October 4, 2011
Raymond Koskie Awarded Canadian Lifetime Volunteer Award
Brookfield, Wisconsin—The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans has presented Raymond Koskie, Q.C. with the 2011 Canadian Lifetime Volunteer Award.
“Ray’s work is well known and deeply respected,” said David N. Harvey, International Foundation Executive Committee Canadian Sector Representative and Vice Chair of the Canadian Board. Mr. Harvey, president and CEO of Benefit Plan Administrators, presented Mr. Koskie with the award at the Annual Canadian Employee Benefits Conference. “The heart of multiemployer pension plans lies in the collaboration between employer and labour organizations. Ray carried this collaborative spirit in his day to day work.”
For the past 30 years, Mr. Koskie has been actively involved with the International Foundation. He is a past member of the Foundation’s Attorneys Committee, Educational Program Committee, Canadian Government/Industry Relations Committee and the Canadian Education Committee. He was the first chairman of the Canadian CEBS Committee and was co-chairman of the European Committee.
He has spoken on benefit and legal issues at numerous Foundation conferences, was the editor in chief of the Foundation’s Canadian Legal & Legislative Benefits Reporter, and was a co-editor of the third edition of Employee Benefits in Canada.
Mr. Koskie is a founding partner of the law firm Koskie Minsky. He has been officer and chairman of the Labour Relations Subsection of the Ontario branch of the Canadian Bar Association, chairman of the board of directors of the Research and Resource Program for Prepaid Legal Services, and chairman of the Ontario branch of the Canadian Bar Association’s Special Committee on Prepaid Legal Services. In addition, Mr. Koskie was co-chairman of the Labour Relations Continuing Education Program for the Law Society of Upper Canada.
The Lifetime Volunteer Award was begun in 2007 and recognizes outstanding contributions to the educational enrichment of Foundation members. Nominees are evaluated on length of service with the Foundation, professional designations, other academic achievements, overall body of volunteer work and contributions to the Canadian benefits industry.
Candidates can include current or past International Foundation Canadian Board members, committee members, speakers, moderators, panelists, authors or other Foundation members.
The award was given at the 44th Annual Canadian Employee Benefits Conference in September in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans is a nonprofit organization, dedicated to being a leading objective and independent global source of employee benefits, compensation, and financial literacy education and information.