Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)



Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

February 28, 2013 14:03 ET

Securing retirement for Canadians: CUPE President to speak at Pension Summit

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 28, 2013) - The British Columbia Pension Forum is taking on one of the biggest challenges facing Canadian workers: retirement security.

Organized jointly by the BC Federation of Labour and the Shareholder Association for Research and Education (SHARE), this forum offers a valuable opportunity for journalists to speak to international and national experts on pension reform and sustainable investment.

What: The British Columbia Pension Forum will bring together approximately 150 pension trustees, pension advisory committee members and pension activists with investment managers, public policy makers and leading national and international thought-leaders to discuss key pension plan governance, funding and investment issues.
Why: Canada is facing a retirement crisis. The economic crisis of 2008 has left many workplace pension plans hurting, and more and more Canadians are facing retirement insecurity. The $1.1 trillion of Canadian trusted pension funds are of critical importance to workers and the economy. How these funds are invested, as well as pension plan structures and recent cases of regulation changes, all have an impact on retirement security. This event is a one of a kind opportunity for experts to come together to discuss the current challenges and the future outlook of retirement security in a British Columbian context.
Who: Paul Moist, national president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, will deliver a keynote address on the challenges facing workplace pension plans, and the need to expand the Canadian Pension Plan. He will be joined by Dr. Wolfgang Engshuber, Chair, United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), who will be speaking to PRI resources to support responsible investment approaches.
When: March 1, 2013
8:45 - Keynote, Dr Wolfgang Engshuber
12:45 - Keynote, Paul Moist
Where: Empire Landmark Hotel, 1400 Robson Street, Vancouver.

You can find the full days agenda here: http://bcpensionforum2013.sched.org/

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