Case | HBS Case Collection | October 2012 (Revised August 2014)

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board: October 2012

by Josh Lerner, Matthew Rhodes-Kropf and Nathaniel Burbank

Abstract

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) is one of the largest and fastest-growing pools of investment capital in the world and follows an unusually active program of investment management. In October of 2012, Mark Wiseman was just 12 weeks into his role as chief executive officer, and he must decide how to lead the organization to outperform the market as it grows larger and more geographically dispersed. After seven years of eschewing the use of intermediaries and successfully practicing its "do-it-yourself mega-investing" approach, CPPIB had garnered admiration from institutions on Bay Street and Wall Street alike. It had even been heralded as a "Maple Revolutionary" by The Economist. With assets under management projected to grow to C$275 billion by 2020, however, Wiseman faced the challenge of how to scale the organization's investment strategy for the future. As Wiseman settled into the chief executive's role, would he be able to lead CPPIB to meet its goals?

Keywords: Canada; CPPIB; Pensions; Private Equity; Financial Services Industry; Canada;

Citation:

Lerner, Josh, Matthew Rhodes-Kropf, and Nathaniel Burbank. "The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board: October 2012." Harvard Business School Case 813-103, October 2012. (Revised August 2014.)