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Certificate in Canadian Benefit Plans - Sessions, Handouts and Speakers

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Session handouts were available to registered attendees from Wednesday, August 9 through Monday, October 16. Please contact edprog@ifebp.org if you have questions or need assistance.

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Monday, August 14

8:00 AM – 9:15 AM

CB01  Overview of Canadian Business Environment

Bonni L. Titgemeyer, CEBS, CHRP, CMS, SHRM-SCP, SPHR Speaker
Managing Director
The Employers' Choice Inc.
Brampton, ON

This session will provide a general overview of the Canadian business environment including: • Unique issues in the workforce—demographics and culture • The employment environment • The Canadian labour market • Canadian workforce challenges. (#10—General Topics)

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

CB02  Canadian and U.S. Health Care Systems

David G. Myles, CEBS Co-Speaker
Total Rewards Manager
Honda Canada Inc
Markham, ON

Noel H. MacKay, CEBS Co-Speaker
Principal Consultant
The Williamson Group
Brantford, ON

Get up to date quickly on: • What a typical employer-sponsored group benefit plan looks like in Canada • Group benefit plan types, including flex plans and health care spending accounts • The cost of basic life insurance, AD&D, extended heath care and dental benefits • Cost-containment and benefit-management techniques • How group benefits are priced and key underwriting principles • Key benefit differences between Canada and the United States. (#12—Health and Welfare)

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

CB03  Employer Group Benefits

David G. Myles, CEBS Co-Speaker
Total Rewards Manager
Honda Canada Inc
Markham, ON

Noel H. MacKay, CEBS Co-Speaker
Principal Consultant
The Williamson Group
Brantford, ON

Get up to date quickly on: • What a typical employer-sponsored group benefit plan looks like in Canada • Group benefit plan types, including flex plans and health care spending accounts • The cost of basic life insurance, AD&D, extended heath care and dental benefits • Cost-containment and benefit-management techniques • How group benefits are priced and key underwriting principles • Key benefit differences between Canada and the United States. (#12—Health and Welfare)

1:00 PM – 2:15 PM

CB04  Canadian Drug Benefit Practices

Suzanne M. Lepage Speaker
Private Health Plan Strategist
Kitchener, ON

The design and management of Canadian drug plans are unique because employers are only responsible for a portion of the overall health costs. This session will cover: • Private market dynamics • Private insurance coverage in Canada • Drug plan designs and adjudication • Future trends. (#12—Health and Welfare)

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

CB05  Interactive Case Study: Achieving Benefit Cost Savings and Effective Plan Design in Canada

Cindy Giles Speaker
Director, Human Resources
Taro Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Brampton, Ontario

Colleen L. Baker Facilitator
Principal and Vice President, Corporate Sales
The Williamson Group
Brantford, ON

This case study offers lessons on benefit design, cost containment and administration. Hear about the experience of one HR Director responsible for overseeing pensions and benefits for Canadian employees of an international pharmaceutical company. Insights will be shared about the unique features of the Canadian benefits landscape and how to manage and communicate benefits in Canada. (#12—Health and Welfare)

3:45 PM – 4:30 PM

CB06  Benefits Forum - Ask the Expert

Cindy Giles Panelist
Director, Human Resources
Taro Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Brampton, Ontario

Colleen L. Baker Panelist
Principal and Vice President, Corporate Sales
The Williamson Group
Brantford, ON

David G. Myles, CEBS Panelist
Total Rewards Manager
Honda Canada Inc
Markham, ON

Noel H. MacKay, CEBS Panelist
Principal Consultant
The Williamson Group
Brantford, ON

Suzanne M. Lepage Panelist
Private Health Plan Strategist
Kitchener, ON

This is your chance to ask the experts about any health care topic or Canadian benefits matter on your mind and/or pertinent to your workplace or role that was not addressed in the day’s sessions. (#26—Open Forum)