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BC Pension Forum and Pre-Forum Events (Boot Camp & Master Class)

Feb 23Feb 24



Join BC Federation of Labour (BCFED) and SHARE in Vancouver for two days of education, debate and networking on pension funds and investment.

Pension Boot Camp
Thursday, February 23, Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
Designed for tomorrow’s trustees and union pension champions, the day-long Boot Camp delivers expert-led presentations. Tailored to the beginner, topics will include an introduction to the Canadian retirement system, pension law, understanding the role of the actuary, and investment basics.

Trustee Master Class: Embedding Responsible Investment in Pension Fund Governance and Across Asset Classes
Thursday, February 23, Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
This year’s Master Class will provide experienced trustees with the opportunity to explore strategies for embedding responsible investment into pension fund governance and across asset classes in an interactive and hands-on learning setting. In the morning, the class will consider key tools and techniques for hard-wiring environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) considerations into investment practices. Participants will discuss different strategies for ensuring alignment between asset managers and the long-term objectives and financial interests of their pension funds. In the afternoon, we will examine the challenges and opportunities associated with infrastructure investments including addressing ESG issues.
Agenda      Registration for the Master Class is now full. If you are interested in attending, please add your name to the waitlist by emailing averdeflor@share.ca.

BC Pension Forum
Friday, February 24, Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
Low interest rates, volatile markets, declining private sector pension coverage and pressure on plan funding are just a few of the pressing challenges facing pension plans today. The BC Pension Forum creates an opportunity for education, debate and networking that will examine current and emerging trends, issues and challenges facing occupational pension funds. The program will feature keynotes, panels and breakout sessions.

New addition to our program: Breakfast & Morning Coffee Chat (7:30 to 8:30): What have securities class action lawyers ever done for us?
Join Kevin Thomas (Director of Engagement, SHARE) and Mark Solomon (Partner, Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP) for a morning coffee chat. Kevin will interview Mark about his experience representing investors seeking to recover losses through securities class actions. High profile cases and global trends will be discussed, including recently filed cases such as the novel climate-change shareholder class action against Exxon Mobil and shareholder class actions against pharmaceutical companies alleged to have been colluding to fix generic drug prices.

SFU Public Event: Shared Prosperity: The Role of Investors in Addressing Inequality
Thursday, February 23, 6-9pm, Simon Fraser University’s Segal Graduate School, 500 Granville Street
The unequal distribution of economic benefits across society has become a headline political and economic issue. Investors continue to express concern that high pay leads to risky behaviour and oversized rewards for a few while stagnating standards of living built on low pay strategies are undermining economies. This dialogue event will explore how long-term investors such as pension funds are grappling with the challenges of economic inequality and addressing the opportunity of shared prosperity. (Registration required)
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The Pinnacle Hotel
1133 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 3T3 Canada
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