NUPGE’s final Pension Basics Webinar on Capital Stewardship on June 10

The fifth in a series of five NUPGE Pension Basics webinars will examine the growing role of social, environmental and governance factors in pension plan investment.

Ottawa (06 June 2016) — The 360,000-member National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) will deliver its final one-hour Pension Basics webinar this Friday, June 10, 2016.

Learn more about the growing role of social, environmental and governance factors in pension plan investment

The webinar, entitled Capital Stewardship, is the fifth and final webinar of a five part series.  The webinar series was developed in cooperation with Shareholder Association for Research and Education (SHARE), a union-friendly advocacy organization specializing in Canadian pensions and responsible investment. 

Pension assets in Canada now exceed $1 trillion. The way this money is invested has significant impacts on retirement security, the wider economy, and the welfare of society. It can also affect the jobs of NUPGE members and other public sector workers. The Capital Stewardship webinar will examine the growing role of social, environmental and governance factors in pension plan investment. NUPGE policies and practices related to the responsible stewardship of pension assets will be described.

Webinars lead by industry experts

The webinar will be moderated by Corinne Carey, the pension and benefits officer with the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU/NUPGE). The three presenters for the webinar will be:

  • Kevin Thomas, Director of Shareholder Engagement with SHARE
  • Mike Grimaldi, Chair of OPTrust, the investment and management arm of the pension plan for members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE) employed with or retired from the Ontario government
  • Larry Brown, National Secretary-Treasurer of NUPGE.

The time of the webinar will depend on which time zone a participant lives in.  To find the time of the webinar in your province, click here

NUPGE's Pension Basics series available on YouTube

The series of Pension Basics webinars were designed for new or potential Component pension trustees, members of Component pension committees, as well as NUPGE activists and staff who have an interest, but not a strong background, in pensions. 

NUPGE members who have an interest in pensions are encouraged to participate in the final webinar.  Participants will need to register for the webinar in advance so they receive the proper notifications. Registration must be done online at

NUPGE members who participate in all webinars and complete a self-assessment will receive a certificate of completion.

The topics of the first four webinars were

  • Overview of Canada’s retirement system
  • Plan Funding and the Role of the Actuary
  • Pension Investment
  • Pension Law

All four of these webinars have been posted on NUPGE’s YouTube channel.  They are available by clicking here

More information:

NUPGE Pension Basics Webinar Series


The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 360,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE


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