Barb Zvan

Chief Risk and Strategy Officer, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan

Barbara Zvan is the Chief Risk & Strategy Officer for the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. She leads the Strategy & Risk team in supporting the Plan Sponsors in plan design decisions; the Board in determining the appropriate benchmarks and risk appetite; and the Investment division in designing a long-horizon total fund strategy. She drives the fund’s responsible investing and climate change risk managementstrategy and directs the organization’s enterprise and operational risk management approach.

Ms. 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 serves as the chair of the International Centre of Pension Management and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board’s Investor Advisory Group, and on the boards of the Global Risk Institute, the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance and the Chilean water utilities Esval (Essbio) S.A. She was one of four members of the Government of Canada’s Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance, which delivered its final recommendations in June 2019, and is an honouree of Canada’s 2020 Clean50.


Sessions with this Speaker

Why Sustainable Finance is Canada’s Biggest Opportunity

  • Mobilizing Capital
GLOBE 2020 is rich in discussions around emerging innovations, technologies and practices that will help shift Canada, and the world, to a low-carbon future. Yet unresolved questions surround the financing of this meaningful transition.

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Bruce Lourie President, Ivey Foundation
Guy Cormier President and Chief Executive Officer, Desjardins Group
Barb Zvan Chief Risk and Strategy Officer, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
Eric Usher Head, UNEP Finance Initiative