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Canadian Public Sector Pensions and Benefits Conference

Monday, July 24 - Tuesday, July 25, 2023
Delta Hotels St. John’s Conference Centre, St. John's, NL
Canadian Public Sector Pensions and Benefits Conference

The Canadian Public Sector Pensions and Benefits Conference tackles the unique challenges encountered by public sector plans. Conference sessions offer innovative solutions to ensure the viability of your pension and health and welfare funds.

Engaging sessions and open forums provide practical solutions and insights for the issues plans are facing. Attendees can ask questions, gather feedback from content experts and learn from other attendees. Register for this quick yet valuable two-day conference and explore plan design, governance and communication strategies for public sector pensions and benefits.

Topics/Agenda

  • Available in person
  • Available virtually
  • Health
  • Retirement
  • Canadian
  • General
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Monday July 24, 2023
8:30-9:30 a.m. NT
Looking to the Future: The Next Generation of Workers
8:30-9:30 a.m. NT

This session looks to the future to explore what the next generation of workers will look like as well as the practical implications of the fast-changing demographic profile in Canada. We will consider how these changes impact:

  • Workforce makeup and trends
  • Individual Canadians and society-at-large
  • Mental health and disability.
Category: Public Plans
Murray Wright, FFA, ACIA
Co-Speaker
Murray Wright, FFA, ACIA
Associate Partner, Head of Demographic Risk and Pensions Risk Management
TELUS Health
Paula Allen
Co-Speaker
Paula Allen
Global Leader and Senior Vice President, Research and Client Insights
TELUS Health
Sarah Crown
Co-Speaker
Sarah Crown
Vice President, Talent, Culture HR Advisory
Royer Thompson
9:45-10:45 a.m. NT
Where Are My People, and Should I Care?
9:45-10:45 a.m. NT

Remote Work has opened a world of opportunities for employees and companies, both public and private. This session will focus on the benefits, challenges, and opportunities of the emerging domestic and global remote worker.

Category: Public Plans
Nicholas C. Dobelbower, Ph.D., CEBS, DipIEB, GPHR
Speaker
Nicholas C. Dobelbower, Ph.D., CEBS, DipIEB, GPHR
Senior Vice President, Global People Solutions
Lockton Companies
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. NT
The Four-Day Workweek—A Real Option for Employers or Hype?
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. NT

This session will dive into the innovative and timely concept of a four-day workweek. You'll learn about the recent evidence from a workplace health and productivity perspective that should be considered if your organization is contemplating such a strategy for the future. The session will cover:

  • The research basis for organizations looking to adopt the strategy
  • Considerations from a health and productivity perspective
  • Potential solutions for your organization
Category: Public Plans
Dr. Tyler Amell, Ph.D., M.S, B.S.
Speaker
Dr. Tyler Amell, Ph.D., M.S, B.S.
Chief Health and Strategy Officer
MediKeeper Inc.
1:00-2:00 p.m. NT
The Future of Pension Administration
1:00-2:00 p.m. NT

Navigating artifical intelligence (AI), automation and technology can seem daunting and confusing. In this session, you will learn to

  • Transform pension administration through automation and digitalization
  • Maximize efficiency, reducing manual tasks in an age of labour shortages
  • Understand how your workforce may need to change with the introduction of new Technology

Category: Public Plans
Tracy Gromniski
Speaker
Tracy Gromniski
SVP of Business Solutions & Technology
Ellement Consulting Group
2:15-3:15 p.m. NT
How Employer-Sponsored Pension Plans Are Positively Impacting the Lives of Canadians
2:15-3:15 p.m. NT

Across Canada, we are seeing a shift in demographics, with a growing number of citizens nearing retirement and more people over age 65 than under age 14. Is Canada’s current retirement income system prepared for this onslaught of retirements? And how do employer-sponsored pension plans positively impact the health and well-being of older Canadians?

