51st Annual Canadian Employee Benefits Conference

Sunday, November 18 - Wednesday, November 21, 2018
The Mirage, Las Vegas, NV
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​Thriving in a World of Accelerated Change

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For 51 years, the Annual Canadian Employee Benefits Conference has been the leading source for solid, straightforward pensions and benefits education.

As Canada's premier employee benefits conference, the Annual Conference will provide you with the information and solutions needed to make the most informed decisions on behalf of your plan members and their families. Secure insights into updated legislative developments, the latest cost-saving ideas, and creative approaches to new challenges by registering today.​

What you know can make a big difference. Education matters. Thrive.


Each year, the curriculum is carefully developed by active trustees and administrators along with the industry’s leading authorities in investments, fund management, legal and consulting businesses and top government and regulatory officials.

Conference Topics—Sneak Preview!

Governance/Fiduciary Responsibility

  • Making Sense of ESG Integration
  • Evaluating Professionals and Service Providers
  • The Latest Trends in Governance
  • Regulator Rap—Financial Services Commission  of Ontario (FSCO) Update

Health and Wellness/ Group Benefits

  • Managing Medical Cannabis Claims Responsibly
  • The Rise in Drug Prices and Opioid Prescriptions: How  Relationships Between Doctors and Drug Companies  Drive Spending on Drug Plans
  • Impact of Chronic Diseases
  • Telemedicine
  • From HWTs to ELHTs: The End of Health and Welfare Trusts?

Pensions/Retirement Security

  • Beginners guide to TBP? Pros and Cons
  • What Canadians Want: Retirement Survey Results
  • Pension Division on Marriage Breakdown
  • Women and Retirement Security


  • Legislative Update—Atlantic Canada
  • Legislative Update—Central Canada
  • Legislative Update—Western Canada
  • Legal Aspects of Medical Marijuana


  • Supply Chain Financing is a Direct Lending Private Debt Strategy
  • Multi-Asset Investing: A Go-Anywhere Approach to Managing Returns and Risk
  • Innovation in Timberland and Farmland Investing
  • Improving Investment Outcomes for HWTs and ELHTs
  • The New Frontier: Emerging Frontier Markets


  • Tips and Tricks for Finding Missing Members

  • Consulting Hot Stove: Open Forum on Managing Your  Pension and Benefit Plans


  • Protecting the Reputation of Your Fund
  • The Keys to Benefits Communication

Apprenticeship, Training and Education

  • Forecasting Construction Workforce and Skills Gaps
  • Best Practices in Recruiting Younger Apprentices

Public Plans

  • The Rise of the ELHTs in the Public Sector
  • Enhanced Disability Management in British Columbia’s  Health Care Sector
  • Long-Term Sustainability of Pension Plans in the Public Sector


  • Utilizing International Foundation Resources
  • Bear Pit Sessions

View the full list of conference sessions:

2018 Session Schedule

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​Benefits of Attending

Attend the Annual Conference to stay current with the latest regulatory and legislative changes, learn about approaches to improve your funds and network with others outside of your typical industry or trade.

Who Should Attend​​

  • ​Multi-employer fund trustees, administrators, business managers and association leaders
  • Public sector plan trustees and staff
  • Training trust fund trustees and training directors
  • Fund administrators and managers
  • Third-party administrators (TPAs)
  • ​Benefits consultants
  • Lawyers
  • Accountants
  • Investment managers and consultants
  • Others who are involved in the design, management and administration of pension and benefit trust funds.


Attend sessions by more than 100 speakers including: inspirational speakers, professors and other specialists.

Keynote Speakers

Ken Coates, Ph.D.

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy University of Saskatchewan Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Jeffrey Simpson

Senior Fellow Graduate School of Public and  International Affairs University of Ottawa Former National Affairs Columnist for The Globe and Mail Ottawa, Ontario

Kelly Peters

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder BEworks Inc. Toronto, Ontario

Arlene Dickinson
 Chief Executive Officer Venture Communications Chief Executive Officer YouInc.com Chief Executive Officer District Ventures Capital Toronto, Ontario

​Preconference Sessions

Arrive early and attend a preconference course or workshop​. Preconference content is specifically designed to address the critical elements of trust fund management while at the same time, foster both professional and personal development.​ Check out the preconference sessions webpage for more details.

Preconference Sessions Include:

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Continuing Education

The Annual Conference is a great opportunity to fulfill your required credit hours. For full details and to request continuing education (CE) service, visit our continuing education webpage or contact the Continuing Education Department at
(262) 786-6710, option 2; e-mail: continuinged@ifebp.org.

Continuing education credit is available for:

  • Insurance Agents
  • Lawyers
  • Paralegals (Ontario only)
  • Actuaries
  • HRPA (Human Resources Professionals Association)
  • Other Professionals

Educational sessions at this program can qualify for CEBS continuing professional education (CPE) credit.
Visit www.cebscpe.org for more information.

Registration Information

Register early and save!

Registration Information
  Member Nonmember

Through 10/8/2018 C $1,895.00 C $2,225.00
After 10/8/2018 C $2,195.00 C $2,525.00