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When the University Pension Plan officially launched in July 2021, it did so with Barbara Zvan as its inaugural president and chief executive officer. Fresh from a 25-year career with the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, she was appointed by the UPP’s board of trustees in July 2020. While most of the foundational work had been […]

The University Pension Plan is appointing Aaron Bennett (pictured left) as its first chief investment officer. In his new role, Bennett will be responsible for establishing an innovative, risk-optimized investment strategy designed to offer retirement security to plan members and promote responsible investing, according to a press release. Read: UPP naming Christophe L’Ahelec director of external manager program […]

  • By: Staff
  • September 16, 2021 September 17, 2021
  • 10:30

The number of institutional investors using thematic sustainable investment strategies grew by about 20 per cent between 2016 and 2020, according to a new study by the U.K.-based data and analytics firm Coalition Greenwood. Sustainable thematic investment strategies are ones that target areas of investment where social or environmental needs create business opportunities. According to […]

  • By: Staff
  • August 19, 2021 August 19, 2021
  • 09:00

The Investment Management Corp. of Ontario is acquiring a British power provider that specializes in the use of low-carbon technologies. Green Frog Power Ltd., which builds and operates power stations throughout the U.K., is working toward a long-term goal of bringing hydrogen gas into the country’s existing gas distribution network. The acquisition comes as GFP […]

  • By: Staff
  • August 10, 2021 August 9, 2021
  • 09:00
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Manulife Financial Corp. is linking its executive team goals to the company’s climate action plan, including committing to a net-zero focus by reducing emissions operationally, adopting sustainable investing practices and developing solutions that contribute to climate change mitigation. Members of the organization’s executive leadership team already have performance goals linked to diversity, equity and inclusion, employee engagement […]

  • By: Staff
  • May 11, 2021 May 11, 2021
  • 15:00

The British Columbia Investment Management Corp. is partnering with the University of Victoria-led Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions to co-develop decision-making tools and frameworks for integrating climate change risk evaluation and climate mitigation opportunities into investment portfolios. “Acting in the best financial interests of our clients requires us to think long-term about the opportunities and […]

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  • April 28, 2021 April 28, 2021
  • 09:00
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THE CANADIAN PRESS Sustainable investing experts say TC Energy Corp.’s plan to decarbonize the Keystone XL pipeline is unlikely to save its fortunes, as a growing movement to divest from fossil fuels gains political clout. U.S. President-elect Joe Biden intends to sign an executive order on inauguration day to rescind the presidential permit for the […]

Announcing the winners of the Pension Leadership Awards

Pension investments are a key component of ensuring secure benefits for plan members upon their retirement. To celebrate the plan sponsors and pension investors who work hard to ensure strong investment outcomes, the first-ever Pension Leadership Awards recognized winners across several categories. Congratulations to all the winners. You can view highlights about the winners below: […]

  • By: Staff
  • December 3, 2020 January 19, 2021
  • 13:12
Learn more about the Sustainable Investing Award finalists

The Canadian Investment Review’s Sustainable Investing Award will be presented to a pension plan that has shown leadership and/or significant progress when it comes to incorporating sustainability into the investment process. This will consider sound practices related to environmental, social and governance matters across asset classes and can include considerations related to people management within […]

  • By: Staff
  • November 25, 2020 January 19, 2021
  • 13:23
How to make an impact with public equity investments

Impact investing has been a common concept in the private markets space, but now public equity investors can make an impact as well. At its essence, impact investing is investing in assets with the intention of generating both measurable social or environmental impacts alongside financial returns. “It’s a very broad definition, it leaves a lot […]