Friday, November 3, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:00am
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Jackman Law Building, 78 Queen's Park, Room J140

Program on Ethics in Law and Business


NOVEMBER 3, 2017


University of Toronto Faculty of Law
Jackman Law Building, Room J140


This roundtable will examine issues facing pension funds including: the challenges that consistently low rates of economic growth pose for pension funds; how pension funds approach regulatory compliance when faced with regulation from multiple jurisdictions; and the rationales that pension funds use when choosing to allocate assets in the public or private market (including the strategies used to find long-term investments and sustainable returns on investments). In addition, the roundtable will focus on the Canadian environment and examine the following questions:

  • Is the success of Canadian pension plans in alternative asset classes based on their governance models?
  • Is the size or governance model more important to success in this arena?
  • To what extent do pension funds use external advisers in their respective investment activities?
  • Is the use of external advisers dependent on or related to the fund’s governance model?

Roundtable participants will specifically examine the role that internal legal counsel plays in the day-to-day operation of pension funds and the circumstances in which pension funds choose to retain external legal counsel.


Edward Iacobucci, Dean and James M. Tory Professor of Law, University of Toronto

Anita Anand, J.R. Kimber Chair Investor Protection and Corporate Governance, University of Toronto


Michael Kelly, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, OMERS

Patricia Bood, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, bcIMC

Matthew Cockburn, Partner, Torys LLP

John Walsh, Managing Director, General Counsel OPTrust

Michael Wissell, Senior Managing Director, Portfolio Construction, OTPPB


$75 to register. No charge for students. Please contact Nadia Gulezko (by telephone: 416.978.6767 or by  email at who will keep the registration list and provide further information.

This program has been accredited by the Law Society for 1.5 hours toward the CPD’s annual Substantive Hours.