Pension Life - Winter 2021
Ken Tannar delves into digits
Ken Tannar may have retired from teaching math and science full time in 2017, but his love of numbers is still going strong.
As a member of the Teachers’ Pension Board of Trustees since 2008, Ken has had plenty of opportunities to return to his mathematical roots. Keeping the plan healthy and sustainable requires a solid understanding of the tools wielded by actuaries: statistics, risk theory and financial knowledge. These concepts are no problem for a math enthusiast like Ken. “I really enjoy the actuarial aspects of the plan,” he says.
There’s more to love about trusteeship than the math problems, however. “We have an incredible joint trust arrangement in BC, which is serving our members and the province well,” Ken says. His greatest source of pride as a trustee is the knowledge that he’s fostering good governance so more than 100,000 members can count on their pensions.
Ken has lived and taught in various parts of the province, from Summerland to Salmon Arm. He’s now enjoying his retirement in Nanoose Bay, a small community north of Nanaimo, where he lives with his husband, also retired, and their greyhound, Echo.
Though Nanoose Bay offers a peaceful home base, Ken says he’s “busier than ever” in retirement. Besides his responsibilities as a trustee, he also teaches on call, works on renovations to his home and assists in rehabilitation for his youngest daughter, who is recovering from a brain aneurysm. Ken has two other grown children: a son working for the tech industry in Silicon Valley and a daughter studying at UBC Okanagan.
Despite his busy schedule, Ken still finds time to enjoy an occasional golf game. But his reasons for hitting the golf course extend beyond enjoyment of the sport. “I tinker with the physics and mathematics of golf,” admits Ken.
Whether he’s tinkering with trajectories on the green or focusing on finances in the boardroom, it all adds up for Ken.