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Michael Woolhouse
Managing Director, Head of Secondaries at CPPIB


Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) is a professional investment management organization that invests the funds not needed by the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) to pay current benefits on behalf of 20 million contributors and beneficiaries. In order to build a diversified portfolio of CPP assets, CPPIB invests in public equities, private equities, real estate, infrastructure and fixed income instruments. Headquartered in Toronto, with offices in Hong Kong, London, Luxembourg, Mumbai, New York City, São Paulo and Sydney, CPPIB is governed and managed independently of the Canada Pension Plan and at arm's length from governments. At March 31, 2018, the CPP Fund totalled C$356.1 billion.

Michael joined CPPIB in 2007 and is responsible for leading private equity secondaries in all global markets excluding Asia. Today, this portfolio stands at approximately $8 billion and it is an important growth area within the firm. Our secondaries team has a flexible mandate which allows it to participate in virtually all segments of the secondaries market globally including LP secondaries, direct secondaries and structured financings involving private equity and private equity-related assets. Previously, Michael was responsible for developing our passive co-investment portfolio which grew from $400 million to nearly $5 billion under his leadership. Michael’s career with CPPIB started as a Senior Principal in our Private Equity Funds team where he ultimately managed a $14 billion portfolio which included four of CPPIB's five largest private equity manager relationships. Prior to joining CPPIB, Michael was an investment banker with TD Securities in Toronto, head of strategy with the AXA Group in Tokyo, a management consultant with Bain & Company in Toronto, Singapore and Hong Kong and started his career in investment banking with Salomon Brothers in New York. Michael holds an MBA from Western Business School and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary.

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