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Seeking Candidates for Trustee – Canadian Blood Services Pension Plan


The Pension Liaison Committee invites you or someone you know to get involved with the Canadian Blood Services Pension Plan by applying to be a 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, as well as an understanding of pension plans, Trustee responsibilities and the legal framework surrounding pensions. OPSEU Pension Policy includes principles for ethical and socially responsible investment.

Trustees are generally required to meet for at least four meetings each year plus various pension-related activities. Expenses are reimbursed according to the OPSEU policy. The successful candidate must be willing to sign a letter of agreement that they will claim expenses only as per OPSEU policies.

The appointment is effective from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2018.

Who should apply?

Individuals with:

  • Knowledge and commitment to OPSEU’s beliefs and pension policy;
  • A good understanding of defined benefit pension plans and federal and provincial pension legislations across Canada;
  • Knowledge of the CBS Pension Plan;
  • Knowledge of governance and pension matters;
  • A demonstrated ability to understand complex issues and investment philosophy is preferred;
  • The ability to commit the time to attend at least four meetings per year and associated work;
  • Ability to effectively communicate, ask questions and defend one’s position;
  • Knowledge of finance and investment, particularly in the pension plan environment;
  • Experience in pension plans – Union and or Community.

If you or someone you know would be interested in applying for this exciting position as a Union Trustee please submit an application letter including your interest, relevant experience and your resume.  The position is available only to Canadian Blood Services OPSEU members.

Please submit your application no later than October 16, 2015 to:

Joycelyn Martyn
Administrative Assistant
Pensions and Benefits Unit
5757 Coopers Avenue
Mississauga, ON L4Z 1R9