Canadian Health and Wellness Innovations Conference

Monday, February 26 - Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Victoria Conference Centre, Victoria, BC
Canadian Health and Wellness Innovations Conference

Embracing Inclusive Wellness

In this fast-changing landscape, the concept of wellness needs to encompass not just physical health but also mental, emotional, and social well-being. Employers, unions, and trustees must collaborate to address the unique challenges faced by the evolving workforce, taking into account the diverse needs and experiences of their employees. Inclusivity is crucial in wellness initiatives within health plans and the members you represent. 

The Canadian Health and Wellness Innovations Conference offers targeted and timely sessions on the most pressing topics impacting plan sponsors and participants. Explore new trends and ideas, share experiences and discover strategies to promote an improved culture of health within the workplace.



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Schedule

  • Available in person
  • Available virtually
  • Health
  • Retirement
  • Canadian
  • General
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Monday February 26, 2024
8:30-9:30 a.m. PT
Keynote Presentation: Unlocking Happiness at Work
8:30-9:30 a.m. PT

Loving what we do makes us more engaged, more productive and higher performing. So why is only 13% of the global workforce happy and engaged? It isn’t just costing employers—Studies show that employee disengagement is making us lonely and anxious, and it’s harming our health. Using research, data-backed insights and practical advice, Jennifer will show us how to become happier, healthier and higher performing.

Category: Keynote
Jennifer L. Moss
Speaker
Jennifer L. Moss
Journalist, Speaker, Author of The Burnout Epidemic
Jennifer Moss Incorporated
9:45-10:45 a.m. PT
Catching the Wave—Benefits and Well-Being Strategies for an Age-Friendly Workplace
9:45-10:45 a.m. PT

As employers face increased burnout, chronic illness and competition for talent, reimagining workplace well-being and benefit programs has taken on a new urgency. With 40% of Canada’s workforce projected to be age 55+ by 2026, it’s critical to shift strategies now to prepare for our aging population. This session will cover:

  • Using Canada’s demographic shift to forecast the health and productivity challenges of your future workforce
  • Creating an outcome-driven, future-focused health promotion strategy to prevent chronic disease and disability
  • How myths, biases and hidden ageism could be impacting employee health
  • Optimizing your benefits and well-being programs to create an age-friendly workplace.
Category: Health & Wellness
Kate Milne, M.Sc., MHS, CEP
Co-Speaker
Kate Milne, M.Sc., MHS, CEP
Healthy Aging Specialist
Cardea Health Consulting
Valerie Travis
Co-Speaker
Valerie Travis
Founder
bespoke benefit solutions
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. PT
Culturally Responsive Benefits—How Plan Sponsors Can Better Serve Their Members and Beneficiaries
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. PT

This session will discuss the challenges faced by specific communities—including but not limited to Indigenous peoples, refugees and immigrants, LGBTQIA+ individuals and people with disabilities. It will provide action items for plan sponsors that can help:

  • Improve access to mental health services
  • Support financial wellness and retirement income security
  • Increase worker engagement and productivity.
Category: Health & Wellness
Dalia Ahmed, M.Ed.
Panelist
Dalia Ahmed, M.Ed.
Chief Clinical Officer and Co-founder
Mind-Easy
Elizabeth Chavez, CEBS, PPAC
Panelist
Elizabeth Chavez, CEBS, PPAC
Pension Analyst, Employer Services
CAAT Pension Plan
Paula Allen
Panelist
Paula Allen
Global Leader and Senior Vice President, Research and Client Insights
TELUS Health
1:00-2:00 p.m. PT
Supporting Women’s Health in the Workforce and Bridging the Care Gaps
1:00-2:00 p.m. PT

From menstruation to menopause and beyond, women and nonbinary individuals face unique health challenges that are often misunderstood or marginalized in the workplace. As companies work to become more inclusive, bridging the women’s health gap is a top priority. Questions our panel will address include:

