The LRC Presents…

Baby Boom Bust

Jim Leech and Jacquie McNish on the challenges of reaching the pension promised land.

Our CPP premiums have doubled over the last two decades, but how deep is the well? Our demographics have changed, but have our expectations? With more than seven million Canadians set to retire over the next twenty years, pension is the stubborn yet sensitive pachyderm in Parliament. Jim Leech and Jacquie McNish navigate the personal and political tensions involved in confronting the prospect of an imminent pension collapse.

Join us at the Gardiner Museum on March 3rd for a critical discussion on where we are and where we need to go to get pension planning right in Canada.


This event is available free to LRC subscribers or to all those who sign-up for our special event subscription offer of $49 for one year of the LRC. Otherwise tickets are $10 for the general public or $5 for students with a valid ID. Tickets can be purchased or reserved here.


Jim Leech

Former president and CEO of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, Jim Leech is currently Chancellor-designate of Queen’s University. He is a member of the government of Ontario’s Economic Advisory Panel and was recently appointed Special Advisor to the Ontario Minister of Finance concerning electricity sector pension sustainability.

In 2012 Mr. Leech was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal in recognition of his work with the True Patriot Love Foundation. He is also the chair of the board of Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation and the advisory board of the Queen’s School of Business. He is a member of the board of the MasterCard Foundation and was a founding director of Right To Play International.

Jacquie McNish

Jacquie McNish is a senior writer with the Globe and Mail, a regular guest on BNN, and an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School where she co-teaches a third-year law seminar on shareholder rights and the media. She is the winner of six National Newspaper Awards and the author of three best-selling books: The Third Rail: Confronting Our Pension Failures, co-authored with Jim Leech in 2013; Wrong Way: The Fall of Conrad Black, co-authored with Sinclair Stewart and winner of the 2005 National Business Book Award; and The Big Score: Robert Friedland and the Voisey’s Bay Hustle.