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An Introduction to Dynamic Pension Pools: A New Chapter for Pension Income in Canada

November 24, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Joint Event hosted by the Global Risk Institute and Ryerson University 

A new decumulation option, called a Dynamic Pension Pool, could help deliver a lifetime pension income to more Canadians, by creating a structure where financial risks are shared among retirees. Join us to learn more about how Dynamic Pension Pools can improve the financial landscape of retirement and what we can do to make this product available in Canada.





Bonnie-Jeanne MacDonald
Director of Financial Security Research, National Institute on Ageing, Ryerson University

BIO:  Actuary and academic whose focus is to improve retirement financial security for Canadians through industry innovations and government solutions.

Living in Halifax, Bonnie-Jeanne is the Director of Research for Financial Security at the National Institute on Ageing (NIA), Ryerson University (Toronto), a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries and the resident scholar at Eckler Ltd.


Barbara Sanders
Associate Professor, Simon Fraser University

BIO:  Pension-actuary-turned-academic with broad experience in pension plan design, funding, accounting and administration for both public and private sector plans. Professional goals include being an effective educator, conducting practical research in pensions, and strengthening the connection between actuaries in industry and in academia.

Research interests: risk sharing in pensions (VPLAs/group self-annuitization schemes, target benefit plans, collective DC plans, conditional indexation, etc.), intergenerational equity, sustainability of occupational pension schemes, pension plan mergers and consolidation, economies of scale in pension investment and administration, stochastic modelling


Laura Strachan
Consultant, Eckler

BIO:  I am a Canadian and UK qualified actuary with thirteen years of industry experience. I work with a wide range of clients, advising them on all aspects of their pension and group benefit arrangements, including design, funding strategy, liability management options, pensions taxation and accounting. I help clients to develop strategies for managing the risks and costs associated with their plans and to ensure that their plans are run efficiently and effectively.

I graduated from the University of St Andrews in 2005 and started my actuarial career after working for two years as a secondary school maths teacher in London. I joined Eckler after moving to Canada in 2016.

I am a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries and the Faculty and Institute of Actuaries.



Mitch Frazer
Partner and Chair, Pensions and Employment Practice, Torys LLP; Founder and Chair, National Institute on Ageing

BIO:  Mitch is a Partner and the chair of the Pensions and Employment Practice at Torys LLP and the Chancellor of Ontario Tech University. His law practice focuses on all aspects of pension, benefits and employment. He publishes and speaks regularly on pension, benefits, employment and executive compensation issues and has been interviewed on television, radio and in print. He is the founder of the National Institute on Ageing at Ryerson University, a former adjunct professor at both the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and Osgoode Hall Law School and a published author. Mitch is also chair of the TFS Foundation Board of Directors, the immediate past chair of Ryerson University’s Board of Governors, the immediate past chair of the North York General Foundation Board of Governors and a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Ontario Science Centre. He was the recipient of Wilfrid Laurier University’s MBA Outstanding Executive Leadership Award, Western University Law School’s Ivan Rand Alumni Award, a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Ted Rogers School of Management Honorary Alumni Award, the Ontario Bar Association’s Award of Excellence in Pension and Benefits Law and was named one of the 25 most influential lawyers in Canada by Canadian Lawyer magazine.



November 24, 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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