Human Resources

Workshops & Information Sessions

The pension plans at Western are defined contribution plans (also called capital accumulation plans).  Both the University and the member make contributions to an account in the member’s name, and the member owns all of the money in the account.  It is the responsibility of each member to make decisions on the investments held within their account.  When a member leaves Western or retires there are a number of options for the accumulated savings.

The options and decisions to make, both during membership and when it’s time to leave or retire, can be complex. To assist members in understanding and evaluating their responsibilities and options, Human Resource Services offers several education and communication programs. These can help you to plan and monitor progress on your journey towards your retirement goals.

Annual Member’s Meeting

The Annual Meeting is a great opportunity to increase your understanding of Western’s retirement plans, see investment trends among your peers, talk about returns, and learn about fees. You’ll have the chance to gather information that will help you make investment decisions and plan your journey to retirement. 

> Learn about the 2015 annual meetings being held Thursday April 30 and Thursday May 14

Full-day Financial and Pre-retirement Planning Workshop

Plan your journey to retirement! Registration is open for the full-day pre-retirement planning workshop. Workshops for 2014 are on the following dates:

These workshops are aimed at members aged 45 plus and considering retirement within the next ten years. The sessions are facilitated by an external consultant who will lead an unbiased discussion of the role of the Western pension, government pensions and private savings in retirement income planning.

Additional topics may include preparing for the transition into retirement, investing in retirement, and tax planning.

The sessions are open to all members of the Academic and Administrative Staff pension plans. Spouses are welcome and are encouraged to attend with the plan member. If your spouse will be joining you and is also an employee they should register themselves as outlined below; if your spouse is not an employee please register yourself as outlined in the instructions below and email to register your spouse.

To register, login to My Human Resources, choose Manage Training Registration, then Enroll in Internal Training Courses.  Search by Course Name Retirement or by Course Number RETWFD. NOTE: If a session date listed above does not appear when you login to register it means the session is already full. You may check back later or email to be placed on a waitlist.  

Read detailed registration instructions.

NOTE: attendance at the full-day workshop is permitted only once in your career.  Please contact HR if you wish to discuss the timing of your attendance.

Invest in yourself this Financial Literacy Week!

November 17-21 is Financial Literacy Week and Human Resources is hosting two free workshops. Financial Literacy is about having the knowledge, skill and confidence to make responsible financial decisions.  During Financial Literacy Week please join us for two interesting and helpful sessions to help you build these important skills.   Come and bring your lunch, to one or both!

No advance registration is required to attend these workshops, however seating is limited.

Investing 101: Your Western Pension

Monday November 17th   12:05-12:55  Social Science Centre Room 3026
Western offers 15 investment options so that each of us can personalize our exposure to different types of investments with varying degrees of risk.  It is up to you to choose the mix that is right for you.  Come and learn about your options!

Get the handout here.

Income 101: Converting your pension into a retirement income

Thursday November 20th 12:05-12:55 University College Room 142
When you retire what happens to your accumulated pension funds?  Come and learn about the different options that are available for you to start your retirement income.  This session will be most relevant to members planning on retiring within the next 10 years.

Get the handout here.

Get to know your Pension Plan

When it comes to your pension plan at Western each member is responsible for the decisions made on their account. Our goal is to make information about your Western plan as simple as possible.  You’ll find lots of helpful information in our Western Pension Plan Summary.  If you have questions, feel free to call Human Resources at 519-661-2194 or email