OSPC: About Pension Legislation in MB

Pension Commission of Manitoba


The Pension Commission of Manitoba is an independent, decision-making body who hears appeals of orders of the Superintendent of Pensions. It also sets the rules that govern the hearing process. The commission also reviews applications for surplus refunds under the act and advises the Minister of Manitoba Finance on pension policy matters.

Commission Members

The commission has at least five and not more than nine members, including a chair and vice-chair. Commission members are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor. The commission has exclusive authority to exercise the powers conferred under The Act.

The Commission

Commission members

Chair: Kathy McIlroy was appointed to the Commission in March 2011. Ms. McIlroy is a partner with the firm Myers Weinberg LLP, where she practices in labour and employment law. Ms. McIlroy has been practising law since 1992 and has a particular interest in human rights and privacy issues, and advises on employment standards, workplace health and safety and disability matters. Ms. McIlroy appears regularly before arbitration boards and the Manitoba Labour Board.

Vice-Chair: Tim McGorman was appointed to the Commission in May 2010. Mr. McGorman is employed as a Vice President at Aon Consulting Inc. (Aon) and is responsible for the retirement practice. He graduated from University of Manitoba with a B. Comm. (Honours) Degree majoring in Actuarial and Business Mathematics. Mr. McGorman qualified in 1993 as a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and as a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries by examination and professional practice, and presently serves as a member of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries Pension Plan Financial Reporting Committee.

Zbignew Gryz was appointed to the Commission in March 2011. Mr. Gryz holds a Doctorate of Philosophy, PhD (Sociology) from Carleton University. He is a Personal Financial Planner and served two 3-year terms on the Insurance Council of Manitoba.

Barbara Hanchard is responsible for the management and administration of the University of Manitoba's group insurance plans and three pension plans covering a total of 5,200 active members. She is secretary to the University Pension Committee and Staff Benefits Committee. Before joining the University in 1988, Barbara worked for a major life insurance company.

Charly Pazdor is a consulting actuary and the Managing Principal in Eckler Winnipeg's office with expertise in retirement plans and self-insured disability plans. His experience includes 23 years as a consulting actuary and 14 years with a major life insurance company. Mr. Pazdor is a member of the Professionalism Management Education Committee of the Society of Actuaries and a frequent presenter at the Fellowship Admissions Course. He has served on a number of Committees and Task Forces for the Canadian Institute of Actuaries. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Manitoba and has been a qualified Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries since 1986.

Henry Shyka was appointed to the Commission in October 2015. Mr. Shyka retired in July 2014 following a 25 year career as a Staff Officer with the Manitoba Teachers Society. At the Society, Mr. Shyka provided service to members in the areas of personnel, collective bargaining, benefits, and acted as the business agent for the Winnipeg Teachers Association. He sat on the Teachers Retirement Allowances Board (T.R.A.F.) for a period of 12 years; serving as vice-chair for 3 years prior to his retirement.

Roland Stankevicius is a Teacher Welfare Staff Officer with the Manitoba Teachers' Society providing services and support to public school teachers, and their local teacher associations in the areas of collective bargaining, personnel cases, grievance and interest arbitration. Before joining the Manitoba Teacher's Society in 2010, Mr. Stankevicius taught in the River East Transcona and St. Vital School Divisions. From 2001 to 2005, he represented the River East Transcona Teachers' Association as President. Roland has also served as Chair of the Manitoba Teachers' Society Disability Plan Investment Committee (2008). Prior to teaching, he worked in the commercial banking sector and also the provincial public service. Mr. Stankevicius holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree, from the University of Manitoba and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta.

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