Chair

Murray Campbell, Partner, Lawson Lundell LLP, Vancouver, BC. Mr. Campbell practises exclusively in the pension and employee benefits area, and is the head of his firm’s Pension and Employee Benefits Group. He is legal counsel for over two dozen multiemployer pension and health and welfare plans, as well as numerous sponsors of single employer arrangements. He has advised on many disputes relating to pension and benefit plans, and is involved in all manners of compliance and governance issues arising out of the administration of such plans. He is a frequent speaker on pension and benefit issues.

Faculty

Shelley Engman, FCIA, FSA, Consulting Actuary, Aon Hewitt, Vancouver, BC. Ms. Engman has practised as a British Columbia actuarial pension consultant for 30 years. She is a strategic advisor to jointly trusteed, union trusteed and corporately governed pension plans in both the public and private sectors. Ms. Engman is well known for her ability to communicate technical subjects in relevant and understandable terms, and is a frequent speaker on pension and benefit issues.
 
Brendan George, Partner, George & Bell Consulting, Vancouver, BC. Mr. George has worked in the pension and investment fields for 20 years. His areas of specialization include the financing and actuarial analysis of pension plans and investment consulting. Mr. George’s clients include pension plans, insurance funds, workers’ compensation funds, endowments and foundations. Mr. George has designed and implemented pension plans and supplementary pension plans. He also has experience with investment policy design and monitoring, investment manager searches, as well as performing risk analysis and asset-liability projections. Mr. George holds a Bachelor of Economic Science (with Distinction) in Statistics and Actuarial Science from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, and is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries, a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries (England), a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, and a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder. He is a frequent speaker at industry events.
 
Greg Heise, FSA, FCIA, FCA, Partner, Morneau Shepell, Vancouver, BC. Greg is a Partner at Morneau Shepell and leads the Retirement Solutions practice in Western Canada. A Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, Canadian Institute of Actuaries, and Conference of Consulting Actuaries, Greg has over twenty years of experience in actuarial, pension, and investment consulting. He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo with a B.Math in Honours Actuarial Science and a minor in Statistics. Greg has worked with a diverse group of clients, including large national and international corporations, multi-employer and jointly-trusteed pension plans, and various trusts and is currently the lead actuary for some of the largest plans in B.C. He spent 5 years as the Vice Chairperson of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries’ Pension Plan Financial Reporting Committee, rewriting the valuation Standards of Practice for Pension Plans which took effect December 31, 2010.
 
Colyn Lowenberger, Director of Pensions and Disability Administration, City of Regina, Regina, SK. Colyn brings nearly 20 years of experience in finance and investments to the Director and CEO roles of the City of Regina and its associated pension and disability plans. Prior to his current roles, he spent 10 years in banking and investment with BMO and CIBC. Colyn holds an MBA from the University of Regina as well as a M. Cert. in management and a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Statistics.
 
Troy Milnthorp, Associate Partner, Aon Hewitt Canada, Saskatoon, SK. As a member of Aon Hewitt’s retirement strategies team, Troy provides pension and actuarial consulting services to clients both locally and across the country. Troy specializes in the design and implementation of retirement arrangements for organizations and executives. He has a broad knowledge of accounting principles and methods for pension and other benefit plan costs under Canadian and International accounting standards. Troy has extensive experience working with the public sector in Saskatchewan in all the different aspects of retirement. Troy joined Aon Hewitt in October of 2000, after graduating from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science degree (Honours) majoring in Statistics. He is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries and Canadian Institute of Actuaries. He is a frequent speaker on various pension related topics, however, has spent the last few years presenting at conferences on the topic of pension sustainability and solutions to achieve sustainability.
 
John Smith, Partner, Lawson Lundell LLP, Vancouver, BC. Mr. Smith has a wide ranging practice covering commercial law, securities and M&A, as well as significant trust matters. Mr. Smith also has a long history of dealing with pension plans and serves on the Pension Committee of a significant corporation. A significant part of his practice is devoted to advising trustees and other fiduciaries about the extent and discharge of their duties. Mr. Smith is widely published, has lectured extensively, and is an adjunct professor teaching a section of the Trusts course at University of British Columbia Faculty of Law.