Sukyong Yang brings over 30 years of international experience in institutional and private wealth investment management, auditing, and consulting work across three continents. She has diverse experience in investment portfolio management and comprehensive knowledge of global equities. She is a Chartered Accountant (CPA, CA) and has a Chartered Financial Analyst designation (CFA).
She is currently an adjunct professor at Concordia University in Montreal and the Director of the Kenneth Woods Portfolio Management Program (KWPMP). As director of the KWPMP, Ms. Yang provides training and management development to a select group of undergrad students who are motivated and bright with exceptional ability to unleash their potential.
In this leading development program, the investment team under Professor Yang’s direction and risk management oversight, have a real multi-million investment portfolio that they are accountable to manage. This includes industry sector analysis, corporate governance analysis, securities selection, ESG integration into the end-to -end investment and corporate governance processes as an asset owner. Sukyong is committed to enabling the future generation to launch their careers in capital markets while teaching them the enduring principles of integrity, humility, acting honorably, building trust, and treating others with respect.
Before joining academia, Ms. Yang was a lead global portfolio manager for Cumberland, an independent wealth management company in Toronto and a member of its board. The investment strategy and process she implemented in her team became the investment standard for the firm.
She began her investment career as an equity analyst at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, one of Canada’s largest and most sophisticated pension plans and asset owners. Ontario Teachers’ was the foundation pension fund model upon which the Canadian pension fund model was developed. What differentiates Ontario Teachers’ and the Canadian Pension funds (i.e., CPPIB, CDPQ, OMERS, AIMCO, HOOP) are their higher investments returns and risk management performance compared to other asset owners. This is partly due to a Board of Pension Trustees that are nominated and selected for their depth of expertise investment management, risk management, business management and accounting. The Canadian model is also unique in that 80% of the pension capital is managed in-house by well compensated investment and corporate governance professionals and not outsourced to asset managers. This includes direct investment in private equity, real estate, infrastructure assets globally.
In addition to twenty-five years of experience in the investment management business, she spent a number of years as a consultant and auditor at KPMG in their Amsterdam, Seoul, and Toronto offices. Sukyong earned her Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto, Trinity College and a Master of Business Administration from Concordia University.