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Mark Machin

Founder & Managing Partner Intrepid Growth Partners (Canada)

Mark Machin trained in Physiological Sciences including specialization in neurosciences at Oxford, researched developmental biology, and studied Clinical Medicine at Cambridge before pursuing a career in finance. For more than two decades he worked at Goldman Sachs in Europe and Asia where he was a Partner and among other roles was Vice Chair and the Head of Investment Banking for Asia Pacific. He then joined CPPIB first as Head of International and then served as President and CEO for five years. Under his leadership, CPPIB grew its exposure to technology investing by launching a Venture and Growth Equity strategy, opening an office in San Francisco, and creating partnerships with leading venture firms and incubators, like the Creative Destruction Lab. 

While at CPPIB, Mark chaired its investment committees and oversaw more than $500B of investment in many companies and investment funds. In addition, Mark led the creation of several internal initiatives that leveraged ML/AI to enhance coordination among CPPIB's nearly 2,000 employees across nine global offices and support its investment processes. Under his leadership, CPPIB was one of the bestperforming global pension funds. 

Before founding Intrepid Growth Partners, Mark co-founded and was the founding CEO of Opto Investments, a software platform that raised a $145M series A and is using software to create a new market for investment advisors to access alternative investments. Mark served on the board of Sequoia Heritage and currently serves on GIC's International Advisory Board and on the board of Serendipity Capital an earlystage investor in critical technologies. He is an advisor and mentor to a number of technology and early-stage companies in North America and Europe.