Dave joined CEM in 1998 from Scotia Cassels Investment Council where he was an Associate Portfolio Manager for private client portfolios. Dave is currently responsible for the team that produces the Global Investment Benchmarking reports ensuring quality data and delivery. In addition, he has some direct client responsibilities. Dave is a CFA charter holder and has a degree in Economics from the University of Toronto.
David is a Senior Analyst for CEM’s Investment Benchmarking service. Prior to joining CEM in 2006, David worked at CIBC Mellon for eight years in a variety of departments ranging from pension accounting to sales and marketing. David is a CFA charter holder and has a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from the University of Toronto.
Franco is an analyst on CEM’s Investment Benchmarking service. Prior to joining the firm in 2016, he was a senior investment consulting analyst at Mercer where he performed performance and governance analytics for Canadian pension plans. He has a degree in Accounting and Financial Management from the University of Waterloo and is currently a candidate in the CFA program.
Wladimir is an Analyst on CEM’s Investment Benchmarking service. Prior to joining CEM in 2017, Wladimir was completing his graduate studies while working for one of the large Canadian Pension Plans. He holds a Master of Financial Economics from the University of Toronto and is currently a candidate in the CFA program.
Janjaap joined CEM in the position of investment benchmarking analyst early 2017. After completing his Bachelor of Science in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, Janjaap obtained extensive experience in data analytics during his master program in Business Economics in Vienna, Austria. As an analyst at CEM he is involved in the full cycle of data cleaning, analysis, reporting, research, and product improvement.
Maaike is an analyst on the Investment Benchmarking team.
Prior to joining CEM in 2017, she applied her analytical
skills to her postdoctoral research in the biomedical field,
first in Boston (USA) and later in Ottawa (Canada). Maaike
earned her PhD in stem cell biology at the University of
Utrecht (the Netherlands).
Shayan is an Analyst on CEM’s Investment Benchmarking team. Prior to joining CEM in 2018, he worked in various roles in the financial services industry, including roles in trading analytics and actuarial consulting. Shayan holds a Bachelor of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo.
Palwasha is an Investment Benchmarking Analyst at CEM Benchmarking, responsible for analyzing client data and producing actionable reports. Prior to joining CEM, Palwasha worked in various analytical roles in the financial services, IT and digital media industries. Palwasha is a certified FRM (Financial Risk Manager), holds a Bachelor degree in Economics and Finance and has passed all levels of the CFA program.
Kate is an Investment Benchmarking Analyst at CEM Benchmarking. Before joining CEM Benchmarking in 2019, Kate worked and interned at various technology and financial services firms in both technical and investment capacities. Kate obtained her master’s degree in Finance from McGill University and bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto.
Since joining CEM in 2000, Brenda has been involved in all aspects of CEM’s Investment and Administration Benchmarking services including research, design, client service, data analysis, and report production. Brenda's current responsibilities include North America, Australia and the UK. Prior to joining CEM, Brenda had extensive experience in the brokerage industry specializing in corporate compliance and governance. Brenda holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto and is a CFA charter holder.
Flo joined CEM in 2004 and has been involved in CEM’s Investment and Administration Benchmarking services including design, data analysis, and report production. Flo is currently the quality control manager and production coordinator for North America, Australia and the UK. Prior to joining CEM, she accumulated over 17 years experience in the insurance industry specializing in investment and portfolio analysis. Flo holds an Accounting and Financial Management degree from Centennial College of Toronto, and a degree from Life Office Management Association (LOMA).
Yvette joined CEM in 2012 and is involved in all aspects of CEM’s Pension Administration service for our North American, Australian and Dutch clients. Prior to joining CEM, Yvette held financial and operational management positions with charity organizations in Indonesia and Malawi. Yvette holds a Master’s degree in Earth Sciences, Engineering Geology from the Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands.
Carl is a Business Solutions Analyst at CEM Benchmarking, responsible for analyzing client data and implementing product reports. Before joining CEM, Carl accumulated over 12 years of experience in the pension industry specializing in actuarial pension calculations and pension software developments. Carl holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and is currently a candidate in the Fellow of the Society of Actuaries.
Chris has been with CEM since 2003 with increasing responsibilities. He is currently responsible for CEM’s IT strategy and for working with client service representatives to ensure the best solutions for clients' needs. He provides structure to CEM's development processes and product solution designs, oversees solution implementation and communicates technical requirements to the Engineering team. Chris has experience presenting benchmarking results and research to clients and has testified as an expert on pension fund costs. Prior to working at CEM, Chris worked as a developer at an investment management firm.
Norayr joined CEM in 2012 and provides development support for CEM’s benchmarking models as well as analytical support for CEM best practice research projects. Experience in Canada and the United States as a business systems analyst and IS Manager complements years of experience gained at the World Bank IT Enterprise Incubator in Armenia as an IT, financial and business analyst. Norayr has conducted requirements analysis, business analysis, financial modeling, reporting, automation, software development and testing, project management, data and statistical analysis. He has an MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a MS Computer & Electronics Engineer from the State Engineering University, Yerevan, Armenia.
Having joined CEM in 2010, Alex is responsible for modeling and programming support to the business teams. Prior to joining CEM, he was engaged in post doctoral research at the Center for Biological Physics at University of California at San Diego. His work included unsupervised machine learning, Monte Carlo simulation, minimum entropy models, belief propagation, multiple sequence alignments, maximum likelihood solutions of evolution rates, paramagnetic data clustering, non-linear regression, finite sample size data correction and exact, computational and heuristic mathematical modeling.