This session will include a discussion on:

  • The rapid shift in demographics and longevity and its impact on the elderly and the public retirement income system
  • Our role and responsibility to engage policymakers, employers and citizens on this topic
  • How employer-sponsored pension plans, specifically defined-benefit (DB) plans, are helping solve this problem.
Category: Public Plans
Celine Chiovitti, CEBS
Speaker
Celine Chiovitti, CEBS
Executive Vice President, Head of Pensions
OMERS
3:30-4:30 p.m. NT
Roundtable Discussions
3:30-4:30 p.m. NT
Category: Public Plans
Celine Chiovitti, CEBS
Panelist
Celine Chiovitti, CEBS
Executive Vice President, Head of Pensions
OMERS
Marg Romanow, R.N., CEBS, MTMS, ICD.D, Q.Arb, Q.Med
Panel Facilitator
Marg Romanow, R.N., CEBS, MTMS, ICD.D, Q.Arb, Q.Med
Pension Board Trustee on two Jointly Sponsored Pension Boards
Murray Wright, FFA, ACIA
Panelist
Murray Wright, FFA, ACIA
Associate Partner, Head of Demographic Risk and Pensions Risk Management
TELUS Health
Nicholas C. Dobelbower, Ph.D., CEBS, DipIEB, GPHR
Panelist
Nicholas C. Dobelbower, Ph.D., CEBS, DipIEB, GPHR
Senior Vice President, Global People Solutions
Lockton Companies
Paula Allen
Panelist
Paula Allen
Global Leader and Senior Vice President, Research and Client Insights
TELUS Health
Sarah Crown
Panelist
Sarah Crown
Vice President, Talent, Culture HR Advisory
Royer Thompson
Tracy Gromniski
Panelist
Tracy Gromniski
SVP of Business Solutions & Technology
Ellement Consulting Group
Tuesday July 25, 2023
8:30-9:30 a.m. NT
Trouble Ahead, Trouble Behind—What Notions Are Crossing Our Minds?
8:30-9:30 a.m. NT

In this session we’ll explore what plan sponsors are thinking about, given the market environment and outlook for the next few years. We will cover:

  • Interest rates and fixed income implications
  • Evolving world demographics
  • Private markets—Opportunities and concerns
  • Public market positioning.

Category: Public Plans
Steven J. Mahoney, CAIA, CFA, FSA, PRM
Speaker
Steven J. Mahoney, CAIA, CFA, FSA, PRM
Chief Investment Officer
Nova Scotia Pension Services Corporation
9:45-10:45 a.m. NT
Why Human Capital Management Is Essential to High-Performing Organizations
9:45-10:45 a.m. NT

Climate change remains the No. 1–cited preoccupation for investors, according to the Semi-Annual ESG Sentiment Study of Canadian Institutional Investors. However, this is quickly being followed with a growing focus on human capital and, more specifically, the management of the human capital within organizations and their supply chains. With new legislation in Canada relating to disclosures on forced labour in supply chains, investors anticipate engaging and focusing their assessment of human rights, Indigenous rights and reconciliation, and other aspects of human capital.

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In this session we will look at:

  • The state of engagement on this topic and why pension plan fiduciaries should make sure human capital management is integrated into investment processes.
  • Industry survey results and how institutional investors integrate these factors
  • The status of shareholder engagement and proxy voting
  • Latest legal issues on these topics.

Category: Public Plans
Milla Craig, SIPC
Co-Speaker
Milla Craig, SIPC
President and Chief Executive Officer
Millani Inc.
Shannon Rohan
Co-Speaker
Shannon Rohan
Chief Strategy Officer
SHARE
Stephen Pike, ICD.D
Co-Speaker
Stephen Pike, ICD.D
Partner
Gowling WLG
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. NT
Asset Allocations: Assets Must Serve a Purpose
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. NT

Inflation, volatility and geopolitical unrest are top of mind, challenging investors to stay invested for the long term to meet their goals. In this session we will discuss analytical approaches to navigating challenging and changing markets. We will explore how to improve intended investment outcomes and build globally diversified, risk-efficient portfolios designed to meet expectations throughout market cycles.

Category: Public Plans
Michael De Juan, CIM, CAIA
Speaker
Michael De Juan, CIM, CAIA
Senior Vice President and Director of Portfolio Strategy, Global Asset Allocation
Northern Trust
1:00-2:00 p.m. NT
Why We Must Acknowledge Bias to Create a Modern Benefit Experience: A Conversation on Modernizing Benefits to Support Diverse and Inclusive Workplaces
1:00-2:00 p.m. NT

At the heart of every plan is the intention to help as many members as possible. But what if traditional benefit design is what’s getting in the way of that? By examining the systems that led us to today, we can empower ourselves to challenge the status quo and create positive change for more members.

