The University Pension Plan has appointed Brian Minns as its first managing director of responsible investing.
Prior to joining the UPP, Minns spent 10 years working for Addenda Capital Inc, culminating a three-year tenure as its vice-president of sustainable investing. In that role, he was responsible for impact investing and the implementation of environmental, social and governance issues into investment decision-making.
Previously, he was an analyst in responsible investing at the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and an associate in responsible investing at Mercer Canada.
Established on Jan. 1, 2020, the UPP is a new jointly sponsored pension plan designed to enhance the long-term sustainability of Ontario university pensions. The model means shared governance between employer and employee sponsors, giving members a new level of involvement in the governance of their pension plan.
In December 2020, its board of trustees named Barbara Zvan as the UPP’s inaugural president and chief executive officer.