Webinar on Canada’s retirement system to take place Friday, March 18

NUPGE set to deliver first in a series of five Pension Basics webinars.

Ottawa (10 March 2016) — The 360,000-member National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) will deliver its first in a series of five one-hour Pension Basics webinars next Friday, March 18, 2016.

Pension series kicks off on March 18

The March 18 webinar entitled "Canada’s retirement systemwill describe NUPGE’s pension commitments, provide an overview of Canada’s retirement system with a focus on the role of workplace pensions, and examine the question of retirement income adequacy from a pension plan perspective.

The webinar will begin with an introduction from NUPGE’s National Secretary-Treasurer Larry Brown, It will be moderated by Elisabeth Ballermann, President of Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA/NUPGE), and will be led by Brian Schramm, Pension Representative with the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU/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.  

Webinars for pension trustees, members of pension committees, activists and staff

The series of Pension Basics webinars is 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.  The webinars have been developed in cooperation with Shareholder Association for Research and Education (SHARE), a union-friendly Canadian advocacy organization specializing in Canadian pension and responsible investment.

NUPGE members who have an interest in pensions are encouraged to participate in the webinars.

The topics and dates for the four other webinars are:

  • Plan funding and the role of the actuary — Friday, April 8, 2016
  • Pension investment — Friday, April 29, 2016
  • Pension law — Friday, May 20, 2016
  • Capital stewardship — Friday, June 10, 2016

For more details on each of the webinars and how to register, click here.

More information: 

Pension Basics

NUPGE webinar outline and registration


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