The Wild West of Pensions Regulators

The Wild West of Pensions Regulators

October 19, 2023 12:00 PM to 1:30 PMOnline - Mountain Time zone
Area of Interest: Pensions, Investments Format: Web

An online seminar hosted by CPBI Pacific, Southern Alberta, Northern Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba Regions.


Please join us for an online seminar on October 19, 2023.

Join us for a unique opportunity to hear about pension regulatory developments from Western Canada’s pension regulators, including the BC Financial Services Authority, Alberta Treasury Board and Finance, the Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan, and the Manitoba Financial Services Agency. Speakers will provide the latest regulatory updates and share their areas of regulatory focus in the coming years. The Canada Revenue Agency will also provide an update on recent regulatory developments and insights into upcoming changes.

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Leah Fichter
Deputy Superintendent of Pensions
Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan

Leah Fichter is the Executive Director of the Pensions Division with the Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan (FCAA) and is Saskatchewan’s Deputy Superintendent of Pensions. She is responsible for overseeing the regulation of occupational pension plans and the development of the policy framework for the funding, administration, supervision and regulation of pension plans in the province.

Leah has been instrumental in the development of a legislative framework to support the restructuring of distressed pension plans. She also spearheaded the development of the legislative structure for regulating pooled registered pension plans and target benefit plans in Saskatchewan. 

Leah is Vice-Chair of the Canadian Association of Pension Supervisory Authorities (CAPSA).  From 2019 to April 2023, she was Chair of CAPSA and a member of the International Organisation of Pension Supervisors (IOPS). She was the chair of CAPSA’s Defined Contribution Pension Plans Committee and recently lead the development of a harmonized multi-jurisdictional  framework for the regulation of variable payment life annuities.

Leah has spoken about pensions nationally and internationally.

Over the course of her career Leah has worked in several regulatory roles in the public service. She has also been a pension plan administrator, an investment advisor, and has worked at an insurance company managing pension assets.   

Leah holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan. She also holds a Pension Plan Administration Certificate from Humber College and has completed the Canadian Securities Course and Canadian Options Course.


Christina Kauenhofen
Pension Analyst
Roger Mousseau
Deputy Superintendent of Pensions
Manitoba Financial Services Agency – Pensions

Christina Kauenhofen is a Pension Analyst with the Office of the Superintendent – Pension Commission (OSPC) in Manitoba.  The OSPC is responsible for the oversight and regulation of over 350 active pension plans, including 70 defined benefit pension plans.  Christina has been with the OSPC for two years and has 25 years experience working in 

the financial industry holding positions as a Senior Business Analyst and Pension Analyst with various pension plan consulting firms.

Christina has experience working with diverse pension plan stakeholders, including Multi-Employer Pension Plans, Union and Trade plans and Defined Benefit Pension Plans.

Christina holds the Certified Employee Benefits Designation.


Haripaul Pannu, FCIA, FSA
Deputy Superintendent of Pensions
Government of Alberta

Haripaul Pannu is the Deputy Superintendent of Pensions of Alberta. His office is responsible for the oversight and regulation of over 600 pension plans which have assets 

in excess of $145 billion. Haripaul has been with been with Government of Alberta for the past nine years. His prior roles include Senior Manager, Risk Management; Acting Deputy Superintendent of Pensions; and Director, Pension Policy.

Haripaul has been involved with many aspects of pension plan regulation and policy. He was part of a team that was involved in developing the Joint Governance of Public Sector Pension Plans Act, which transitioned three public sector plans to regulation under the Superintendent of Pensions. Prior to joining the Government of Alberta, Haripaul worked at Alberta Pensions Services Corporation and as a actuarial pension consultant with several consulting firms.

He has over 25 years of pension experience and is a Fellow, Canadian Institute of Actuaries and Fellow, Society of Actuaries. Haripaul has a B.Sc. from the University of Alberta and a M.Math from the University of Waterloo.


Sonya Tomin
Director of Pensions
BC Financial Services Authority

Sonya Tomin joined the BC Financial Services Authority in September 2023 as Director of Pensions, leading a team responsible for the supervision of over 600 pension plans in B.C. 

Sonya spent many years working as a pension actuary in the private sector in Vancouver and Calgary, including roles with Mercer, Aon and Eckler. She moved to Vancouver Island in 2009 and joined the BC Public Service, spending 13 years in various roles - at BC Stats as a lead for workforce planning across the BC Public Service and later leading teams in

the analytics division of the Ministry of Health. Most recently, Sonya worked as a Corporate Actuary with the BC Pension Corporation. She holds a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (FCIA) designation.

Sean Malloy
Director – Policy, Actuarial and Communications Division
Registered Plans Directorate
Legislative Policy and Regulatory Affairs Branch
Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)

Sean was appointed to the position of Director of Policy, Actuarial and Communications with the Registered Plans Directorate of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) in November of 2019. He began his career with the CRA in 1998 and has held positions of increasing responsibility in various Branches of the Agency since that time. Most recently, he served as the Senior Strategic Advisor to the Commissioner of the Canada Revenue Agency in 2016 and was named the Director of Audit in the Registered Plans Directorate in 2017. 

Born and raised in Ottawa, Sean holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Commerce degree, with Honours, from Carleton University. He is the proud father of three daughters.



Allyson Marta

Allyson Marta practises exclusively in the area of Pensions and Benefits law. Her practice focuses on pensions and benefits in corporate transactions, creditor/debtor agreements, and restructurings and insolvencies. She advises clients in both the public and private sectors with respect to pension plan compliance, governance, investments, and administration. Allyson also assists clients with navigating legal and regulatory matters

related to retirement and benefit plans more broadly.  



Thursday October 19, 2023
Noon to 1:30 pm - Presentation
CE credit quiz to follow



Online Session


Registration Fee

CPBI Members: $25
Future Members: $40
Sponsorship Credits: 1

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Krista Frayn
Phone: (403) 888-3185
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