Canadian Health and Wellness Innovations Conference

Canadian Health and Wellness Innovations Conference

​Canadian Health and Wellness Innovations Conference scheduled for July 18-21, 2021 in Victoria, British Columbia is cancelled. The hosting property is closed and does not anticipate reopening in time for the event.

Other educational options to consider include:

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Canadian Health and Innovations Conference

February 27-March 2, 2022

Rancho Mirage, California

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.


This year's topics include:

  • Opening Keynote: Reflections on the Pandemic
  • Long-Term Care—How COVID-19 Exposed What We Can No Longer Ignore
  • COVID-19 One Year Later—Impact on Benefit Plans and Plan Beneficiaries
  • Open Forum—Questions on COVID-19, Long-Term Care and Benefit Plans
  • The New Era of Workplace Mental Health
  • Addressing Psychological Injuries in the Workplace
  • Helping Employees Tap Into the Link Between Nutrition and Mental Health
  • Expanding the EDI (Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) Initiative
  • Benefit Issues Affecting the LGBTQ Community
  • Open Forum—Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Your Organizations and Benefit Plans
  • AI and Prescription Drugs—Leveraging Big Data
  • Accessing Virtual Care—Digitalizing Plan Member Experience
  • Using AI to Manage Abuse, Fraud and Waste—Digitalizing Plan Administration
  • How Can Pharmacogenetic Testing Improve Your Members' Wellness?
  • Vaccinations—Pros and Cons, and ROI
  • Health Data—Survey Update

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.
  • Online program materials, three continental breakfasts, two luncheons and beverage breaks are included.

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.


  • Etienne P. Crevier, M.Sc. Chief Executive Officer Medfuture
  • Patricia Daly, M.D., FRCPC Vice President, Public Health and Chief Medical Health Officer Vancouver Coastal Health
  • Nicholas H. Gubbay, FCIA, FFA Principal Eckler Ltd.
  • Bonnie-Jeanne MacDonald, Ph.D., FCIA, FSA Senior Research Fellow, National Institute on Ageing Ryerson University
  • Avinash D. Maniram, M.Sc. Partner and Senior Consultant PBI Actuarial Consultants Ltd.
  • Lisa Spriet, M.Sc., RD Registered Dietitian, Co-Owner Nutrition Professionals of Canada
  • Dr. Ryan Todd, M.D., FRCPC Chief Executive Officer headversity
  • Allison Tremblay Partner Victory Square Law Office LLP


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

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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.

​COVID-19 Safety Protocols

The International Foundation is closely monitoring local, state and federal agencies regarding the latest safety precautions. We are also working closely with the event property to implement the current safety guidelines. As the event draws closer, watch for safety guidelines that will be in place.

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