Chairs & CEOs Symposium 2017

Thursday 17 – Friday 18 August 2017
Commences Thursday afternoon and concludes Friday afternoon.

Melbourne CBD, VIC

CIE’s Chairs and Chief Executive Officers Symposium provides a platform for delegates to discuss topical issues across investments, member engagement, organisational efficiency and culture, with the objective of providing practical solutions that enable the attainment of better retirement outcomes for members.

A major challenge for the industry is the burden of compliance and regulatory oversight. With over $2 trillion in Australian superannuation assets under management, the industry should expect the recent scrutiny to continue. The challenge for funds is balancing the need to be innovative, relevant and sustainable within the confines of a more demanding regulatory and prudential regime.

A key component of governance is the structure and operation of trustee boards. With the inevitable increase in the number of independent trustees (and independent Chairs?), funds should be the leaders in instigating change and they should work with their sponsors to start planning and searching for the most suitable candidates.

APRA’s requirement that funds have a holistic understanding of risk has driven significant cultural change and has led a drive by funds to appoint chief risk officers. The role of the chief risk officer is to pro-actively identify and comprehend the inherent risks within the fund and assess if there is anything that could adversely affect the business’ ability to achieve its strategic objectives. The challenge facing funds is how to align the different risk cultures and tolerances that exist between trustee boards and staff, as well as the need to balance investment and operational risks.

As the industry prepares for the dismantling of the default award system, superannuation funds, especially industry funds, have been focusing on improving member engagement efforts in preparation for a more competitive landscape.

The ultimate goal of the industry in supporting members through retirement can aptly be described as the retirement ‘trilemma’, as funds need to navigate a course between flexibility, longevity and adequacy when developing retirement products. While there is no silver bullet, the principles are clear and innovative work is being completed, promising exciting opportunities for funds and their members.

The Chairs and Chief Executive Officers Symposium explores these important strategic issues amongst industry peers, who are facing similar challenges in their roles and allows them to share experiences and discuss innovative ideas that they can incorporate within their organisation for the benefit of their members and stakeholders.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Redefining the goals of super – how do funds best contribute to the way that members engage, save and commit to long term financial goals?
  • Optimising board and governance structure, appointing the ‘right’ people, enabling timely decision making
  • Remaining relevant to members in a growing and increasingly competitive industry
  • Creating alignment between the interests of key internal and external stakeholders to execute the strategic vision
  • Evolution of industry regulation and the scrutiny placed on investment organisations

Who should attend? 
Chairs-elect of institutional investor entities
Chief Executive Officers
Chief Executive Officers-elect of institutional investor entities

Limited to approximately 45 participants.

Registration fee:
A$1,950* plus GST
10 CPE Points

Registration does not include accommodation, although CIE can co-ordinate bookings at no extra charge.

Notes * Above mentioned registration fees are applicable to representatives of Institutional Investors only (e.g. Superannuation Funds, Asset Owners, Private, Public and Government Investment entities). These registration fees are not applicable to sponsoring entities. Sponsoring entities should request sponsorship information from CIE. This information will cover sponsorship benefits, forum application and levels.

On January 23rd, 2011, posted in: Uncategorized by

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