Private Capital - Financial Services

Bogdan Cenanovic

  • Managing Director & Global Group Sector Head, Private Capital

Bogdan Cenanovic leads Ontario Teachers' investing activities in the technology, media and telecom (TMT), financial services and healthcare sectors. He joined Private Capital in 2009 and has over two decades of private equity and investment banking experience.

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Since joining the organization, he has been involved in a number of significant transactions including Ascend Learning, Blue Coat Systems, Canbriam Energy, CareerBuilder, Compass Datacenters, Datapipe, Fleet Complete, Flexera Software, Hawkwood Energy, Insight Pharmaceuticals, Kanetix, Metronode, Mitratech, Riverbed Technology and TierPoint. He currently sits on the boards of Amica Senior Lifestyles, Canada Guaranty Mortgage Insurance, Fleet Complete, Mitratech and TierPoint.

Bogdan was previously a principal at TorQuest Partners and prior to that, a vice-president at EdgeStone Capital Partners, where he was responsible for sourcing and executing investments, as well as monitoring and providing strategic guidance to portfolio companies. Earlier in his career he worked as an investment banker at Lehman Brothers and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette.

Bogdan is a graduate of the Honours Business Administration and MBA programs at the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University. Additionally, he holds the ICD.D certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

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Jeff Markusson

  • Managing Director, Financial Services

Jeff Markusson joined Ontario Teachers' in 2006 and has participated in a number of investments across the industrial, business services, and financial services sectors. He currently serves on the boards of APCO, Broadstreet Partners, Constellation Insurance Holdings, First American Payments Systems, Lendmark Financial Services, and Seacube.

Jeff was previously an investment banker at CIBC World Markets, working in both the mergers and acquisitions group and the company's Vancouver office.

Jeff received a BA (Economics) from Simon Fraser University and an MBA from the University of Toronto, where he graduated as the Gold Medalist.

Greg Mashinter

  • Director

Greg joined Ontario Teachers' in 2006 and focuses on direct private equity investments within the financial services sector. He has been involved in a number of transactions, including equity investments in Canada Guaranty Mortgage Insurance Company, First American Payment Systems, NXT Capital, Broadstreet Partners, and the sale of GCAN Insurance to RSA Canada. Greg currently serves on the board of directors of Canada Guaranty, First American Payment Systems, SeaCube Container Leasing, and Lancaster Leasing (a joint-venture with Aircastle).

Greg earned a Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours with Distinction) from the Schulich School of Business at York University, and is a CFA charterholder.

Greg Nielsen

  • Director

Greg Nielsen joined Ontario Teachers' in 2007. He has worked on a number of investments in the financial services sector, including GCAN Insurance Company, Canada Guaranty Mortgage Insurance Company, BroadStreet Partners, NXT Capital, First American Payments, APCO Holdings, Catalina Holdings (Bermuda), Constellation Insurance Holdings, Lendmark Financial Services, and RATESDOTCA Group Ltd (formerly Kanetix). Greg currently serves on the boards of APCO Holdings, BroadStreet Partners, Constellation, Lendmark, and RATESDOTCA Group.

Previously, he worked in the mergers and acquisitions group at TD Securities and the corporate lending division at Canadian Western Bank.

Greg received a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta and an MBA (Honours) from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

James Cheng

  • Principal

James Cheng joined Private Capital in 2015 and has been involved with a number of investments in the specialty finance, insurance, and wealth management space including SeaCube Container Leasing, Lancaster Aircraft Leasing, BroadStreet Partners, RATESDOTCA Group, Lendmark Financial Services, Fairstone Financial, Allworth Financial, NXT Capital, and Catalina.

Prior to joining Ontario Teachers', James worked in investment banking in the Diversified Industries group at BMO Capital Markets.

James holds a Bachelor of Mathematics from the Mathematics/Chartered Accountancy program and a Master of Accounting from the University of Waterloo. James is also a CFA charterholder.

Rishi Gupta

  • Principal

Rishi Gupta joined Private Capital in 2019. Prior to joining Ontario Teachers’, Rishi worked in the Private Equity team at AIMCo in Toronto and in investment banking in both the Mergers & Acquisitions and Financial Institutions groups at TD Securities. He is currently involved with Ontario Teachers’ investments in Canada Guaranty Mortgage Insurance Company, First American Payment Systems, APCO Holdings and Constellation Insurance Holdings.

Rishi holds a Dual Bachelor of Mathematics and Statistics (Dean’s Honours Distinction) from the University of Waterloo.

James Huang

  • Investment Analyst

James Huang joined Private Capital in 2021 after completing an internship with the same group. Prior to joining Ontario Teachers’, James completed work terms in private equity at BCI and investment banking at Macquarie Capital. He is currently involved with Ontario Teachers’ investments in Allworth Financial and Fairstone Financial / Dou Bank.

James holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia.

Nicole Lawson

  • Investment Analyst

Nicole Lawson joined Ontario Teachers’ Private Capital in 2019. Prior to joining Ontario Teachers’, she worked in investment banking in the Mergers and Acquisitions group at RBC Capital Markets. Nicole is currently involved with Ontario Teachers’ investments in Allworth Financial, Canada Guaranty, Constellation and Lendmark Financial Services. Previously, she has been involved with APCO Holdings.

Nicole holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (with distinction and Dean’s honour list) from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University.

Alina Yao

  • Investment Analyst

Alina Yao joined Private Capital in 2021. Prior to joining Ontario Teachers', Alina worked in investment banking at CIBC Capital Markets. Alina is currently involved with Ontario Teachers’ investments in RATESDOTCA Group and Lendmark Financial Services.

Alina holds a BBA (with Distinction) from the Schulich School of Business at York University.

Chandon Yu

  • Investment Analyst

Chandon Yu joined Private Capital in 2021. Prior to joining Ontario Teachers', Chandon worked in investment banking at Canaccord Genuity. He is currently involved with Ontario Teachers’ investments in BroadStreet Partners and Constellation Insurance Holdings.

Chandon holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (with Distinction) from Wilfrid Laurier University.

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