Management's responsibility for financial reporting
Management of the OPSEU Pension Trust (OPTrust) is responsible for the integrity and objectivity of the financial information presented in this annual report. The consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with Canadian generally accepted accounting principles and comply with the financial reporting requirements of the Pension Benefits Act of Ontario. The consolidated financial statements include amounts that must of necessity be based on the best estimates and judgment of management with appropriate consideration as to materiality. Financial information presented throughout this annual report is consistent with the consolidated financial statements.
Management has recognized the importance of OPTrust maintaining and reinforcing a high standard of conduct in all of its actions, including the preparation and publication of statements fairly presenting the financial condition of the OPSEU Pension Plan (the Plan). Systems of internal control and supporting procedures are maintained to provide assurance that transactions are properly authorized, assets are safeguarded against unauthorized use or disposition, and proper records are maintained. The system is augmented by the careful selection and training of qualified staff, the establishment of organizational structures providing for a well-defined division of responsibilities, and the communication of policies and guidelines of business conduct throughout OPTrust.
The Board of Trustees has the ultimate responsibility for the consolidated financial statements presented to plan members. An Audit Committee, consisting of Trustees appointed by each of the Government and OPSEU, reviews the consolidated financial statements with management and the external auditors before such statements are recommended to the Board for approval. The Audit Committee meets on a regular basis with management and the external auditors to review the scope of the audit, discuss auditor findings, and satisfy themselves that their responsibilities have been adequately discharged.
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, the external auditors, have conducted an independent examination of the consolidated financial statements in accordance with Canadian generally accepted auditing standards and have expressed their opinion upon completion of such examination in their report to the Board of Trustees. The auditors have full and unrestricted access to the Audit Committee to discuss their audit and related findings as to the integrity of the Plan’s financial reporting and the adequacy of the system of internal controls.
May 26, 2011