From May 10 to May 12, MEBCO (Multi-Employer Benefit Council of Canada) hosted the 9th annual Transatlantic Conference. Partners in the conference, held in Montreal, were the European Association for Paritarian Institutions (AEIP) and the United States’ National Coordinating Committee for Multiemployer Plans (NCCMP). Topics discussed included global trends in regulation and supervision of pension plans, environmental social and governance issues for pension plan investments. Health topics included emerging trends and innovation in health care. Panels of global experts discussed best practices foe disease prevention and workplace health and safety. The conference closed with a discussion on the social dialogue and the state of play in Canada, the US and globally.
Bob Baldwin, an Ottawa-based expert in global pension governance provided a keynote address to the 9th annual transatlantic conference in Montreal. Bob’s address covered the evolution of pension coverage that covered global trends. He discussed the pillars in the retirement system and encouraged thought on pension adequacy. The Honorable Phyliss C. Borzi, former US Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) discussed trends in pension regulation and supervision.
Presentation: The Evolution of Retirement Income Systems
Presentation: Regulation and Supervision of Pension Plans in the USA
A panel that included Yvonne Yee Mun Sin, ASA, ACIA, MAAA recently head of global pensions at the World Bank, Gerhard Rieman, Director, Pensionfederatie, The Netherlands and Randy Defrehn of the National Coordinating Committee for Multiemployer Pension Plans (NCCMP) discussed the evolution of risk sharing with citizens through defined contribution pension plans. Papers delivered at the conference can be found at mebco.org.
Liam Kennedy, Editor of Investment Pension Europe led a panel discussion that covered important issues relating to ESG in the selection and management of pension fund investments. Panel member Mike Mazzucca of Koskie Minsky LLP discussed fiduciary issue in employment of ESG principles. Judith Moore, Head od Sustainability Research and Policy at Affirmative Investment Management discussed the evolution of green bonds. Papers delivered at the conference can be found at mebco.org.
The Honorable Earl Pomeroy, a former US government congress member representing North Dakota provided the 9th annual transatlantic conference with an historical view of the US health care system that includes medicare, Medicaid, private coverage and employer-provided coverage. He highlighted that 49% of Americans’ have health care through employer-sponsored plans and another 22% of Americans are covered by medicare and Medicaid. He estimated that 24 million Americans will have less or no health care under the proposed changes to Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act).
Presentation: The Great American Healthcare Debate Continues
In his address to the 9th annual transatlantic conference Mr. Peyrude, President of OCIRP – organisme commun des instituions de ren et de preyvoyance) the union of French provident institutions discussed best practices for disease prevention. He highlighted the importance of “nudging” – encouraging small changes in behavior that can have positive health results.
Presentation: Best Practices for Prevention - European & French Perspectives
An expert panel in workplace mental health that included Jeane Day, Director General, groupe enterprises et sante, Canada, Dr. Marie-Helene Pelletier, Assistant Vice President Sun Life Financial, Clement Allanic, PSYA, France, Joseph Riccuitti Co-founder of Mental Health International and Stephen O’Sick of the Bricklayers Union Local 2 led an informed discussion on the tools available to employers, employees and unions for education about mental health. Ms. Day reviewed the training tools available to Quebec employers including multi-level certification in mental health training. Dr. Pelletier illustrated the link between financial wellness and mental health. Mr. Allanic reviewed the services provided by PSYA (xxxx), France and shared recent statistics from French employer groups. Mr. Riccuiti provided an overview of mental health issues in Canada and challenged the conference attendees to explore workplace issues more deeply. In particular he encouraged thinking about how mental health issues do impact the workplace whether or not the issue is founded in the workplace. Mr. O’Sick informed about his union’s experiences with drug addiction and especially the misuse of opiods.
Presentation: Prevention Strategies for Psychological Risks - SYSA
At its plenary meeting, voting members of the World Pension Alliance (WPA) that includes the American Benefits Council, Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia, European Association of Paritarian Institutions (AEIP), International Federation of Pension Funds Administrators (FIAP), Multi- employer Benefit Council of Canada (MEBCO), National Conference on Public Employees Retirement Systems (NCPERS), National Coordinating Committee for Multiemployer Pension Plans (NCCMP) and PensionsEurope elected Susan Bird, CEBS representing MEBCO as its Chair for 2017/2018. Susan succeeds Bruno Gabbellieri of AEIP who chaired the WPA from May 2016. WPA’s Vice Chair for 2017/2018 is Matti Leppalai of PensionsEurope. The WPA’s coorindator for 2017/2018 will be Dr. Francesco Briganti. The WPA estimates its members provide pension benefits to 350 million individuals and assets of 10 trillion. The WPA is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.
Presentation: Trends in Canadian Pension Regulation and Supervision
Presentation: 2017 Transatlantic conference FIEC presentation
Presentation: AEIP Presentation Health Innovation
Presentation: AEIP Montreal 9th Annual Conference
Presentation: Social Dialogue
Presentation: Building and Construction Industry Accident Insurance and Prevention
Presentation: Environment Social and Governance Requirements
Presentation: Improving One’s Health Together
Presentation: Introduction to AIM
Presentation: New Pension Scheme in the Netherlands
Presentation: Requirements for Social Partners on European levels
Presentation: Rester en sante
Presentation: Transatlantic Conference
Presentation: Transatlantic Conference Sponsors