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May 23, 2017

Your board chair and vice chair

Since 2003, the board chair and vice chair have been selected from among the members of the board. The chair provides leadership to the board, co-ordinates its activities, and is the official spokesperson. The vice-chair supports the chair in all activities and assumes leadership in the chair’s absence.

Gary Yee is the 2017 board chair. He was appointed to the board by the Municipal Employees’ Pension Committee (MEPC), the Plan Member Partner, in 2014.

Board chair, Gary YeeGary is a national pension and airline representative for Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE); a role he’s held since 1997. He has extensive experience with defined benefit, defined contribution and hybrid pension plans. He is a staff advisor to the CUPE BC pension committee, a representative on the MEPC and chairs the Municipal Employees’ Pension Advisory Committee.

Married with two school age children, Gary is a down-to-earth and approachable chair. His hobbies include golf and photography. 

Vice chair, Hilary BrownHilary Brown is the 2017 vice chair; she will be the board chair in 2018. She is executive director of finance and strategic planning for British Columbia Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA), who appointed her to the board.

She is a Certified Professional Accountant/Certified General Accountant, with post-secondary degrees from Concordia University and Heriot-Watt university.

Hilary has held significant roles in the field of BC education, including the assistant secretary treasurer for Saanich School District 63 and an accounting term professor at Camosun College. Hilary also serves as a trustee for the Public Education Benefits Trust.

When not working on pension, benefits and education matters, Hilary enjoys horseback riding and spending time with her family. She and her husband look forward to welcoming their first grandchild later this year.

Together, the board chair and vice chair work with the plan’s executive director to realize the Board’s goals and plans; they help identify problems, review strategy, maintain accountability, and build relationships. In short, they bring their considerable knowledge and experience to the table to help the board and plan prepare for future success.

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The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Municipal Pension Board of Trustees.


Judy Payne, executive director of the Municipal Pension Plan

Judy Payne is the Executive Director
of the Municipal Pension Plan