Pension Plan Administration: Managing risk & the deferred member dilemma

February 19, 2015 7:30 AM to 9:30 AMHotel Fort Garry, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Area of Interest: Pensions Format: In Person
Don't miss Simon Deschenes, Principal at Mercer and Brenda Venuto, Vice President, Member Services for TRAF as they discuss some finer points of good pension administration.  Simon will outline how taking a closer look at certain key areas of pension administration practices can proactively help manage risks and be part of a good governance framework.  Brenda will provide first hand examples of pension administration practices put in place by TRAF and will pay particular attention to the challenges Deferred Members present and how TRAF is currently addressing these issues.

Fees and Registration
Membership Types Regular Price
Regular membership $42.86 CDN
Associate $42.86 CDN
Student $42.86 CDN
Non Member $90.48 CDN
Event: 74 Registered 26 Available
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Simon Deschênes is the Office Leader and Retirement Leader in Mercer’s Winnipeg office.


In his role as Office Leader, Simon is ultimately accountable for Mercer’s services in the Winnipeg market. He has more than 10 years of retirement consulting experience and advises small and large clients on the design, strategy and cost management of their pension plans.


Simon has a bachelor's degree in actuarial sciences from Laval University and has been a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and the Canadian Institute of Actuaries since 2008. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder since in 2012.

Brenda Venuto

Vice President, Member Services, Teachers' Retirement Allowances Fund (TRAF)


Brenda is responsible for the delivery of benefit information and communications to more than 36,000 active, former and retired members of TRAF.  She is also responsible for the management of member records and employer services.


Brenda began her career with TRAF in 1982 after graduating from the University of Winnipeg.  She also holds a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist designation and a certificate in Pension Plan Administration through Humber College.