ICPM designs education programs specifically for board members, pension trustees and C-suite executives who have the difficult job of making decisions that impact the health and prosperity of millions of current and future retirees. Education is critical for making careful, well-informed decisions that will ensure a pension fund’s well-being 50 years or more into the future.

ICPM’s programs are offered in partnership with leading universities around the world. Our programs blend academic rigour with an immersive experience where boards, trustees, and senior executives examine research and case studies with leading academics and receive mentorship from expert practitioners.

ICPM pension education programs are open to all pension funds. ICPM Research Partners enjoy a 15% discount applicable to all ICPM education offerings.


ICPM-Rotman Pension Governance Education Program

October 1-4, 2024

ICPM-Rotman Pension Governance Education Program

October 1-4, 2024

The Pension Governance Education Program (PGEP) is a unique international governance program designed for board members of large pension funds and long-horizon investment institutions around the globe.

Organized by ICPM and Rotman Executive Programs at the University of Toronto, the program instills best practices in key areas such as governance of pension/investment management institutions, responsible investment boardroom dynamics, investment beliefs, IT and cybersecurity risk and member communications.

Who Should Attend?

The program has been developed specifically for board members of ICPM Research Partners and the pension community. It focuses on global pension perspectives and attracts international participants.

With limited seats available, the program builds relevant skills and knowledge for existing board members and supports ongoing board renewal by helping to prepare new board members to fulfil their governance responsibilities.

“The program’s content is not only informative but also highly practical, equipping me with the skills and insights necessary to excel in my role as a pension fund trustee. The program also fosters a strong sense of community among its participants, allowing for valuable networking and knowledge-sharing opportunities. I highly recommend this program to anyone looking to enhance their understanding of pension governance and stay at the forefront of this ever-evolving industry. The ICPM PGEP is an investment in your professional development that will pay dividends for years to come.”Mullissa Willette, Board Member, CalPERS

“Sharing of our different country perspectives in pension fund designs and administration helped me to enhance my own understanding of possibilities that exist in future pension designs and management. I hope to use both the knowledge and skills gained in the program to add value to our pension fund’s management processes.”Zethu Msindo, Board Member, GEPF

“Boards and trustees gain so much from a community from which they can learn international perspectives on challenges faced by pension funds around the world.”Rob Bauer, Academic Director

ICPM-Rotman Cybersecurity Risk Oversight Program

October 9-11, 2024

Cybersecurity is one of the most complex and rapidly evolving issues for pension organizations to oversee. Pension funds can be hit with significant consequences as a result of a cyber incident, including loss of data, reputational damage, declining member trust, and financial ramifications due to ransom payouts. In an age when cyber incidents are inevitable, pension boards and their enterprise risk leaders play a unique role in ensuring the organization is well-prepared, protected, and able to effectively respond when an incident occurs.

Who Should Attend?

The international program is designed to equip pension fund leaders—including boards, CEOs, Chief Risk Officers, Chief Information Officers, Chief Information Security Officers, and those overseeing enterprise risk management—with the latest best practices in governance for the proper oversight of cyber risks.

“Cyber events are inevitable and will only get worse. Boards and executives of pension funds must stay current in cybersecurity if they are to succeed in effectively governing it. Proper oversight requires ongoing education to understand the risks, as well as how to mitigate and manage them.”Michael Parent, Academic Director

ICPM-Maastricht Program on Trust-Building Through Effective Communications

Date TBC

Pension leaders are increasingly aware of the importance of pension communications to strengthen engagement, build loyalty and properly steer a fund over the long-term, including through times of crisis. Where pension communications have traditionally been seen as an operational obligation, ensuring effective and appropriate communications with members has been identified as an important strategic topic.

In response to this need, ICPM and UMIO|Maastricht University, the executive education department of the School of Business and Economics, have developed an immersive education retreat where board members and senior-level communication specialists will explore best practices in pension communications and member engagement.

Who Should Attend?

This international pension education program is designed for Board members, C-suite executives, and senior-level communications specialists. We encourage organizations to enroll both a communications specialist alongside a Board member/executive to explore best practices together.

“I think communication is extremely important for a pension fund, but also very difficult. Everything we do hinges on communication. The program gave me an insight into effective communication through the presentations and was enriched by the good discussions with an international group of board members and communication specialists. I would definitely recommend this to other board members and I would also recommend doing this together with a communications specialist from your fund.”Selma Skalli-Gouderjaan, Board Chair, Pensioenfonds Detailhandel, Netherlands

“The program opened my eyes to the various types of market research and behavioural science insights that I can leverage to make more informed decisions about the effectiveness of our communications and member engagement strategies. I whole-heartedly recommend this program to other pension funds. The quality of instruction is excellent, the instructors are engaging and full of thoughtful insights and there is added benefit from networking and learning from other pension funds from around the world.”Jackie DeSouza, Vice President, Pension Communications & Engagement, OMERS, Canada

“The research speaks for itself. The way pension funds communicate with their members has a significant impact on the decisions they make when it comes to saving for retirement.”Lisa Brüggen, Academic Director

ICPM On-Site Pension Education

ICPM also regularly organizes on-site education programs tailored for its Research Partners on a variety of topics from governance, responsible investing, building trust with members, cybersecurity risks and more. Research Partners can contact for more information.