BENEFITS AND PENSIONS MONITOR LIVE WEBINARS
Loneliness and Isolation Fatigue – Self Care Strategies
Date and Time: Tuesday June 22, 2021 – 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM EDT
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it prolongs the need to maintain physical distancing practices in tandem with adherence to lockdown protocols restricting in-person interactions in order to prevent and mitigate the spread of the virus. While these measure help to keep our communities, families and workplaces safe, it brings with it unique challenges such as loss of routines, isolation fatigue and loneliness. In the face of these challenges, it is even more important for us to practice self-care strategies and to nurture the positive relationships and connections in our lives.
This session will increase participant’s awareness and understanding of the psychological impacts of isolation and loneliness while highlighting factors that can promote and preserve their health and well-being during the pandemic and beyond.
Speaker: Dr. Sandra Primiano, Ph.D., Psy.D., Vice President, EFAP and Counselling Services, Homewood Health
Canadian Dollar on the Rise: Outlook and Implication for Canadian Investors
Date and Time: Thursday July 8, 2021 – 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EDT
The Canadian dollar looks to extend outperformance deeper into 2021. With increasing real estate and natural resources prices, and with signals for the Bank of Canada to hike rates, many variables are going to put the strength of the CAD to a test. Now more than ever, a fundamental approach in foreign currency management is of the utmost importance for investors.
In this session, Momtchil Pojarliev, Head of Currencies and Daniel Morris, Chief Market Strategist at BNP Paribas Asset Management will be providing an outlook for the currency and will highlight implications for Canadian investors.
Rodolphe de Cande, Head of Canada Business Development, Institutional Clients, BNP Paribas Asset Management
Daniel Morris, Chief Market Strategist, BNP Paribas Asset Management
Momtchil Pojarliev, Head of Currencies, BNP Paribas Asset Management
Serving Customers Is What We Do – Technology Is How We Get There
Date and Time: Thursday July 15, 2021 – 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM EDT
It’s important to meet customers where they are to best serve their needs. People want convenience and simplicity – and technology is how we get there. The pandemic has highlighted these needs, but that doesn’t mean we weren’t already on the way. This session will highlight our new member site, My Canada Life at Work, where plan members can manage their benefits and retirement plans easier and faster; and how Consult+ offers virtual health care available when people need it, from the safety of their own homes.
Jamie Godfree, Vice-President, Digital Strategy, Group Customer, Canada Life
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Keeping the light on: Addressing the new meaning of burnout
Date and Time: Wednesday June 16, 2021
As we collectively move towards establishing the new normal, it will be difficult for some to shake the stress brought on by the pandemic. After over a year of working in virtual or adapted work environments, 52% of Canadian employers feel that burnout is a top well-being issue in their organization as reported in Aon’s 2021 Global Wellbeing Survey.
Canadian workers are now facing a mental health crisis related to pandemic fatigue, increasing workloads and loss of the boundary between work and life. As a result, the risk of burnout has never been higher, creating an urgent need to address it at the organizational level.
This session led by Roee Ben-Eli, Mental Health Program Manager will provide useful tips for detecting and responding to burnout within yourself and your colleagues. He will be joined by Mary-Lou MacDonald, National Practice Lead, Health & Performance for HUB Health International to discuss how to address the shifting culture of work, changing employee needs and demands, and the link between mental and physical health, in a conversation grounded in today’s reality.
Roee Ben-Eli, Mental Health Program Manager, TELUS Health Virtual Care
Mary-Lou MacDonald, National Practice Lead, Health & Performance, HUB International Ltd
Building Alignment Across Organizational Strategy, Investments, Regulatory Requirements and Operational Considerations
Date and Time: Monday June 14, 2021
IN SEARCH OF NEW VALUE
Canadian asset owners face a challenging market environment – a low return environment, liquidity concerns, rising competition for opportunities, and growing expectations from stakeholders. Research suggests Canadian pension plans are considering a diversity of approaches and opportunities for their investment and operations models. Some are shifting from an asset-driven approach to an enterprise-driven approach to plan management. To this end, plan-specific reporting must be timely, targeted and individually tailored to capture opportunities, to reduce risk and enhance return, which impacts meeting plan and enterprise-level goals. As plans seek to improve their outcomes, success factors include timely data, actionable investment advice, modernized investment operational models and access to proven expertise – including fiduciary guidance.
This session will provide:
- A summary of trends and considerations plans are exploring for their investment and asset strategies.
- A framework for investment management that leverages real-time data to drive critical decisions.
- Practical examples of a holistic approach for achieving better outcomes, with clear accountability and direction.
