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Canadian Public Sector Pensions and Benefits Conference—Session Schedule, Speakers and Handouts

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Tuesday, May 16

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

CPS01  Keynote: The Future of Public Sector Pension Plans

Hugh Mackenzie Speaker
Principal
Hugh Mackenzie & Associates
Toronto, ON

Robert Labossiere Moderator
Secretary
United Firefighters of Winnipeg Local 867
Winnipeg, MB

This keynote address will focus on navigating the complicated economics and politics of pension plans for public sector workers in a challenging pension environment. (#9—Financial Planning)

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

CPS02  CPP and What It Means for Your Plan

Michel Montambeault Speaker
Director, Office of the Chief Actuary
Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Canada
Ottawa, ON

Robert Labossiere Moderator
Secretary
United Firefighters of Winnipeg Local 867
Winnipeg, MB

How does CPP expansion affect pension plans in the public sector? Discover all the details of these important changes and how to best prepare. (#16—Pension)

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

CPS03  Horseshoes and Hand Grenades: A Trustees Role in Analyzing Actuarial Assumptions

Ian Edelist, FCIA, FSA Co-Speaker
Principal
Eckler Ltd.
Toronto, ON

Marg Romanow, R.N., CEBS Co-Speaker
Benefits Officer
Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN)
Regina, SK

Robert Labossiere Moderator
Secretary
United Firefighters of Winnipeg Local 867
Winnipeg, MB

Understanding actuarial assumptions can be a daunting task, especially for new trustees. However, it is crucial in your role as a plan fiduciary. What exactly is expected of trustees when it comes to actuarial assumptions? Assumptions are never perfect, but like horseshoes and hand grenades, close only counts if you are close enough. (#16—Pension)

12:45 PM – 1:45 PM

CPS04  Beyond the DB/DC Dichotomy: Part 1: DC-to-TB Conversion – The Wave of the Future?

Paul J. Harrietha Moderator
Chief Executive Officer
OMERS Sponsors Corporation
Toronto, ON

Shelley Engman, FCIA, FSA Speaker
Consulting Actuary
Aon Hewitt
Vancouver, BC

Since the emergence of target benefit plans, experts have discussed defined benefit to target benefit plan conversions. Less frequently detailed is the conversion to a target benefit from a defined contribution plan. Hear about how and why the British Columbia Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) converted its defined contribution plan to a target benefit plan. (#16—Pension)

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

CPS05  Beyond the DB/DC Dichotomy: Part 2: Lessons from the Royal Ontario Museum Merger

Derek W. Dobson Speaker
CEO and Plan Manager
Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT) Pension Plan
Toronto, ON

Paul J. Harrietha Moderator
Chief Executive Officer
OMERS Sponsors Corporation
Toronto, ON

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) pension plan was operating under a temporary solvency funding exemption, set to expire in 2017. ROM plan members almost unanimously elected to join the College of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT) pension plan. This merger is the first of its kind to use Ontario’s new regulations permitting the conversion and transfer of assets from a single-employer pension plan in the broader public sector to a jointly governed, multi-employer pension plan. The merger is a win-win for the ROM and the CAAT plan. Hear the story of how it happened from the architect of the merger and explore how the lessons may apply to other plans. (#16—Pension)

3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

CPS06  Open Forum

Derek W. Dobson Co-Panelist
CEO and Plan Manager
Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT) Pension Plan
Toronto, ON

Paul J. Harrietha Moderator
Chief Executive Officer
OMERS Sponsors Corporation
Toronto, ON

Shelley Engman, FCIA, FSA Co-Panelist
Consulting Actuary
Aon Hewitt
Vancouver, BC

Find out more about the case studies highlighting a plan conversion and merger for the British Columbia Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) and the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), respectively. (#26—Open Forum)