Events

Benefits & Pensions Monitor Events

Controlling Plan Costs and New Approaches to Drug Plan Management

Date: April 20, 2017 | Location: St. Andrew's Club & Conference Centre. 150 King St West Toronto, ON M5H 1J9

Increasing drug costs, the demands of keeping an aging workforce on the job and the ability to recruit the best new employees create big challenges for benefit plan sponsors. This is the most important subject of the year for all plan sponsors.

Traditional drug management – such as generic drug substitution and managed formularies – have an important role in drug plan management. However, the increased use of biologics and subsequent entry biologics is creating new challenges to plans which require new approaches. Learn how you can transform your employee drug plan to increase its sustainability.

Join our expert panel, including Mark Rolnick, VP, Payor Partnerships & Plan Sponsor Innovation from Shoppers Drug Mart, Barbara Martinez, National Practice Leader, Drug Benefits Solutions from Great-West Life Assurance Company and Richard Heinzl MD, Global Medical Director from WorldCare International Inc. at this Benefits and Pensions Monitor, Meetings & Events session.

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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 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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Industry Events

Canadian Benefits Program Certificate

Date: April 5, 2017 - April 7, 2017

The CPBI Ontario region is offering a ‘Canadian Benefits Program Certificate.’ Those that pass the three levels will receive a CPBI/HRPA accredited certificate. The levels are an introduction to the key elements of a Canadian benefits program; an in-depth look into cost management and claims management strategies and pricing; and an examination of the drug and disability plan landscape. It takes place in Toronto, ON. Visit www.hrpa.ca

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CFA Society Ottawa’s 2017 Annual Forecast Dinner

Date: April 18, 2017

Steve Eisman, managing director of the Eisman Group at Neuberger Berman, is the guest speaker at the CFA Society Ottawa’s ‘2017 Annual Forecast Dinner.’ Steve Eisman, who was played by Steve Carell in the movie ‘The Big Short’ and is featured in the Michael Lewis’s book of the same name, is an investment manager who foresaw the collapse of the subprime mortgage security market in the United States. It takes place in Ottawa, ON.

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2017 Annual Forecast Dinner

Date: April 18, 2017

Steve Eisman, managing director of the Eisman Group at Neuberger Berman, is the guest speaker at the CFA Society Ottawa’s ‘2017 Annual Forecast Dinner.’ Steve Eisman, who was played by Steve Carell in the movie ‘The Big Short’ and is featured in the Michael Lewis’s book of the same name, is an investment manager who foresaw the collapse of the subprime mortgage security market in the United States. It takes place in Ottawa, ON. Visit Forecast Dinner

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RI Approaches Shared

Date: April 19, 2017

Responsible Investing: Where Do We Start and Why?’ will be the focus of a CPBI Alberta North session. Alison Schneider, director of responsible investing (RI) for the Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo), will share the various approaches to responsible investing including AIMCo’s five pillars approach. It takes place April 19 in Edmonton, AB.

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Conference Addresses Human Resources

Date: April 19, 2017

Human resources professionals now have concerns that add further complexity to their roles. These controversial areas of concern are the foundation for the Retail Council of Canada’s ‘2017 Human Resources Conference.’ Speakers include Jim Caldwell, executive vice-president, big box retail, at Lowe’s Companies Canada ULC. Topics include marijuana, mental health, mergers, and Millennials. It takes place April 19 in Mississauga, ON.

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Session Looks At Plan Management

Date: April 19, 2017

A CPBI Southern Alberta region session will look at ‘Drug Plan Management.’ Margaret Wurzer, senior manager, benefits and product development, at Alberta Blue Cross, will focus on drug plan management, specifically the opioid crisis and use of prescription narcotics, as well as maximum allowable cost pricing as an innovative cost management strategy.  It takes place April 19 in Calgary, AB.

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MEPP Study Highlights Presented

Date: April 19, 2017

 

PBI Actuarial Consultants will present highlights from its ‘Apples & Oranges National MEPP Benchmarking Study.’ The study compares contribution rates, benefit rates, and risk-taking effectiveness for over 50 plans across Canada. It takes place April 19 in Toronto, ON.