- Exploration of how a co-fiduciary can support enhanced pension governance.
- Relevant questions to support asset owners in their explorations.
Alistair Almeida, Segment Lead, Asset Owners, CIBC Mellon
Kendra Kaake, Director of Investment Strategy, SEI
Benefit Trends & Insights (Virtual Event)
Date and Time: Thursday June 10, 2021
Join us to hear thought leaders from Express Scripts Canada and Canada Life address important subject matters that are top of mind for employees and employers.
Prescription Drug Trends and Mental Health Claims: Stem the Tide
The COVID-19 pandemic has upended our daily lives in a very short period of time, leaving a monumental mark on the world’s health and economy. It has changed the way we work, the way we access healthcare services and the way we connect with each other. It has also taken a toll on the mental and emotional wellbeing of our population; therefore, it is no surprise that the impact of COVID-19 on prescription drug claims has also been significant.
During this session, Dr. Lo will provide insight into mental health prescription drug trends and outline solutions that could help stem the tide of the growing mental health challenge by improving the care we provide to plan members living with mental health conditions.
Speaker: Dr. Dorian Lo, President, Express Scripts Canada
What you need to know about what’s changing in drug plans
In this session, attendees can expect to take away key insights on:
- Drug expenditure trends in group insurance plans and how market dynamics impact the drug plan bottom line.
- Biosimilar drugs: What they are and how they work – insight into strategies that allow biosimilars to help manage drug plan spending in group insurance plans
Speaker: Barbara A. Martinez, National Practice Leader, Drug Solutions, Canada Life
Following the speaker presentations, we will have a panel discussion live with the presenters addressing audience questions.
Highlights from Designed for Savings 2021: A preview of actionable insights
Date and Time: Tuesday June 8, 2021
We’re excited to share a sneak peek of the highly anticipated Designed for Savings 2021 – the industry’s flagship source for insights on the CAP market in Canada.
The past year, marked by the COVID-19 pandemic, has witnessed significant pressures on Canadians and our economy. This period of uncertainty has underscored the value of workplace savings plans in helping plan members save and invest for various goals, including retirement.
This is a don’t miss event for plan sponsors, consultants, advisors and plan providers seeking actionable insights to spur discussions on plan design. Kate and Eric will share some first-time insights on plan member behavior, including:
- Contribution, investment and withdrawal patterns over the past year
- What asset class yielded “excess returns” over the past year;
- Whether sponsors are making progress on reducing the gender savings gap; and
- Exciting new innovations Sun Life is working on, to address plan member priorities and drive better outcomes.
The full Designed for Savings 2021 flagship report will be launched this Fall, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to be the first to hear some of the key highlights featured in the full report.
Eric Monteiro, SVP, Group Retirement Services, Sun Life
Kate Nazar, VP, Strategy and Market Development, Group Retirement Services, Sun Life
From Retirement Savings to Ultimate Wellness: a collective reinvention
Date and Time: Wednesday June 2, 2021
Group retirement savings is still often associated with the idyllic image of a retired couple sailing the turquoise waters of the Bahamas. But at a time when nearly one in two Canadians lives from paycheque to paycheque, the picture-perfect postcard is just a fantasy. How can you imagine where you’ll be in 10, 20 or 30 years when you can’t pay your credit card bill at the end of the month?
Group plans must reinvent themselves to remain an effective benefit, reflect the reality of today’s employees, and help them achieve financial wellness.
Reinvent themselves by incorporating savings goals other than retirement. Reinvent themselves by combining short-term motivation and long-term planning. Reinvent themselves by supporting each employee on the path to financial empowerment.
This webinar lays the groundwork for the reinvention of group retirement savings and analyzes the key success factors, illustrated with practical cases.
Gabriela Jeffrey, Regional Sales Director, Ontario, Desjardins
Julie McDermott, Senior Client Relationship Manager, Desjardins
What does obesity mean for plan member health?
Date and Time: Tuesday May 18, 2021
There is a significant lack of understanding of obesity. Many people living with obesity, healthcare professionals, and employers believe that weight can be controlled mainly through individual behaviours such as healthy eating and exercise. The truth is that weight is highly heritable and our brain defends against weight loss. People living with obesity also experience pervasive weight bias and stigma which further impacts their health and wellbeing. Consider that your employees past weight management efforts were difficult not because of some character flaw, lack of willpower or motivation, the wrong diet or not enough activity, but instead because they are living with a serious, untreated chronic disease. Obesity treatment guidelines exist. It is time to recognize obesity is a chronic disease, address weight bias in the workplace, and understand what it means for your employees’ health.
