Apply to be an OPTrust trustee

Apply to be an OPTrust trustee

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The Pension Liaison Committee invites you or someone you know to get involved with the OPTrust by applying to become a union trustee.

With the challenges facing defined benefit pension plans, we need people who have a firm and deep commitment to the labour movement and union principles.

OPTrust trustees meet a number of times each year and participate on at least one committee of the Board of Trustees. Attendance at various pension-related activities, including training sessions, is also required.

Time off is provided, and expenses are reimbursed according to OPSEU/SEFPO policy. The successful candidates must sign a letter of agreement to affirm that they will claim expenses only as per OPSEU/SEFPO policy.

Who should apply?

We are looking for individuals who ideally have, or who are willing to gain:

  • Both knowledge of, and a commitment to, OPSEU/SEFPO’s guiding principles and the pension policy
  • A good understanding of defined benefit pension plans and the pension legislation that governs them
  • An understanding of basic investment principles and the various types of investments

Must haves for the position are:

  • The ability to commit to preparing for, and attending, at least eight meetings per year including committee work;
  • A strong desire to learn more about pension plans and the pension landscape, good governance practices, investments; and
  • The ability to effectively communicate, ask questions and defend one’s position in a persuasive manner.

Applicants must also be actively participating in the OPTrust and be a member in good standing with OPSEU/SEFPO.

Applicants need not have experience in pension plans. Experience and participation in the union movement and/or their community will also be considered. Once appointed, training opportunities are provided by the plan.

If you or someone you know would be interested in applying for the exciting position of Union Trustee, please forward your application including name, contact information, and place of employment, along with a resume no later than 5:00 p.m. on February 24, 2023 to:

Joycelyn Martyn, Administrative Assistant Pensions and Benefits Unit

Fax:     (905) 712-3009


A written test will be required. Study material will be provided in advance. Candidates who successfully complete the testing will be selected for an interview.