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Join us on Friday, March 1st, 2013 for the annual BC Pension Forum, co-hosted by SHARE and the BC Federation of Labour.

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Friday, March 1
 

7:30am

Registration and Continental Breakfast
Friday March 1, 2013 7:30am - 8:15am
Empire Landmark Hotel - Crystal Ballroom 1400 Robson St Vancouver, BC V6G 1B9

8:30am

Opening Remarks
Friday March 1, 2013 8:30am - 8:45am
Empire Landmark Hotel - Crystal Ballroom 1400 Robson St Vancouver, BC V6G 1B9

8:45am

Keynote Presentation: Dr. Wolfgang Engshuber

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Speakers
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Dr. Wolfgang Engshuber

Chair, Principles for Responsible Investment
Wolfgang Engshuber was elected chair of the PRI Advisory Council as well as the PRI Association Board in January 2011. He is an ex officio Board member of the UN Global Compact. After a career spanning 25 years, he retired formally from his executive position at Munich Re in October 2011, although he will continue as a senior advisor. As President, Corporate Centres, Munich Re America for 13 years, he oversaw key corporate departments... Read More →


Friday March 1, 2013 8:45am - 9:30am
Empire Landmark Hotel - Crystal Ballroom 1400 Robson St Vancouver, BC V6G 1B9

9:30am

Morning Plenary 1: Economic Update

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Speakers
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Chris Lawless

Chief Economist, British Columbia Investment Management Corporation
Chris Lawless is chief economist at the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation, where he oversees research and analysis of economic, capital market, and pension issues, and provides advice on investment strategies for clients. bcIMC is one of Canada’s largest institutional investors, with over $95 billion in assets under administration. | Chris has been a close observer of the B.C. and Canadian economic scenes for a number of... Read More →


Friday March 1, 2013 9:30am - 9:50am
Empire Landmark Hotel - Crystal Ballroom 1400 Robson St Vancouver, BC V6G 1B9

9:50am

Morning Plenary 2: Proxy Voting and Shareholder Engagement

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Speakers
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Laura O'Neill

Director of Law and Policy, SHARE
Laura has been with SHARE for six years. As Director of Law and Policy, her responsibilities include shareholder engagement, policy advocacy and management of proxy voting services. | Laura was called to the bar in Ontario in 1996, and has a Bachelor of Laws degree from Queens’ University (1994). She also has a Bachelor of Arts degree (English Literature, 1989) and a Master of Arts degree (English Literature, 1990). | Laura’s... Read More →


Friday March 1, 2013 9:50am - 10:10am
Empire Landmark Hotel - Crystal Ballroom 1400 Robson St Vancouver, BC V6G 1B9

10:10am

Morning Plenary 3: State of Responsible Investment in Canada

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Speakers
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Jane Ambachtsheer

Global Head of Responsible Investment, Mercer
Jane Ambachtsheer is Partner and Global Head of Responsible Investment at Mercer Investments, Based in Toronto, Jane joined Mercer’s London, UK office in 2000. She is responsible for developing intellectual capital across a range of responsible investment topics, and advises investors in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. | | Jane was consultant to the United Nations through the development of the Principles for Responsible... Read More →


Friday March 1, 2013 10:10am - 10:30am
Empire Landmark Hotel - Crystal Ballroom 1400 Robson St Vancouver, BC V6G 1B9

10:45am

Coffee Break
Friday March 1, 2013 10:45am - 11:15am
Empire Landmark Hotel - Crystal Ballroom 1400 Robson St Vancouver, BC V6G 1B9

11:00am

Morning Workshop 1: Securities Class Actions, International Litigation Review & BP Case Study

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Speakers
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Shannon Rohan

Director of Responsible Investment, SHARE
Shannon has worked for over ten years in the area of responsible investment and social finance. Prior to joining SHARE in 2006, Shannon worked with the Johannesburg-based African Institute of Corporate Citizenship where she conducted research on responsible investment in Africa and helped to establish the Centre for Sustainability Investing. Shannon has conducted training with the International Finance Corporation and sat on the African Task... Read More →
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Mark Solomon

Partner, Robbins Gellar Rudman & Dowd
Mark Solomon is a founding partner of Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP and leads its international litigation practice. Over the last 20 years, he has regularly represented both United States and United Kingdom-based pension funds and asset managers in class and non-class securities litigation in federal and state courts throughout the United States. Mr. Solomon earned his law degrees at Trinity College, Cambridge University, England... Read More →


