Canadian Health and Wellness Innovations Conference

Sunday, February 27 - Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa, Rancho Mirage, CA
Canadian Health and Wellness Innovations Conference

With growing concerns regarding mental health, long-hauler COVID-19 symptoms, suicide and critical incident response and sleep and nutrition, 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 event is also available virtually so those learning remotely can share in the educational experience.


    • Available in person
    • Available virtually
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    Sessions will be announced soon.

    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.


    • Patrick Baillie, Ph.D., LL.B. Psychologist and Lawyer Alberta Health Services
    • Calvin Beyer, CWP Vice President, Workforce Risk and Worker Wellbeing Holmes Murphy & Associates
    • Chris Bonnett, M.H.Sc., Ph.D. Principal Consultant H3 Consulting
    • Lily Chang Secretary-Treasurer Canadian Labour Congress (CLC)
    • Elaine I. Chin, M.B.A., M.D. Founder, Chief Medical Officer Executive Health Centre, Innovation Health Group
    • Etienne P. Crevier, M.Sc. Molecular Geneticist and Founder BiogeniQ,
    • Shannon DeLenardo, CHRL Director, Anti-Fraud Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association
    • Frank Hawk President and Chief Operating Officer Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters
    • Bonnie-Jeanne MacDonald, Ph.D., FCIA, FSA Director of Financial Security Research, Senior Research Fellow National Institute on Ageing, Ryerson University
    • Michael Machan, M.A., RP, CCC Director FSEAP Ottawa
    • Avinash D. Maniram, M.Sc. Partner and Senior Consultant PBI Actuarial Consultants Ltd.
    • Desiree L. Nielsen, RD Registered Dietician
    • Steven Richardson, M.A. Manager Claim Watch
    • Charles H. Samuels, M.D., CCFP, DABSM Medical Director Centre for Sleep and Human Performance
    • Adrienne S. Smith Lawyer Adrienne Smith Law
    • Lisa Spriet, M.Sc., RD Registered Dietitian, Co-Owner NutriProCan
    • Robert Tanguay, M.D., FRCPC Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer The Newly Institute
    • Valerie Travis Founder bespoke benefit solutions


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

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    Continuing Education

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

    Other Continuing Education Credit:

    Continuing Education credit for additional professions and designations MAY be available for attendance at live sessions, depending on profession/designation requirements. You must register for the program and request CE credit at least 60 days prior to the beginning of the program so that the Foundation can seek preapproval from the governing agency.

    Note: Requests made for continuing education credit do not guarantee administration of credit. For further information on continuing education credit, please call (262) 786-6710, option 2.

    Choose How to Attend:

    This event is also available virtually so those learning remotely can share in the educational experience. The virtual format includes all key content, and you can still qualify for a Certificate of Attendance (assuming you attend the minimum number of sessions required).

    COVID-19 Safety Protocols

    We’re excited to be bringing this meeting back to an in-person experience. All individuals joining us in Rancho Mirage will need to be fully vaccinated. If for any reason you are not vaccinated, please join us virtually. In addition, there will be a mask requirement for all in-person conference functions.

    To ease any travel concerns, the International Foundation will facilitate access to COVID-19 PCR tests for attendees.

    • COVID-19 PCR tests will be available at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa on Tuesday, March 1, 2022—4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. PT

    • US$269 per PCR test

    • US$109 per rapid antigen test

    • Results within 2 hours

    To learn about COVID safety protocols, please visit for more details.

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    Registration Information

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    Registration Information
      Member Nonmember

    Through 1/17/2022 C $1,875.00 C $2,205.00
    After 1/17/2022 C $2,175.00 C $2,505.00


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