August 26, 2013
We are pleased to advise that 99% of the surplus funds have now been distributed by BCE to eligible members of the sharing group. Eligible “Option B” members will be receiving their $1,000 payments in the next couple of weeks.
Please note that with the surplus distribution substantially complete, the activities BCE Ontario Pension Surplus Committee have now concluded. The Committee has met for the final time and has ceased further activities. Going forward, if you have questions, you may contact Koskie Minsky LLP at 1.800.451.3225 or BCEsurplus@kmlaw.ca.
As its legacy, the members of the Committee are very pleased to announce “The Rob Adlam Initiative” as part of the Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation. As you may recall, Rob Adlam was a founding member of the member negotiating committee in 1999. Sadly, Rob passed away from mesothelioma in 2009 and did not survive to see the successful completion of this project. The Rob Adlam Initiative has been set up by the Committee members in remembrance of Rob’s leadership, advocacy and selflessness in ultimately succeeding in the surplus associated with the BCE Pension Plan being distributed at this time.
In appreciation of Rob Adlam and in honour of his family, the initiative aims to raise a total of $100,000 to fund the ongoing efforts of the Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation to support mesothelioma patients and their families, and to educate and build capacity relating to the disease amongst Canadian medical practitioners. Each of the Committee members is contributing $150 and Koskie Minsky is also making a donation.
The Committee members are requesting your donations as an appropriate wind up for celebrating the success enjoyed in large measure to Rob’s leadership, serving as a fitting end to share our success in our project with a cause that mirrors what turned out to be Rob’s final project. To access the Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation (CMF) website :http://cmfonline.org/
Once on the CMF Homepage you can click on the Menu Tab on the left hand side ” The BCE Rob Adlam Initiative (RAI)” to read about this initiative and how to donate.
Your support of the RAI initiative is greatly appreciated. As the Committee does not have contact information for all the affected plan members, your help in spreading the word about this campaign is encouraged.
Thank you to everyone for your patience in seeing this project come to a successful conclusion.