PSPP Sponsor Board

Under joint governance, employee and employer sponsor organizations share control of PSPP design and funding. These organizations appoint members to the PSPP Sponsor Board (Sponsor Board) by giving notice to PSPP Corporation (the Corporation). There is equal representation of employee and employer groups on the Sponsor Board:

  • Four employee representatives
    • Three appointed by the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE)
    • One appointed by the University of Alberta Non-Academic Staff Association (NASA)
  • Four employer representatives
    • Three appointed by the Government of Alberta (GoA)
    • One appointed by the University of Alberta (U of A) or the University of Calgary (U of C) based on a three-year rotation

The Sponsor Board’s roles and responsibilities are set out in the Joint Governance of Public Sector Pension Plans Act and include:

  • making and amending Plan rules;
  • setting contribution rates;
  • establishing a funding policy;
  • reviewing the Corporation’s annual budget;
  • establishing a code of conduct and conflict of interest policy governing its members; and
  • determining how much the Corporation’s directors are paid.

The Sponsor Board may delegate its responsibilities to the Corporation, but only if it is required in order to comply with the Employment Pension Plans Act or other applicable law.  

Employee Organization

Susan Slade

Chair

Susan is AUPE’s Vice President and was appointed to the PSPP Sponsor Board by AUPE. She chairs both the Women’s and Young Activists’ Committees and she is a Licensed Practical Nurse.

Mike Dempsey

 

Mike is an Environmental Protection Officer with the GoA’s Ministry of Environment and Parks now working out of the Lower Athabasca Region. He’s been a member of our Plan and AUPE since 1982 and was a member of the former PSP Board as an employee representative.

Mike has been active on the AUPE provincial executive and other committees, including those related to collective bargaining and political action. He has been an AUPE Vice President since 2013. Mike was appointed to the PSPP Sponsor Board by AUPE.

Nancy Furlong

Nancy recently retired from the role of Director of Operations at NASA, representing over 6,000 members and managing 10 staff and numerous volunteers. Nancy has worked in the labour movement for over 35 years, primarily with Alberta-based public sector unions. From 2007 to 2013, Nancy held a full-time elected position with the Alberta Federation of Labour.

Nancy acts as a consultant with trade unions in Alberta. Her unique perspective draws from her variety of roles in unions, including administration, representation, education, and management. Nancy is currently a member of the Alberta Labour Relations Board. She was appointed to the Sponsor Board by NASA.

Jason Heistad

Jason is the Executive Secretary-Treasurer at AUPE. He previously served eight years as an AUPE Vice President and is active on various AUPE committees, including Chair of AUPE's pension committee. He was also a member of the Innisfail Town Council from 2004-2013 and served briefly as Innisfail's Deputy Mayor in 2004 and 2005.

Jason was a member of the former PSP Board as an employee representative and was appointed to the PSPP Sponsor Board by AUPE.

Employer Organization

Dan Stadlwieser

Vice-Chair

Dan is a controller with the GoA’s Ministry of Treasury Board and Finance (TBF). Before that, he was Chief Internal Auditor with TBF. Dan was appointed to the PSPP Sponsor Board by the GoA.

Gitta Kulczycki

Gitta is the Vice President of Finance and Administration at the U of A. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Master of Business Administration degree.  Gitta has served in a number of senior leadership roles in Canada’s post-secondary education, health-care and high-tech sectors. She is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Universities Academic Pension Plan. Gitta was appointed to the PSPP Sponsor Board by the U of A.

Gerald Lamoureux

Gerald is the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Corporate Services Division at Alberta Justice and Solicitor General. He was appointed to the Sponsor Board by the GoA.

Shannon Marchand

Shannon is Deputy Minister, Community and Social Services. He was appointed to the PSPP Sponsor Board by the GoA.

Sponsor Board Expense Disclosure

The Sponsor Board is committed to transparency, good governance and fiscal responsibility. As part of that commitment, the Sponsor Board discloses travel, meal and hospitality expenses of Sponsor Board members quarterly.

2020 Q1 Sponsor Board Expenses

2019 Q4 Sponsor Board Expenses

2019 Q3 Sponsor Board Expenses - There were no expense claims by Sponsor Board members during Q3.

2019 Q2 Sponsor Board Expenses