OPTrust Hosts International Audience at Global Pension Leadership Summit

posting date Posted: November 17, 2016


TORONTO, ON.  November 17, 2016 -  The world’s leading pension minds, investors, policy makers and academics gathered in Toronto on November 13 – 15 to attend the OPTrust Global Pension Leadership Summit where long-term investment challenges and opportunities for collaboration were explored.

Topics under discussion at the two-day Summit included global opportunities for institutional investors, the advancement of disruptive technologies and investing in a low interest environment. 

OPTrust President and CEO, Hugh O’Reilly noted, “We were delighted to welcome speakers and guests from around the world to share their perspectives and insights on how we can partner to find solutions to current and emerging investment challenges.”

“Collaboration isn’t just about investing – people also need to collaborate to come up with and share new ideas. We focused on a number of key issues including the impact that climate change and shifts in the political landscape can present to investors.  The conversations were both thought-provoking and enlightening; we look forward to continuing the conversation.” O’Reilly said.

Among leaders from the political, investment and academic worlds who spoke were the Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario and the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President, Ontario Public Service Employees Union, Cameron Hepburn, Director, Economics of Sustainability, Institute for New Economic Thinking, Oxford University, Jaap van Dam, Principal Director Investment Strategy PGGM and Uday Khemka, Vice-Chairman, Sun Group.


About OPTrust

With assets of $18.4 billion, OPTrust invests and manages one of Canada’s largest pension funds and administers the OPSEU Pension Plan, a defined benefit plan with almost 87,000 members and retirees. OPTrust was established to give plan members and the Government of Ontario an equal voice in the administration of the Plan and the investment of its assets, through joint trusteeship. OPTrust is governed by a 10-member Board of Trustees, five of whom are appointed by OPSEU and five by the Government of Ontario.

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For more information, contact OPTrust:

Claire Prashaw
Manager, Public Affairs


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