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The University Pension Plan is launching a new web portal to prioritize plan member engagement throughout the year. “Transparency is an important value to our members,” says Joanna Lohrenz, the plan’s chief pension services officer, noting the website will provide members with account details and allow them to update their personal information, run a pension […]


The issues that lay at the root of the social justice unrest of 2020 haven’t dissipated and four years later, many investment organizations are focusing on building up their internal support networks for employees from the Black, Indigenous and people of colour communities, says Sri Vemuri, senior vice-president and national sales manager at Capital Group Canada. “While […]

The market share of responsible investment assets under management rose slightly in 2022, from 47 per cent to 49 per cent, even as AUM in general decreased, according to the Responsible Investment Association’s annual trends report. The report tracks the national trends and outlook for responsible investing by surveying asset managers, including the Alberta Investment […]

  • By: Staff
  • October 26, 2023 October 25, 2023
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During the launch of the University Pension Plan, Barbara Zvan, its president and chief executive officer, knew getting to know the plan’s members was vital to its goal of providing a strong, resilient fund that secured benefits for generations to come. To find out what was important to plan members, the UPP engaged them to find out […]

The University Pension Plan posted 9.1 per cent losses in 2022, according to its annual report. During the year, the jointly sponsored defined benefit pension plan’s assets declined from $11.8 billion to $10.8 billion. The plan finished the year with a solvency ratio of 103.3 per cent, down from 111 per cent at the end […]

  • By: Staff
  • June 13, 2023 June 13, 2023
  • 09:00

The union representing 89 employees at the University of Toronto has ratified a two-year agreement that includes retirement and benefits gains, including gender affirmation coverage. The agreement includes six retiring allowance packages equivalent to two months of base wages for employees who qualify for an unreduced pension in accordance with the University Pension Plan’s provisions. […]

An article on how defined benefit pension plan sponsors can use a surplus was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com over the last week. Here are the five most popular news stories of the week: 1. Expert panel: How DB pension plan sponsors can use surplus 2. Median solvency ratio of Ontario DB pensions rose to 115% in Q1 […]

  • By: Staff
  • May 19, 2023 May 26, 2023
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Caisse, CPPIB, Ontario Teachers’ invest in insurance company

The University Pension Plan is appointing Karen Rowe as its chief financial officer. In the new role, she’ll oversee the teams responsible for the UPP’s corporate finance, investment finance and operations functions. Rowe will also collaborate with the UPP’s leadership team and board to provide strategic leadership, advice and counsel on operational processes and business […]

  • By: Staff
  • May 15, 2023 May 15, 2023
  • 15:00

After reaching a near 40-year high over the past year, headline inflation started to cool in the final months of 2022 following a series of aggressive interest rate hikes by the Bank of Canada. According to Statistics Canada, the consumer price index was up 6.3 per cent year over year in December, down from a […]

The Federal Court’s ruling that the termination of long-term disability benefits for Air Canada employees eligible to receive unreduced pension benefits doesn’t amount to age discrimination was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com over the last week. Here are the five most popular news stories of the week: 1. Termination of LTD benefits for Air Canada workers eligible […]

  • By: Staff
  • February 24, 2023 February 24, 2023
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