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

Cynthia Callahan-Maureen, Director, Pensions and Personal Property Security, Ministry of Finance for British Columbia, Victoria, BC. Cynthia was called to the Bar of BC in 2003 and the Bar of Yukon in 2007. She holds a law degree from the University of Victoria. She is a director with the Financial and Corporate Sector Policy Branch of the Ministry of Finance, with responsibility for policy and legislative development for BC’s pension standards and personal property security legislation and the ministry’s commercial lien statutes. She has worked in these areas since joining the Branch in 2008. From 2010 to 2015, Cynthia participated in the joint rewrite of the Pension Benefits Standards Act and Alberta’s Employment Pension Plans Act based on the 2008 Report of the AB-BC Joint Expert Panel. She also participated in the development and instructed on the drafting of BC’s Pooled Registered Pension Plans Act, enacted in 2014. Before joining the Ministry of Finance, Cynthia spent a year in Whitehorse, Yukon as Legislative Counsel with the Department of Justice. She has worked in policy and legislation since 2002 when she became the Manager of Legislation for the Ministry of Children and Family Development, leading numerous legislative projects including statutes establishing Community Living British Columbia and the Office of the Representative for Children and Youth.

   

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.

   

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.