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The Signature team is organized so that its portfolio managers and analysts are specialists in specific global equity sectors or fixed-income asset classes. This specialist model contributes significantly to Signature’s informational advantages.




Eric Bushell Eric Bushell, CFA
Senior Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Chief Investment Officer

Eric Bushell, Senior Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Chief Investment Officer, began his career as an equity analyst and trader at BPI Mutual Funds in 1993, before becoming a portfolio manager at the firm. He joined CI's Signature team in 1999 when BPI became part of CI Investments. He was named Chief Investment Officer of Signature in 2002. He was named Morningstar's Fund Manager of the Decade in 2011, Morningstar's Equity Fund Manager of the Year in 2009. Mr. Bushell holds a BA from Queen's University and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Jeremy Yeung Allan Maclean-Howard, CPA
Vice-President Asset Allocation & Risk Management

Allan Maclean-Howard began his career in the investment industry in 1987. He is responsible for enhancing Signature's asset allocation process with the development of additional tools and capabilities. Mr. Maclean-Howard joined Signature from Merrill Lynch where he was responsible for Merrill's institutional equity derivatives business for Canadian clients. Mr. Maclean-Howard has an extensive background in risk management, structuring, trading, and management experience in equity, commodity and fixed income derivatives. Prior to Merrill Lynch, Mr. Maclean-Howard held senior investment positions at UBS Canada, RBC Capital Markets and TD Bank as well as being a senior staff accountant at EY. Mr. Maclean-Howard graduated from Queen's University with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours).

Fixed-income specialists

Darren Arrowsmith Darren Arrowsmith, CFA
Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager

Darren Arrowsmith, Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager is responsible for high-yield bond, convertible bond and leveraged-loan assets at Signature Global Asset Management. Prior to joining Signature in 2012, Mr. Arrowsmith was a Portfolio Manager with Stanton Asset Management, where he assisted with the management of global high-yield bonds and leveraged loans across numerous funds. Prior to this, he worked at GE Capital in London, England within its leveraged finance team as a credit analyst and trader. He began his career in 2000 on the Scotia Capital Markets fixed income team. Mr. Arrowsmith obtained an Honours BA from the University of Western Ontario, an MBA from the University of Edinburgh Management School and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Brad Benson Brad Benson
Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager

Brad Benson is a member of the fixed income team. Mr. Benson is responsible for high-yield, convertible bond and leveraged loan assets. He joined CI in 2007 after five years in private equity most recently with CPP Investment Board and also with Vision Capital in London, England. Mr. Benson began his career with RBC Capital Markets in the mergers and acquisitions department and has a B.A. in Honours Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario and a M.Sc. in Finance from London Business School.

Kamyar Hazaveh Kamyar Hazaveh, MMF
Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager

Kamyar Hazaveh, Fixed Income with Signature Global Asset Management, has eight years of investment industry experience specializing in G10 fixed-income, cash and derivatives analysis, trading and portfolio management. Prior to joining Signature in 2014, Kamyar worked at Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan for six years as a fixed-income trader and portfolio manager responsible for managing its $50 billion allocation to global nominal and inflation-linked bonds (real money role), as well as adding value through G10 alpha strategies in both cash and derivatives (internal hedge fund role). He was the architect of the fund's Liability Driven Investing (LDI) strategy. Mr. Hazaveh holds a Master of Mathematical Finance (MMF) degree from the University of Toronto.

Carlton Ling Carlton Ling, CFA
Vice-President Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager

Carlton Ling, Vice-President Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager with Signature Global Asset Management, has been in the investment management industry since 2004. Mr. Ling is responsible for high-yield bond, convertible bond and leveraged-loan assets focused in the automotive, transportation, energy services, chemical, industrial, and homebuilding sectors. Prior to joining Signature in 2012, he worked at Brookfield Asset Management as an investment analyst on a team that invested in high-yield and distressed credits. Previous to that, he worked at RBC Dominion Securities in Equity Research. Mr. Ling graduated with an Honours BA, Masters of Accountancy from the University of Waterloo and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Geof Marshall Geof Marshall, CFA
Senior Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager

Geof Marshall, Senior Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager, heads the high-yield bond team at Signature Global Asset Management. Mr. Marshall has extensive experience analyzing, managing and trading high-yield bonds, convertible bonds and leveraged loans. He is the lead manager of Signature High Yield Bond Fund and co-manages a number of Signature funds, including Signature High Income Fund, Signature Diversified Yield Fund, Signature Income & Growth Fund and Signature Corporate Bond Fund. He joined CI in 2006 from Manulife Financial, where he was a portfolio manager. Mr. Marshall holds a BA from the University of Western Ontario and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Kevin McSweeney Kevin McSweeney, CFA
Vice President, Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager

Kevin McSweeney has 12 years of financial services and investment management experience and is a member of the team responsible for Infrastructure and REITs. He moved to this team from the high-yield, convertible bond and leveraged loan assets team in 2016. Prior to that, Mr. McSweeney worked with Finance Canada as a Financial Economist in the International Trade and Financial Markets Divisions. Mr. McSweeney holds a BA (Hons.) from St. Mary's University, and a Master of Business Administration from Dalhousie University.

