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CPBI Saskatchewan Fall Newsletter

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In This Issue

  • Message from the Chairperson   
  • Welcome to New Council Members 
  • Farewell to Departing Council Members
  • Regional Volunteer of the Year: Troy Milnthorp
  • Highlights of Happy Hour Member Appreciation with Bruce Sellery
  • 2020-21 Calendar of Events 
  • Celebrating Membership Anniversaries
  • CPBI Membership Value
  • 2020-21 Sponsors & Sponsorship Opportunities  
  • 2020-21 CPBI Saskatchewan Regional Council & Committees    

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Message from the Chairperson

 

2020 marks my 10th year of attending CPBI events. When I first joined the pension and benefits industry in the fall of 2009, I had never heard of the Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute. I had been working in financial services for 20 years so it surprised me that I had not heard of “CPBI”. Looking back on the 10 years of attending events and eight years of being on the regional council, I wish I would have attended these events 20 years sooner! It would have been financially advantageous for my clients in the private sector and myself as an employee to have been educated in pension and benefits from the beginning of my career! This organization allowed me the opportunity to increase my knowledge and confidence in pensions and benefits and because of that I understand now the HUGE advantage it is to have employer sponsored benefits.

 
 

It also allowed me to provide excellent financial planning education to members of pension and benefits, whether they were clients or family and friends!! My time spent on council, working with local professionals as well as meeting professionals nationally at conferences and meetings, is a huge reason why I love my job so much. I want to say “thank you” to CPBI for the education, knowledge, and appreciation I have developed while attending sessions and being a part of this great organization.

Our team of professionals in Saskatchewan are working on making our sessions into virtual opportunities to network. We are assembling another great line up of educational speakers for this program year! Please consider joining CPBI as a member to participate in these sessions at a reduced cost. The pandemic has made me a little more thankful for the opportunities that networking provides because I miss it so much! I am looking forward to when this is all behind us and we can get back to physical networking versus virtual networking. I hope you are all having “Aha!” moments that will impact you for the rest of your life! I am so thankful for the life we live in Canada and the opportunities we have here!

Dara Sewell-Zumstien   

Chairperson

CPBI Saskatchewan Regional Council

 

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Welcome to New Council Members!

 

CPBI Saskatchewan Regional Council is pleased to introduce our new Council Members.   

 

Jessica Kreutzer

Jessica Kreutzer has been a CPBI member for over 3 years and is a Retirement Information Consultant with PEBA. Jessica is a U of R grad with a big family, most of whom are still in Regina. She loves carpentry, from home renovations to building her own outdoor furniture. When she is not building, she is enjoying spending a lot of time in the garden. As a Retirement Consultant, she enjoys the personal interaction and the satisfaction of helping individuals and families navigate their finances successfully. We welcome Jessica on Council and on our Professional Development Programs, Finance, and Conference Planning Committees.

 
 

Jolene Beblow   

Jolene Beblow is the Manager of Pension Administration at SaskPower and has worked for the Provincial Government for over 25 years in a variety of positions. As a Chartered Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Fraud Examiner, she has been Operations Administrator of SaskPower’s Defined Benefit Pension Plan for over 10 years. Jolene’s hobbies and interests include farm life, horses, cattle, gardening and playing the violin. She is a mother of 3 children, ages 13, 9, and 7, who are involved in all aspects of the farm and extra-curricular sports. Jolene is the Treasurer of Skate Indian Head and former Treasurer of the Tavria Ukranian Folk Dance Ensemble. As a member of CPBI since 2009, Jolene feels it is important to participate in CPBI events to stay current on trends in the industry, hear about challenges that others are facing as well as build a network of contacts. We welcome Jolene on Council and on our Finance Committee.

 
 

Nancy Feniuk   

Nancy Feniuk has been involved in pensions and benefits since 2013 and is currently working as a Policy Analyst at the Public Employees Benefits Agency (PEBA). Prior to joining PEBA, she was a Policy and Program Coordinator/Research Officer with the Drug Plan and Extended Benefits Branch, Saskatchewan Ministry of Health. Nancy has completed the Pension Plan Administration Certificate (PPAC) 1 and was registered to attend PPAC 2 in March 2020 however the session was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nancy has attended several CPBI events, including luncheons and the 2018 Saskatchewan Regional Conference. Nancy looks forward to working with her Council colleagues on the Communications, Governance and Nominating, and Professional Development Programs Committees to learn more about CPBI and serve all Saskatchewan members. Welcome Nancy!

