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Pension Hub

Building resilience in long-term investment strategies

– what has the COVID-19 pandemic taught us about climate risks?

The purpose of this research is to produce a report that outlines the lessons learned from COVID-19 for investment management, and how these lessons can be applied to building more resilient investment portfolios to climate change.

Particularly the research will answer the following questions:

  1. Where have pension plan investments demonstrated resilience in the wake of the COVID-19 market recovery?
  2. How are investment managers building resilience to future pandemics or other unexpected global shocks?
  3. What lessons from the pandemic can be applied to building resilience to climate change?
  4. How can investors and plan-members be assured that their portfolios are being well-managed as climate risks become increasingly apparent?

Does the average Canadian know how resilient their pension investments are to the physical and transitional risks of climate change, and should they?


Smart Prosperity Institute, University of Ottawa


Katherine Monahan




Katherine Monahan

Katherine comes to us from Environment and Climate Change Canada where she worked since 2008. She held various roles at ECCC, including on the development of Canada’s publications of greenhouse gas emissions projections which support regulatory development for climate change. Katherine was a member of the Canadian delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change from 2013 to 2016 and was the Canadian negotiator for Article 6 of the Paris Agreement. Most recently, Katherine was the principal author and project manager for Canada’s Mid-Century Low-Greenhouse Gas Development Strategy.

Katherine holds a BA in Economics from Concordia University and an MA in Economics from the University of Victoria.

Katherine has two young daughters and lives on the river in Wakefield Quebec.