Barbara Zvan is the president and chief executive at University Pension Plan Ontario.
Formerly, she was chief risk and strategy officer for the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP). Under her leadership, the strategy and risk team supported the plan’s sponsors in weighing plan design decisions, its board in setting appropriate benchmarks and risk tolerances, and its Investment division in designing a long-horizon total fund strategy. She crafted OTPP’s responsible investing and climate risk management strategy and directed its enterprise and operational risk management approach. After nearly 25 years, Zvan left OTPP in 2020 to pursue new opportunities.
Zvan is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries and the Canadian Institute of Actuaries, and holds an Institute of Corporate Directors designation and a Master of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo. She is on the board of the Global Risk Institute and the advisory board of the Queen’s University Smith School of Business Institute of Sustainable Finance. She has chaired the International Centre of Pension Management and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board’s Investor Advisory Group, and sat on the boards of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance, Cadillac Fairview, and the Chilean water utilities Esval (Essbio) S.A.
She was one of four appointees to the Government of Canada’s Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance, which delivered its final recommendations in June 2019. She also played a significant role in creating the G7 Investor Leadership Network, which represents over $6 trillion in AUM. Zvan is an honouree of Canada’s 2020 Clean50 and one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 for 2008.

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