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The Value of a Good Pension: How to Improve the Efficiency of Retirement Savings in Canada


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Roundtable Luncheon with Jim Keohane and Alex Mazer
Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 12:00 to 13:30
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Toronto ON, C.D. Howe Institute, 67 Yonge Street, Suite 300
  • The Value of a Good Pension: How to Improve the Efficiency of Retirement Savings in Canada

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Canadians can save for retirement in many ways, but which ones are the most efficient? Join HOOPP President and CEO, Jim Keohane, and Common Wealth’s Alex Mazer, as they discuss new research examining the value drivers of a good pension and how Canadian employees, employers and governments can get the most bang for their retirement buck.



Jim Keohane, President and CEO, Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP)

Jim joined HOOPP in 1999, bringing more than 25 years of institutional investing experience with several national firms. After completing his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Ottawa, he obtained his MBA at Queen's University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and has completed the Directors Education Program (Rotman School of Business) at the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Most recently, as Senior Vice President, Investment Management & Chief Investment Officer (CIO), Jim was responsible for the overall operation of HOOPP's Investment Management Function. Prior to his appointment as Senior Vice President and CIO, he held the position of HOOPP's Vice President of Portfolio Strategy & Derivatives.


Alex Mazer, Founding Partner, Common Wealth

Alex is a Founding Partner at Common Wealth, a mission-driven business focused on strengthening retirement security and providing high-quality collective retirement plans for uncovered or under-served workers. Common Wealth’s recent work includes Common Good, a collaborative initiative with leaders in the Canadian nonprofit sector to create a national, portable retirement plan for nonprofit workers, and a report in partnership with the World Bank on the evolution of the Canadian public pension model. Alex has served unions, governments, associations, and pension funds with collective assets exceeding a trillion dollars on a wide range of pensions and retirement-related issues. Alex is a regular speaker and commentator on pensions and retirement issues in both Canada and the US.

Previously, Alex served as a consultant at McKinsey & Company and in various public service roles. As Director of Policy to the Ontario Minister of Finance, he helped deliver two major pension reform bills and lay the groundwork for the recent expansion of the Canada Pension Plan. A graduate of McMaster University (as a Loran Scholar), the University of Toronto, and Harvard Law School (where he served as an editor on the Harvard Law Review).

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