administration) degrees from the University of British Columbia.
Senior Vice-President, Public Affairs & Communications
Michel joined the CPP Investment Board in July 2011 and leads the team responsible for the overall reputation management of the CPP Investment Board as well as preserving and protecting its governance model and investment mandate.
A senior communications professional, Michel has over 20 years of experience in the areas of public affairs, government relations, corporate communications, social responsibility and branding. Most recently, he was 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 has also recently been on the board of directors of the Canada China Business Council and the Toronto Financial Services Alliance. He holds a B.A. in Law from Carleton University.
Senior Vice-President & Chief Financial Officer
Benita is responsible for the finance functions of CPP Investment Board, including corporate and investment finance, treasury, performance, enterprise reporting, investment risk, internal tax and audit.
To December 2013, Benita held the role of Chief Operations Officer. In that role, she was responsible for treasury, investment risk, operations, investment finance, data and technology functions within the CPP Investment Board.
Prior to joining CPP Investment Board, she spent 11 years as the Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer for Northwater Capital Management Inc. where she was a member of the Senior Management Team and was responsible for operations, finance, risk management, compliance, regulatory affairs, and treasury functions. With over 30 years of finance experience, she previously held senior positions with Canada Development Investment Corporation and KPMG.
Benita is active on several boards, including Canada Development Investment Corporation (a federal crown corporation), Canadian Public Accountability Board, Queen’s School of Business Advisory Board (at Queen’s University) and Toronto Financial Services Alliance. She is also a member of the Audit and Risk Committee of Queen’s University.
Benita was recognized as a Top 100 Most Powerful Women – Corporate Executives Category in 2009 and 2010. She has also been selected by the Canadian Board Diversity Council for its first-ever Diversity 50, which recognizes qualified, diverse candidates for board of director appointments.
Benita holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario and has been granted the ICD.D. designation by the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Opening Remarks of the CPP Investment Board before the Standing Committee on Finance Regarding the Study on Measures to Enhance Credit Availability and the Stability of the Canadian Financial System April 28, 2009 (PDF 29.6 KB)
Delivered by Benita Warmbold, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice-President
Senior Vice-President & Chief Operations Officer
Nick has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry and prior to joining CPP Investment Board in 2009 was the Senior Vice-President, Audit and Risk Management for BCE Inc. Earlier in his career, he served as President and CEO of Deutsche Bank Canada and has held a variety of senior financial positions at CIBC Wood Gundy and at Citibank Canada.
Nick holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Senior Vice-President, Private Investments
André is responsible for leading private equity investments in the CPP portfolio.
Prior to joining the CPP Investment Board, André managed a private equity portfolio in financial services, telecommunications, media and entertainment sectors for another Canadian pension plan manager. André has more than 20 years of experience in executing investment transactions.
André also spent several years with a leading telecommunications company mostly as a senior officer responsible for corporate development and legal affairs.
André started his career as a corporate lawyer with a major Canadian law firm and then a consultant for a European merger & acquisition consulting boutique. He earned his degrees from the London School of Economics and the University of Ottawa.
André also serves as director of Anglian Water Group, Air Distribution Technologies Inc. and IMS Health Inc.
Senior Vice-President & Chief Investment Strategist
Ed is responsible for overall fund level investment strategy. He chairs the Investment Planning Committee, which approves all new investment programs and oversees all portfolio risks, including passive, active, credit and liquidity risk. Ed has been with the CPP Investment Board since 2008, initially heading up the Global Capital Markets group during the financial crisis. He then subsequently headed up the Global Corporate Securities group and then the Global Tactical Asset Allocation team, all within the Public Market Investments department.
Prior to joining CPPIB, he was Managing Director and Co-Chief Investment Officer for Fortress Investment Group’s Drawbridge Relative Value Fund where he was responsible for the development and execution of fixed income, currency, stock index and commodity trading strategies. With over 15 years of investment experience, Ed previously held senior positions at Deutsche Bank Canada and TD Securities.
Ed holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Theoretical Physics from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School.
Senior Vice-President & Chief Talent Officer
Pierre leads the global Human Resources team of CPP Investment Board, including talent acquisition, training & development, international mobility, and compensation & benefits. He also sits on various investment committees. Pierre joined the CPP Investment Board in April 2012, as Vice-President and Head of Funds & Secondaries in the Private Investments department.
Prior to joining CPPIB, Pierre was the Executive Vice President, Reitmans (Canada) Limited, based in Montreal. Before joining Reitmans, he spent over 18 years with Bain & Company in Toronto. Pierre led Bain’s Canadian practice in retail, telecom and private equity. He also served as Managing Partner for Bain & Co. Canada and served on the firm’s Operating Committee for several years. Before Bain, Pierre spent 5 years with the Government of Canada as a Trade Commissioner in the Department of External Affairs and International Trade, serving in Ottawa and Japan.
Pierre holds a Bachelor Social Sciences (Hon. Economics; summa cum laude; Gold Medal) and an M.A. (Economics) from the University of Ottawa.
Senior Vice-President & Head of International, President, CPPIB Asia Inc.
Mark joined the CPP Investment Board in March 2012 and is responsible for coordinating all of our international investment activities, the overall management of our global advisory relationships as well as leading the organization in Asia. Prior to joining CPPIB, Mark had a 20 year career at Goldman Sachs, where he was most recently Vice Chairman of Asia ex-Japan, based in Beijing. Mark has been based in Asia since 1994 where, among other roles, he ran the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs in Asia ex-Japan for six years. Previously, he also ran Goldman Sachs’ Equity Capital Markets and Financing businesses in Asia. Mark was a member of Goldman Sachs’ Asia Management Committee and the Firmwide Capital Committee.
Mark holds a BA from Oriel College, Oxford and BM BChir from Downing College, Cambridge.
Senior Vice-President, Public Market Investments
With over 25 years of experience in investment management, Eric is responsible for leading the CPP Investment Board’s Public Market Investments department, which invests in publicly-traded assets and related derivatives.
Prior to joining CPPIB in June 2011, Eric was the Group Chief Investment Officer, International at Fidelity Management & Research in Boston, Massachusetts. Eric was also the co-founder and partner of Oxhead Capital Management and has held the roles of Chief Investment Officer at Putnam Investments and Managing Director at Cadence Capital Management.
Eric serves on the Board of Directors of the TMX Group and the Advisory Council of the UN-backed PRI. He is also active on several non-profit boards including Bay Cove Human Services and the Melanoma Foundation of New England and is a past president of the Boston Security Analysts Society.
Eric earned a B.A. in Earth Science from Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.