 
 Lyn McGaughey

Lyn McGaughey is a Certified Employee Benefit Specialist and the Owner of Eureka Benefits & Consulting. A diversified professional with over 20 years of experience in the financial services and group benefits industries, Lyn is passionate about community involvement and helping businesses succeed. She loves the non-stagnant nature of the benefits industry and thrives on change. Lyn finds there is always something changing with her clients’ businesses, their employees, or healthcare in general. Believing strongly in community involvement, Lyn’s current roles include Program Chair for the Advocis North Central Saskatchewan Chapter as well as Past-Treasurer and Past-Co-Chair of the 2019 National Strategies for Success Conference. Lyn sat on the board of Tourism Saskatoon from 2011 to 2016. Board responsibilities over her 5-year tenure included the Audit Committee, 2nd Vice Chair, Chair, and Past-Chair. Past board positions included Vice-Chair for the Saskatoon Society for the Protection of Children and Treasurer for the North Battleford Granite Curling Club. Past volunteer contributions include the Subaru Triathlon, Chair for the Kamsack Swimming Pool Committee, Canadian Cancer Society-North Battleford Chapter, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters-North Battleford. We welcome Lyn on Council and on our Finance Committee and Conference Planning Committee.

 


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Farewell to Departing Council Members

 

CPBI Saskatchewan would like to thank the following departing members of our Council for their years of service and valuable contributions to our Region. Their time, effort, and expertise contributed to the success of our Council and Region. They will be missed.

Doug Volk, Executive Director, Saskatchewan Teachers’ Superannuation Commission - 12.5 years.

Peter Gruening, Pension Manager, Total Rewards, Federated Co-operatives Limited - 2 years.

 


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Regional Volunteer of the Year: Troy Milnthorp 

 
 

Every year, the CPBI Saskatchewan Region recognizes one of its many volunteers who have contributed their time and talents towards CPBI’s goal: to provide quality education for our our members and guests in pensions, benefits, investments, and human resources. At its April 2020 virtual Annual General Meeting, CPBI Saskatchewan announced Troy Milnthorp as its 2020 Volunteer of the Year.

Troy has done a great deal of speaking for CPBI on a volunteer basis over the years, and he is a "fan favourite". In addition, this year he has put a lot of time and effort into his outstanding "What's Up Pension Stuff?" articles as our volunteer pension content creator. He is a long-term CPBI member and former CPBI Saskatchewan Council member. Troy is amiable and warmhearted; he has a great sense of humour and is an expert in his field. His many meaningful contributions to the CPBI Saskatchewan region make him highly deserving of this award. Please join us as we extend our heartfelt appreciation to Troy. Troy Milnthorp is the Senior Managing Director of Corporate Fund Services at the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation (STF) where he oversees their pension, benefits, and investment programs. Prior to joining the STF, he was a partner in the retirement practice at Aon Hewitt, where he provided pension and actuarial consulting services to clients locally and across the country. Troy is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries.

 

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Highlights of Happy Hour Member Appreciation with Bruce Sellery

 

At our Happy Hour Member Appreciation Webinar on September 17, 2020, Bruce Sellery kept our attention and focus with his energetic presentation. He was very entertaining and engaging, and he made managing money look fun!

Here are three key take-aways from his presentation:

1. “We are all in the same storm, but we are not all in the same boat.” The pandemic has affected people in different ways, for different reasons. It is critical to understand what you need, in your life, in this moment, to get a better handle on your money.

2. The Priority Pyramid is a way to figure out where to put your focus. It starts with positive cash flow, then moves up to debt elimination, then saving for the things that are important to you.

3. Taking action on your money takes discipline, patience, creativity, and courage.

 


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2020-21 Calendar of Events

  

         Fall Webinars 

           Date 

Topic

 
 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

 

Mental Health Anti-Stigma and Public Awareness

The Schizophrenia Society of Saskatchewan’s Partnership Program will share stories of recovery from mental illness. Two speakers will share their lived experience with mental illness including an in-depth look at their mental health journey and what recovery is like for them. These experiences will be followed by a mental health advocate who will share information on common stigmas, an overview of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and depression, and lastly, information on resources and how to access them.

CLICK HERE for details or to register.

  

 
 

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

 

Financial Wellness for the Ages: Many Generations, One Common Thread

Speakers:

Isabelle Landry, Vice President and Leader, Communication and Change Management Solutions, Morneau Shepell

Brandon Thao, Senior Consultant, Communication and Change Management Solutions, Morneau Shepell

Watch for details!