Arya M. Sharma MD/PhD, FRCPC, Professor of Medicine, University of Alberta & Scientific Director (outgoing), Obesity Canada
Ian Patton, PhD, RKin, CEP, Director of Advocacy and Public Engagement, Obesity Canada
Ximena Ramos Salas, PhD, Director of Research and Policy, Obesity Canada
What’s hiding in drug claims data? Undetected health risks and unnecessary costs
Date and Time: Wednesday May 12, 2021
Drug benefits claims have a wealth of hidden information. HumanisRx’s proprietary software and service, MedMonitor, uncovers medication and health risks in plan members’ prescription profiles. HumanisRx clinicians adjust treatment plans to alleviate side effects, get plan members on the right medications and even avoid trips to the emergency room. For insurance providers and plan sponsors, using MedMonitor translates to lower costs through reduced benefits and disability claims.
In this session, attendees will learn how HumanisRx applies this process to thousands of plan members, supporting efficiencies and generating cost savings across an entire organization.
Sayeh Radpay, President, HumanisRx
Natalle Chan, Clinical Program Lead, HumanisRx
Navigating the Road to Recovery: Do you have the pension risk management tools you need to react quickly to economic challenges?
Date and Time: Thursday May 6, 2021
Economic challenges presented by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, combined with rising costs and a fast-changing regulatory environment, means that having a clear, real-time view of risk has never been more important.
More recently, we’ve seen some Canadian regulators urge plan sponsors to perform stress-testing to plan for further market shocks. As a result, plan sponsors are seeking absolute clarity on cashflows and funded status with effective ‘what-if’ testing to mitigate liquidity risk. At the same time, consultants and asset managers are seeking ways to understand the main drivers of asset-liability risks and determine downside risk budgets in order to develop effective asset allocation, LDI, and glidepath strategies for their clients. Additionally, the pension industry is currently being challenged to ascertain best value in terms maintaining or transferring longevity risk to insurers.
Join us to hear from leaders at Moody’s Analytics Buy-Side Solutions as we address the trends and challenges facing Canadian pension plans, consultants, and investment managers when it comes to protecting against downside risk. We will be bringing this to life with realistic examples played out on Moody’s Analytics’ risk management solution for the defined benefit pensions market, the PFaroe™ DB platform.
Owais Rana, Senior Director, North America, Moody’s Analytics
Michael Carse, Director, Product Management, Moody’s Analytics
Group Retirement Plan and Sustainable Funds: Now more than ever!
Date and Time: Wednesday April 28, 2021
In the past few years, responsible investment has come to the forefront and more and more investors are taking an interest as they realize that their financial interests and respect for environmental, ethical and social values go hand in hand.
Committed to promoting sustainability through continued initiatives, iA Financial Group is adding five new sustainable investment funds to its lineup of group savings and retirement investment options.
- What makes these funds stand out?
- What makes an investment truly responsible or sustainable?
- Why is it important to offer sustainable investment options to your clients?
In a roundtable format, two renowned institutional managers and responsible investment leaders, Amy Atack and Nessim Mansoor, respectively from Baillie Gifford and Fiera Capital, will answer these questions by presenting the vision that guided the development of their sustainable funds.
More specifically, they will help you better understand how environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors are integrated with fundamental financial analysis in order to select the best performing companies in terms of sustainable development.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn more about this type of value-added investment!
Amy Atack, Client Service Director and Partner, Baillie Gifford
Nessim Mansoor, CPA, CA, CFA, Head of Canadian Large Cap Equities, Fiera Capital
Michel Cantin, CEBS, Regional Sales Director, iA Financial Group
Kirk Paulus, CFA, CAIA, Investment Specialist, iA Financial Group
Low Volatility Investing – Where do we go from here?
Date and Time: Wednesday April 21, 2021
Even with the strong performance of equity and fixed income markets, 2020 will be remembered as a challenging year for institutional investors, indeed for all of us. As the global economy entered uncharted territory of physical lockdowns and massive government-injected liquidity, huge swaths of business ground to a halt. And time will tell about the permanence of this impairment. Yet, equity markets, despite suffering severe and sharp sell offs, recovered in one of the fastest market rallies on record.
As markets continue to test all time highs, investors who have been exploiting the low volatility premium are concerned this factor may no longer be rewarded given its recent underperformance and the secular changes that are occurring.
Please join Northern Trust Asset Management as they explore the original thesis of low volatility investing and its persistence in today’s investment environment. They will also investigate the wide dispersion of returns among low volatility strategies to understand what are the drivers of these outcomes and if there are lessons to be learned for investors as they continue to seek strong risk-adjusted returns and downside protection within their portfolios.
