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The CUPE pension trustees meeting, in Ottawa, May 12 - 14, will feature noted P3 and pension expert University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM), professor Éric Pineault. There’s still time to register.

Pineault will give the keynote presentation on problems associated with pension investments into public private partnerships.

The event will provide CUPE representatives on pension boards of trustees a chance to learn, exchange and gather information on challenges facing CUPE pension plans.

In addition to meeting colleagues from across the country, delegates will be able to choose from numerous conferences and workshops featuring respected pension experts and union pension specialists.

Round table, open discussions will enable participants to share recent pension gains, strategies and common experiences.

Professor Pineault holds a Ph.D in economics from the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (ÉHESS), Paris, and another in sociology from UQAM. In addition he is the Research Chair on Globalization, Citizenship and Democracy at UQAM.

His current research interests are in public private partnerships, international finance and the current crises in the U.S. financial system.

Murray Gold of the firm Koskie Minsky will give the opening address on Monday, May 12, 2008. Gold will focus his remarks on the current and future challenges of pension plans.

Diane Urquhart, an independent financial analyst and investor rights activist will give a noon-hour presentation on transparency, responsibility and governance of pension plans.

Other workshop topics:

  • The impact of phased retirement;
  • The troubling rise of private equity and hedge funds: what should trustees know?;
  • Market turmoil and plan funding challenges;
  • Challenging pension investment in Public Private Partnerships.