John Shaw John Shaw, CFA
Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager

John Shaw, Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager started in the investment industry in 1990. He has experience in international credit analysis, trading and portfolio management. Mr. Shaw’s responsibilities are focused on corporate bonds and preferred shares. Prior to joining Signature in 2004, he worked at Canada Life Assurance for 13 years, most recently as a U.S. corporate bond trader. Mr. Shaw holds a BA in Economics from Queen’s University and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Global sector specialists

Robert Lyon Robert Lyon, CFA
Senior Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager

Robert Lyon began his career in the investment industry in 1993. He is responsible for Signature's resource-focused funds as well as the domestic and foreign natural resource equity holdings within other Signature funds. He is the Lead Portfolio Manager of Signature Global Resource Fund, Signature Global Resource Corporate Class, Signature Global Energy Corporate Class and Signature Gold Corporate Class. Mr. Lyon was a key member of the Signature team from 1999-2006, during which time he was Portfolio Manager of the Signature Global Resource and Signature Global Energy funds. Prior to rejoining CI and Signature, he was lead manager of the resource portfolios at another Canadian investment company. Mr. Lyon holds a bachelor of commerce degree from Carleton University and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Jean-Philippe Bry Jean-Philippe Bry
Vice-President, Strategist

Jean-Philippe Bry, Vice-President, Strategist, has been in the investment industry since 1989. He has a strong background in the financial service sector, where he was an analyst prior to being a Portfolio Manager. He was previously an International Portfolio Manager with McLean Budden, a Global Portfolio Manager with Amundi in London, England and a Global Financial Portfolio Manager with Amundi in Paris. Prior to working in the asset management industry, Mr. Bry worked for RBC Capital markets as director institutional sales in Europe. Mr. Bry holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Carleton University, Ottawa. .

Massimo Bonansinga Massimo Bonansinga
Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager

Massimo Bonansinga has 21 years of financial, managerial and consulting experience. He focuses on aerospace, defense, automotive and utilities. Prior to joining Signature in 2005, he spent five years in investment banking in London with Bankers Trust and Morgan Stanley, and five years in the automotive industry in Europe with Ford Motor Co. and Fiat Group, holding positions in finance. He has an MBA from the Wharton School and a Bachelor in Economics and Accounting from Universita Bocconi in Milan.

Drummond Brodeur Drummond Brodeur, CFA
Senior Vice-President and Global Strategist

Drummond Brodeur, is Senior Vice-President and Global Strategist at Signature Global Asset Management. Mr. Brodeur has been in the investment industry since 1989. He has a strong background focused on China and the Pacific Basin. Prior to joining Signature in 2007, he oversaw international portfolios as Vice-President, Investments, at KBSH Capital Management Ltd. Previously, he was a senior analyst of Asian equities with the Caisse de Depot and Portfolio Manager, Asian Equities at Bankers Trust Australia. Mr. Brodeur holds a BA from the University of Western Ontario, an MA and MBA from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Stephane Champagne Stephane Champagne
Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager

Stephane Champagne has over 20 years of investment industry experience and specializes in global consumer staples and discretionary sectors. Prior to joining Signature, Mr. Champagne was a senior equity analyst at Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and was responsible for the consumer sector. Previously, he began his career as senior equity analyst at Maison Placements Canada and Laurentian Bank Securities before becoming assistant portfolio manager at Valorem Asset Management. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Laval University. Mr. Champagne has been ranked as one of Canada's 50 "Top Gun" equity portfolio managers by Brendan Woods International each year since its debut in 2009.

Jeff Elliott Jeff Elliott, PhD, CFA
Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager

Jeff Elliott, Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager, specializes in the global healthcare sector and joined the investment industry in 2003. Prior to joining Signature in 2013, Dr. Elliott analyzed global pharmaceutical equities at Sectoral Asset Management and was a senior equity research analyst at UBS Securities in New York and Toronto. Dr. Elliott holds a B.Sc. in Biochemistry from Queen's University, a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Simon Fraser University, an MBA from the University of Western Ontario and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Curtis Gillis Curtis Gillis, CFA
Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager

Curtis Gillis specializes in the global energy, chemicals and forest products sectors and joined the investment industry in 1997. Prior to joining Signature, Mr. Gillis worked as an Associate Portfolio Manager of resource portfolios for another Canadian investment company.  Before that, he held research positions with a two asset management firms and was a sell-side Oilfield Services Analyst at two brokerage firms. Prior to working in the investment industry, Curtis worked in the natural gas trading group of a U.S. oil and gas company. Curtis holds a BBA (Hons.) from Saint Francis Xavier University and an MBA from Dalhousie University and holds the Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst designations.


