DC Plan Summit

February 05-07, 2020
Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Montreal

The DC Plan Summit is the premier annual conference in Canada for DC leaders and influencers. The Summit’s highly interactive format focuses on sharing best practices and fostering knowledge transfer through leading-edge content and audience engagement. Interactive sessions are designed to encourage delegate participation and facilitate discussion about critical DC issues. The conference will also feature Canadian, U.S. and international plan sponsor case studies.


2020 Conference Agenda Highlights:

  • Engaging keynote and academic speakers
  • Canadian, American and international case studies
  • DC investment spotlight presentations
  • Record keeper spotlight presentations
  • Networking opportunities with senior DC decision-makers and industry leaders


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Joanne Merrick
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2020 DC Plan Summit

February 5-7, 2020 | Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Montreal

Wednesday, February 5, 2019:

5:00-6:00 p.m.
Mandatory speaker rehearsal

6:00 p.m.
Opening cocktail reception/registration and welcome from Benefits Canada

7:00 p.m.


Thursday, February 6, 2019:

7:15-8:10 a.m.

8:10 a.m.
Opening remarks 

8:15-8:30 a.m.

8:30-9:30 a.m.

The Global Age of Voter Rage
Looking at politics in Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and France, the opening keynote session will unpack how the political margins and the marginalized are rewiring democracy. It will also cover the rise of anti-establishment fervour, computational propoganda, fake news and the remaking of democratic dialogue. From Trump to Trudeau through to Macron and Corbyn, the session will chart their unlikely political paths and how the shattered the popular wisdom.

Nik Nanos,
researcher and strategic advisor, chairman of Nanos Research

9:30-9:50 a.m. 

9:50-10:15 a.m.

10:15-10:40 a.m. 
Networking break 

10:40-11:20 a.m. 
Canadian case study: Mike Olsson, PCL Construction

11:20-11:45 a.m.

11:45 a.m.-12:05 p.m. 

12:05 -1:00 p.m. 

1:00-1:25 p.m.

1:25-1:45 p.m. 

1:45-2:05 p.m. 

2:05-2:30 p.m.
Networking break 

2:30 p.m.-3:10 p.m. 
U.S. case study: Gracie Incay, Harris Associates LP


3:10 p.m.
Closing remarks

6:00 p.m. 
Cocktail reception 

7:00 p.m.


Friday, February 7, 2019:

7:15-8:10 a.m.

8:10 a.m.
Opening remarks

8:15-8:30 a.m.

8:30-9:30 a.m.

Benefits and Artifical Intelligence

Artificial intelligence has the potential to improve productivity and efficiency in any organization, making faster, more informed decisions and innovating new products and services. At the same time, many fear that the rise of AI will lead to robots replacing human workers, to workers interacting more with these new technologies and changing their work tasks. Organizations need to embrace these new technologies to ensure they implement the most effective AI systems to augment human intelligence, but they also need to establish ethical and responsible guidelines for their digital transition.


Nathalie de Marcellis-Warin, president and CEO, CIRANO

9:30-9:55 a.m.

9:55-10:20 a.m.
Networking break

10:20-10:40 a.m. 

10:40-11:40 a.m.
International case study: TBC

11:40 a.m.– 12:10 p.m. 
Conference wrap-up 

12:10 p.m.  
Closing remarks followed by lunch

12:15 p.m.  

6:00 p.m.  
Optional pub night

2020 DC Plan Summit Speakers

February 5-7, 2020
Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Montreal

Nik Nanos

Derek Weir

A researcher and strategic advisor, Nik Nanos is regularly called upon by senior executives to provide counsel on a wide range of issues including corporate mergers, public advocacy campaigns, reputation management and regulatory issues.

He is the chairman of Nanos Research, a global fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. and a research associate professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has also been elected a fellow of the MRIA, the highest professional designation in the marketing research industry in Canada.

In addition to his weekly Nanos Power Index, which charts the strength of the federal political parties, Nanos leads the team behind the weekly Bloomberg Nanos Canadian Confidence Index. He is also featured in a weekly segment on CTV’s PowerPlay, Nanos on the Numbers, which focuses on the latest political, business and social trends. He currently serves on the editorial board for the Canadian Journal of Professional Communication at McMaster University.

In addition to his experience in research and communications, he is also a former president of a leading national government relations firm. The combination of advanced research skills, communications expertise and his knowledge in advancing client interests make Nanos one of Canada's leading strategists. He is the pollster for CTV News, the Globe and Mail and Bloomberg News in Canada.


Nathalie De Marcellis-Warin

Derek Weir

A full professor in Polytechnique Montreal's Department of Mathematics and Industrial Engineering, Nathalie de Marcellis-Warin is also president and chief executive officer at CIRANO, an inter-university centre of research, liaison and transfer of knowledge on public policy and risk management, which encompasses 12 universities, as well as more than 260 affiliated researchers and 20 key partners. 

Since 2015, de Marcellis-Warin is a visiting scholar at Harvard T. Chan School of Public Health and is a member of the Institute for Data Valorization (IVADO). Her research interests focus on risk management and decision-making in different risk and uncertainty contexts, as well as public policies. She also participated in the development of the Montreal Declaration for the Responsible Development of AI and is co-PI of the International Observatory on the Socio-economic Impacts of Digital Transformation and Artificial Intelligence. 

Since 2011, de Marcellis-Warin has been leading the CIRANO Barometer project on risk perception in Quebec, which annually collects data on Quebecers' concerns on 47 social issues. She has published numerous scientific articles, several books and more than 30 reports for government and other organizations. She has given more than 100 conferences and is regularly solicited to speak in the media. 


Mike Olsson

Derek Weir

As vice-president of human resources and professional development at PCL Construction, Mike Olsson is responsible for all of the organization's HR and professional development activities, services and products.

With more than 20 years of experience in the leadership, professional development and HR fields, Olsson has also been a member of PCL's pension committee and executive pension committee since 2014, with accountabilities ranging from the overall plan operation to risk management and member education. With a diverse membership and a unique model of 100% employee ownership, the focus is on successfully meeting a wide variety of retirement savings needs and objectives.

Olsson is particularly passionate about leadership development and became an instructor of PCL’s flagship leadership course in 2010, taking over the governance of the initiative in 2012. Launching the Leadership Academy in 2014, Mike continues PCL’s tradition of investing heavily in people by continually evolving programs for both high-potential future executives and new employees working on achieving their career aspirations.


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Event Location

The 2020 DC Plan Summit will take place at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Montreal.

Visit the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Montreal website for more information


1228 Sherbrooke St. West
Montreal, H3G 1H6
(514) 842-4212

Ritz-Carlton Hotel - Montreal


With further inquiries about event logistics, please contact Joanne Merrick, event manager.