The Public Service Employees Trust — PSET — was created to oversee the Manitoba Public Service Retiree Health Plan for public sector retirees in the province of Manitoba, Canada.

The inaugural meeting of the PSET board took place on May 10th, 2018. The founding trustees were Mr. Ray Erb, Mr. Jody Gillis, Ms. Monica Girouard, and Mr. Doug Troke.

The administrator of the plan is Manitoba Blue Cross. The plan is currently open to retired employees of the Civil Service in Manitoba and its affiliated agencies and colleges, as well as retired members of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. The trustees are working to expand the membership of the plan to other public sector retirees.

The trustees meet with Manitoba Blue Cross to review the plan’s coverage and costs based on various factors, including plan utilization, the changing cost of ambulance and hospital services and other variables. In this regard, the trustees monitor this benefit program and engage the services of insurance industry experts to determine the competitiveness of premium rates to ensure that retirees are being offered reasonable benefit coverage at a competitive cost.

Trustees

Mr. Ray Erb

Ray retired from the MGEU in 2008 after 35 years of service where he was employed as a Staff Representative. He is a past Vice President of the Manitoba Government Retired Employees Association (MGREA) and a past President of the Buffalo Credit Union.

Ray currently serves as a Trustee on the Civil Service Superannuation Plan (CSSB), The University of Winnipeg and Manitoba and the Home Care Employees’ Pension & Benefit Boards. Ray holds a BSc from the University of Winnipeg, Certificate in Labour from the University of Manitoba and a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) designation from the University of Dalhousie.

Mr. Jody Gillis

Jody has served as an elected employee representative on the Civil Service Superannuation Board (CSSB) and its Investment Committee and HR & Governance Committee since 2014. He has also served on the Superannuation and Insurance Liaison Committee (SILC) since 2014, and as its Chair since 2015.

He is a faculty member of the Business Information Technology program at Red River College. He has been active in his union (MGEU) during his tenure, including as Vice-President and a member of the Collective Bargaining Team.

Jody is a BSc graduate (Applied Computer Science) of the University of Winnipeg; Computer Analyst/Programmer (CA/P) and Certificate in Adult Education programs, Red River College; and, holds the Master of Trust Management (MTMS) credential from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.

Mr. Doug Troke

Mr. Doug Troke obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree (Business Administration) in 1995 and his CPA-CGA accounting designation in 2002 and has been employed by Manitoba Finance as an auditor since 2004.

His continuing education includes completing Foundations of Trust Management Standards (FTMS) and Advanced Trust Management Standards (ATMS) from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.

He has served as Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee of several boards including not-for-profit, professional, and union. Mr. Troke is currently the 2nd Vice President of the Manitoba Government and General Employees’ Union (MGEU) and has served as an employee representative on the Civil Service Superannuation Board (CSSB) since 2012, as well as on the Superannuation and Insurance Liaison Committee.