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Designing Sustainable Retirement Systems in the Current Environment of Ultra-Low Yields

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Joint Event hosted by the Global Risk Institute and McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management, as a part of the Faculty’s Integrated Management Symposium Series 

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Ultra-low bond yields are putting a major strain on retirement systems across the globe. Asset managers must find ways to continue delivering adequate returns for pensioners without taking on excessive risks. How can we design retirement systems that are resilient to low yields? The Integrated Management Symposium will address these questions and mark the opening ceremony of the 2021 McGill International Portfolio Challenge (MIPC). The discussion will be moderated by Sebastien Betermier, Associate Professor of Finance. Panelists will include Barbara Zvan, President and Chief Executive Officer of University Pension Plan Ontario and Eduard van Gelderen, Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of PSP Investments.




Sebastien Betermier


Sebastien Betermier
Associate Professor of Finance

BIO:  His research seeks to understand the relationships between risk and return and how these drive investors in their investment decisions and contribute to the development of sustainable pension systems. His work appears in top finance journals and has received several distinctions, including lead article in the Journal of Finance in 2017.Professor Betermier teaches Investment Management, Applied Investments, and Pension Investing at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has been recognized repeatedly through nominations for teaching excellence which includes receiving the Desautels Distinguished Teaching Award in 2016 and 2020 and coaching the winning team of the PRMIA international risk management challenge in 2016, 2017, and 2019. He was named one of the World’s Best 40 under 40 Business School Professors by Poets and Quants in 2017. Professor Betermier holds a PhD in Finance from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley.



Barbara Zvan
President and Chief Executive Officer of the University Pension Plan Ontario (UPP)

BIO:  Barbara Zvan is the Inaugural President and Chief Executive Officer of the University Pension Plan Ontario (UPP) and former Chief Risk  and Strategy Officer for the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.

Recognized as a leading voice on sustainable investing and an ambassador for defined benefit pensions, Barbara is known for her efforts to bring institutional strength to complex challenges and forge new collaborative pathways for innovation and growth. She serves on the boards of various global institutions and associations focused on pension management, risk and responsible investing, including the Global Risk Institute, Responsible Investment Association and the advisory board of the Institute of Sustainable Finance at the Smith School of Business. She was appointed to the Government of Canada’s Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance, is a member of the Advisory Committee for the new ‘Investing to Address Climate Change’ Charter and played a significant role in creating the G7 Investor Leadership Network.

Barbara is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and the Canadian Institute of Actuaries, a holder of the Institute of Corporate Directors designation (ICD.D) and has a Master of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo. She is an honouree of Canada’s 2020 Clean50 and Canada’s 2008 Top 40 Under 40.



Eduard van Gelderen
Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of PSP Investments.

BIO:  Mr. van Gelderen leads PSP’s Total Fund Strategy Group, overseeing multi-asset class investment strategies and total fund allocations and exposures in terms of asset classes, geographies and sectors.

Prior to joining PSP Investments, Eduard van Gelderen was Senior Managing Director at the Office of the Chief Investment Officer of the University of California. As a member of the executive team, his primary responsibilities included overseeing the University’s retirement plan, heading up equity and real assets activities, and handling strategic partnerships in Europe. He also served as CEO of the Dutch financial service provider APG Asset Management and Deputy CIO of ING Investment Management.

He holds a master’s degree in Quantitative Finance from Erasmus University Rotterdam and a post-graduate degree in Asset Liability Management from Maastricht University in Limburg. He is currently a PhD candidate at the International School of Management in Paris. Eduard is a certified Financial Risk Manager and a Chartered Financial Analyst and has served on several investment advisory boards.




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