 

   

           Pension Plan Administration Certificate (PPAC)
    

               Humber College is working on offering PPAC online. Watch for details! 

  

 

         10th Annual CPBI Saskatchewan Regional Conference

               All-Stars 2021: Showcasing the Best!        

               April 20, 21 & 22, 2021 at the Hotel Saskatchewan in Regina.

               Prepare to join us in the celebration of 10 years of successful conferences!

                Click here for complete details!

  

         Stay up-to-date on all CPBI events across Canada! CLICK HERE for more

         exciting details about our 2020-21 Calendar of Events! 

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Celebrating Membership Anniversaries

 

The CPBI Saskatchewan Regional Council would like to recognize the following CPBI members on the anniversary of their membership. The anniversaries are being recognized in five (5) year milestone increments. Thank you for your ongoing support of the CPBI Saskatchewan region!

 Name  Company Membership
 

Tanya

Darcy

Jason

Jessica

John

Michael

Pamela

Kevin

Angela

Sandy

Carol

Michael

Glenn

Khalil

Darlene

Gayle

Kimberly

Gordon

Denise

Russell

Jasmine

Erin

Gay

Jacalyn

Dona

Chad

Patricia

Gary

Holly

Raymond

Jo-Ann

Bonnie

John

Timothy

Bob

John

Susan

Brian

Katherine

Denis

David

Marg

Lydia

Christine

Elaine

Perry

Murray

Jeff

Dave

David

Brent

Marilyn

Barbara

Louis

Lestage

Koch

Gunderson

Kreutzer

Salmond

McCann

Giles

Pasiechnik

Rensby

McKerlie

Courtney

Carss

Reid

Ahmed

Achter

Richmond

Enge

Meadows

Wood

Doell

Pettigrew

Haresign

Dixon

Luterbach

Jones

Corbin

Webb

Hutch

Johnson

Parsley

Hincks

Meier

Gangl

Beke

Wilhelms

Hallett

Haacke

Smith

Strutt

Garand

Kapeluck

Romanow

Kapell

Petford

Ireland

Bahr

Totland

Stepan

Wild

Larsen

Johnson

Stobbe

Diebel

Martel

 

Möbius Benefit Administrators

Möbius Benefit Administrators

Möbius Benefit Administrators

Public Employees Benefits Agency

GMS

University of Saskatchewan

Faithful Servant Consulting

City of Saskatoon, General Superannuation Plan

University of Regina

Saskatchewan Blue Cross

Saskatchewan Blue Cross

Saskatchewan Blue Cross

Saskatchewan Blue Cross

Möbius Benefit Administrators

Saskatchewan Telecommunications

Co-operative Superannuation Society Pension Plan

Saskatchewan Pension Plan

Saskatchewan Pension Plan

Mercer Canada Ltd.

Saskatchewan Healthcare Employees' Pension Plan

Saskatchewan Healthcare Employees' Pension Plan

Saskatchewan Healthcare Employees' Pension Plan

Saskatchewan Healthcare Employees' Pension Plan

Public Employees Benefits Agency

Public Employees Benefits Agency

Mercer (Canada) Ltd.

Saskatchewan School Boards Association

Public Employees Benefits Agency

Financial & Consumer Affairs Authority

City of Saskatoon, General Superannuation Plan

Möbius Benefit Administrators

Saskatchewan Pension Plan

Möbius Benefit Administrators

University of Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Blue Cross

Sun Life Financial

Public Employees Benefits Agency

Public Employees Benefits Agency

Saskatchewan Pension Plan

Denis Garand & Associates

Co-operative Superannuation Society Pension Plan

Saskatchewan Healthcare Employees' Pension Plan

SGI

Saskatchewan School Boards Association

Public Employees Benefits Agency

Public Employees Benefits Agency

City of Saskatoon, General Superannuation Plan

Saskatchewan Healthcare Employees' Pension Plan

Public Employees Benefits Agency

Aon

Manulife Financial

Saskatchewan Mutual Insurance Company

Public Employees Benefits Agency

Public Employees Pension Plan

 

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CPBI Membership Value

 

These are unprecedented times, and the CPBI Team wants to let you know that we are here for you. We have moved all in-person sessions online so you can keep on learning from the safety of your home. CPBI's webinars provide the latest information on pension and benefits issues, legislation, and innovation.

Don't miss out! Take full advantage of your membership benefits!

Purchase your 2021 CPBI Membership now and receive a complimentary CPBI membership for the remainder of 2020. Find out how to become a member!

