Message from the President and CEO

Fully funded. In those two seemingly simple words rests the fulfillment of our promise to our members. No matter what we do, it is our ultimate goal and the bottom line – the only measurement that matters. To underscore its importance, we renamed the document you are reading to our Funded Status Report to Members.

Along with everyone who works at OPTrust, I am proud to report that the Plan continued to be fully funded in 2016, a year that presented numerous external challenges, from market volatility to ongoing low interest rates. These are not short-term challenges.

We are risk allocators not asset allocators. Creating sustainability over the long term means embracing innovation and always looking for ways to improve.

In 2016, we began to fully implement our member-driven investing strategy, which was designed to enhance the likelihood of pension certainty, sustainability and stability, and made the decision to manage the majority of our public market assets and strategies in-house. This will allow us to support our investment strategy and our goal of keeping the Plan fully funded.

Hugh O’Reilly - OPTrust President and CEO

Serving our members

All of our people care deeply about the members we serve and that care is often most evident in those who work in Member Services. During 2016, there were increased volumes in retirements, enrolments and other transactions. Despite this, our team continued to provide the timely, excellent service our members have come to expect, achieving an average overall satisfaction score of 9.1 out of 10 from our members.

Serving our members requires more than great people. It also needs great technology. That’s why we embarked on a multi-phase project to upgrade our pension administration system in 2016. Spanning several years, this project will provide the flexibility to meet future needs of members.

A winning culture

The culture at OPTrust is also a significant resource we are able to bring to bear on each project we undertake. Collaboration and idea sharing are essential, along with listening to the perspectives of others. I believe a winning culture embraces diversity, inclusiveness and different perspectives.

Facing the future

It’s been said that a pension organization must think in decades. Taking the long view can be difficult, especially in the face of short-term concerns. However, we cannot afford to ignore the future. We must face it, head on, with our eyes open to both the challenges and opportunities it will present.

At OPTrust, we are an organization ready to embrace those challenges and opportunities. We will continue to advocate for strong workplace pensions and work with our sponsors to be able to offer the Plan to a greater number of Ontario workers. We will continue to deliver excellence in everything we do for our members and look for ways to innovate and improve. Going forward, we will maintain our focus on the most important measure of a pension plan’s success: our funded status.

HUGH O’REILLY
President and CEO