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The University Pension Plan is rolling out a new climate strategy that aims to make its portfolio carbon neutral by 2040. “I’m proud that we’ve set an ambition consistent with the challenge we face,” says Brian Minns (pictured), managing director of responsible investing at the UPP. “We’re going to deliver on our investment returns in […]

The pension plan for the faculty and staff of the University of Toronto grew from $6.3 billion to $6.6 billion in the first six months of 2021. For the second half of the year, the assets were officially in the custody of the University Pension Plan, though the day-to-day management of portfolios remained UTAM’s responsibility well into […]

  • By: Staff
  • July 5, 2022 July 8, 2022
  • 12:15

There are a lot of reasons to believe financial markets will be very different in the next 10 to 20 years than what pension funds have been used to, according to Aaron Bennett, chief investment officer of the University Pension Plan, during a session at the Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute forum in Montreal last […]

The University Pension Plan is appointing Kathy Johnson as chief engagement and strategy officer and Andrew Naples as senior director of engagement. Johnson will lead the teams responsible for the UPP’s strategic planning, outreach and relationship-building programs with the university sector. She previously served as executive director of the University of Toronto’s faculty association and […]

  • By: Staff
  • June 16, 2022 June 15, 2022
  • 09:00
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An announcement regarding long-awaited amendments to the Patented Medicines Review Board regulations was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com over the last week. Here are the five most popular news stories of the week: 1. PMPRB drug pricing regulations officially coming into effect this July 2. Key stakeholders highlighting value of private payer health care amid plans for […]

  • By: Staff
  • April 22, 2022 April 21, 2022
  • 09:00

The University Pension Plan is appointing Christophe L’Ahelec as head of public markets. L’Ahelec, who advised the UPP on the implementation of its investment activities in the months leading up to the plan’s launch in July, joined the organization as director of its external manager program. Previously, he was a senior principal at the Ontario Teachers’ Pension […]

  • By: Staff
  • April 19, 2022 April 21, 2022
  • 12:30
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The University Pension Plan is integrating diversity, equity and inclusion measures into its investment strategy. The pension plan sponsor’s responsible investing policy considers environmental, social and governance factors — including DEI — as essential to sound long-term investing, said Aaron Bennett, chief investment officer at the UPP, in an emailed statement to Benefits Canada. The approach […]

  • By: Blake Wolfe
  • February 14, 2022 February 14, 2022
  • 09:00

Trent University is joining the University Pension Plan. The university, based in Peterborough, Ont., is the UPP’s fourth member institution. It follows Queen’s University, which joined in July 2021, and the University of Guelph and the University of Toronto, which both joined at the beginning of 2022. Read: University Pension Plan names Barbara Zvan inaugural president, […]

  • By: Staff
  • January 10, 2022 January 10, 2022
  • 15:00
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The Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System is the latest pension plan to commit to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions across its total portfolio by 2050. In a press release, the OMERS said its path to net zero will be informed by the annual calculation and public disclosure of its total portfolio carbon footprint. The release also […]

  • By: Staff
  • November 29, 2021 November 29, 2021
  • 09:00
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Canadian pension funds are among the institutional investors participating in Climate Engagement Canada, a new initiative to promote a net-zero economy. The initiative, which is coordinated by several investor networks, is launching with 27 institutional investors that collectively manage more than $3 trillion in assets, according to a press release. The participating pension funds include […]

  • By: Staff
  • October 14, 2021 October 14, 2021
  • 09:00