Speaker Spotlight

Jeanett Bergan

Head of Responsible Investments

Jeanett Bergan on KLP’s Responsible Investing

KLP, Norway’s largest pension company, with over US$81 billion in AuM, has conducted ethical filtering of its investments in securities since 2002. In 2019 KLP funds has gone coal free, oil sands-free, as well as divested from almost 90 alcohol & gambling companies. Jeanett Bergan, Head of Responsible Investments, KLP, answers questions on the fund’s approach towards its responsible investing goals.


Co-Portfolio Manager, Global Environment Strategy
Ninety One

Deirdre Cooper on Ninety One’s Approach to Sustainable Investing and Decarbonization

Decarbonization remains an urgent issue as the latest research warns that climate change will hit humanity “harder, wider and sooner than previously believed”. Many institutional investors in Canada and around the globe are committed to addressing global climate change. However, questions remain on how to reconcile this effort with fiduciary duties, and structural approaches towards investing in carbon reduction.

Marc Gauthier

Treasurer & Chief Investment Officer
Concordia University

Concordia University’s Journey to Impact Investing

As University Treasurer and Chief Investment Officer, Marc Gauthier is responsible for the oversight of the University’s and its related entities’ balance sheet, which includes: investments (pension fund and foundations), corporate risks, capital budget and financing. He also oversees the governance and financial management of the University’s benefits which include the pension plan on the whole and group insurance plans…

Andy Greene

Director, Investments
TTC Pension Fund Society

Q&A with Andy Greene

COVID-19 has triggered one of the quickest and deepest recessions in recent history. What are challenges and opportunities for a mid-sized pension fund? Andy Greene, Director, Investments, TTC Pension Funds Society, provides insights to questions ranging from challenges, risk management to investment trends.

Winston Ma

CFA & Esq., NYU School of Law Adjunct Professor; former Managing Director of CIC

Q&A with Winston Ma

The COVID-19 global pandemic has sent the global economy into a deep recession. Meanwhile, China and the U.S., the two powerhouses of digital economy, is accelerating the tech decoupling. Winston Wenyan Ma, author of The Hunt of Unicorns and former Managing Director, China Investment Corporation, answers questions on the role of asset owners in economic recovery to implications of China-U.S. decoupling.

Eoin Ó hÓgáin

Power Corporation Investment Management

Eoin Ó hÓgáin on Investing in China

Slower growth in China.  China – U.S. decoupling.  Threat of deglobalization.  What’s the investment outlook of China for institutions?  Eoin Ó hÓgáin, acting CEO/CIO of Power Corporation Investment Management, answers questions on this theme.

Aaron Peck

Managing Director and Portfolio Manager,
Monroe Capital,
Sub-advisor to Ninepoint-
Monroe U.S. Private Debt Fund

Q&A with Aaron Peck

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted businesses of various sectors unequally. For institutional investors who look for yield in private debt sector, there are similarities and differences from investing in public companies. Aaron Peck, Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, Monroe Capital, Sub-advisor to Ninepoint-Monroe U.S. Private Debt Fund, comments on strategies with private debt sector.

Robert Patzelt

Chair, Investment Committee
Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia

Q&A with Robert Patzelt

Small to medium sized pension funds often face challenges with resources and access to opportunities. How should funds of this range approach vetting investment models? What are the key elements of a good governance model? Robert Patzelt, Chair of Investment Committee, Workers Compensation Board of Nova Scotia, answers questions from their decision on OCIO to fund governance.

Kate Roscoe

Managing Director, Infrastructure Equity

Q&A with Kate Roscoe

Many institutional investors in Canada, large or small, have allocations into private markets or real assets.  How has the halted travel environment, as a result of COVID-19, changed the way that institutions conduct due diligence for their real asset holdings?  Kate Roscoe, Managing Director, Infrastructure Equity, Manulife, answers questions on this plus diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Christophe L’Ahelec

Senior Principal, Alternative Investments, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board

Christophe L’Ahelec on Risk Mitigation Strategies

The market volatility in recent months, as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic, will have profound impacts on pension funds’ portfolios.  How do pension funds protect their assets from rapid market downturn?  What should institutional investors consider when incorporating risk mitigation into their portfolios?  Christophe L’Ahelec, Senior Principal, Alternative Investments, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, answers questions related to risk mitigation strategies.

Ray Tanveer

Vice President, Interest Rates & Inflation

A Conversation with Ray Tanveer on Interest Rates and Inflation

For the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP), investing in Fixed Income has been strategic in its LDI (Liability Driven Investing) approach.  “We have been a relatively unique outlier in the use of Fixed Income for pension planning”, says Ray Tanveer, Vice President, Interest Rates and Inflation, who joined HOOPP in mid 2007 as a PM after 15 years in proprietary bond and interest rate derivatives trading at some of the major banks…

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