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Teachers' Pension Board of Trustees

The Teachers' Pension Plan is jointly managed by trustees appointed by the employer partner (the government of BC) and the member partner (the BC Teachers' Federation). The trustees themselves appoint a board chair.

The Teachersí Pension Board of Trustees also has representatives on the boards of the BC Pension Corporation (which provides benefit administration services for the plan) and the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (which provides investment management services for the plan).

The following profiles introduce the Teachers' Pension Board of Trustees. Each profile summarizes the trusteeís background, and indicates the body that appointed the trustee to the board.

   
Joan Axford
Joan Axford, chair
Joan Axford was appointed to the board by the provincial government in 2001. Joan is the executive director and past president of the BC Association of School Business Officials (BCASBO), does consulting work in public education and is the vice chair of the board of directors of Beacon Community Services.

Before retiring in 2011, Joan worked in public education for 29 years serving as comptroller with the Sooke School District, director of school finance in the Ministry of Education and secretary-treasurer of the Saanich School District. Joan was awarded an honorary life membership in the BC Teachersí Federation for her work in public education and in support of teachersí pensions. Joan is a recipient of the Larry Ozero Leadership Award, awarded by the BCASBO to recognize leadership in business administration of public education.

From 1994 until joint trusteeship of the pension plan, Joan served on the Teachersí Pension Plan Pension Advisory Committee. She is a chartered professional accountant and in 2012 was awarded the Fellow of the Society of Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada for her work in management accounting.

   
Linda Watson
Linda Watson, vice-chair
Linda Watson, vice-chair of the Teachers' Pension Board of Trustees, was a public school teacher for 35 years at both the elementary and secondary levels. Linda was appointed to the board by the BC Teachers' Federation (BCTF) in 2001. She is a past chair of the BCTF Pensions Committee and the Teachers' Pension Plan Advisory Committee.

Linda served on the BC Teachers' Federation Executive Committee for nine years, including three years as the federation's second vice-president. During that time, she represented the federation during the negotiations that established the Joint Trust Agreement for the Teachers' Pension Plan.

Linda maintains memberships in the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP) and the Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute. As part of IFEBPís Advanced Trust Management Standards program, Linda has completed certificates in pension fund management and in pension leadership.

Currently Linda serves on the board's Investment, Governance, and Benefits and Communications committees.

   
Reg Bawa
Reg Bawa
Reg was appointed assistant deputy minister (ADM) and executive financial officer of the Finance and Corporate Services Division of the Ministry of Children and Family Development in January 2015. He has been in the public service for 25 years, starting in 1992 with the Ministry of Finance, Superannuation Commission and progressing to his role as executive director, Banking & Cash Management Branch with the Provincial Treasury before becoming ADM.

Regís other career stops have included the Office of the Comptroller General, Service BC, the Ministry of Provincial Revenue and the Ministry of Education, where he was director of funding and compliance. He received his Chartered Professional Accountant designation in 1998. Appointed to the board July 1, 2010, by the provincial government, Reg brings a wealth of experience to the role of trustee.

   
Chung Yan Ip
Chung Yan Ip
Chung Yan Ip teaches English as a second language (ESL) and Mandarin in the Coquitlam School District. He was appointed to the board in 2011 by the BC Teachers' Federation. Chung Yan has taught in the Coquitlam School District for 11 years and has a master of arts degree, a bachelor of education degree, a bachelor of arts degree and a diploma in Teaching ESL.

For the last four years, Chung Yan has been a member of the BC Teachersí Federation Pensions Committee and the Teachers' Pension Plan Advisory Committee (a committee independent of the Teachersí Pension Plan).

Chung Yan has also been a member of the Coquitlam Teachers' Association Professional Development Committee for five years. Chung Yan has attended various pension workshops and has completed certificates in Pension Fund Management and in Pension Leadership through the Advanced Trustee Management Standards Program of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.

He is a member of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and the Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute.

   
Wayne Jefferson Wayne Jefferson
Wayne Jefferson was appointed to the board by the provincial government in 2001.

Wayne was the secretary-treasurer in the Pitt Meadows, Surrey, Maple Ridge and Mission school districts before recently retiring.

From 2005 to 2008, Wayne was a school trustee in Surrey, holding the vice-chair position for 2008.

Wayne is a chartered professional accountant (CPA) and in 2008 was honoured with the Fellow of the Society of Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada for his work in the field of accounting and public service.

Wayne is very active in professional development, having completed courses with the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and was accepted into the Institute of Corporate Directors designation program in the fall of 2016.

   
Dale Lauder
Dale Lauber
Dale taught for 25 years before working as a disability plan administrator and pension advisor for the BC Teachersí Federation. The federation appointed him to the board in 2001.

Daleís credentials include a bachelorís and a masterís degree in education and a post graduate certificate in educational administration, pension plan administration, and proficiency in employee benefits. He continues his professional development through the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute, Shareholder Association for Research and Education and the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Dale has been appointed to the BC Pension Corporation Pension Management Board by the Teachersí Pension Board of Trustees.

Dale represents the British Columbia Retired Teachersí Association on the Teachers' Pension Plan Advisory Committee.

   
   
Harold Krische
Chris Skillings
Chris Skillings was appointed to the board by the provincial government in 2015. Chris is a strategic advisor with the Treasury Board Staff in the Ministry of Finance, providing advice on a broad array of issues that affect governmentís consolidated fiscal plan, debt forecasting and budget legislation. Prior to his current role, Chris worked in income tax administration, policy development and auditing; he also has private sector experience in the areas of staff accounting and financial planning.

Chris completed a bachelor of economics from Dalhousie University in 1995, obtained his Certified General Accountant designation in 2007, and is actively pursuing certifications related to the role of pension trustee.

   
Ken Tannar
Ken Tannar
Ken's 33 year teaching career has spanned Langley, Salmon Arm and Surrey specializing in Physics and Mathematics. His very first Professional Development Day in 1984 as a new teacher was about Pensions.

That was the hook! Since becoming a Trustee in 2008, he has focused his pension energy towards education of members, including full participation in the two most recent province wide BCTF Consultations.

   
Rob Taylor
Rob Taylor
Rob Taylor was appointed to the board by the BC Teachersí Federation (BCTF) in 2015. Rob is currently director of instruction for human resources in the Cariboo-Chilcotin School District. He has 33 years of experience in the education sector, including 25 years as a classroom teacher. He worked as assistant director of pensions for the BCTF for four years and prepared and presented the 2010 consultation for sustainable cost-of-living adjustments.

Rob has his pension plan administration certification as well as numerous other professional development activities related to public sector pension plans.

   
Brad Underwood
Brad Underwood
Brad Underwood was appointed to the Teachersí Pension Board of Trustees by the provincial government in 2012. Being a trustee is not new to Brad. He was a member of the Municipal Pension Board of Trustees for three years before joining the Teachersí board.

Over the last 10 years, Brad has worked in several areas of government. He currently works in the Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations Branch, which is responsible for major fiscal transfers between the federal and provincial governments, and represents British Columbia in discussions related to the Canada Pension Plan.

Brad received a bachelorís degree in political science and sociology as well as a masterís degree in public administration from the University of Victoria. He also recently completed certificates in Pension Fund Management and Leadership through the Advanced Trustee Management Standards program of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and the Board Effectiveness Program for Pension and other Long-horizon Investment Institutions offered by the Rotman International Centre for Pension Management.

Brad has spent several years working in different policy areas for the provincial government, developing expertise in economic and fiscal policy, labour relations, income security and pensions. As a trustee, Brad is particularly interested in ensuring the sustainability of the defined benefit pension plan.

   
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