  • How can employers support the well-being of women in the workforce?
  • What benefit strategies are available to support equitable access to care, better health outcomes and business success?
  • How can access to various products and services contribute to better health outcomes for women at work?
Category: Health & Wellness
Ayla Azad, D.C., M.B.A.
Panelist
Ayla Azad, D.C., M.B.A.
Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Chiropractic Association
Sonia Singh
Panelist
Sonia Singh
Vice President, Sales—Canada
Progyny Inc.
Tara L. Anstey, LL.B., CEBS
Panelist
Tara L. Anstey, LL.B., CEBS
Director, Business Development Client Value
Medavie Blue Cross
2:15-2:30 p.m. PT
15-Minute Mindfulness Meditation Break
2:15-2:30 p.m. PT

Research shows that taking an intentional mindful pause in your day can improve focus, memory and mood. Join lawyer and mediator Ari Kaplan for a short guided session to boost your self-care and recharge your afternoon.

Category: Health & Wellness
Ari Kaplan, LL.B., LL.M., Q.Med
Facilitator
Ari Kaplan, LL.B., LL.M., Q.Med
Principal
Kaplan Law
2:30-3:30 p.m. PT
Developing an Inclusive Wellness Strategy for the Future of Work
2:30-3:30 p.m. PT

Inclusive wellness strategies and “whole person” approaches to well-being are necessities for the workplace of the future. But we must act now if we are to get ahead of the curve on mental health, build resilience and promote psychological safety at work. This session will:

  • Explore the inclusive well-being approach for work and life
  • Learn the power of well-being intelligence competencies to build resilience
  • Explain how to transform mindsets and behaviours with a well-being competency coaching framework
  • Provide steps to promote well-being and resilience as a key organizational strategy.
Category: Health & Wellness
Joyce Odidison, M.A., CTDP, MCC
Speaker
Joyce Odidison, M.A., CTDP, MCC
President, Interpersonal Wellness Services Inc.
Founder, Global Workplace Wellness Summit
3:45-4:45 p.m. PT
Roundtable Discussions
3:45-4:45 p.m. PT
Category: Health & Wellness
Ayla Azad, D.C., M.B.A.
Roundtable Leader
Ayla Azad, D.C., M.B.A.
Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Chiropractic Association
Dalia Ahmed, M.Ed.
Roundtable Leader
Dalia Ahmed, M.Ed.
Chief Clinical Officer and Co-founder
Mind-Easy
Elizabeth Chavez, CEBS, PPAC
Roundtable Leader
Elizabeth Chavez, CEBS, PPAC
Pension Analyst, Employer Services
CAAT Pension Plan
Jennifer L. Moss
Roundtable Leader
Jennifer L. Moss
Journalist, Speaker, Author of The Burnout Epidemic
Jennifer Moss Incorporated
Joyce Odidison, M.A., CTDP, MCC
Roundtable Leader
Joyce Odidison, M.A., CTDP, MCC
President, Interpersonal Wellness Services Inc.
Founder, Global Workplace Wellness Summit
Kate Milne, M.Sc., MHS, CEP
Roundtable Leader
Kate Milne, M.Sc., MHS, CEP
Healthy Aging Specialist
Cardea Health Consulting
Paula Allen
Roundtable Leader
Paula Allen
Global Leader and Senior Vice President, Research and Client Insights
TELUS Health
Sonia Singh
Roundtable Leader
Sonia Singh
Vice President, Sales—Canada
Progyny Inc.
Tara L. Anstey, LL.B., CEBS
Roundtable Leader
Tara L. Anstey, LL.B., CEBS
Director, Business Development Client Value
Medavie Blue Cross
Valerie Travis
Roundtable Leader
Valerie Travis
Founder
bespoke benefit solutions
Tuesday February 27, 2024
8:30-9:30 a.m. PT
The Role of Technology in Innovative Health Behaviour Change
8:30-9:30 a.m. PT

