Benefits & Pensions Monitor Events

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 technology and new approaches to the business could radically change the group benefits industry in Canada in a short period of time. It will also examine healthcare technology such as wearables and the internet of things (IoT) and their impact on the healthcare system.

Join our expert speakers including Tim Clarke, Owner of tc Health Consulting, and Paul Clark, Chief Technology Officer from WorldCare International Inc., 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 (CDIPC), will share how the Canadian Drug Insurance Pooling Corporation is helping maintain the viability of drug plans when they are hit with one time and recurrent high cost drugs. This session will explain how pooling works, what it is and isn’t, and, using historical data, gaze into a crystal ball to look into the future. The Canadian Drug Insurance Pooling Corporation was created to spread risk and facilitate affordable drug coverage for fully-insured supplementary drug plans. Sun Life Financial will explain how this initiative is working for both plan sponsors and insurers.

Join our expert speakers including Dan Berty, Executive Director from the Canadian Drug Insurance Pooling Corporation (CDIPC) and Anjila Arora, Director, Pharmaceutical Benefits from Sun Life Financial 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

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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Medicalization of Unhappiness Examined

Date: September 21, 2017

Peter Gove, innovation leader, health management, at Green Shield Canada will discuss ‘The Medicalization of Unhappiness’ at a CPBI Southern Alberta Region session. He will examine the changing medical and social landscape that has led to the proliferation of mental health diagnoses and the widespread prescribing of anti-depressants. It takes place September 21 in Calgary, AB.

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SHARE Offers Two Courses

Date: October 10, 2017 - October 12, 2017

SHARE’s pension leadership courses will feature pension investment and governance basics and a trustee responsible investment master class. Designed for new trustees and as a refresher in basic pension investment and governance, a three-day course will cover the Canadian retirement system, pension law and trustee duties, investment basics, plan funding, the role of the actuary, and capital stewardship from a union perspective. The trustee master class provides experienced trustees with the opportunity to explore strategies for embedding responsible investment into pension fund governance and investment oversight. It takes place October 10 to 12 in Toronto, ON.

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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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Investors Raise Funds For Children Health Programs

Date: October 18, 2017 - October 19, 2017

Capitalize for Kids (C4K)’ engages the investing community to support life-changing children’s brain and mental health programs. Its ‘Investors Conference’ is a funding initiative where all proceeds go to help solve the challenges facing children affected by these issues. It will bring together more than 400 world-class investors from prominent family offices, pension funds, and non-profit organizations. Additionally, some of the world’s top money managers and thought leaders will present their highest conviction ideas and discuss industry trends and challenges. It takes place October 18 to 19 in Toronto, ON.

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BEP Looks At Strategic Areas

Date: November 27, 2017 - December 1, 2017

The ‘Rotman-ICPM Board Effectiveness Program (BEP)’ for pension and other long-horizon investment organizations features leading pension practitioners and academics discussing key strategic areas such as fiduciary duties, investment beliefs, risk management, and member communications. It is scheduled to run from November 27 to December 1 in Toronto, ON. For information, visit

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