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About the course
The Pension Governance Education Program is a unique governance program designed for board members of large pension funds and long-horizon investment institutions from around the globe. Developed by ICPM and Rotman Executive Programs at the University of Toronto, the program instills best practices in key areas such as organizational mission, fiduciary duties, investment styles, risk management and human resources management.
Leading pension practitioners and academics help participants understand their board role in key strategic areas:
- Organization Mission
- Fiduciary Duties
- Board Dynamics
- Roles of Boards vs. Management
- Investment Beliefs
- Risk Management
- Organization Design
- HR Management/Compensation
- Member Communications
PGEP participants are provided with an integrated framework to critically examine how these issues are linked together.
The program attracts pension plan board members from around the world which provides valuable insight into a wide variety of pension governance issues and the opportunity to build a global network of like-minded individuals.
Who should attend
Since the first offering in 2011, over 315 board members and trustees from 17 countries have attended versions of this program. ICPM and Rotman are continually updating the program design to ensure that board members and trustees are prepared to face the latest boardroom challenges.
Trust the experts
Bio David Beatty is Conway Chair of the Clarkson Centre for Business Ethics and Board Effectiveness. Currently, he serves as a Director of FirstService Corporation, Walter Energy and Canada Steamships Lines. Over his career he has served on over 35 Boards of directors and been Chair of 8 publicl...
Bio Geoffrey Leonardelli is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management at Rotman (with a cross-appointment to the Department of Psychology). His research targets how people can harness knowledge about themselves to enhance their leadership, team dynamics and ...
Bio Keith Ambachtsheer is Director Emeritus of the International Centre for Pension Management (ICPM). He was founding Director of ICPM 2005-2014, and Editor of the Rotman International Journal of Pension Management 2008-2014. He was founding Academic Director of the international Rotman-ICPM Bo...
Bio Alexander Dyck is a Professor of Finance and Economic Analysis and Policy at the Rotman School and holds the Manulife Financial Chair in Financial Services. He is also Academic Director of the Director’s Education Program, a board member of the Rotman International Center for Pension Managem...
Bio Former Falconbridge Professor of Law at Osgoode Hall Law School, Mr. Waitzer currently holds the Jarislowsky Dimma Mooney Chair in Corporate Governance and is Director of the Hennick Centre for Business and Law at Osgoode Hall and the Schulich School of Business at York University. He was Ch...
Bio Barbara Zvan works for the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan as Senior Vice-President, Asset Mix and Risk and is also the plan’s Chief Investment Risk Officer. Barbara and her team of investment professionals oversee the development of the fund’s long-term investment strategy based on the econo...
Richard C. Powers
Richard Powers is the National Academic Director, Directors Education Program and Governance Essentials Program. Rick recently completed a 5-year term as the Associate Dean and Executive Director of the Rotman MBA and Master of Finance Programs. A recipient of numerous teaching awards, Rick’s are...
Bio Rob Bauer is Professor of Finance (chair: Institutional Investments) at Maastricht University, School of Business and Economics in the Netherlands. In addition, Rob is managing director of an investment consulting firm in which he advises pension funds and institutional asset managers on pen...