The Marathon for Talent

Watch a special episode of Contributors podcast featuring our host and two expert guests.

How to attract and retain talent through a long-term lens

As employers pivot in the Race for Talent, one thing is certain: attraction and retention strategies need to make a lasting impact. Band-aid solutions will not suffice when exploring tactics and new ideas for retaining and seeking top talent.

Join Contributors podcast host Russell Evans on a special fireside chat with experts Derek Dobson and Dr. Susan Black. They share CEO-to-CEO insights and other data from organizations across Canada who have identified key challenges with today’s talent and attraction strategies – and more importantly, have found hidden opportunities to overcome them.


Susan and Derek share tangible ideas and success stories on navigating today's talent management in 2023, including new trends of focusing on workplace retirement solutions, particularly modern defined benefit pension plans.

  • The one big thing employees and candidates are searching for.
  • A winning formula to overcome existing talent/attraction challenges.
  • Solutions to improve business and workforce management outcomes.
  • Real success stories about employers racing to find talent in the current labour shortage across Canada.
  • How to get an edge on your competitors by using a long-term, prudent approach.
  • How to bring more financial wellness into the workplace.
  • And more.

About the show

Contributors is for, and by, Canadian leaders. The episodes explore how organizations are making strategic decisions today to secure a better and brighter future for Canada. Russell Evans invites Canadian business leaders to sit down with him and discuss how their organizations are leading fundamental change, disrupting industries, and investing in Canada's well-being. Through in-depth conversations, we explore innovation, policy, business ideas, and more. During season one, Contributors episodes reached the top 1% of podcasts streamed across the globe (BuzzSprout) and the show earned a spot on Top Innovative Branded Podcasts list by Bay Street Bull.


Our why

CAAT is leading fundamental change and disrupting the retirement savings industry by delivering what employees AND employers want and need - valuable lifetime pensions at fixed contribution rates. Our success will improve the lives of Canadians, Canada, and employers who operate here. With Contributors, CAAT will celebrate all the ways Canadian organizations are contributing to the country's long-term success. As a leader at the nation's fastest growing defined benefit pension plan, our host Russell will uncover how trailblazers across various industries and sectors are building a better Canada.


We sit down with guests on the show to:

  • Demonstrate how their organization is contributing to make meaningful change across Canada.
  • Showcase how strategic actions taken today are creating a better Canada tomorrow.
  • Spotlight areas in which Canadian organizations are on the leading edge of policy and innovation.
  • Celebrate that we can prosper by prioritizing more than just the bottom line.
  • Achieved top 1% of streamed episodes through Buzzsprout and listed as a Top Innovative Branded Podcast by Bay Street Bull.

Our host

Russell Evans, Vice President, Communications, CAAT Pension Plan

Russell is responsible for the CAAT Pension Plan's communications efforts across all stakeholders. He has over 15 years of experience managing external, internal, and executive communications teams. Russell holds the Strategic Communication Management Professional designation, received a Gold Quill Award of Excellence, and is a Chartered Marketer with the Canadian Marketing Association. Russell is an MBA Candidate with Cornell and Queen's Universities and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Ryerson University.

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About CAAT Pension Plan

Established in 1967, the CAAT Pension Plan is an independent, jointly governed plan that offers two designs of a defined benefit pension. CAAT's award-winning DBplus plan is leading an extraordinary pace of growth for the Plan. Originally created to support the Ontario college system, the CAAT Plan now proudly serves more than 280 participating employers from various sectors including the for-profit, nonprofit, and broader public sectors. Currently, it has more than 81,000 active and retired members. The CAAT Plan is respected for its pension and investment management expertise and focus on stability and benefit security. At January 1, 2022, the Plan was 124% funded on a going-concern basis.

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