In this session you’ll get:

  • The road map of how we got here: The evolution of benefit plans in Canada and how the typical plan designs of today have built-in bias
  • Practical steps to help build plans that are inclusive of members' unique identities, backgrounds and experiences
  • A preview of emerging and more inclusive benefit options.

Category: Public Plans
Shelley Sjoberg, FSA, FCIA
Speaker
Shelley Sjoberg, FSA, FCIA
Assistant Vice President, Product Development and Support
Canada Life
2:15-3:15 p.m. NT
Cybersecurity and Service Providers
2:15-3:15 p.m. NT

Cybersecurity is fluid, and few of us are experts. What is reasonably expected of a trustee, and how is this impacted through the use of third-party service providers?

In this session you will learn more about:

  • Service provider mergers
  • Insurance coverages
  • Regulatory guidance and resources.

Category: Public Plans
Krista Tartaglia, CPA, CA
Speaker
Krista Tartaglia, CPA, CA
Partner
BDO Canada LLP
3:30-4:30 p.m. NT
Open Forum
3:30-4:30 p.m. NT

Bring your questions and join us for an open Q&A session with a group of our speakers.

Category: Public Plans
Bob Romphf
Panel Facilitator
Bob Romphf
Trustee
Manitoba Nurses Union
Krista Tartaglia, CPA, CA
Panelist
Krista Tartaglia, CPA, CA
Partner
BDO Canada LLP
Michael De Juan, CIM, CAIA
Panelist
Michael De Juan, CIM, CAIA
Senior Vice President and Director of Portfolio Strategy, Global Asset Allocation
Northern Trust
Milla Craig, SIPC
Panelist
Milla Craig, SIPC
President and Chief Executive Officer
Millani Inc.
Shannon Rohan
Panelist
Shannon Rohan
Chief Strategy Officer
SHARE
Shelley Sjoberg, FSA, FCIA
Panelist
Shelley Sjoberg, FSA, FCIA
Assistant Vice President, Product Development and Support
Canada Life
Stephen Pike, ICD.D
Panelist
Stephen Pike, ICD.D
Partner
Gowling WLG
Steven J. Mahoney, CAIA, CFA, FSA, PRM
Panelist
Steven J. Mahoney, CAIA, CFA, FSA, PRM
Chief Investment Officer
Nova Scotia Pension Services Corporation

The Foundation has a wonderfully balanced approach to education. Informative, engaging, relevant and held in a wonderful venue.

Andrew Huculak Chair
Saskatchewan Health Care Employee Pension Plan

Open Forum

Engaging sessions and open forums provide practical insight into the issues plans are facing. Attendees can ask questions, gather feedback from experts and learn from other attendees. 

Benefits of Attending

  • Learn from leading pension and benefits professionals about the specific issues you face in your role.
  • Experience learning from a forum of your peers and discover best practices in other systems.
  • Hear about strategies that could save your fund money in the short and long term.
  • Take advantage of several networking opportunities with peers and other professionals.

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for trustees, administrators, professional advisors and others in the Canadian public sector, including the broader public sector, federal, provincial, municipal, education, university and college, health and community service sectors, and not-for-profit organizations.

Preconference Offerings

Foundations of Trust Management Standards (FTMS)

Advanced Trust Management Standards (ATMS)

Speakers

 Speakers

Speakers for the 2020 conference will be announced shortly. Please check back soon.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education credit for professions and designations MAY be available for attendance at live sessions. You must register for the program and request CE credit at least 60 days prior to the beginning of the program so that the Foundation can seek preapproval from the governing agency.

Note: Requests made for continuing education credit do not guarantee administration of credit. For further information on continuing education credit, please call (262) 786-6710, option 2.

Educational sessions at this program can qualify for CEBS compliance credit. Visit www.cebs.org/compliance for additional information.


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Hotel availability is limited for July 23rd  and July 24th. We are working to find additional solutions. 

Please contact the Registration Department at (888) 334-3327, opt. 2 with questions.


Registration Information

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Through 6/16/2023 C $1,475.00 C $1,695.00
After 6/16/2023 C $1,775.00 C $1,995.00
 

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