BENEFITS AND PENSIONS MONITOR LIVE WEBINARS

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 – 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST

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
  • Q&A

Speakers:
Brent Puff, VP & Sr. Portfolio Manager, Global Growth, American Century Investments
Bernard Chua, VP & Sr. Client Portfolio Manager, Global Growth, American Century Investments

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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 – 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST

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.

Speakers:
Nigel Branker, President, Health and Productivity Solutions and Executive Vice President, Morneau Shepell
Paula Allen, Senior Vice President of Research, Analytics and Innovation, Morneau Shepell

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BENEFITS AND PENSIONS MONITOR WEBINARS ON DEMAND

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

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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

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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

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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.

*Sources:

Canadian Medical Association
Mental Health Commission of Canada
Health Canada
Conference Board of Canada

Speakers: Travis Kelly, Director, Group Disability Management, Medavie Blue Cross
                    Chris Anderson, President, Medaca Health Group

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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

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