Whether opening global markets to pension funds or communicating with indifferent plan members, thousands of individuals go above and beyond to demonstrate leadership and innovation in their contributions to the retirement security of Canadian employees and their families. This year, Benefits Canada honours three such individuals for outstanding achievement in the following categories: Pension Investment, Plan Member Communications and Volunteer.

Our winner in Pension Investment, John Watson, marked his 40th year in the investment industry this past July. With all his experience, this veteran continues to pass along his knowledge and expertise to young investors, communicating openly and sharing with those who seek his input.(Click here to read John Watson’s profile.)

AstraZeneca’s Bev Haines communicates with her plan members openly, but when a number of generic communications weren’t producing results, she got personal(in conjunction with Sun Life Financial)and won the Plan Member Communications award. As one judge remarked, the communication was focused and “didn’t try to intimidate the audience.”(Click here to read Bev Haines’s profile.)

And certainly our Volunteer winner, Gerry Good, wasn’t intimidated when he took his seat on the City of Regina Pension Investment Board. While working full-time with the Regina Police Service, he educated himself on the pension world through conferences, seminars and courses. (Click here to read Gerry Good’s profile.)


Brooke Smith is assistant editor of Benefits Canada. brooke.smith@rci.rogers.com

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© Copyright 2007 Rogers Publishing Ltd. This article first appeared in the September 2007 edition of BENEFITS CANADA magazine.