2024 Recipients

2024 CPBI Regional Volunteer of the Year Award Recipients  

The CPBI’s extensive calendar of events and library of resources are possible thanks to its many dedicated volunteers located throughout the CPBI’s eight Regions across Canada.
On behalf of the CPBI Board of Directors, Regional Councils and National Office, we would like to congratulate and thank the following volunteers for their involvement and contribution to the Institute:  

Shawn O'Donovan

CPBI Manitoba Region
Account Executive
Co-operators Insurance

Shawn has been an account executive with Co-operators Insurance for over 5 years and prior to that held various roles with other carriers in the benefits industry. Shawn graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Conflict Resolution.

Shawn has been a member of CPBI since 2018. In 2019 joined the Manitoba Regional Council as a volunteer on the Learn at the Links Committee and soon after took over the role of committee shair. Shawn led the Learn at the Links committee to host the first in person event in the Manitoba Region, post-pandemic. He continues to bring new ideas and enthusiasm to this event as it evolves.

Shawn is an active and committed participant on the Manitoba Regional Council in all aspects, offering help where needed, going above and beyond expectations of a volunteer.

Michael Carss

CPBI Saskatchewan Region
Director, Innovation & Growth
Wiegers Financial & Benefits

Jesse Little

CPBI Northern Alberta Region 
Director, Funding Strategy

Jesse has over a decade of pension plan experience, most recently with Alberta Teachers Retirement Fund as Director – Funding Strategy where he is responsible for developing and monitoring ATRF’s internal pension risk analysis. Prior to this, Jesse was a Senior Retirement Consultant with Mercer focusing on defined benefit plan risk management including risk transfer solutions and asset-liability studies.  He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries, a CFA Charterholder, and graduated with his MBA from the University of Alberta in 2018.

Riccardo Silvestro

CPBI Southern Alberta Region 
Director, Total Rewards and HR Systems
Gibson Energy

Jordan Ross

CPBI Pacific Region  
AVP - Fund Management
ACM Advisors

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