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Pension Risk Strategies

Major trends are reshaping Canada’s pension plans and their risk strategies as employers look to share or off-load pension risk and focus on de-risking. How these work and what risk strategies are on the horizon will be the focus of this session.

Despite improved funding positions, pension plans may still face significant headwinds from market volatility. Against this backdrop, Michael Augustine, of TD Asset Management Inc., will discuss how plan sponsors are addressing pension risk and the main consideration of whether to fully aim to transfer the risk or not.

Insurers are adapting to a growing Pension Risk Transfer business with deals getting larger and the provisions more complex.  Neil Duffy, of The Great-West Life Assurance Company, will explore new developments that are helping clients successfully transfer their pension risk to the insurance market.

Enterprise risk analysis is commonly utilized by institutional investors. However, alternative investments – such as hedge funds, private equity, and real estate – can present challenges for applying this type of analysis. Catherine Thrasher, of CIBC Mellon and BNY Mellon, will highlight different approaches to risk measurement for investors who are largely allocated to alternative assets.

Derek Dobson, of the CAAT Pension Plan, will outline a new, cost effective de-risking option – consolidation with a jointly sponsored pension plan. Under this approach, pension sponsors continue to enjoy the substantial benefits of offering a DB pension plan to employees while eliminating balance sheet risks by settling past pension obligations. This all-in-one solution allows employers to gracefully exit the pension risk management business on a cost effective basis.

Join our expert speakers; Michael Augustine, FCIA, FSA, CFA, Managing Director from TD Asset Management Inc., Catherine Thrasher, CIPM, FRM, Strategic Client Solutions and Global Risk Solutions, from CIBC Mellon and BNY Mellon, Neil Duffy, Vice President, Group Retirement Products and Pension Risk Transfer from Great-West Life and Derek Dobson, CEO & Plan Manager from CAAT Pension Plan at this Benefits and Pensions Monitor, Meetings & Events session.

Who Should Attend?

Pension plan sponsors, providers, consultants, money managers and other investment stakeholders.


Registration Fees

Attendee Registration Fee of $169 CAD plus tax (group insurers, benefits consultants, pharmaceutical companies and other healthcare stakeholders)

Pension Plan Sponsor Registration Fee $59 CAD plus tax
(August 15, 2018)

The first 20 pension plan sponsors to register
will receive a $20 Tim Hortons gift certificate

For questions and plan sponsor registrations, please contact Kristyn Dougall, Executive Meeting & Event Manager at 705-252-5074 or

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Joelle Glasroth, Event Account Manager at or 416-494-1066 ext 11


Tuesday September 25, 2018


7:30AM - Breakfast + Registration
8:30AM - 11:45am - Event Sessions


InterContinental Toronto Centre Hotel

225 Front Street West
Toronto, ON
M5V 2X3





Attendance certificates are available upon request to receive your CE credits

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