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Presentation of the 3rd Edition of the International Pension Conference of Montréal

Montréal, Québec, Canada, June 4, 2015 – Presented in collaboration with Finance Montréal, Power Financial Corporation and la Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec as part of the International Economic Forum of the Americas, the 3rd edition of the International Pension Conference of Montréal will take place on June 8, 2015 at the Hôtel Bonaventure in Montréal.  The Conference is an event that advances the debate on global pension issues and solutions. It will be a unique opportunity for key players in the pension industry—policy makers, political advisors, financial experts, actuaries and pension plan administrators—to meet and exchange ideas. Topics that will be discussed at this year’s conference are:

  • Work- Retirement Transition: New Behaviours, New Realities
  • Challenges with Decumulation in Defined Contribution Plans
  • A New Threat to Public Finances: Are Healthcare Costs Shaking the Pillars of Pension Systems?

Among the speakers present at the 2015 edition of the Conference, we have the pleasure to host renowned academics including:

HAZEL BATEMAN, Professor of Finance, New South Wales Business School                               

JAMES CHOI, Associate Professor of Finance, Yale School of Management

MOSHE ARYE MILEVSKY, Schulich School of Business, York University 

We will also have representatives of the public and private sectors, notably :

BILL KYLE                                                                                     MICHAEL DECTER

Chief Executive Officer,                                                        President and Chief Executive Officer,
Irish Life                                                                                       LDIC Inc.

J. MARK IWRY                                                                           MARK PEARSON

Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the                            Deputy Director, Employment, Labour
Treasury and Deputy Assistant Secretary                      and Social Affairs,
(Tax Policy) for Retirement and Health                           Organisation for Economic Co-operation
Policy, U.S. Treasury Department                                     and Development (OECD)

“Through this conference, Montréal positions itself as a global leading centre on socio-economic issues related to retirement,” says Mario Albert, Chief Executive Officer of Finance Montréal. “Montréal is home to international leaders in pension fund management and close to 250 locally managed public and private pension funds.”

“Planning for one’s retirement is no small task,” explains Bernard Morency, Executive Vice-President, Depositors, Strategy and Chief Operations Officer of la Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. “Going through it, even less so. When millions of people transition from full-time work to full-time retirement and learn how to live off their savings while keeping enough for the later years and for arising health-care needs, individual challenges become societal ones. These challenges affect citizens and workers just as they do businesses and governments. Our conference will address the topic of “retirement and how it affects us.” It will be a special opportunity to exchange ideas with established speakers, who will be sharing their analyses with us, on what we can do here but also to broaden our perspective of what is being done elsewhere in the world.”

“Power Financial Corporation is pleased to be associated once more with the International Pension Conference of Montreal,” says R. Jeffrey Orr, President and Chief Executive Officer. “This day of discussions should help clarify the issues around retirement, where reality and perception are frequently widely diverging,” says Orr.

“On the occasion of the 21st Conference of Montreal, The International Economic Forum of the Americas is honoured to host, for the third time, such an important and timely event as part of our program,” said Nicholas Rémillard, President and CEO of the IEFA. “The Province of Quebec is positioning itself more and more as a global leader in the pension management industry and events such as these are essential to encourage discussion and the sharing of information.”

Click here to see the full program of the International Pension Conference of Montréal and visit the International Economic Forum of the Americas website to register for the event.

About Finance Montréal

Finance Montréal, Québec’s financial cluster, was created in 2010 by players in the financial services industry at the invitation of the Québec Government. Finance Montréal’s mission is to enhance Montréal’s reputation as a strong, innovative and world-class financial hub. The organization helps strengthen Québec’s financial sector by generating growth and supporting high value-added financial activities strategic to its development. Finance Montréal brings together 23 Governor Members, 14 Associate Members and more than 300 volunteer professionals. It fosters cooperation among a vast range of financial sector companies to watch over the industry’s common interests while raising awareness of the financial specializations found in Montréal. To learn more about Finance Montréal, visit

About la Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec is a long-term institutional investor that manages funds primarily for public and parapublic pension and insurance plans. As at December 31, 2014, it held $225.9 billion in net assets. As one of Canada’s leading institutional fund managers, la Caisse invests globally in major financial markets, private equity, infrastructure and real estate. For more information about la Caisse:

About Power Financial Corporation

Power Financial Corporation is a diversified management and holding company that has interests, directly or indirectly, in companies in the financial services sector in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia. It also has diversified investments in industrial companies based in Europe. Power Financial Corporation is a member of the Power Corporation Group of Companies. To learn more, visit

About the International Economic Forum of the Americas

The Conference of Montreal, organized by the International Economic Forum of the Americas, is a major international event which invites leaders from the worlds of politics and academia, the public and private sectors, and civil society to come and discuss the major issues surrounding economic globalization, with a particular emphasis on relations between the Americas and the other continents.

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