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Mercer's 2018 School of Pension Investment Management (SPIM) - Spring Session

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Mercer’s 2019 School of Pension Investment Management (SPIM) Spring Session – Toronto, Canada
Calendar12 February 2019

Building effective pension investment management skills is more important than ever in the challenging environment of defined benefit fund management. Both the capital markets and the pension regulatory regime are becoming increasingly complex and dynamic.

To assist in improving the governance and management of pension fund assets, Mercer and the Schulich School of Business, York University have established The School of Pension Investment Management (SPIM), which is built on the success of its predecessor, Pension Investment Management School (PIMS).

This is an intensive two day seminar designed to provide pension plan fiduciaries with the knowledge to improve the overall governance and management of their defined benefit pension fund.


Dates:  May 7th - 8th 2019
Times:  Presentations:
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM (ET)
Cocktails - May 7th:
5:30 PM (ET)
Registration Fee:  $2,700 + HST
Payment must be received in full prior to the seminar.
Contact:   Mohani Balraj
Location:  InterContinental Toronto Centre
225 Front Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5V 2X3



This program is designed for individuals who are involved in the pension investment decision-making process and who have fiduciary responsibilities for the pension fund. These include trustees, investment committee members, pension fund managers, and senior human resource and finance/treasury personnel.


Attendees will:

  • Improve their knowledge of the pension investment management system as it applies to defined benefit and defined contribution plans
  • Enhance their understanding of pension finance and asset/liability integration
  • Increase their effectiveness in structuring, selecting and monitoring investment managers
  • Make more informed and confident decisions


The two-day curriculum will be comprised of the following core areas of study:

  • Fiduciary responsibility and prudent governance
  • Principles of pension finance and investment
  • Asset mix policy and risk management
  • Investment policy implementation – manager structure, currency management, active and passive management
  • Investment Monitoring and Oversight

The curriculum will also feature these relevant and timely topics:

  • Alternative investments
  • Responsible investing programs
  • Group decision-making

School of Pension Investment Management (SPIM) Spring 2019 Agenda - Day 1

Day 1 (May 7) Caledon Room
8:30 am - 9:00 am Continental Breakfast (Oakville Room)
9:00 am - 9:15 am Welcome and Course Overview
9:15 am - 10:15 am 1. Pension Fund Governance (Patrick Hatzis, Mercer)
10:15 am - 10:45 am   Breakout Session - Governance
10:45 am - 11:00 am Break (Oakville Room)
11:00 am - 12:00 pm 2. Pension Financing Principles (Ben Ukonga, Mercer)
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch (Oakville Room) – Luc Girard, Mercer
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm 3. Asset Mix Policy (Andrew Whale, Mercer)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm   Breakout Session – Asset Mix Policy
3:00 pm - 3:15 pm Break (Oakville Room)
3:15 pm - 4:00 pm 4. Responsible Investing (Karen Lockridge, Mercer)
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm 5. Group Decision-Making (Kevin Tasa, Schulich)
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm   Cocktail Reception (Sapphire/Turquoise Room)

School of Pension Investment Management (SPIM) Spring 2019 Agenda - Day 2

Day 2 (May 8) Caledon Room
8:30 am - 9:00 am Continental Breakfast (Oakville Room)
9:00 am - 10:00 am 6. Pension Risk Management (Hrvoje Lakota, Mercer)
10:00 am - 10:15 am Break (Oakville Room)
10:15 am - 11:15 am 7. Investment Structure (Pat Leo, Mercer)
11:15 am - 11:45 am   Breakout Session – Asset Mix Implementation
11:45 am - 12:00 pm Break (Oakville Room)
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch (Oakville Room) – Brett Jennings, Mercer
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm 8. Alternative Investments (Todd Nelson, Mercer)
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm   Break (Oakville Room)
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm 9. Manager Selection and Investment Oversight
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm   Breakout Session – Investment Oversight
4:00 pm - 4:10 pm   Course Wrap-up