I am pleased to confirm that CBC/Radio-Canada’s Board of Directors has approved our nomination of Jon Soper as retiree representative to the Pension Board of Trustees. Jon is highly qualified for this role and will be an excellent advocate for members.
This appointment acknowledges a longstanding practice of the PNA recommending a retiree representative on the Board of Trustees. We have agreed to meet with the CBC to discuss the process for seeking future applicants and establishing key criteria for appointments. While we agree with the need for transparency around Board appointments, we insist that nominees for the role must be sanctioned by the PNA, the official voice of CBC retirees. Moving forward, a committee of stakeholders will be established to review and consider applications.
I would like to extend heartfelt thanks to Alain Pineau, who has worked tirelessly as our representative since 2017.
Please join me in wishing Jon great success as he begins his duties later this month.
Donald Langis, President
CBC Pensioners National Association
Jon Soper is currently president of the Newfoundland and Labrador region of the CBC PNA. He worked as a journalist at the CBC in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador for more than 34 years. While most of this time was in Radio News and Current Affairs, he was one of the original regional online news writers in the early days of CBC Online. Prior to retiring in 2019, Jon was a senior producer for more than 20 years.
Jon has broad knowledge of employee and retiree benefits acquired during 24 years as a member of the Consultative Committee of Staff Benefits (CCSB). He also spent 16 years as the English employee trustee.