Friday March 1, 2013 11:00am - 11:45am
Empire Landmark Hotel - Pavilion 3/4 1400 Robson Street, Vancouver

11:00am

Morning Workshop 2: Best Practices for Plan Communication

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Speakers
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Victoria Grabb

Consultant
Vicky Grabb is a consultant who has worked with a number for pension governance bodies over the past 15 years. She has worked with the Municipal Pension Plan in British Columbia in the role of Senior Administrative Officer since 2003. She was the lead consultant in the creation of new defined benefit and defined contribution pension plans for Canadian Blood Services, including establishing the governance structures for the plans, selecting... Read More →


Friday March 1, 2013 11:00am - 11:45am
Empire Landmark Hotel - Pavilion 1/2 1400 Robson Street, Vancouver

11:00am

Morning Workshop 3: Best Practices for Plan Governance

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Speakers
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Kevin Olineck

Vice President, Client Services, BC Pension Corporation
Kevin Olineck joined BC Pension Corporation as Vice President, Client Services Division, in May 2009. Prior to joining the Pension Corporation, he worked at Alberta Pension Services Corporation where his last position was Vice President, Pension Services. In addition to his experience in public sector pension administration, Kevin held management positions within the Pension & Investment Management Division at Canada Life Assurance... Read More →


Friday March 1, 2013 11:00am - 11:45am
Empire Landmark Hotel - Crystal Ballroom 1400 Robson St Vancouver, BC V6G 1B9

11:45am

Lunch
Friday March 1, 2013 11:45am - 12:45pm
Empire Landmark Hotel - Crystal Ballroom 1400 Robson St Vancouver, BC V6G 1B9

12:45pm

Keynote Presentation: Paul Moist

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Speakers
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Paul Moist

National President, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
Paul Moist is national president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) – Canada’s largest union with more than 620,000 members. A firm believer in the labour movement as a force for social change, Moist has used his leadership to champion public services such as health care, education and municipal services.  He has led CUPE in opposing privatization and advocating for increased literacy, improving the... Read More →


Friday March 1, 2013 12:45pm - 1:30pm
Empire Landmark Hotel - Crystal Ballroom 1400 Robson St Vancouver, BC V6G 1B9

1:30pm

Afternoon Plenary 1: Low Interest Rate Environment

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Speakers
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Shelley Engman

Consulting Actuary, Aon Hewitt
Ms. Engman has practiced as a British Columbia pension actuary and consultant for 29 years. She is a strategic advisor to union-trusteed, jointly-trusteed, and corporately governed pension plans in both the public and private sectors. Her focus is on the prudent management of financial risk, so that desired outcomes are achieved for plan stakeholders. Ms. Engman is well known for her ability to communicate technical subjects in relevant and... Read More →


Friday March 1, 2013 1:30pm - 1:55pm
Empire Landmark Hotel - Crystal Ballroom 1400 Robson St Vancouver, BC V6G 1B9

1:55pm

Afternoon Plenary 2: The Dynamics of Pension Regulatory Reform in Canada
Speakers
avatar for Murray Gold

Murray Gold

Partner, Koskie Minsky LLP
Murray Gold is Managing Partner at Koskie Minsky LLP, and a leading practitioner in the area of pensions and employee benefits. | | Murray served as one of four Expert Advisors to the Ontario Expert Commission on Pensions, which reported in 2008. Murray continues to be actively involved in legislative and policy reform in the pension and benefits area. | | In addition to his advisory practice, Murray has led Koskie Minsky’s teams in... Read More →


Friday March 1, 2013 1:55pm - 2:20pm
Empire Landmark Hotel - Crystal Ballroom 1400 Robson St Vancouver, BC V6G 1B9

2:20pm

Facilitated Group Discussion
Speakers
avatar for Shelley Engman

Shelley Engman

Consulting Actuary, Aon Hewitt
Ms. Engman has practiced as a British Columbia pension actuary and consultant for 29 years. She is a strategic advisor to union-trusteed, jointly-trusteed, and corporately governed pension plans in both the public and private sectors. Her focus is on the prudent management of financial risk, so that desired outcomes are achieved for plan stakeholders. Ms. Engman is well known for her ability to communicate technical subjects in relevant and... Read More →
avatar for Murray Gold

Murray Gold

Partner, Koskie Minsky LLP
Murray Gold is Managing Partner at Koskie Minsky LLP, and a leading practitioner in the area of pensions and employee benefits. | | Murray served as one of four Expert Advisors to the Ontario Expert Commission on Pensions, which reported in 2008. Murray continues to be actively involved in legislative and policy reform in the pension and benefits area. | | In addition to his advisory practice, Murray has led Koskie Minsky’s teams in... Read More →


