Board trustees

Meet BC's Municipal Pension Board of Trustees.

Harpinder Sandhu

Harpinder Sandhu, BA, RI

Appointed by: Canadian Union of Public Employees, British Columbia
Committee(s): Investment (chair), governance
Board term: 2019–current

Harpinder Sandhu is a research representative for CUPE—the Canadian Union of Public Employees—with a focus on pension and benefits. He has been a board trustee for the BC Public Service Pension Plan since 2015. He is the investment chair for the BC Municipal Pension Plan with over $70 billion total assets under management.

Harpinder has an interest in the importance of civic awareness and the longevity of public institutions. As part of his pension and governance work, he was keynote speaker to numerous conferences including the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. His proactive approach to responsible investment is demonstrated as a committee chair of the UN-sponsored Principles for Responsible Investment (Western North America Chapter). He is a founding member of the labour-sponsored Canadian Capital Stewardship Network.

Harpinder has over a decade of real estate valuation experience for the provincial government. His expertise with residential, commercial, industrial and redevelopment land provides a solid background for public property guardianship. He has co-authored two major policy papers on housing affordability, key in producing provincial housing legislation.

An alumnus of Simon Fraser University, Harpinder holds BA degrees in geography and economics, focused on international trade, finance, sustainable urban development and public policy. He earned the ICD.D designation after completing the Rotman Directors Education Program from the University of Toronto.