K-12 Making Sense of Pensions and Group Benefits Online Version

This workshop covers the financial aspects of retirement planning that are not provided elsewhere including:

  • Government Pension Benefits: Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security, Guaranteed Income Supplement
  • Government Health Benefits: BC Medical Services Plan, Fair Pharmacare
  • Non-Government Voluntary Group Benefits: life insurance, dental plans, extended health benefits, travel insurance
  • Assessing your insurance needs
  • Cost of voluntary group benefits (EHC, dental, travel)
  • Options for voluntary group health care benefits
  • Accessing Teachers' Pension and Canada Pension Plan information and planning resources

Target Audience

All Grades K-12

To Bring/Important Notes

Bring your retirement planning questions and we'll do our best to either answer them or point you in the right direction


10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

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  • Gerry Tiede

    President BC Retired Teachers’ Association

    Chair of BCRTA Pension and Benefits Committee

    Former Chair of the Teachers’ Pension Plan

    Gerry has extensive experience in pension plan governance and administration

  • Al Cornes

    Al Cornes currently serves on the BCRTA  Pension and Benefits Committee.  He was on the BCTF staff for 25 years in a variety of roles, including pensions officer.  He has successfully provided dozens of pension workshops across the province.


  • Arnie Lambert

    Arnie Lambert currently serves on the BCRTA Pension and Benefits Committee. He has extensive experience in providing advice to BCTF representatives who sit on the Teachers’ Pension Plan Trust as well as in providing workshops on financial and non-financial aspects of retirement planning