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Climate Change Action Plan

June 28, 2018

OPTrust takes action on climate change

Climate change is having profound impacts, and markets need to respond. It is vital for pension plans to measure the impact and manage risk, according to the Climate Change Action Plan issued today by OPTrust.

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Leading Canadian and G7 Investors

June 6, 2018

Leading Canadian and G7 Investors Come Together in Support of Global Development Initiatives

Partner institutions AIMCo, Allianz, Aviva, CalPERS, CDPQ, Generali, Natixis Investment Managers, OMERS, Ontario Teachers’, OPTrust and PGGM – together representing more than $6 trillion in assets under management – have joined together and pledged to commit resources, expertise and networks to further three initiatives.

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OPTrust Select

June 6, 2018

Yaletown Partners Announces Initial Closing of Innovation Growth Fund
Targets $200 million Total Fund Size

Yaletown Partners, Canada’s leading emerging growth investment firm is pleased to announce that it has closed well over $100 million of its latest fund, the Innovation Growth Fund (“IGF”) targeting $200 million as total fund size and focused on emerging growth companies.

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OPTrust Select

April 20, 2018

OPTrust Launches New Plan Expansion Offering – OPTrust Select

OPTrust Select marks the first new jointly sponsored, defined benefit (DB) product offering for modest income earners in a generation

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Globalvia investment

April 6, 2018

Globalvia investment capability climbs to EUR 1.0 billion

Globalvia, a worldwide infrastructure concession management leader based in Madrid, today announced an investment of EUR 1.0 billion by current shareholders OPTrust, PGGM and USS. The investment will be deployed by Globalvia into worldwide infrastructure projects.

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for Office Development of the Year – The Globe and Mail Centre

March 26, 2018

Globe and Mail Centre Partners Receive the REX Award for Office Development of the Year

First Gulf and OPTrust, one of Canada’s largest defined benefit pension plans, have been awarded the prestigious, NAIOP Greater Toronto Rex Award for Office Development of the Year – The Globe and Mail Centre, at the 17th Annual Real Estate Excellence Awards.

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>BNN interviews OPTrust CEO on 2017 investment returns

March 12, 2018

Hugh O'Reilly, President and CEO of OPTrust, joins BNN's Catherine Murray

Hugh O'Reilly, President and CEO of OPTrust, joins BNN's Catherine Murray for a look at what drove 9.5 per cent returns in 2017

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2017 Funded Status Report

March 12, 2018

OPTrust Takes Measures That Reduce Risks For Members

Pension plan lowers discount rate, adopts assumptions for increased life expectancies

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Mount Elbert, GIC and OPTrust Form EdgeCore Internet Real Estate

February 14, 2018

Mount Elbert, GIC and OPTrust Form EdgeCore Internet Real Estate

Mount Elbert Capital Partners, GIC and OPTrust today announced the formation of EdgeCore Internet Real Estate, an investment vehicle with fully integrated operational capabilities formed to develop, acquire, and operate data centers across North America.

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OPSEU names Lindsey Burzese and Jason Glover to the OPTrust Board of Trustees

January 31, 2018

OPSEU names Lindsey Burzese and Jason Glover to the OPTrust Board of Trustees

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) named Lindsey Burzese and Jason Glover to the Board of Trustees in January 2018.

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OPTrust President and CEO Hugh O’Reilly says managing risk through diversification is key for the pension plan

January 14, 2018

Assessing risk in US markets: It's 'complicated'

OPTrust President and CEO Hugh O’Reilly says managing risk through diversification is key for the pension plan. CNBC interviews OPTrust CEO Hugh O'Reilly (video).

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2017 News
OPTrust President and CEO Hugh O’Reilly

December 13, 2017

OPTrust President and CEO Hugh O’Reilly wins CORPaTH Crystal Globe Award

OPTrust President and CEO Hugh O’Reilly has won a CORPaTH Crystal Globe award, in acknowledgement of OPTrust’s ongoing efforts to promote defined benefit pension plans globally.

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Canada’s top pension funds share best practices for building world-class pension organizations

November 22, 2017

World Bank report shines spotlight on Canadian pension model

Canadian public pension funds and pension plans are regarded as among the best in the world, but they underwent an evolution of changes to get to where they are today. Because of their success, the World Bank Group partnered with four Canadian pension funds, Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo), Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP), and OPTrust, as well as the Government of Ontario on a report that studies the evolution of these plans.

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OPTrust is divesting from the tobacco industry.

