Leadership

SFPP is delivered through the collaboration of several organizations.

The President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance (the Minister) is the administrator and trustee of SFPP, holding ultimate responsibility for the Plan’s direction and delivery. However, the Minister has delegated the day‑to‑day functions in operating the Plan to the Special Forces Pension Board and two Crown corporations:

  1. The Special Forces Pension Board (SFPB or the Board) is entrusted under provincial legislation to perform high level strategic guidance pertaining to the Plan.
  2. Alberta Pensions Services Corporation (APS) is responsible for administering the Plan’s benefits.
  3. Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo) invests the Plan’s funds.

The Auditor General of Alberta audits SFPP's finances.



Trustee of the Plan

The primary oversight function of SFPP belongs to an elected official of the Alberta government, the President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance. In addition to serving as official trustee and administrator of the Plan, the Minister is also busy filling other roles within government and has delegated many SFPP-related responsibilities to others to make sure that everything is as it should be with your pension and the SFPP Fund. The Minister retains authority over the system as a whole and is supported by department staff at Alberta Treasury Board and Finance.



Special Forces Pension Board

The Board’s responsibilities include setting contribution rates, evaluating Plan costs, and developing strategies and policies related to funding, investments and Plan design. The Board also regularly communicates with Plan members and a group of employee and employer representatives called the Sponsor Committee.

The Board is made up of 3 employee nominees, 3 employer nominees and 1 nominee from the Government of Alberta, who provide strategic guidance over the Plan.

Board Members

Doris Wilson

Doris Wilson

Chair
Doris was appointed to the SFPB in January 2017 as a nominee of the City of Calgary. She was previously the Manager of Total Rewards for the City of Calgary before retiring in 2017. Doris is Chair of the Board.
Dwayne Smith

Dwayne Smith

Vice Chair
Dwayne Smith was appointed to the SFPB in October 2007 by the Alberta Federation of Police Associations. He currently holds the position of Staff Sergeant with the Lethbridge Police Service. Dwayne is Vice Chair of the Board and has previously served as Chair.
Mike Baker

Mike Baker

 
Mike was nominated to the SFPB in June 2016 by the Calgary Police Association. Mike is a sworn officer with the Calgary Police Service, currently holding the position of Sergeant. He is also an elected member of the Calgary Police Association, serving as Vice President of Finance since 2008.
Jason Elliott

Jason Elliott

 
Jason was appointed to the SFPB in February 2018 as a nominee of the municipalities of Camrose, Lacombe, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, and Taber. He is the Human Resources Manager for the City of Lethbridge.
Victoria Grabb

Victoria Grabb

 
Victoria was appointed to the SFPB in February 2018 as a nominee of the Government of Alberta. She has nearly two decades’ experience in the pension industry, serving as a consultant to various organizations including Canadian Blood Services and B.C.’s Municipal Pension Plan.
Jodie Graham

Jodie Graham

 
Jodie was appointed to the SFPB in January 2017 as a nominee of the City of Edmonton. She is the Executive Director of the Office of Strategy Management for the Edmonton Police Service.

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Dave Paton

Dave Paton

 
Dave was appointed to the SFPB in February 2018 as a nominee of the Edmonton Police Association. He is a sworn officer with the Edmonton Police Service, currently holding the position of Detective.
 

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The Board is supported in its role by a management team, which carries out governance and operational functions.

Board Management Team

Liz Doughty

Liz Doughty

Director
Liz has served the SFPB since 1998. In her 2 decades in the pension industry, Liz has acquired extensive experience and education in working with boards in the areas of governance, pension plan design, communications, and funding. Liz acts on behalf of the SFPB in the role of Director: identifying, planning, coordinating, and initiating Board activities. She leads a team that provides high quality, consistent, proactive support to the Board.
Natasha Martin

Natasha Martin

Plan Board Manager
Natasha started working for the SFPB in 2014. With a background as in-house legal counsel to the Government of Alberta, she is no stranger to legislation and the type of support that the Board needs to make appropriate decisions for the Plan. Natasha finds great personal satisfaction in her work, knowing that she plays a role in helping the Board achieve its vision to provide retirement security for municipal police officers in Alberta.
Courtney Andrews-Peckford

Courtney Andrews-Peckford

Plan Board Specialist
Courtney joined the SFPB staff in 2014. Courtney has over a decade of experience in supporting a board or organization in various capacities as well as experience in the human resources field. She completed an Executive Office Administration Diploma in 2007 and is currently completing a Management Development Certificate and a Human Resources Management Certificate at the University of Alberta.

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Amy Hynes

Amy Hynes

Plan Board Specialist
Amy started working for the SFPB in 2018. She has over a decade of experience as a governance professional across various sectors, and also has a strong background in policy. Amy is passionate about governance, and is committed to providing the Board with the information it needs to fulfill its duties. Amy is a graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland, with a concentration in Business Administration.

 


Legislated Service Providers

APS

Alberta Pensions Services Corporation (APS) was created as a Crown corporation in 1995 with the Government of Alberta as the sole shareholder.

Services APS provides on behalf of SFPP include:

  • Managing contributions;
  • Providing information to members, retirees and employers;
  • Calculating pensions and providing estimates;
  • Paying out pension benefits;
  • Developing administrative policies; and
  • Communications in co-operation with SFPB Management.

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Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo)

Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo) has been delegated the responsibility for investing the SFPP fund and indexing fund in accordance with the general policy guidelines established by the Board and in accordance with the Employment Pension Plans Act.

AIMCo is one of Canada’s largest institutional investment fund managers. AIMCo manages billions of dollars for Alberta pensions, endowments and government funds, including the SFPP Fund.

AIMCo was established as a Crown corporation in 2008. Its sole shareholder is the Government of Alberta.

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