Benefits & Pensions Monitor Events

Disability Trends and Risks

Date: May 25, 2017 | Location: InterContinental Toronto Centre 225 Front Street West Toronto, ON M5V 2X3

Demographics, mental health, and musculoskeletal issues as well the duty of employers to accommodate are among the key drivers of disability in the workplace and the resulting absenteeism.

How well employers manage this can have a dramatic impact when it comes to getting employees back on the job and productive.
More and more industry experts are promoting an integrated approach which brings together prevention, early intervention, and the management of the ever-growing number of workers with chronic diseases to create environments which help employees return-to-work.

Join our expert panel, including Yafa Sakkejha, General Manager from The Beneplan Co-operative, Paula Pettit, Associate from Miller Thomson and Youlanda Hart, Director of Organizational Consulting (IHS) from Sun Life Financial at the Benefits and Pensions Monitor Meetings & Events ‘Disability Trends and Risks’ half-day session as they offer insights and solutions on the drivers of disability costs in the workplace.

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The Realities of Workplace Mental Health

Date: June 6, 2017 | Location: InterContinental Toronto Centre. 225 Front Street West Toronto, ON M5V 2X3

Approximately 30% of short and long term disability claims in Canada are attributed to mental health problems and illnesses. Labour groups, corporations and the government are all concerned with workplace mental health. It cannot continue to be ignored. If we are not paying attention to our mental health, everybody suffers.

Mental health initiatives have become critical to business success. This session will provide practical ways to bring awareness and support for healthier and psychologically safe workplaces.

Join our expert panel including Richard Heinzl MD, Global Medical Director from WorldCare International Inc., Laura Pratt, B.A., C.I.M., H.I.A.A., I.C.A., National Practice Leader, Organizational Health from The Great-West Life Assurance Company and Renee Couture, Owner of UC Consulting at the Benefits and Pensions Monitor Meetings & Events ‘The Realities of Workplace Mental Health’ half-day session on June 6th in Toronto.

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Technology and Healthcare Plan Innovation

Date: September 14, 2017 | Location: InterContinental Toronto Centre 225 Front Street West Toronto, ON M5V 2X3

Emerging technologies are bringing unprecedented changes to the way plan members access healthcare. This session will look at how these innovations are shaping insurance product coverage and the implications for plan members and sponsors.
Join our expert panel at the Benefits and Pensions Monitor Meetings & Events ‘Technology and Healthcare Plan Innovation’ half-day session on September 14th in Toronto.

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Drug Pooling and Supplemental Drugs

Date: October 17, 2017 | Location: InterContinental Toronto Centre 225 Front Street West Toronto, ON M5V 2X3

The Canadian Drug Insurance Pooling Corporation was created to spread risk and facilitate affordable drug coverage for fully-insured supplementary pension plans. Find out how this is working for both plan sponsors and insurers.
Join our expert panel, including Dan Berty, Executive Director from the Canadian Drug Insurance Pooling Corporation (CDIPC) at the Benefits and Pensions Monitor Meetings & Events ‘Drug Pooling and Supplemental Drugs’ half-day session on October 17th in Toronto.

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Industry Events

Investment Approaches Examined

Date: May 25, 2017

The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans’ ‘French Canadian Investment Institute’ will deliver investment management education on the latest investment approaches from industry leaders who are directly involved with managing pension assets. It takes place May 25 in Montreal, QC.

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Mental Illness Impact Discussed

Date: May 31, 2017

Christine Burych, of Morneau Shepell, will discuss the impact of a mental illness on the employee, the importance of support from the workplace, and strategies for helping them or others at the ‘CPBI Ontario Benefits Outlook Signature Series’ seminar on mental health. It takes place May 31 in Toronto, ON.

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Alternative Alternatives Examined

Date: May 31, 2017


Alternative to Alternatives ‒ Going beyond RE, PE, and Infrastructure’ will be examined at a Toronto CFA Society session. Antoine Bisson-McLernon, partner and chief executive officer at Fiera Comox Partners; Glenn Smith, managing director and president of Hancock Renewable Energy Group; and Ian Fowler, managing director and co-head of North American private finance – private lending at Barings LLC; will share their views on the present and future landscape of global agriculture, renewable energy, and private lending investing. It takes place May 31 in Toronto, ON

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Rubin Delivers Keynote

Date: June 1, 2017 - June 2, 2017

Jeff Rubin, a leading economist, energy expert, and author, will deliver the opening keynote address at the ‘2017 RIA Conference.’ In his session, ‘Risky Business: The Economics of Climate Change and the Global Energy Sector,’ he will share insights on how carbon emissions reduction efforts pose an ever-increasing threat to the recovery in fossil fuel prices needed to keep today’s oil and coal production economic. It takes place June 1 and 2 in Vancouver, BC.