November 6, 2017

OPTrust to divest from public market tobacco firms

OPTrust will be divested from all equity and fixed income investments in public companies that derive a majority of their revenue from production or manufacture of tobacco products.

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People for Pensions

November 6, 2017

OPTrust wins gold MarCom award

OPTrust today announced it has won a gold MarCom Award for its defined benefit (DB) advocacy program, People for Pensions.

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Canada flag

October 31, 2017

Canada's pension leaders to share lessons on retirement issues at leading American policy think tank

The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., has invited Toronto-based retirement security firm Common Wealth and Canada’s top public sector pension plans, Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) and OPTrust, as well as the President of the Canadian Labour Congress, to discuss retirement innovation and reform that could be applied to the U.S. system. Read more

September 11, 2017

OPTrust's in-house trading floor makes 1000th trade

OPTrust's in-house trading floor has accomplished its 1000th trade. OPTrust launched its in-house trading floor in June 2017. Over time, it will internalize public market asset management of approximately 40 to 50 per cent of the plan's assets.

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30% Club Canada in TSX

September 7, 2017

Canadian Institutional Investors call for 30% women on boards and executive teams by 2022

Canada's largest institutional investors are calling for 30% representation of women on the boards and executive management teams of S&P/TSX composite index companies by 2022.

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Ontario Government Names Don Wilkinson to OPTrust Board

July 14, 2017

Ontario Government Names Don Wilkinson to OPTrust Board

Don Wilkinson was appointed to the Board of Trustees in June 2017 by the Government of Ontario.

Mr. Wilkinson brings over 30 years of public accounting experience providing assurance and advisory services to Canada’s largest pension funds, institutional investors, telecommunications, and real estate companies.

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July 7, 2017

OPTrust makes strategic investment in James Evans & Associates Ltd.

OPTrust today announced a strategic investment in James Evans & Associates (JEA) Ltd., a leading provider of pension administration services in Canada and the U.S., and one of the pension plan's long-standing service providers.

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June 13, 2017

OPTrust President and CEO Hugh O’Reilly joins the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance Board of Directors

OPTrust President and CEO Hugh O’Reilly has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance (CCGG).

The CCGG promotes good governance practices within Canadian public companies and works to ensure that the regulatory environment aligns in the best interests of long-term shareholders. They play a critical advocacy role in Canada and around the world by commenting on proposed regulatory changes.

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June 7, 2017

OPTrust internalizes public market assets

Today marks a major step towards OPTrust’s plan to internalize public market asset management of approximately 40 to 50 per cent of the fund’s $19 billion in assets over time with the launch of its in-house trading floor and its first internal trade.

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May 5, 2017

Update: Changes to Post-Retirement Insured Benefits

In November 2016, the Government of Ontario announced changes to its post-retirement insured benefits (PRB ) provided to eligible retirees of the OPSEU Pension Plan. The changes that came into effect on January 1, 2017 include the introduction of a 50/50 cost sharing model for the existing PRB plan (the Legacy Plan) and a new alternative PRB plan (the Retiree-Focused Plan), valued at half the cost of the Legacy Plan. These changes will impact eligible members who retire and start their pension on or after January 1, 2017, but will not affect eligible retirees who started receiving their pension before that date.

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Climate Change report

May 3, 2017

Climate Change: Delivering on Disclosure Shortlisted for Innovation & Industry Leadership Award

Responsible Investor shortlisted OPTrust’s position paper Climate Change: Delivering on Disclosure for its new global RI Innovation & Industry Leadership Award.

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People for Pensions

April 10, 2017

OPTrust launches "People for Pensions" program

OPTrust launched the People for Pensions program last week to raise awareness about the overall value of defined benefit (DB) pension plans. Research has shown OPTrust members and retirees place a high value on their pensions and would like to know more about all the benefits of their pension plan.

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Strategic Business Advisor Sharon Pel joins OPTrust Board

March 16, 2017

Strategic Business Advisor Sharon Pel joins OPTrust Board

Sharon Pel was appointed to the Board of Trustees in February 2017 by the Government of Ontario.

Ms. Pel has more than 30 years’ experience as a strategic business advisor, both as an executive and as outside counsel. She has extensive expertise in governance, securities regulatory and policy matters, and corporate, commercial and securities law.

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OPTrust fully funded defined benefit pension plan

March 13, 2017

OPTrust further improves its fully funded status

The $19 billion pension management organization increases its market-based surplus and improves its ability to meet its pension promise to members.

OPTrust released its 2016 Funded Status Report, which details the Plan’s eighth consecutive, fully funded position and financial results.

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