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.

   

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.

   

Michael J. Peters, Vice President and Deputy Superintendent of Pensions, BC Financial Services Authority (BCFSA), Vancouver, BC. Michael J. Peters is Vice President and Deputy Superintendent of Pensions with the BCFSA. Michael served as Acting Superintendent of Pensions for British Columbia from July 2016 to July 2019; having been Deputy Superintendent of Pensions since 2004. In his current position, Michael is responsible for operational and strategic policies related to administration and enforcement of the British Columbia PBSA. He is also responsible for the risk-based regulatory framework used for oversight of pension plans registered in British Columbia. He has briefed cabinet ministers and the Executive Council of British Columbia on pension matters. 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 is currently Chair of the CAPSA Cybersecurity Committee and sits on several other CAPSA Committees as well. Michael also chaired the CAPSA Funding Review Committee, which published its Recommendations for the Funding of Benefits Other than Defined Contribution Plans in February 2019. He joined the Office of the Superintendent of Pensions in 1994, after working with the Registered Plans Division of the Canada Revenue Agency since 1988.

   

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.