As the University of Toronto strives for excellence in teaching and research, we work to strengthen key financial pillars on which that vision is built – and to help provide a secure retirement for thousands of employees, past, present and future.

Our Approach

Since UTAM’s inception in 2000, we have provided professional investment management services to protect and grow the University of Toronto’s financial assets.

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As we manage U of T’s Pension, Endowment and short-term working capital funds, we draw upon our proven processes and deep investment expertise. At the same time, we collaborate closely with U of T’s senior leadership, the expert advisors of the Investment Committee, our carefully selected investment managers and strategic partners, and other key stakeholders, benefiting from their insights and experience as we manage the university’s assets to achieve its risk and return objectives.

Responsible Investing

UTAM is committed to responsible investing, which we define as the incorporation of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into investment decision-making processes, active ownership – through proxy voting and engagement – and disclosure.

We pursue a responsible investing approach because we believe that material ESG factors can have a significant impact on investment returns. By integrating ESG considerations into our investment activities, we believe we can make better-informed decisions and ultimately achieve better outcomes for the portfolios we manage on behalf of the university.

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The strategic asset allocation of the Pension and Endowment portfolios is represented by the benchmark Reference Portfolio, which has risk and return attributes consistent with the objectives of these portfolios.

The Reference Portfolio serves as the starting point for all of UTAM’s active investment decisions. As we implement our strategy, the Reference Portfolio provides us with an objective gauge for measuring the risk and value added of our investment activities.

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The Reference Portfolio

Pie chart showing Reference Portfolio breakdown.


We are focused on investing for the long term. Our most important performance objectives are to meet the university’s target rates of return and to add value to the portfolios by outperforming the benchmark Reference Portfolio while adhering to all constraints, including a formal risk budget.

Over the 10-year period ending in 2019, the Pension and Endowment portfolios each returned 8.5%. These returns exceeded the university’s target return of 5.8% and the benchmark Reference Portfolio return of 7.5%.

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2019 Carbon Footprint Report:

Towards a Greener Future

As a signatory to the Montréal Carbon Pledge, UTAM has committed to measuring and disclosing the carbon footprints of U of T’s Pension and Endowment investment portfolios on an annual basis. This year’s report, our second, contains the portfolios’ carbon footprints as of September 30, 2018, and announces an ambitious goal to reduce them by 40%. The report also announces UTAM’s endorsement of the recommendations made by the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).

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2019 Annual Report:

The 20 Year Advantage

Our 2019 Annual Report contains a detailed analysis of performance during the year and looks at how UTAM has applied the traditional four P’s – philosophy, people, process and performance – that are the hallmarks of successful investment managers.

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CDP Science-Based Targets Campaign

UTAM Supports CDP’s Science-Based Targets Campaign

UTAM has joined fellow investor signatories of CDP in supporting the organization’s Science-Based Targets Campaign, which aims to accelerate the corporate sector’s adoption of science-based reduction…

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UTAM Named a Finalist for Canadian Investment Review’s Sustainable Investing Award

UTAM is honoured to be one of the three finalists for Canadian Investment Review’s first Pension Leadership Awards in the category of Sustainable Investing. The awards celebrate pension plan sponsors…

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UTAM Signs the RIA’s Investor Statement on Diversity & Inclusion

UTAM is pleased to be one of the 10 founding signatories of an investor statement on diversity and inclusion developed by the Responsible Investment Association (RIA). Signatories to the statement…

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Benefits Canada Spotlights UTAM’s Approach to Responsible Investing

Benefits Canada, a magazine for pension, benefits and investment executives, recently interviewed Daren Smith, UTAM’s President and Chief Investment Officer, for an article about his team’s approach…

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