PSPP Corporation Board of Directors

The PSPP Corporation (the Corporation) is governed by a Board of Directors (the Board). The Board makes bylaws governing the business and affairs of the Corporation. It also appoints an auditor for the Corporation.

Directors are appointed by the employee and employer sponsor organizations. The Board consists of:

  • Four appointments from the employee sponsor organizations
    • Three appointed by the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE)
    • One appointed by the University of Alberta Non-Academic Staff Association (NASA)
  • Four appointments from the employer sponsor organizations
    • Three appointed by the Government of Alberta (GA)
    • One appointed by the University of Alberta (U of A) or the University of Calgary (U of C) based on a three-year rotation opposite of the PSPP Sponsor Board

Lowell Epp


Lowell is the Assistant Treasury Minister, Treasury and Risk Management at Alberta Treasury Board and Finance. In this position, he oversees the treasury and risk management activities for the province, including management of the province’s cash and debt, establishing investment policies for the province’s various investment funds, and the provision of property and liability insurance coverage for government and many of its agencies. The Treasury and Risk Management group is also responsible for providing advice to government on issues relating to provincially regulated financial institutions and the capital markets in Alberta.

Lowell is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Alberta Capital Finance Authority. From 2009 to 2017, he was a member of the Board of Directors of the Alberta Teachers’ Retirement Fund, where at various times he served as Vice-Chair, Chair of Investment Committee, and Chair of the Audit Committee.

Prior to joining the Alberta government in 2000, Lowell held positions with the Farm Credit Corporation, Credit Union Central of Saskatchewan, the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan.

Elizabeth Johannson

Vice Chair

Elizabeth is the President of the University of Alberta’s Non-Academic Staff Association (NASA) which represents the over 6,000 support staff working at the U of A. Elizabeth is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA) and was in the Top Ten in Alberta of her graduating class. She was appointed to the PSPP Corporate Board by NASA. In her work as union President, Elizabeth has been actively involved in collective bargaining, sits on the employer/union Support Staff Benefits Committee, and sits on the University of Alberta Senate. In 2017 Elizabeth was selected to participate in the Governor General's Canadian Leadership Conference. Elizabeth's other active involvements include electoral reform, feminism, and reconciliation.

Linda Dalgetty

Linda is Vice President (Finance and Services) at U of C. Prior to joining the university in 2014, Linda was CFO at Saxon Drilling and Vice President Finance (Wholesale) and Chief Information Officer at Agrium Inc. (now Nutrien).  Linda is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of UAPP where she is a member of the investment committee. She was appointed to the PSPP Corporate Board by the U of C Board of Governors.

Emilian Groch

Emilian is a retired CEO of the Alberta Teachers’ Retirement Fund Board. Previously, he was the chief pension regulator of Alberta. Emilian is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Calgary Firefighters Supplementary Pension Plan, Director of Provident10, Director of University of British Columbia Investment Management Trust Inc., and a member of the Government Relations Committee of the Pension Investment Association of Canada. He was a founding director of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance. He is a graduate of the University of Alberta with a B.Sc. honours degree (applied mathematics in statistics) and is a certified director of the Institute of Corporate Directors. He was appointed to the PSPP Corporation Board by the GOA.

Lauren Montgomery

Lauren is currently a research officer with AUPE, and a Doctoral Candidate in the department of Sociology and the Institute of Political Economy at Carleton University. She also sits as a Board member of Young Women's Leadership Network. She holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science, and a Bachelors first class honours degree in Law and Society from the University of Calgary. Previously, Lauren worked as a Ministerial Advisor. She was appointed to the PSPP Corporate Board by AUPE.

Larry Murray

Larry has more than 35 years of experience in pensions, including governance, administration, consulting, provincial regulation, and corporate sponsorship of domestic and international pension programs. In 2013, Larry actually returned to the Plan as a member of the former PSP Board—in the past, he was Executive Director to the former PSP Board. He has also served as Chair and Vice-Chair of the former Board of Trustees of the Local Authorities Pension Plan. He was appointed to the PSPP Corporate Board by AUPE.

Elaine Noel-Bentley

A retired senior manager at a major Canadian petroleum company, Elaine has extensive management experience in pension, benefits, compensation and human resources information systems. She has worked in both the public and private sectors. Elaine possesses a degree in Actuarial Science and has served on several other boards and committees in the human resources program area, including the former PSP Board from 2013 to 2015. She was appointed to the PSPP Corporate Board by the GOA.

Sophie Parsons

Sophie is a Labour Representative appointed by AUPE to the Corporate Board. Sophie is an experienced CPHR, who has represented AUPE in various areas to include Pensions, Benefits, Labour Relations, Human Rights, Disability Management/Appeals, Professional Disciplinary Investigations/Hearings, and Arbitrations.  Sophie possesses extensive experience in various AUPE appointments to committees and boards, which included member of the former PSP Board from 2004 to 2009.