Attend this session to gain a better understanding of the evidence supporting and refuting technology-enabled health behaviour change. You will:

  • Learn the basic elements of behaviour change as it relates to health, including how the brain forms new habits
  • Understand the research evidence for and against enabling technologies
  • Get to know the technologies currently available to plan administrators that enable their health and wellness programming.
Category: Health & Wellness
Dr. Tyler Amell, Ph.D., M.S, B.S.
Speaker/Moderator
Dr. Tyler Amell, Ph.D., M.S, B.S.
Chief Health and Strategy Officer
MediKeeper Inc.
9:45-10:45 a.m. PT
Rehabilitation—The Next Big Conversation
9:45-10:45 a.m. PT

Back pain is the leading cause of disability around the globe, impacting 11 million Canadians each year. Yet spine care is a neglected aspect of health care—particularly in underserved communities, where access is limited. Just as mental health has become a workplace priority, musculoskeletal conditions will be the next big organizational hurdle to overcome. This session will:

  • Share data from Canada and abroad that has the World Health Organization identifying “rehabilitation” as an urgent call to action
  • Discuss rehabilitation strategies
  • Start a new conversation about the role organizations can play.
Category: Health & Wellness
Pierre Cote, D.C., Ph.D.
Speaker
Pierre Cote, D.C., Ph.D.
Director
Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. PT
You Are No Longer Alone—Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention in Construction
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. PT

Hear personal stories of perseverance, resilience and redemption. This session will address:

  • The five drivers of substance abuse and suicide
  • Awareness, training and recognizing patterns of behaviour
  • Mental health safety policies and resources
  • Respecting work-life balance while finding your purpose and passion.
Category: Health & Wellness
Larry Brokenshire, CET
Panelist
Larry Brokenshire, CET
Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
AECON Industrial
Marie Lloyd, CCS-AC, ICADC, RP
Panelist
Marie Lloyd, CCS-AC, ICADC, RP
Executive Director
De Novo Treatment Centre
Rob Trymbulak
Panelist
Rob Trymbulak
Ironworker Supervisor
Bridging North America
1:00-2:00 p.m. PT
Cancer in the Workplace—Modernizing Benefits to Improve the Member Experience
1:00-2:00 p.m. PT

Working-age Canadians now account for 35% to 40% of all cancer diagnoses, and many cases are preventable. Highlighting recent research, this session focuses on practical, innovative ways to modernize health and disability benefits to better manage cancer. Using interactive problem-solving exercises, we will address:

  • Equity in drug and health plan policy and design
  • Access to and alignment of existing workplace resources and programs
  • Accommodations for workers with cancer and other chronic conditions.
Category: Health & Wellness
Allan Smofsky
Co-Speaker
Allan Smofsky
Principal Health and Benefits Strategist
Smofsky Strategic Planning
Chris Bonnett, M.H.Sc., Ph.D.
Co-Speaker
Chris Bonnett, M.H.Sc., Ph.D.
Principal Consultant
H3 Consulting
2:15-2:30 p.m. PT
Soothe and Restore
2:15-2:30 p.m. PT

Taking a few minutes every day to move and breathe and check in with ourselves can prevent chronic illness and repetitive strain injuries, improve concentration and support general well-being. Join Elizabeth Chavez for 15 minutes of conscious breathing, light movement and some lighthearted fun. This session can be done seated or standing.

