The Voice of Multi-Employer Plan Interests in Canada


May 11, 2017 TORONTO, CANADA – The Multi-Employer Benefit Plan Council of Canada (MEBCO) is very proud of being able to step up to take a major leadership role in the World Pension Alliance (WPA). The Alliance met for its annual meeting in Montréal, May 9th, 2017 which preceded the 9th Transatlantic Conference, also held in Montréal. Susan Bird was elected as the Chair of the Alliance for the coming term. Ms. Bird is a Board member of MEBCO, the President of the McAteer Group of Companies from Markham, Ontario and has very significant experience in the pension and benefits area. Bob Blakely, the President of MEBCO, said “I cannot think of a better person to lead the World Pension Alliance, Susan Bird is a consensus builder and an exceptional leader who understands that the global status of pensions is a determinant of the quality of life of so many people!”

Ms. Bird said “I think that our leadership role in the WPA is a result of the engagement that we have had on the global pension community. We are known for punching far above our weight. Personally I am humbled by the task and I will work hard at it.”

The availability of an adequate workplace pension gives Canadians (and other nation’s workers) dignity in retirement and is a major positive determinant for health. The encouragement of workplace pensions is a force for the common good.

The World Pension Alliance deals with pension plans that touch the lives of over 400 million people and its members have over $10 trillion dollars under asset management. European, Asian, Antipodean, North and South American pension system are represented in the WPA.

About MEBCO: The Multi-Employer Benefit Plan Council of Canada (MEBCO) is a not-for-profit organization established in 1992 to represent the interests of multi-employer plans at all government levels. MEBCO is the voice of Multi-Employer Plan interests in Canada. MEBCO is responsible for identifying issues that impact Multi-Employer Plans, developing and carrying out strategies to address those issues. MEBCO’s member-plans provide comprehensive health coverage to over 1 million Canadians.

For more information contact:
Bob Blakely, President MEBCO
90 Burnhamthorpe Road West, Ste 300
Mississauga, ON L5B 3C3
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Five reasons why your MEBCO membership is critical
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  1. The threat to multi-employer plans is real.
    The legislative framework is constantly changing, and cost-management and cost reduction are at the top of every agenda.
  2. Legislative changes can be significant.
    Recent proposed changes have threatened to offload costs onto plans, restrict plan coverage, and have compromised the viability of some plans
  3. Multi-employer plans are worth protecting.
    Multi-employer plans play a vital role in providing health services and retirement plans to over 1 million workers and their families in industries typified by small companies and a mobile work force.
  4. Multi-employer plans need a united lobby.
    Multi-employer plans carry a low profile due to the fact that the coverage is thinly spread over many employer groups and mobile workers.
  5. MEBCO is committed to protecting your interests.
    When governments propose changes, MEBCO is the single, clear voice at the table representing the unique interests of multi-employer plans.