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Date: June 5, 2017 - June 7, 2017

Jean Michaud, managing director and senior commodity strategist at Core Commodity Management, will examine ‘Should Institutional Investors Divest From Carbon?’ at ‘CPBI FORUM 2017.’ In another session, Tyler Amell, of Morneau Shepell Work & Health, will look at ‘The Impact of Chronic Disease on Health, Productivity and Engagement.’ It takes place in Winnipeg, MB. Visit FORUM 2017

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Session Looks at Sustainability

Date: June 8, 2017

The CPBI Pacific Region will examine ‘Global Sustainable Investing.’ Bruno Bertocci, managing director, senior portfolio manager, and team head at UBS Sustainable Equity, will discuss how a well-researched and well-constructed sustainability portfolio can compete head on with conventional portfolios against a conventional benchmark. It takes place June 8 in Vancouver, BC.

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Medical Marijuana Explained

Date: June 9, 2017

The Employee Assistance Program Association of Toronto (EAPAT) will look at ‘Medical Marijuana in the Workplace.’ Amanda Daley, vice-president, medical, at Canopy Growth Corporation, will review the definition of medical marijuana, its clinical applications, and what it can do for patients. The presentation will include a summary of Health Canada’s Medical Marijuana Regulations and highlight the impact of those regulations on healthcare professionals, the employer, the worker, and safety in the workplace.  Amanda will also discuss the anticipated impact on the medical cannabis system if recreational marijuana becomes legal. It takes place June 9 in Toronto, ON.

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Drug Claim Trends Presented

Date: June 9, 2017

The Benefits Breakfast Club will be ‘Making the Link: Financial Sustainability and Measuring Outcomes’ at a session where TELUS will present the details of the 2016 drug and health plan claim trends for its block of business. Leaders from the benefits consulting community and TELUS will discuss trends in high cost specialty drugs, the diseases driving benefit costs nationally and by province, and more. It takes place June 9 in Brampton, ON. For information, visit Drug Trends

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Men Discuss Mental Health

Date: June 13, 2017

Hansell Consulting Group will present the first annual ‘Men’s Breakfast for Mental Health.’ It is an opportunity to discuss, learn, and share on what is being called a silent crisis: men’s mental health. It takes place June 13 in Burlington, ON.

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Trump Effect Discussed

Date: June 14, 2017

What the Heck Happened? A mid-year review of the economy and capital markets after the Trump effect’ is the topic of a CPBI Atlantic session. Sébastien McMahon, senior economist at Industrial Alliance Financial Group, will look back at some of the headlines and present an overview of the current economic background and the markets, including the impact of the Donald Trump administration on Canada and the world over the next few years? It takes place June 14 in Halifax, NS.

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Choosing Manager Examined

Date: June 15, 2017

‘Choosing your portfolio manager!’ is the topic of a Quebec Region CPBI workshop. Led by Pierre Caron, of Conseil Phialex, it will take participants through a real life case study on how to choose an investment manager highlighting criteria, preferences, and objectives of investors. It takes place June 15 in Montreal, QC.

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Session Looks At Fiduciary Duty

Date: June 15, 2017

Fiduciary Duty’ as an Ingredient of the Pension Mélange’ is the topic of a CPBI Southern Alberta session. Greg Harding, a partner, and Taylor Woolsey, an associate, at Field Law, will use a series of case law illustrations to show when and why a fiduciary duty can arise, some practical applications of such a duty, and the potential consequences of non-application of a fiduciary duty It takes place June 15 in Calgary, AB.

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Insights On Government Shared

Date: June 21, 2017

Grahma Thompson, a journalist and political commentator, will share his insights on politics in Alberta at the CPBI Northern Alberta’s ‘Alberta’s NDP Government Two Years In: The End of the Beginning or the Beginning of the End?’ It takes place June 21 in Edmonton, AB.

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Trump’s Impact Discussed

Date: June 27, 2017

Trump Boom or Trump Bust?’ will be discussed at an AIMA Canada, CFA Montréal, and IFSID Institute event. Panelists Marko Papic, chief of political strategy at BCS; Yanick Desnoyers, deputy chief economist at the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec; Pablo Calderini, CIO of Graham Capital; and Chen Zhao, former co-head of macro-research at Brandywine Global Investment Management; will look at the challenges ahead for the institutional investing community. It takes place June 27 in Montreal, QC.

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Conference Focuses On Cybersecurity

Date: July 17, 2017 - July 18, 2017

A new International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans conference will share the latest in cybersecurity and deterrence of data breaches and provide guidance for internal controls and risk prevention for employee benefit plans and their sensitive information on individuals, members and dependents. It takes place July 17 to 18 in Chicago, IL.

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ACPM Looks At New Economy

Date: September 12, 2017 - September 14, 2017

‘The New Economy and  Plan Design Considerations’ will be examined at the ‘2017 ACPM National Conference Speakers’ ‒ ‘Mountains of Opportunity: Innovating to Reach New Heights.’ Speakers at the session will be Andrew Cash, of the Urban Worker Project; Mazen Shakeel, of Sun Life Financial; and Alex Mazer, of Common Wealth. Other sessions will look at retirement income needs, alternatives, and decumulation. It takes place September 12 to 14 in Banff, AB.

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Conference Registration Opens

Date: October 18, 2017 - October 20, 2017

Registration is now open for the ‘CPBI 2017 Ontario Regional Conference.’ Theme of the event is ‘Healthy, Wealthy and Wise.’ It takes place October 18 to 20 in Niagara Falls, ON.

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