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

Jeremy Bell, FCIA, CFA, Partner, George & Bell Consulting Inc., Vancouver, BC. Jeremy Bell has worked in the pension, benefits and investment fields for 20 years. He advises clients on actuarial and investment matters related to pension and benefit plans. He also advises lawyers and provides expert witness estimony. Prior to his current role, Jeremy was the Chief Actuary and Chief Investment Officer with the Healthcare Benefit Trust. Jeremy is active with the Canadian Institute of Actuaries, and participates as a volunteer on a variety of committees and task forces. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia.

   

Rosalind Gilbert, Associate Partner, Aon, Vancouver, BC. Ms. Gilbert is a senior actuary and Associate Partner in Aon’s Retirement and Investment Consulting practice (Vancouver). She provides actuarial, pension and governance consulting services to multi employer and single employer plan sponsors and Boards, plans in public and private sectors, defined benefit and capital accumulation plans, and executive arrangements. She specializes in retirement plan design, financing and governance, and is a member of Aon’s national Governance Team and Defined Contribution Steering Committee. She is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (FCIA), Society of Actuaries (FSA) and Conference of Consulting Actuaries (CCA).

   

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, health and welfare trusts, ELHTs and other benefit plans. Her clients include both single employer plans and trusteed multi-employer plans across a wide range of industries. Megan interprets and amends plan texts and trust documentation, advises on the application of provincial and federal pension legislation and regulator policy, and drafts supporting plan documentation such as participation agreements, third party reimbursement agreements and governance policies. She advises on issues that arise in day-to-day plan administration, assists her clients with specialized projects such as plan conversions and contract review, and assists the resolution of benefit disputes outside of court. Megan has significant experience reviewing and advising on pension and benefit plan investment agreements, including for limited partnership structures.

   

Abraham Koomson,  Director, Risk and Financial Analysis, BC Financial Services Authority (BCFSA), Vancouver, BC. Abraham Koomson is the Director, Risk and Financial Analysis, with the British Columbia Financial Services Authority (BCFSA). He has over 24 years of experience in the pension industry, in both the private and public sector, working in pension administration and regulation. He joined FICOM/BCFSA in 2008, after 14 years with a Canadian life insurance company in charge of pension administration, and 4 years responsible for the administration of public sector pension plans in BC. Abraham has led the development of a Risk-Based Supervision Framework for pension plans registered in British Columbia. He is also a member of a number of CAPSA committees dealing with new pension plan design initiatives and harmonization of pension rules.

   

Chris Nicolls, Secretary-Treasurer and CFO, School District No. 43, Coquitlam, BC. Chris Nicolls is an accounting professional with over 30 years of experience in the profit and not for profit sectors. An operationally oriented CFO, he leads the business operations of finance, administrative, payroll, benefits, procurement, facilities and maintenance. He is also the Non-Teaching Pension Plan Managing Director and serves as a Director of the SD43 Education Foundation. As a member of the executive team, Chris actively participates in leading the planning and execution of the organization’s strategic vision working closely with he elected Board of Education. Chris has his Certified Public Accountant designation and is also a Certified Financial Planner.

   

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.