2016 Annual Report

CEO & Chair Message

We are very pleased to provide you with the 2016 Annual Report for the Nova Scotia Public Service Long Term Disability Plan Trust Fund (The Plan).

Our people are a key part of our culture. We remain committed to our plan members to provide a competitive and sustainable LTD plan and to our sponsors and stakeholders.

Our people are a key part of our culture, and 2016 brought a year of staffing changes at the Plan office. In January, Charles Bruce left the role of CEO after 13 years of service. On behalf of the Plan Sponsors, Trustees current and past, and our staff we would like to thank Chuck for his dedication and commitment over the years and wish him success in his new position. Anna MacIsaac, Director of Benefits Administration and Operations, stepped in while the search for the CEO replacement occurred. On July 1st, Anna accepted the role of CEO, and in late December Theresa Williams completed the team by accepting the vacant Director’s role.

There were also changes on the Board this year. We marked the departure of Trustee Peter Urbanc; we would like to thank him for his contributions over the years. We welcomed Geoff Piers, Director of Workforce Planning, Performance, and Operations for the Nova Scotia Health Authority, and Shannon York, Manager of Derivatives and Quantitative Evaluation with the Province of Nova Scotia Department of Finance and Treasury Board. During the year, the Trustees attended the following educational events: Canadian Health and Wellness Innovations, Canadian Employee Benefits Conference and Canadian Public Sector Pensions and Benefits Conference.

We remain committed to our Plan members to provide a competitive and sustainable LTD Plan, and to our Sponsors and stakeholders to provide full accountability, transparency and responsible use of resources.

We would like to thank our Plan Sponsors, Board of Trustees, Plan staff, and service providers, as we would not be successful without their ongoing hard work and dedication to the Plan.

Yours respectfully,

Linda Power Chair of the Board of Trustees Anna MacIsaac Chief Executive Officer

Board of Trustees

The Province of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union established the Nova Scotia Public Service Long Term Disability Plan Trust Fund in 1985.

The legal basis for the Trust is an Agreement and Declaration of Trust. The Agreement provides for the appointment of eleven trustees.

Five (5) members are appointed by the NSGEU (the Union), one (1) of whom is designated by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). Five (5) members are appointed by the Province of Nova Scotia (the Employer) through the Lieutenant Governor in Council, one (1) of whom is designated by the Nova Scotia Health Authority. The Union and Employer jointly appoint an independent Chair.

LTD Board Members

Top (from left to right): Cynthia Yazbek, Employer Trustee; Corinne Carey, Union Trustee; Linda Power, Chair; Mike MacIsaac, Union Trustee; Darren McPhee, Union Trustee; Cathy Rankin, Employer Trustee; Geoff Piers, Employer Trustee; Grant Vaughan, Union Trustee
Bottom (from left to right): Shannon York, Employer Trustee; Paul Hagen, Union Trustee; Geoffrey Gatien, Employer Trustee