Human Resources

Governance

Each of Western’s pension plans (Academic and Administrative) are administered by a Pension Board consisting of up to four members of the plan and three appointed members who are common on both Boards. The Academic and Administrative Staff Pension Boards work together as the Joint Pension Board. The Boards are standing committees of the Board of Governors and have been delegated the responsibility of administering the respective pension plans.

Sun Life Financial has been selected by the Board to handle most of the day-to-day member services and administration of the plans. Western Human Resources also assists in administration of the plan, especially at the time of enrolment in the Plan, at termination or retirement, and in liaising with Sun Life Financial.

The Joint Pension Board, while responsible for the overall administration of the plans, has contracted the assistance of many professionals. They include investment managers, an investment management consultant, auditors and an actuarial consultant. The Board has employed the services of Russell Investments to provide advice and guidance in the selection and hiring of the investment managers for the various investment funds.

Joint Pension Board Results - 2018

Effective August 2018, the University appointed position on the Academic Pension Board and Administrative Pension Board held by Vice-President, Finance & Operations (Lynn Logan) has been delegated to Bill Mathers, (Acting) Associate Vice-President Financial Services.

Nominations closed on July 12, 2018 for the call for nominations which was issued June 25 for one position on the Administrative Pension Board, effective July 1, 2018.  We are pleased to announce that Amna Wasty was acclaimed to the position. 

Previously, nominations closed on March 14, 2018 for the call for nominations which was issued February 28 for two positions on the Joint Pension Board, effective July 1, 2018.  We are pleased to announce that the following nominees were acclaimed to the positions:

Administrative Pension Board - Ab Birch (re-elected)

Academic Pension Board - Michelle Loveland (re-elected)

Ab and Michelle have served on the Board since 1997 and 2007 respectively.  We thank them for their continued interest in the Joint Pension Board and dedication to administering the Western Pension Plans.

The Joint Pension Board

Governance Documentation

Pension Board Mission Statement

"Our Mission is to provide members with the opportunity to accumulate adequate funds for retirement. We seek to provide sufficient choices but not onerous choices. We seek to provide services and options on a cost effective basis to accommodate members who are active in the management of their retirement savings and also for those members who look to the board for guidance. We will provide these services and options while following our principles."