   

 

Missed a live online session? No problem, you can always register and access the recording. View our library of On-Demand Videos from past events that you may have missed... available at your fingertips at all times!

  

Check out CPBI's curation of articles on pension, benefits, and investment topics on Scoop.It!

  

 

At Perkopolis, CPBI Members can benefit of exclusive offers! Use your CPBI membership to enjoy great savings on entertainment, travel, attractions, shopping, health, wellness, sport, and more! Start now!

 

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2020-21 Sponsors & Sponsorship Opportunities

 
 

With our 10th Annual Regional Conference postponed to 2021, we would like to thank and acknowledge the following conference sponsors for sticking with us through this challenging time:

10th Annual Conference Sponsor:    


DiamondPlatinumGoldSilverBronze 

GMS 

MFS Investment Management

CWB Trust Services

The Co-operators 

CIBC Mellon

Manulife

Cidel Asset Management

Desjardins Insurance  

Sun Life Financial

Lawson Lundell LLP 

Franklin Templeton

Morneau Shepell

Canada Life

Triasima  

Eckler

RBC

Russell Investments


iA Financial Group

  

Media 

Benefits and Pensions Monitor

The CPBI Saskatchewan sponsorship package is designed to allow you the opportunity to maximize your sponsorship dollars. If you choose the option to sponsor both the 2020-21 program year and the 10th Annual Regional Conference, you are eligible to receive a 10% discount if you apply by September 30, 2020. 

We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to promote your brand to a diverse group of benefits, pension, investment and human resource professionals in the Saskatchewan region. With the various sponsorship packages available, your company has the flexibility to achieve its marketing objectives and stay within budget. Each package guarantees you excellent and ongoing recognition building up to and during the events.

The success of our programs and conferences is credited largely to our sponsors who lend their names and financial support. Join us for another exciting year of educational and promotional opportunities.

Download the 2020-21 Sponsorship Brochure and Application Form.

 
   

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2020-21 CPBI Saskatchewan Regional Council & Committees 

 

Chair: Dara Sewell-Zumstien, Public Employees Benefits Agency   

Vice Chair: Gail Genest, Saskatchewan Pension Plan

Treasurer: Pamela Peters, Saskatchewan Healthcare Employees' Pension Plan

Secretary: Bobbee Wood, GMS

National Board Representative: Randy W. Lewis, Lewis Consulting

Council Members:

     Sarah Johnston, GMS

     Sherri Welk, The Co-operators

     James Dulmage, Möbius Benefit Administrators Inc.

     Bobbee-Jo Wood, GMS

     Lori Cook, BMA Benefits Division

     Jessica Kreutzer, Public Employees Benefits Agency

     Jolene Beblow, SaskPower

     Nancy Feniuk, Public Employees Benefits Agency

     Lyn McGaughey, Consultant

 

Finance Committee

     Chair, Pamela Peters

     Randy Lewis

     Jolene Beblow

     Lyn McGaughey

     Dara Sewell-Zumstien

Professional Development Programs Committee             

     Chair, James Dulmage  

     Jessica Kreutzer

     Nancy Feniuk

     Allison Nystrom, Saskatchewan

         Healthcare Employees' Pension Plan

     Leslee Fraser, Farm Credit Canada

     Dara Sewell-Zumstien   

Governance and Nominating Committee

     Chair, Dara Sewell-Zumstien

     Sarah Johnston  

     Pamela Peters

     Nancy Feniuk   

Communications Committee    

     Chair, Randy Lewis

     Gail Genest

     Nancy Feniuk

     Helen Parisone, Farm Credit Canada

     Dara Sewell-Zumstien      

Sponsorship and Membership Committee 

     Chair, Sherri Welk

     Gail Genest

     James Dulmage

     Bobbee-Jo Wood

     Dara Sewell-Zumstien

Conference Planning Committee

     Chair, Gail Genest

     Vice Chair, Vacant

     Randy Lewis

     Bobbee-Jo Wood

     Jessica Kreutzer 

     Lori Cook

     Lyn McGaughey

     Barbara Kook, Saskatchewan Teachers'

         Federation

     Wanda Boehmer-Schidlowsky,

         Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation

     Michael Carss, Saskatchewan Blue Cross

     Dara Sewell-Zumstien

Strategic Planning Committee    

     Chair, Sarah Johnston

     Vice Chair, Sherri Welk

     Pamela Peters

     Jessica Kreutzer

     Dara Sewell-Zumstien  

  

   

 

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