Feature Article Al Bowcott: At the
helm in turbulent times
This was the time that Al Bowcott stepped up to become the Chapter Chair for Ontario Central (then, Toronto and Area). These were challenging times when solvency of the Bell Pension Plan plummeted to a deficit of $1.8 billion. Ultimately, it ended well for all of us retirees as BPG secured a commitment from Bell for top-up of the pension fund. And as we know, the privatization plans were withdrawn in December 2008, just weeks before the expected closing.
As Chapter Chair, Al represented Ontario Central on the National Board. He became keenly involved with the issues of the times, and knowledgeably addressed the many questions raised by a concerned and growing membership in Ontario Central. Financials and alliances with pensioner advocacy groups dominated, given the corporate and economic backdrop. And membership issues, such as meeting frequency and venues, were improved to better serve our members.
We owe a huge debt of gratitude to all of the BPG Board members (National and local “Boards”) who have worked so tirelessly, and continue to do so, to protect our pensions. And Al Bowcott was part of that legacy.
Al displayed the same drive and professionalism as Chapter Chair of the Ontario Central BPG Board (2008 - 2011), and later on as Newsletter Editor for many years, as he had over his long and successful career at Bell. From the far-flung North to Montreal, to Saudi Arabia and Toronto, he spent most of his time in the world of Accounting, Treasury and Insurance, retiring in 1995.
Thank you for everything you’ve done, Al. And all the best for the future.