Super Fund of the Year 2017 and other winners revealed

Dan Purves

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09/03/2017

UniSuper has won Fund of the Year at the Conexus Financial Superannuation Awards 2017 – the second year in a row it has taken home the prestigious award.

In a video presentation announcing the winner, the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, praised the $57.5 billion super fund for higher education workers for its leadership in member services, good fund governance, design and performance. He added there were many outstanding super funds in the running for the title.

“Congratulations UniSuper, and congratulations to all the winners and all the finalists,” Turnbull said.

In his address to the gathered superannuation industry figures and dignitaries, the prime minister encouraged attendees to support the Wayside Chapel, a charity Conexus Financial backs.

To donate to Wayside click here.

 

By the end of the night, UniSuper had won in four of the 12 award categories, also taking home Best Insurance Offering, Best Advice Offering and Default Fund of the Year.

The coveted Chief Investment Officer of the Year Award went to Cbus Super executive manager, investment management, Trish Donohue and executive manager, investment strategy, Kristian Fok. The traditional role of chief investment officer at the fund is spilt between the two.

Conexus Financial chief executive Colin Tate challenged the assembled stakeholders in the $2.1 trillion sector that they should never lose sight of the fact that the industry exists to serve the interests of fund members, and to ensure that as many Australians as possible are able to enjoy a dignified and financially secure retirement.

“Tonight, the industry receives the accolades; the awards are designed to recognise those funds that have served their members best,” Tate said. 

 

And the winners are…

 

Best Insurance Offering

Finalists: Christian Super, EISS Super, MLC MasterKey Business Super

Winner: UniSuper

 

Default Fund of the Year

Finalists: Cbus Super, MTAA Super, QSuper

Winner: UniSuper

 

Pension Fund of the Year

Finalists: Cbus Super, UniSuper and Sunsuper

Winner: QSuper

 

Member Services Fund of the Year

Finalists: MTAA Super, Plum Super, UniSuper

Winner: VicSuper

 

Best Advice Offering

Finalists: Energy Super, QSuper, Sunsuper

Winner: UniSuper

 

Best Technology Offering

Finalists: HESTA, Kinetic Super, Plum Super

Winner: BT Panorama

 

Innovation and Transformation Award

Finalists: HESTA, QSuper, Sunsuper

Winner: Australian Catholic Superannuation

 

Small Fund of the Year

Finalists: EISS Super, Intrust Super, Kinetic Super

Winner: AustSafe Super

 

Medium Fund of the Year 

Finalists: Energy Super, LGIAsuper, NGS Super

Winner: MTAA Super

 

Large Fund of the Year 

Finalists: Cbus Super, Sunsuper, UniSuper

Winner: QSuper

 

Fund of the Year

Finalists: Cbus Super, MTAA Super, QSuper

Winner: UniSuper

 

Chief Investment Officer of the Year 

Finalists: Australian Ethical Investment CIO David Macri, MLC Super Fund CIO Jonathan Armitage and Statewide Super CIO Con Michalakis

Winner: Cbus Super executive manager, investment management, Trish Donohue, and executive manager, investment strategy, Kristian Fok

 

 

Interviews with the winners will appear in a special newsletter. 

The Conexus Financial Superannuation Awards 2017 took place on March 9 at the Ivy, Sydney. It was produced by Conexus Financial, the publisher of Investment Magazine and Professional Planner, supported by the Funds Executive Association Limited, and sponsored by Vanguard and AIA Australia.




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