2015 Annual Report


Chair & CEO Message

At the NSPS LTD Plan, we aim to provide support, confidence and peace of mind to our approximately 13,100 members.

That’s why our Plan Sponsors and the Board of the Nova Scotia Public Service Long Term Disability Plan Trust Fund (the Plan) offer a stable and sustainable package that takes into account the diversity of your needs.

The NSPS LTD was busy supporting major provincial initiatives in 2015, like The Working Mind – an anti-stigma and mental health resilience program adopted by the Nova Scotia Government. In a speech, Honorable Leo Glavine and Laura Lee Langley recognized the Plan for our contributions to the National Standard on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. This acknowledgement demonstrates the Plan’s ongoing commitment to advancing workplace mental health and combating stigma.

2015 also marked the Plan’s 30th anniversary, and to ensure the Plan continues to exceed industry standards, we initiated a comprehensive review of Plan language and best practices. This process included an assessment of Public Service and Long Term Disability offerings, significant consultation with the LTD Fund’s legal counsel and in depth consultation with the NSPS LTD Board of Trustees. The staff and Board are pleased with the amendments incorporated into the Plan document, which took effect on December 31, 2015.

The Plan saw changes to the Board in 2015. We’d like to thank outgoing Trustee, Ms. Karen Fitzner for her contributions. We’d also like to welcome incoming Trustee, Ms. Cynthia Yazbek to our team. As the Executive Director of Labour Services, Department of Labour and Advanced Education, and former Executive Director of Employee Relations and Benefits with the Public Service Commission, we look forward to drawing on Ms. Yazbek’s counsel and expertise.

To continue to advance their knowledge, the Chair and Board of Trustees attended the following educational events in 2015: Canadian Health and Wellness Conference, Canadian Public Sector Pensions and Benefits Conference, ATMS Full Program, Annual Canadian Employee Benefits Conference and CPBI Atlantic Regional Conference.

On behalf of our Plan Sponsors, the Board, and staff, we’re proud to present the 2015 Annual Report to you, our Plan Members. Our commitment to you is to continuously improve the Plan and stay focused on providing superior service at a competitive price. Together, we’ll set the stage for a successful 2016.

Linda Power Chair of the Board of Trustees Charles J. Bruce Chief Executive Officer

Board of Trustees

The Province of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union established the Nova Scotia Public Service Long Term Disability Plan Trust Fund in 1985.

The legal basis for the Trust is an Agreement and Declaration of Trust. The Agreement provides for the appointment of eleven trustees.

Five (5) members are appointed by the NSGEU (the Union), one (1) of whom shall be designated by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). Five (5) members are appointed by the Province of Nova Scotia (the Employer) through the Lieutenant Governor in Council, one (1) of whom is designated by the Nova Scotia Health Authority. The Union and the Employer jointly appoint an independent Chair.

LTD Board Members

Top (from left to right): Grant Vaughan, Union Trustee; Peter Urbanc, Employer Trustee; Geoffrey Gatien, Employer Trustee; Cynthia Yazbek, Employer Trustee; Darren McPhee, Union Trustee; Linda Power, Chair.
Bottom (from left to right): Corinne Carey, Union Trustee; Paul Hagen, Union Trustee; Mike MacIsaac, Union Trustee; Cathy Rankin, Employer Trustee.

The vacant Employer Trustee position will be filled early 2016.