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Bringing Diversification to Canadian Investors

Date: April 20, 2017

‘Bringing Diversification to Canadian Investors’ is the theme of the 6th Annual PCMA Private Capital Markets Conference. The Private Capital Markets Association of Canada event takes place in Toronto, ON. Visit Bringing Diversification

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Lee-Chin Speaks At Conference

Date: April 20, 2017

Michael Lee-Chin, the Canadian business magnate, investor, and philanthropist; will provide the keynote address at the Private Capital Markets Association’s ‘6th Annual Conference.’ It takes place April 20 in Toronto, ON.

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‘Path To Greatness’ Theme Of Conference

Date: April 25, 2017 - April 27, 2017

Theme of the ‘CPBI Saskatchewan 2017 Regional Conference’ is ‘Path to Greatness.’ Sessions will include ‘Lost Plan Members and Other Special Cases’ with Murray Campbell, a partner at Lawson Lundell LLP; the ‘Future Vision of Group Benefit Programs’ with Ryan Duesing, a principal at Mercer; and ‘Millennials and the Future of Work’ with Lauren Friese, an expert on the future workplace and founder of TalentEgg.ca. It takes place April 25 to 27 in Saskatoon, SK. For information, visit Saskatchewan Conference

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Marijuana In Workplace Discussed

Date: April 27, 2017

A panel of experts will offer perspectives on occupational health and safety as well as legal and employee benefits considerations for employers at CPBI Atlantic’s ‘Marijuana in the Workplace.’ The panel for the session in Halifax, NS, on April 12 is Matthew Burnstein, an MD; Rick Dunlop, of Stewart McKelvey; and Theresa Rose, of Medavie Blue Cross. In St. John’s, NL, on April 27, the panel is Alex Boucher, of Mercer; Harold Smith, of Stewart McKelvey; and Rose. Information on the Halifax session is at Halifax Marijuana. For St. John’s, visit St. John’s Marijuana


Managing Benefit Risk Examined

Date: May 3, 2017

Managing Benefit Risk: Roles & Responsibilities of the Benefits Business’ is the focus of the Canadian Group Insurance Brokers (CGIB) May seminar. A panel of Mark Sylvia, president and CEO of Empire Life; Brent Collett, of Great West Life; Rob Crowder, of the Benefits Trust; and Allan Sabat, of the Consulting House; will discuss the roles and responsibilities of each player in the business. It takes place May 3 in Vaughan, ON.

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Panel Looks At Recent Events

Date: May 3, 2017

Julie Cays, chief investment officer at the CAAT Pension Plan; Kevin Hebner, managing director at Global Portfolio Management; and Eric Lascelles, chief economist at RBC Global Asset Management Inc.; will discuss the implication of recent events such as Brexit and the election of Donald Trump in the U.S. on financial markets in 2017 and beyond at the CPBI Ontario ‘Investment Trends Seminar.’ It takes place May 3 in Toronto, ON.

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Adding Alternatives Examined

Date: May 4, 2017

The AIMA Canada Sales Practices Committee is presenting ‘Investing in Alternatives and Hedge Funds: Adding alternatives to your book/portfolio. This workshop is for institutional investors and investment advisors and their teams who are looking at or already investing in alternative strategies or alternative asset funds. It features an introduction to the Canadian industry followed by a panel discussion that will look at the benefits and challenges of hedge funds, how to source and perform manager due diligence, and how to position alternative strategies and asset classes with different client segments. It takes place May 4 in Toronto, ON.

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Medical Marijuana Examined At Session

Date: May 9, 2017

Medical Marijuana in the Workplace’ will be examined at a CPBI Pacific session. Shelley Kee, senior vice-president of group business at Pacific Blue Cross, will offer insight into the challenges of medical marijuana as it gains acceptance into treatment protocols in a number of disease states. It takes place May 9 in Vancouver, BC.

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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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CPBI FORUM 2017

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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