Friday March 1, 2013 2:20pm - 2:50pm
Empire Landmark Hotel - Crystal Ballroom 1400 Robson St Vancouver, BC V6G 1B9

2:50pm

Coffee Break
Friday March 1, 2013 2:50pm - 3:00pm
Empire Landmark Hotel - Crystal Ballroom 1400 Robson St Vancouver, BC V6G 1B9

3:00pm

Afternoon Workshop 1: Legislative Update

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Speakers
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Aaron Walker-Duncan

Director of Policy, BC Pension Corporation
Aaron Walker-Duncan is the Director of Policy at the BC Pension Corporation. In his role, he leads a team of professionals in the provision of strategic policy support to BC public sector pension plans. This includes maintaining complex pension plan rules and policies and compliance with federal and provincial regulatory requirements. He has been with the BC Pension Corporation since 2004. Prior to this, he was an employee benefits... Read More →


Friday March 1, 2013 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Empire Landmark Hotel - Crystal Ballroom 1400 Robson St Vancouver, BC V6G 1B9

3:00pm

Afternoon Workshop 2: Ensuring Alignment between Pension Funds and Investment Managers and Long-Term Responsible Investment

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Speakers
avatar for Jane Ambachtsheer

Jane Ambachtsheer

Global Head of Responsible Investment, Mercer
Jane Ambachtsheer is Partner and Global Head of Responsible Investment at Mercer Investments, Based in Toronto, Jane joined Mercer’s London, UK office in 2000. She is responsible for developing intellectual capital across a range of responsible investment topics, and advises investors in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. | | Jane was consultant to the United Nations through the development of the Principles for Responsible... Read More →
avatar for Fong Yee Chan

Fong Yee Chan

Implementation Support Manager, Principles for Responsible Investment
Fong Yee Chan manages the private equity work stream at PRI. In this capacity, she is responsible for managing projects and activities that focus on alignment of interest between GPs / LPs, understanding the impact of and approaches to managing ESG factors in PE investments. Prior to joining PRI, Fong Yee was a consultant at Accenture and Deloitte, focused on strategy and implementation projects for companies in the public and private... Read More →
avatar for Maria Lettini

Maria Lettini

Head of Signatory Relations & Outreach, UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment
Maria joined the PRI in September of 2011. She is responsible for signatory relations and the recruitment of new PRI signatories worldwide. She has over fifteen years experience in business and finance. Maria spent eight years working in Institutional Equity Sales at J.P. Morgan and Deutsche Bank, based in both US and Europe. Maria holds a MA with Distinction in Environment, Politics and Globalization from King's College London and a BA in... Read More →


Friday March 1, 2013 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Empire Landmark Hotel - Pavilion 3/4 1400 Robson Street, Vancouver

3:00pm

Afternoon Workshop 3: Infrastructure Projects

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Speakers
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David Podmore

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Concert Properties
DAVID R. PODMORE, MA (ESc.), D.TECH. (HON.) MCIP, RI, FRI Widely recognized as one of Vancouver’s most influential contributors to the real estate industry, David Podmore has been in the business for more than 38 years. David brought years of planning and development experience to the table when he co-founded Concert with Jack Poole in 1989. Today, David serves as Concert’s Chairman & Chief Executive Officer. David is often... Read More →


Friday March 1, 2013 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Empire Landmark Hotel - Pavilion 1/2 1400 Robson Street, Vancouver

3:45pm

Closing Speaker: Modern Portfolio Theory, Risk and Fiduciary Duty
Speakers
avatar for Edward J. Waitzer

Edward J. Waitzer

Jarislowky Dimma Mooney Chair in Corporate Governance, Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of Business at York University
Edward J. Waitzer is the inaugural Jarislowsky Dimma Mooney Chair in Corporate Governance, a joint appointment between Osgoode and the Schulich School of Business.  He has been an adjunct professor at Osgoode, off and on, for the past 15 years and was the Law School’s Falconbridge Professor of Commercial Law in 2006.  During the winter 2008 term, he is teaching Business Associations.  Waitzer was Chair of Stikeman Elliott LLP from 1999... Read More →


Friday March 1, 2013 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Empire Landmark Hotel - Crystal Ballroom 1400 Robson St Vancouver, BC V6G 1B9

4:30pm

Closing Remarks
Friday March 1, 2013 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Empire Landmark Hotel - Crystal Ballroom 1400 Robson St Vancouver, BC V6G 1B9