ALAPP Corp.

Alberta Local Authorities Pension Plan Corp. (ALAPP Corp.) was established as a Crown Corporation in December 2005 and incorporated under the Business Corporations Act. It has a small executive team whose function is to provide strategic support to the LAPP Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors of ALAPP Corp.

This team is made up of experts on investments, funding, pension law, pension policy, risk management, stakeholder relations, government relations and communications. The ALAPP team prepares the Board for making important decisions about the pension plan and provides expert advice as needed. Team members research issues, monitor pension developments around the world and make policy and operational recommendations to the Boards.

Once a decision has been made, team members work with various service providers, including its investment manager and benefit administrator, to make sure decisions are implemented. AIMCo, also known as Alberta Investment Management Corporation, is the investment manager of the LAPP fund. APS, also known as Alberta Pensions Services Corporation, delivers the pension benefit on behalf of LAPP.

The ALAPP Executive Team also looks after consulting and communicating with all stakeholders, including its almost 250,000 members province-wide. Communications for members are developed in partnership with APS, which is responsible for explaining LAPP pension benefits. ALAPP Corp. sets the strategic directions for LAPP communications.

To read more about strategic oversight of the Plan and reporting on financial status or investment results, see the website section entitled Your Pension is Secure.

The actions of the ALAPP Corp. Executive are governed by a policy which outlines rules of ethics and conduct: Employee Ethics and Conduct Policy

Contact the ALAPP Executive Team

 Phone: 780-427-5447
 Fax: 780-427-5030
 Mail: PO Box 1315
                 Edmonton, AB T5J 2M8

Christopher Brown

President & CEO

Chris is the President and CEO of Alberta Local Authorities Pension Plan Corp. and oversees the organization which supports the work of the LAPP Board of Trustees and provides high-level strategic guidance of the Plan.  Chris is a leading pension expert who has worked with regulators and policy makers at both provincial and national levels. Chris served as Co-Chair of the Alberta-British Columbia Joint Expert Panel on Pension Standards to review private sector pension legislation in the two provinces.

He served as President and Chair of the Board of the Association of Canadian Pension Management (ACPM), and is currently a member of ACPM’s National Board of Directors, Executive Committee and National Policy Committee. Chris also sat on the Stakeholder Task Force on Common Pension Standards for the Canadian Association of Pension Supervisory Authorities.

Prior to joining LAPP, Chris was a practicing lawyer for over 20 years, with a particular focus on matters relating to the governance, investment, administration and regulatory compliance of pension plans and other employment benefits and compensation plans.  Chris holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta, a Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University and is an active member of the Law Society of Alberta.

Sheri Wright

Vice President,  Stakeholder Relations & Communications

Sheri is the Vice President of Stakeholder Relations for ALAPP Corp. and has many years of executive experience in stakeholder relations, communications and government relations. Sheri manages communications and relationship building for LAPP and is part of the executive team that supports both LAPP Boards.

Previously, Sheri served as Executive Director, Corporate Communications for Alberta Health Services and Director of Communications for Palliser Health Region. Prior to working 15 years in the public sector, Sheri spent more than 20 years in the private sector, working as a journalist. She held the position of Assistant Managing Editor of the Medicine Hat News, before moving into a career in communications.

Sheri holds elected office as a Public School Trustee for St. Albert. She is a founding director of the Canadian Public Sector Pension Leadership Council (CPPLC) and is a director of the Canadian Pension & Benefits Institute (CPBI), Northern Alberta region.

Sheri holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Victoria, a certificate in Pension Plan Administration, and a pensions certificate in Advance Trust Management Standards (ATMS).

Gosia Talanczuk

Vice President, Investment Policy & Risk Management

Gosia has extensive experience in managing investments on behalf of pension, endowment and other public funds. She has researched, evaluated and invested with a wide spectrum of Canadian and international investment firms and strategies in all major asset classes with Alberta Investment Management Corporation and Workers Compensation Board of Alberta.

Gosia holds a Master of Law (University of Wroclaw, 1991), a Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction, Majoring in Finance, (University of Alberta , 1997), and the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designation (2007). She completed the Canadian Securities Course (1997), and additional courses in negotiations, management and communications.

Phil Rivard

Vice President, Pension Policy & Funding

Phil is the Vice President, Pension Policy and Funding and leads the development and implementation of pension policies, funding policies and plan rules designed to support the LAPP Board in the prudent strategic guidance of the Plan.  He has more than 25 years of experience in pension plan funding, design, administration, risk management, communications and governance, having primarily worked over his career as a consulting actuary for negotiated contribution plans governed by boards of trustees.

Phil is a fellow of both the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (CIA) and Society of Actuary. He has served as the Chairperson of the CIA’s Practice Council as well as an ex-officio member of both the CIA board of directors and the Canadian Actuarial Standards Board. Phil also served on the Alberta Specified Multi-Employer Pension Plan Advisory Committee, the Actuarial Advisory Committee for Alberta Finance and the Alberta/British Columbia Joint Advisory Group. He is a frequent speaker and is currently one of the presenters for the Foundations of Trust Management Standards (FTMS).

Phil holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of Manitoba.

Venessa Benson

Manager, Communications & Pension Reporting

Venessa joined the Management Team at ALAPP Corp. in July 2017. Her primary focus at ALAPP Corp. is to manage projects and resources related to communications with LAPP members, stakeholders, and key partners of the Plan, as well as develop and implement research, data collection, and monitor processes in the areas of pension reporting and pension policy.

Venessa has several years of experience in pensions, coming to ALAPP from Alberta Pensions Services Corporation (APS), the organization that provides pension benefit administration services on behalf of LAPP.  She has worked in both Pension Policy and Strategic Stakeholder Communications, working for APS on projects for LAPP and other public sector pension plans in Alberta.

Venessa has experience in performing complex data analysis and providing detailed project reporting. She has a passion for developing dynamic communications and explaining complex pension concepts in an engaging way to further reinforce the value of a LAPP pension to members and stakeholders.

Venessa has an educational background in Legal & Realtime Reporting (Court Stenography), and is pursuing her Pension Plan Administration Certificate (PPAC).

Along with being a skilled pension professional, Venessa also has a keen eye for photography and design.  She is a nationally-published professional photographer with over ten years’ experience owning her own professional photography business, and she has an aptitude for the Adobe suite of products and all social media platforms.

Roni DeBock

Board Secretary

Roni joined the Executive Team as the Board Secretary for the Local Authorities Pension Plan in January 2013. Reporting to the CEO, her primary roles are to facilitate information to and from the Board and to manage records.

Before joining the Local Authorities Pension Plan she worked at the Legislature Building for various Ministers as well as in the Deputy Minister’s office for Seniors and Community Supports.