Michael Hunstad PhD, Managing Director, Head of Quantitative Strategies, Northern Trust Asset Management</>
Christopher Fronk CFA, CPA, Director, Equity Specialist, Northern Trust Asset Management
Alice Fang, President & CEO, Northern Trust Asset Management Canada
In Search of New Value: Trends in Canadian Pension Asset Management and Operations
Date and Time: Tuesday April 13, 2021
Many of Canada’s sophisticated pension funds are at the forefront of a trend to shift asset management functions in-house as well as to become more strategic in their outsourcing. In both cases, plans and managers face new requirements for their people, operations and systems.
In this webinar, we will explore key findings and trends from CIBC Mellon’s study of leading Canadian pension funds, and provide practical industry insights and examples as we look at considerations, risks and opportunities as plans seek to position their organizations for the future. What will life look like after COVID-19 from an investment strategy perspective, including expected exposures toward alternatives? What are the top benefits of in-house asset management? What are the key drivers for outsourcing? Why are pension funds moving in-house? What are some of the current and emerging investment models?
The case of Air Canada’s Canadian pension plan will offer an instructive example. The top quartile returns delivered by the Trans-Canada Capital Inc. investment team have been a major factor in the financial turnaround of Air Canada’s Canadian pension plans, in which a $4.2 billion solvency deficit was eliminated and replaced by a surplus of over $2 billion.
Join us to hear from leaders from CIBC Mellon and Trans-Canada Capital Inc. as they address timely developments and trends facing pension plans in Canada.
Alistair Almeida, Segment Lead, Asset Owners, CIBC Mellon
Julie Pominville, Chief Operating Officer, Trans-Canada Capital Inc.
Navigating Canada’s Mental Health Crisis: a look at trends in Canadians’ wellbeing and the next phase of digital solutions
Date and Time: Wednesday February 10, 2021
Since March, the world as we know it has changed. Canadians have been faced with significant challenges across all areas of wellbeing, including physical, mental, social and financial, leading to increased feelings of anxiety, stress and in some cases, depression. This trend has become even more alarming in Canadian workplaces, with the extended period of strain leading to a decline in work productivity and in turn, higher risk of short-term disability claims. Mental wellbeing was top-of-mind for employers prior to the pandemic, and it’s now clearer than ever that a mental health crisis is well underway.
Leveraging research from its monthly Mental Health Index, Morneau Shepell’s Nigel Branker and Paula Allen will discuss the state of Canadians’ mental health, major trends that have contributed to declining mental wellbeing throughout the year and comparisons to global markets (United States, United Kingdom and Australia). The presentation will also focus on the importance of clinically effective support in addressing mental health concerns, and how Morneau Shepell’s digital solution, AbilitiCBT, is helping Canadians navigate these challenging times.
Nigel Branker, President, Health and Productivity Solutions and Executive Vice President, Morneau Shepell
Paula Allen, Global Leader, Research and Total Wellbeing, Morneau Shepell
Perspective on Canada’s Commercial Real Estate Market for 2021
Date and Time: Tuesday February 9, 2021
Leaders from Canada’s commercial real estate industry tackle the most pressing questions facing institutional investors as they provide their outlook on the market in 2021. What are the key considerations for investors as they manage their real estate portfolios in a challenging economic environment? Which property sectors are poised to outperform over the next 12-24 months? Where are the risks? Join us for this special presentation on Canada’s space markets and the social and economic factors that continue to shape the value proposition for this exciting asset class.
John O’Bryan – Honorary Chairman, CBRE Limited
Phil Stone – Principal, Head of Canada Research, BentallGreenOak
Christina Iacoucci – Managing Partner, Portfolio Manager for the Sun Life General Account, BentallGreenOak
Kristen Ede – Managing Director, Portfolio Manager for BGO Prime Canadian Property Fund, BentallGreenOak
Simon Holmes – Managing Director, Co-Head of Canadian Investments, BentallGreenOak
Elections, Vaccines and the Implications on Global Equity Markets
A Fireside Chat with Brent Puff, Senior Portfolio Manager at American Century Investments
Date and Time: Wednesday December 9, 2020
Please join us for an engaging and informative discussion with Brent Puff, Senior Portfolio Manager for American Century Investments, Global Growth Strategy. Brent will review recent global macro events and the implications on global equity corporate earnings from the lens of a bottom-up fundamental manager.
