Canadian Health and Wellness Innovations Conference

Sunday, February 23 - Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Hyatt Regency Savannah, Savannah, GA
Canadian Health and Wellness Innovations Conference


With issues such as the opioid addiction, growing concerns regarding mental health, how to handle medical cannabis, and rising prescription drug prices, the past couple of years stand out as some of the most volatile times for multiemployer and public employee benefit plans.

The Canadian Health and Wellness Innovations Conference offers targeted and timely sessions on topics relevant to plan sponsors and participants. Explore new trends, share experiences and discover strategies to promote a complete culture of health.


Sunday Keynote:

Critical Care—What’s Happening in Our Health Care System

  • Chronically Diseased—How Our Environments Are Making Us Sick and What We Can Do About It
  • Nutrition Intervention for Chronic Diseases—How Plan Sponsors Can Help
  • Chronic Disease Panel
  • Disability Management—It's About More Than Disease
  • Trend-Spotting—New Ways of Predicting and Managing, Drug Plan Costs
  • Universal Pharmacare Debate—Pros and Cons
  • Pathway to Coping—Developing Members' Mental Fitness
  • Workplace 2020—Mental Health as a Strategic Asset
  • Mental Health Panel
  • The Power of Music in Care
  • Stand Up Against Stigma
  • Brain Health
  • Finding Solutions in the Haze
  • The Analytics Edge—Using Analytics to Improve Benefit Plan Outcomes
  • Empowering Plan Members' to Make Smart Healthy Choices

All of the topics covered were timely and relevant to the issues in our workplaces today.

Jeff D. TraegerPresident & CEOUFCW Canada Local 832

Benefits of Attending

  • Learn firsthand about the latest trends in health and wellness that could be important to your plan design.
  • Find out how others have successfully introduced wellness initiatives to their members.
  • Discover ways to motivate plan participants to take part in the shared responsibility for their own health.
  • Interact directly with speakers at your choice of follow-up workshops.
  • Experience on-site health resources such as a health fair and other coordinated activities.
  • Online program materials, virtual conference, welcome reception, three continental breakfasts, two luncheons and beverage breaks.

Who Should Attend

Trustees, administrators and staff who represent group benefit and health care plans in the Canadian corporate, multi-employer and public sectors. This conference would be of interest to any individual, including our American members, with an interest in wellness topics, whether individually or in the workplace.


  • Chris G. Anderson President Medaca Health Group
  • Leslie C. Beck, RD Registered Dietitian Dietitians of Canada
  • Chris Bonnett, M.HSc., Ph.D. (Cand.) Principal Consultant H3 Consulting
  • Timothy W. Clarke, FCIA, FSA President tc Health Consulting Inc.
  • Karen M. DeBortoli, LL.B. Director, Knowledge Resource Centre Buck Global, LLC
  • David P. Earle President and Chief Executive Officer British Columbia Trucking Association
  • Beverly A. Foster, M.A., B.Ed., B.Mus., ARCT, A.Mus. Founder and Executive Director Room 217 Foundation
  • Michael Kennedy Principal arc Health Management
  • Sara Kirk, Ph.D. Professor of Health Promotion and Scientific Director, Healthy Populations Institute Dalhousie University
  • Avinash D. Maniram, M.Sc. Partner PBI Actuarial Consultants Ltd.
  • Andre Picard Health Columnist The Globe and Mail
  • Lizann Reitmeier, CEBS Canadian Health Practice Leader Buck
  • Shelley L. Russell, B.Sc.N., R.N. Health Benefit Strategy, Employee Benefit and Retirement Programs Alberta Health Services
  • Lucian Schulte, FCIA, FSA Strategic Advisor, Acturial Services Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan
  • Darren B. Steeves, M.Sc., CEP, CSCS President Vendura Wellness Inc.
  • Helen E. Stevenson, B.Comm., M.S.M., ICD.D President and Chief Executive Officer Reformulary Group Inc.
  • Big Daddy Tazz Motivational Speaker and Comedian
  • David G. Willows Executive Vice President, Innovation and Marketing Green Shield Canada


Speakers for the 2020 conference will be announced in fall of 2019. Please check back soon.

​Preconference Workshop

For the second year, the Canadian Health and Wellness Innovations Conference features a preconference workshop.

How to Make Exercise and Physical Health the Norm in Your Organization and Life

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Continuing Education

Programs sponsored by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans are consistently accepted for credit by agencies governing continuing education for license renewal and professional recertification.

The Canadian Health and Wellness Innovations Conference will be submitted to the Registered Insurance Brokers of Ontario (RIBO) for continuing education (CE) approval.

For additional information, visit our continuing education (CE) web page or 
contact us by phone at (262) 786-6710, option 2.

Educational sessions at this program can qualify for CEBS Compliance credit. Visit for additional information.

Registration Information

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Registration Information
  Member Nonmember

Through 1/13/2020 C $1,840.00 C $2,170.00
After 1/13/2020 C $2,140.00 C $2,470.00