UPP Welcomes Omo Akintan as Chief People Officer


UPP is proud to announce the appointment of Omo Akintan as Chief People Officer (CPO), effective February 2022.

As CPO, Omo will be responsible for all aspects of UPP’s people strategy, including performance management, talent development and acquisition, employee engagement and diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. She will also play a key role in defining UPP’s organizational culture and values.

“Omo is an experienced and inspiring leader with a proven track record in building successful organizational functions and cultures. She possesses the perfect blend of acumen and ingenuity to lead our people strategy through its formative growth phase. We’re thrilled to have her join the team,” said Barbara Zvan, President & CEO.

Working in close collaboration with UPP’s leadership team and Board of Trustees, Omo will build a comprehensive strategy that energizes UPP’s business directives and enhances the Plan’s vision in alignment with organizational and cultural objectives.

Omo brings extensive people experience, including her most recent role as Chief People Officer at the City of Toronto, where she led a large team of human resources, equity and human rights professionals in delivering programs and services to strengthen and support the City’s 33,000+ workforce, enable equitable outcomes for City residents, and promote an inclusive, accessible and discrimination and harassment free environment for employees and service recipients. A Juris Doctor from the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto, Omo joined the City of Toronto in September 2004 and spent over a decade working as a labour, employment and human rights lawyer.

Omo’s community efforts include sitting as Co-chair of the University of Toronto Administrative Tribunal, Director of Massey Centre for Pregnant and Parenting Adolescents, a volunteer for the Out of the Cold program and a mentor for the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. She was the City lead on the development of Toronto’s Indigenous Affairs Office in partnership with Toronto’s Indigenous community.

Omo Akintan headshot

Omo Akintan, Chief People Officer (CPO)

“Joining UPP is an exciting new chapter, with the unique opportunity to join a strong, engaged and dedicated team in building and shaping a growing organization with a clear and inspiring purpose. I look forward to working closely with UPP’s staff, leadership team and Board of Trustees in designing a rewarding and innovative people strategy underpinned by a core commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.”

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