Board of Trustees
OPTrust was established to give plan members and the Government of Ontario an equal voice in the administration of the OPSEU Pension Plan (the Plan) and the management of the assets through joint trusteeship. As sponsors, the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) each appoint five Trustees to OPTrust’s 10-member Board. One Government of Ontario appointee and one OPSEU appointee fill the positions of Chair and Vice-Chair, with the roles alternating between Government of Ontario and OPSEU appointees every two years.
As the legal plan administrator, the Board has overall responsibility for the administration of the Plan and the management of the assets. The Plan’s governing documents define the roles and responsibilities of the Board of Trustees. It also provides the Board with the authority required to ensure OPTrust can deliver retirement security to its over 96,000 members, pensioners and their dependents.
In accordance with the Plan’s governing documents, established trust principles and the governance practices of jointly sponsored pension plans, the Board has delegated responsibility for managing the affairs of OPTrust to the President and CEO, subject to certain matters for which the Board has retained responsibility. The effect of the Board’s delegation is to vest strategic and monitoring responsibilities in the Board of Trustees and management responsibilities in the CEO.
The Board retains its own advisors to assist it in carrying out its oversight and monitoring responsibilities and is supported by the Office of the Corporate Secretary.
OPSEU appointed Len Elliott to the Board of Trustees in April 2019. Mr. Elliott is an Industrial Health & Safety Inspector with the Ministry of Labour in London, Ontario. He has more than 14 years’ experience in the Ontario Public Service with a background in occupational health, labour relations and emergency management.
Richard Nesbitt was appointed to the OPTrust Board of Trustees in September 2019 by the Government of Ontario.
Mr. Nesbitt is an Adjunct Professor at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics, United Kingdom.
Bob Plamondon, FCPA, FCA
The Government of Ontario appointed Bob Plamondon to the Board of Trustees in January 2019. Mr. Plamondon is a consultant, board member and author. He has extensive expertise in strategic planning, organizational transformation, performance management, finance and public policy.
The Government of Ontario appointed Don Wilkinson to OPTrust’s Board of Trustees in July 2017. Mr. Wilkinson brings over 30 years of public accounting experience providing assurance and advisory services to Canada’s largest pension funds, institutional investors, telecommunications, and real estate companies.
Standing Committees of the Board
The Board has established four standing committees:
- The Governance and Administration Committee monitors and makes recommendations on board governance, administrative policies and the preparation of actuarial valuations. The committee also monitors the legislative and regulatory environment, regulatory compliance, considers recommendations for plan changes and monitors the Trust’s advocacy program.
- The Audit, Finance and Risk Committee monitors expenditure management, financial reporting, tax compliance, audits, internal controls, corporate insurance, information technology and enterprise risk management.
- The Investment Committee monitors the investment performance of OPTrust and its investment professionals and external managers, and reviews their compliance with OPTrust’s investment policies and related legal and regulatory requirements. It also reviews changes to OPTrust’s investment and risk policies.
- The Human Resources and Compensation Committee monitors OPTrust’s top-level organizational structure and any board-approved human resources or compensation policies. It reviews the CEO’s performance and recommends to the Board the CEO’s total compensation. The committee also monitors OPTrust’s compensation principles and framework, aggregate annual compensation for the CEO’s direct reports, annual total compensation for all other management and the succession planning for the CEO and the CEO’s direct reports.
The Board has also established an Adjudication Panel, which gives plan members and pensioners access to a review process in the event of disputes concerning OPTrust’s decisions on eligibility, benefit entitlements or other pension-related rights under the Plan.