Discussion will include:<
- Market trends and outlook
- Equity valuations
- Future opportunities
Brent Puff, VP & Sr. Portfolio Manager, Global Growth, American Century Investments
Bernard Chua, VP & Sr. Client Portfolio Manager, Global Growth, American Century Investments
Mental Health Insights from 2020 Claims Data and Survey Results
Date and Time: Tuesday October 27, 2020
This past year has been challenging for many Canadians. Julie Gaudry, Senior Director of Group Insurance at RBC Insurance, will report on RBC Insurance claims data and service utilization rates to help understand the pandemic’s toll on Canadians’ mental health. She will also present the latest findings from an RBC Insurance poll that sheds light on how reactions to the pandemic differ, and on how working Canadians are more willing to turn to virtual support as they continue to struggle with mental and financial health in 2020 and beyond.
Julie’s analysis, and that of partners inside and outside the organization, will add to our understanding of how employers and insurers can work together to provide meaningful support for their plan members.
Speaker: Julie Gaudry, Senior Director of Group Insurance, RBC Insurance
Mental Health Always Matters: Proven Disability Solutions for the Pandemic and Beyond
Date and Time: Wednesday July 15, 2020
Recent surveys show there are two major health trends intersecting amid a global health pandemic: Canadians are experiencing a decline in their mental health due to the effects of COVID-19, and are embracing virtual care to treat stress and anxiety in growing numbers.* We’re at a juncture where integrated solutions like early-stage, online, psychiatric treatment and virtual Cognitive Behavioural Treatment are needed now, more than ever.
Drawing on real-life examples, Travis Kelly and Chris Anderson will share how partnering to provide early intervention and online therapy has been effective in managing disability claims. This includes removing barriers to care, reducing claim duration, preventing recurrence and ultimately leading to better health outcomes. Travis and Chris will walk you through the steps of an integrated, well-communicated, proactive approach to disability case management, offering their insider knowledge and expert advice along the way.
This is a do-not-miss event for employers who want a proven model of disability management to help their employees return to work and health quickly and safely well beyond the pandemic.
Speakers: Travis Kelly, Director, Group Disability Management, Medavie Blue Cross
Chris Anderson, President, Medaca Health Group
Return to Work Plan: Focus on employee’s mental health
Date and Time: Thursday June 25
Canada has begun to re-open the doors to the economy. Employers have started to make plans for re-opening their doors and considering how to do so safely, keeping in mind their duties to their employees and clients. When building their return to work plan, what are the employees’ stress and anxiety associated with the re-integration into a modified workplace? How can they support employee’s mental health during and after self-isolation to ease the transition? And how to restore productivity when employees are going back to an ‘office routine.’?
Speaker: Lori Casselman, President and CRO, Wello
Overall Health: The key to employee well-being during and after the pandemic
Date and Time: Wednesday June 17, 2020
Covid-19 has seriously shaken things up for Canadians, both in their professional and personal lives. With our new normal, which—for many of us—means teleworking and homeschooling, we’re seeing an uptick in health problems that organizations and insurers need to address and adapt to. How can we take care of our employees from a distance? What health problems are we talking about, exactly? Are compassion and caring now central to the employer-employee relationship?
In this webinar, we’ll be looking at how overall health culture, which includes physical, mental and financial health, is especially important during a crisis. And how going forward, this culture will be an integral part of group plans.
Speaker: Charmaine Alexander, Senior Advisor, Disability Management, Desjardins Insurance
Private Investments: Beyond the Pandemic
Date and Time: Wednesday June 3, 2020
As the current pandemic evolves and economies begin to prepare for a path forward, there is no doubt of the acute impact financial markets have sustained. While public investment valuations reflect the swift impact of a suspended global economy, private investments are not immune to the historic market impairment.
Private equity General Partners are actively engaged with their underlying management teams to understand the extent of the economic impact and ensure sufficient liquidity in debt facilities. Portfolio companies have an opportunity to build market share through add-on acquisitions and consolidation of competitors who do not have strong balance sheets. Private lenders are segmenting portfolios into those companies most and least affected by the COVID-19 crisis to see which loans can be restructured and which firms may require capital injections from private equity sponsors. These are some of the topics that will be explored in an interactive and practical webinar digging into private equity, secondaries and sponsored private debt.
Please join industry veteran Bob Morgan, Managing Director of 50 South Capital Advisors, Inc., Northern Trust Asset Management’s private investment firm, as he shares his views and 20 years of demonstrated success in allocating capital through varying market conditions.
Moderator: Alice Fang, President and CEO, Northern Trust Asset Management Canada
Speaker: Bob Morgan, Managing Director, 50 South Capital Advisors, Inc., Northern Trust Affiliate