Category: Health & Wellness
Elizabeth Chavez, CEBS, PPAC
Facilitator
Elizabeth Chavez, CEBS, PPAC
Pension Analyst, Employer Services
CAAT Pension Plan
2:30-3:30 p.m. PT
Drug Trends in Private Plans
2:30-3:30 p.m. PT

During the last 15 years or so, the focus of public and private drug plans in Canada has been on high-cost specialty drugs used to treat complex diseases. Recently, new trends have emerged in relation to common diseases that require innovative strategies targeting a much broader segment of the population. This session will explore these important trends, which are projected to have a tremendous impact on drug plans, covering aspects such as:

  • Dynamics of chronic disease medications
  • Recent changes in the treatment of diabetes and obesity
  • Impact of new treatments and potential improvements to drug plans.
Category: Health & Wellness
Julia D
Speaker
Julia D'Adamo, Pharm.D
Specialist, Pharmacy Strategy - Quebec
Green Shield
3:45-4:45 p.m. PT
Understanding the ROI of Innovative Therapies
3:45-4:45 p.m. PT

This session will look at how plans can balance the need to make upfront investments in meaningful new therapies—many of which will have a significant cost impact—with the potentially long timeline for a return on that investment. In particular:

  • What happens to patients with chronic, progressive diseases that are not optimally managed, from the perspective of a surgeon dealing with the outcomes of years of suboptimal health?
  • How can plans position themselves to make appropriate investments upfront, and where will the drug pipeline move the discussion next?
  • How can plan sponsors measure the return on investment?
Category: Health & Wellness
Kengo Asai, M.D., Ph.D., FRCSC
Co-Speaker
Kengo Asai, M.D., Ph.D., FRCSC
Chief of Gen Surg, Health Sciences North Asst Prof
Northern Ontario School of Medicine University
Michael P. Sullivan, B.S.P., M.B.A.
Co-Speaker
Michael P. Sullivan, B.S.P., M.B.A.
President
Cubic Health Inc.
Wednesday February 28, 2024
8:30-9:30 a.m. PT
The Workplace Wellness Value Proposition—Engaging Employees After Returning to the Workplace
8:30-9:30 a.m. PT

A lot of organizations want their employees back in the workplace, but after years of remote work, many aren’t that keen to return. This session will discuss:

  • What we have learned since returning to work in person
  • How to address employees who believe they have a right to work from home
  • The most effective strategies for improving worker engagement
  • Considerations for employees who have never worked from home.
Category: Health & Wellness
David P. Earle
Speaker
David P. Earle
Founder
Earle Consulting
9:45-10:45 a.m. PT
Long-Term Disability Insurance—A Vision for the Future
9:45-10:45 a.m. PT

Factors like remote work, mental health challenges and economic uncertainty can all impact disability claims and trends. And previous economic downturns have shown that we’re not immune to a resurgence of disability cases once the economy stabilizes. However, group plans can help alleviate these problems, and employers have an important role to play. This session will discuss:

  • What are the main risk factors to look for over the coming months?
  • Should changes be made to group benefits now?
  • How can we rethink disability for a healthy future?
Category: Health & Wellness
William Lindsay
Speaker
William Lindsay
Senior Disability Management Advisor
Desjardins Insurance
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. PT
Helping Caregivers to Cope—Wellness Program Essentials
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. PT

Whether it’s caregiving for an elderly relative with Alzheimer’s, a newborn after parental leave has ended or someone who is critically ill, juggling the combined demands of work and caregiving can be overwhelming. Often, there is a significant impact on mental health and personal needs. This session will explain the benefits of wellness programs to empower the caregiver when dealing with these challenges, including:

  • What a wellness program encompasses
  • How to attain daily living support and work-life solutions
  • Seeking short-term professional help to address a particular mental health concern.
Category: Health & Wellness
Robert Gould, M.A.
Speaker
Robert Gould, M.A.
Vice President, Student and Canadian Business Solutions
Workplace Options
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Join Us at the Canadian Health and Wellness Innovations Conference!

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 with an interest in wellness topics, whether individually or in the workplace.

Preconference Workshop

Fiduciary Wellness and Resilience

February 25, 2024 | 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Speakers

​Speakers

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

Continuing Education

Educational sessions at this program can qualify for self-reported CEBS® Compliance credit. Visit www.cebs.org/compliance 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.


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