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 multi-employer pension and health and welfare plans in BC, Saskatchewan and Alberta. 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

Nick Gubbay, FCIA, FFA, Principal, Eckler Ltd., Vancouver, BC. Nick is an experienced group benefits consultant and actuary, advising clients on the design and funding of their benefit plans, and in the evaluation of liabilities associated with retiree and self-insured disability benefits. He has consulted to numerous single- and multi-employer benefit trusts on a variety of benefit-related issues. Nick is currently an instructor for the Health & Welfare Funding/Investment/Financing module of the ATMS offered by the IFEBP.

   

Megan Kaneen, Partner, Lawson Lundell LLP, Vancouver, BC. Megan advises boards of trustees and plan sponsors on a variety of legal matters involving pension plans, employee life and health trusts, health and welfare trusts and other benefit plans. Her clients include both single employer plans and trusteed multi-employer plans across a wide range of industries. Megan advises on plan investments, prepares and amends plan texts and trust agreements, advises on the application of provincial and federal pension legislation and regulatory policy, and drafts supporting documentation. She also advises on issues that arise in day-to-day administration and assists her clients with special projects such as plan conversions. She regularly works with FICOM and other regulatory agencies. Megan is a member of the Canadian Pension & Benefits Institute; the Association of Canadian Pension Management; the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans; the International Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers’ Association; and is the current BC Section Chair of the Canadian Bar Association, Pensions and Benefits Section, as well as a national executive member.

   

Laura O'Neill, Secretary and Trustee, BC Target Benefit Pension Plan, Vancouver, BC. Ms. O’Neill has 20 years’ experience in governance and investments. She is a member of the Law Society of Ontario since 1996 and a Chartered Financial Analyst since 2001. She currently serves as a Trustee on the Joint Community Health Benefits Trust and the Health Investment Unit Trust and is a member of the board of the UBC Staff Pension Plan.

   

Michael J. Peters, Deputy Superintendent of Pensions, BC Financial Services Authority, Vancouver, BC. Michael is responsible for operational and strategic policies related to administration and enforcement of the British Columbia PBSA. He is also responsible for the development and implementation of a risk-based regulatory framework for oversight of pension plans registered in British Columbia. Michael represents British Columbia at the Canadian Association of Pension Supervisory Authorities (CAPSA) and oversees British Columbia’s involvement in furthering CAPSA’s strategic plan. Michael also works with the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Working Group on Pensions. He has briefed cabinet ministers and the Executive Council of British Columbia on pension matters.

   

John Smith, Partner, Lawson Lundell LLP, Vancouver, BC. Mr. Smith has a wide ranging practice as a commercial lawyer, involving significant trust matters. Mr. Smith also has a long history of dealing with pension plans and serves on the Pension Committee of a major corporation. A significant part of his practice is devoted to advising trustees and other fiduciaries about the nature and discharge of their duties. Mr. Smith is widely published, has lectured extensively, and is an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law teaching a section of the course on the Law of Trusts.