Building effective pension investment management skills is more important than ever in the challenging environment of defined benefit fund management. Both the capital markets and the pension regulatory regime are becoming increasingly complex and dynamic.

To assist in improving the governance and management of pension fund assets, Mercer and the Schulich School of Business, York University have established The School of Pension Investment Management (SPIM), which is built on the success of its predecessor, Pension Investment Management School (PIMS).

This is an intensive two days seminar designed to provide pension plan fiduciaries with the knowledge to improve the overall governance and management of their defined benefit pension fund.

Event details

May 7 & 8, 2024

9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (ET)

Registration Fee:
$3,200 + HST
Payment must be received in full prior to the seminar. 

Fairmont Royal York  
100 Front Street West, Toronto ON M5J 1E3

Event contact information

Cecilia Capiendo

Who should attend?

This program is designed for individuals who are involved in the pension investment decision-making process and who have fiduciary responsibilities for the pension fund. These include trustees, investment committee members, pension fund managers, and senior human resource and finance/treasury personnel.


Key benefits

Attendees will:

  • Improve their knowledge of the pension investment management system as it applies to defined benefit and defined contribution plans.
  • Enhance their understanding of pension finance and asset/liability integration.
  • Increase their effectiveness in structuring, selecting, and monitoring investment managers.
  • Make more informed and confident decisions.


Program content

The two days event will be comprised of the following core areas of study:

  • Fiduciary responsibility and prudent governance.
  • Principles of pension finance and investment.
  • Asset mix policy and risk management.
  • Investment policy implementation – manager structure, currency management, active and passive management.
  • Investment monitoring and oversight.

The curriculum will also feature these relevant and timely topics:

  • Alternative investments.
  • Sustainable investing.
  • Group decision-making.
Location and hotel

We look forward to welcoming you in person in Toronto.

Venue: Fairmont Royal York
100 Front St W
Toronto, ON M5J 1E3
+1 514 861 3511
Hotel website

Accommodation Terms & Conditions
Hotel room cancellations must be received 48 hours before arrival to avoid a penalty fee of 1 nights' room and tax.

The guestroom rate does not include complimentary Wi-Fi, however we request all guests to sign up for Accor ALL Loyalty programme upon arrival and enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi and other exclusive benefits. Please find the link below to sign up.
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Upon becoming a member, you may choose the hotel standard Wi-Fi and select “Accept” Charges, it will be waived from the bill at the end of your stay.

Event Agenda

May 7

Algonquin Room

8:30 am - 9:00 am

Royal York Breakfast (Algonquin Room)

9:00 am - 9:15 am

Welcome and Course Overview
(Todd Nelson, Mercer) 

9:15 am - 10:15 am


Pension Fund Governance
(Patrick Hatzis, Mercer)

10:15 am - 10:45 am

Break (Algonquin Room)

10:45 am - 11:45 am


Pension Financing Principles
(Brad Duce, Mercer)

11:45 am - 1:15 pm

Lunch (Nova Scotia Room) – Mercer

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm


Asset Mix Policy     
(Rob Kunka, Mercer)

2:15 pm - 2:45 pm


Breakout Session – Asset Mix Policy

2:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Break (Algonquin Room)

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Pension Risk Management
(Rob Corkum, Mercer)

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Group Decision-Making       
(Kevin Tasa, Schulich)  

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Cocktail Reception 
(Jump Restaurant,
18 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5J 1G4)

May 8

Algonquin Room

8:30 am - 9:00 am

Royal York Breakfast (Algonquin Room)

9:00 am - 10:00 am


Alternative Investments (Venelina Arduini, Mercer)  

10:00 am - 10:15 am

Break (Algonquin Room)

10:15 am - 11:15 am


Investment Structure          (Irfan Hassan, Mercer)

11:15 am - 11:45 am


Breakout Session – Investment Structure

11:45 am – 1:15 pm

Lunch (Nova Scotia Room) – Mercer

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm


Manager Selection and Investment Oversight  (Nataliya Stasyuk, Mercer)

2:15 pm – 2:45 pm


Breakout Session – Investment Oversight

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm

Break (Algonquin Room)

3:00 pm - 3:45 pm


Sustainable Investing  (Christine Ha Kong, Mercer)

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm

Course Wrap-up

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