New Opportunities and Achievements

An article by Tom Ault of Aon Hewitt about a potential new era in pension plan de-risking is featured in the latest issue of Benefits Canada magazine. 

Paul Forestell of Mercer and Canada's chief actuary Jean-Claude Ménard commented in the Globe and Mail on projections that it was unlikely that Canadians' average life expectancy would ever reach 100.

The C. D. Howe Institute released a report written by Malcolm Hamilton about the compensation of federal officials.

Doug Johnson, a partner at Mercer, has been appointed as the company’s Canadian mergers and acquisitions leader. Prior to assuming this position, he ran one of Mercer’s specialist Canadian retirement businesses. Luc Bernèche, partner and client manager in Mercer’s Calgary office, will support the company’s mergers and acquisitions business in Western Canada, with a particular focus on mining, energy, and corporate/private equity clients.

James Koo, formerly vice-president and chief risk officer for Canada and employee pensions at Sun Life Financial, has become a partner in Aon Hewitt Canada’s retirement consulting practice. 

In Benefits Canada magazine, Cameron McNeill of Segal Consulting highlighted some of the concerns facing those responsible for multi-employer pension plans. 

Daniella Vega has been appointed as principal at Eckler "in recognition of her outstanding achievements and professional standing", the company said.

In the Financial Post, Fred Vettese of Morneau Shepell suggested that Canadians' RRSP participation rate was much better than it appeared at first glance. 

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