John Hadwen John Hadwen, CFA
Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager

John Hadwen, Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager, is responsible for stock selection in the financial services sector. He joined the investment management industry in 1993 in customer service at Mackenzie Financial before moving to mutual fund accounting and money market trading and administration. He joined Infinity Investment Counsel in 1998 as a research analyst. Infinity was acquired by Goodman & Company, where his responsibilities expanded to include portfolio management. In 2006, he joined KBSH Capital Management before joining Signature the following year. Mr. Hadwen holds an Honours BA in Administrative Studies from Trent University and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Hoa Hong Hoa Hong, CFA
Associate Portfolio Manager

Hoa Hong, Associate Portfolio Manager with Signature Global Asset Management is part of the team responsible for covering resource sector, with a focus on energy. Previously she was part of the team analyzing high-yield bond, convertible bond and leveraged loan assets. Ms. Hong joined Signature in 2005. Prior to joining Signature she worked for four years on the sell side. Ms. Hong holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Toronto and an MBA from McMaster University.

Matthew Strauss Matthew Strauss, CFA
Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager

Matthew Strauss, Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager, has more than 20 years of investment experience, specializing in currencies, fixed income and macro strategies. Mr. Strauss joined Signature in 2011 and focuses on emerging market investments providing macroeconomic, country and sector strategies. He also leads the currency team which oversees the foreign exchange overlay at Signature and is a member of the Signature Asset Allocation Committee. He has extensive international experience, having worked as Chief Strategist at the largest retail bank in Africa and as Senior Fixed Income and Currency Strategist at RBC Capital Markets. Mr. Strauss holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, a Bachelor of Commerce degree and an MA in Economics from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Malcom White Malcolm White, CFA
Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager

Malcolm White, Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager, joined the investment industry in 1995. His career experience has included analyst roles at Merrill Lynch Canada and First Marathon Securities. Mr. White specializes in technology, media and telecommunications, investing in equities, income trusts and other financial instruments. He holds a BA from Queen’s University and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Jeremy Yeung Jeremy Yeung, CFA
Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager

Jeremy Yeung, Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager, specializes in the global technology sector. His responsibilities include security selection and trade execution for the technology stocks in the equity portfolios. Prior to joining Signature in 2007, Mr. Yeung was an investment analyst at Investors Group Investment Management, where he was the technology sector analyst. He began his career at Merrill Lynch in the Corporate Finance and Taxation department. Mr. Yeung holds a Bachelor of Administrative & Commercial Studies degree from the University of Western Ontario as well as the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Josh Varghese Josh Varghese, CFA
Portfolio Manager

Joshua Varghese, Portfolio Manager with Signature Global Asset Management, joined the investment team in early 2011. Mr. Varghese is part of the team responsible Infrastructure and REITs. He joined CI Investments in 2006, working first in client service and later as an inside wholesaler before joining Signature. Prior to his employment at CI, Mr. Varghese worked two summers as an equities research associate and one summer as an investment banking analyst at Orion Securities (now Macquarie group of Canada). He graduated from Carleton University in 2006 with a Bachelor of International Business (BIB) degree that included studying International Business abroad for one year in Valencia, Spain. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Analysts



Goshen Benzaquen Goshen Benzaquen
Senior Investment Analyst
 
Paul Borean Paul Borean, MMF, CFA
Senior Investment Analyst



Henry Kwok Henry Kwok
Senior Investment Analyst
 
Leanne Ongaro Leanne Ongaro, CFA
Senior Investment Analyst



Derek Tucker Derek Tucker, CFA
Senior Investment Analyst
 
Janice Wong Janice Wong, CFA
Senior Investment Analyst



Jayson Huang Jayson Huang, CFA
Senior Investment Analyst
 
Gorlen Zhou Gorlen Zhou, CFA
Director of Research, Asia



Carson Tong Carson Tong, CFA
Senior Fixed Income Analyst
 
Fernanda Fenton Fernanda Fenton, CFA
Senior Fixed Income Analyst


Mark Pelechaty Mark Pelechaty
Senior Fixed Income Analyst
 
Alexandra Florescu Alexandra Florescu
Fixed Income Analyst


Naman Agarwal Naman Agarwal
Income Analyst
 
Sam Chai Sam Chai
Junior Fixed Income Analyst


Glenn Drodge Glenn Drodge, CFA
Senior Investment Analyst
 
Simona DeStefano Simona DeStefano
Senior Investment Analyst


Jackie Przybylowski Jackie Przybylowski
Senior Equity Analyst
 
Alex Yang Alex Yang, CFA
Senior Equity Analyst


Alexander Payne David Cho, CFA
Equity Analyst
 
Alexander Payne Alexander Payne
Junior Equity Analyst


Sydney Van Vierzen Sydney Van Vierzen
Junior Equity Analyst
 
Alexander Payne George Zhao
Junior Equity Analyst


Andrey Vasilyev Andrey Vasilyev, MMF
Analyst, Asset Allocation & Risk Management
 
Steve Byrne Steve Byrne, CFA
Analyst, Asset Allocation & Risk Management


Traders



Michael Vopni Michael Vopni, CFA
Portfolio Analyst & Credit Trader
 
Samira Khan Samira Khan
Trader


Connie Lee Connie Lee
Trader
 
Shawna McIntee Shawna McIntee
Trader


Aldo Sunseri Aldo Sunseri
Trader