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 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

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. 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

Ageing And Economy Examined

Date: May 1, 2017

Ageing and the Economy’ will be the focus of a National Institute on Ageing panel discussion. Kevin Dougherty, president of Sun Life Financial Canada; Jim Keohane, president and CEO of HOOPP; and Michael Latimer, president and CEO of OMERS; will offer actionable and practical insights into how the ageing population affects the economy of today and in the future. It takes place May 1 in Toronto, ON.

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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Trump Impact Examined

Date: May 10, 2017


President Trump: Building a Vision or Repairing the Past?’ is the focus of a CPBI Alberta North session. Angus Watt, managing director, individual investor services, at National Bank Financial Wealth Management and CEO and partner at Angus Watt Advisory Group; will speak on the impact of U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration and the potential effect on the economy. It takes place May 10 in Edmonton, AB. F

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Powell Gives Economic Update

Date: May 10, 2017


The CPBI Ontario London Chapter’s annual ‘Spring Pension and Benefits Update’ will feature an economic update from Lewis Powell, a consultant at Proteus. Ned Pojskic, pharmacy strategy leader at Green Shield Canada, will discuss ‘Everything you need to know about High-Cost Drug Trends plus the Trillium Drug Program.’ It takes place May 10 in London, ON.

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Conference Looks At CPP

Date: May 16, 2017 - May 17, 2017

The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans’ ‘Canadian Public Sector Pensions and Benefits Conference’ will examine areas such as CPP and what it means for pension plans and prevention and early intervention for managing psychosocial stress and mental health risk. It takes place May 16 and 17 in Ottawa, ON.

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Benefits Focus Of Session

Date: May 17, 2017

Benefits 101’ is the focus of a CPBI Southern Alberta Region session. It will provide an introduction to employee benefits with a focus on insurance principles and underwriting arrangements; plan design options including flexible benefits; and administration and communication considerations. It takes place May 17 in Calgary, AB.

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Employee Engagement Examined

Date: May 17, 2017

How One Organization Is Moving the Bar on Employee Engagement’ will be the focus of a CPBI Saskatchewan Region session. Kelley Orban, senior director of stakeholder relations at the Saskatchewan Healthcare Employees’ Pension Plan (SHEPP), will provide high level engagement results and outline how SHEPP has developed and implemented people practices that not only support employee engagement, but have increased it through a variety of organizational changes. It takes place May 17 in Saskatoon, SK. Information is at Saskatoon Session. May 18, it will be held in Regina. For information, visit Regina Session 

Does Size Matter?

Date: May 17, 2017

The topic of the ‘14th Annual AIMA Canada Debate’ will be ‘Does Size Matter? Be it Resolved: Large Managers are a Better Investment than Small Managers.’ Speakers at the AIMA Canada education and research committee event are Alex Da Costa, of Pavilion Alternatives Group, who will argue for the proposition and Marlene Puffer, of Alignvest Investment Management and the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan, who will argue against. It takes place May 17 in Toronto, ON.

Benefits Fraud Examined

Date: May 18, 2017 - May 19, 2017

The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans’ ‘Canadian Legal and Legislative Update’ will feature sessions on the legalization of cannabis and benefits fraud. It takes place May 18 and 19 in Ottawa, 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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