52nd Annual Canadian Employee Benefits Conference

Sunday, November 24 - Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Hilton San Francisco Union Square, San Francisco, CA
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For 52 years, the Annual Canadian Employee Benefits Conference has been the leading source for solid, straightforward pensions and benefits education.

As Canada's premier employee benefits conference, the Annual Conference will provide you with the information and solutions needed to make the most informed decisions on behalf of your plan members and their families. Secure insights into updated legislative developments, the latest cost-saving ideas and creative approaches to new challenges by registering today.​


Topics for 2019 will be announced soon. Here are some highlights from the previous program.


2018 Topics

Each year, the curriculum is carefully developed by active trustees and administrators along with the industry’s leading authorities in investments, fund management, legal and consulting businesses, and top government and regulatory officials.


Governance/Fiduciary Responsibility

  • Making Sense of ESG Integration
  • Evaluating Professionals and Service Providers
  • The Latest Trends in Governance
  • Regulator Rap—Financial Services Commission  of Ontario (FSCO) Update

Health and Wellness/ Group Benefits

  • Managing Medical Cannabis Claims Responsibly
  • The Rise in Drug Prices and Opioid Prescriptions: How Relationships Between Doctors and Drug Companies Drive Spending on Drug Plans
  • Impact of Chronic Diseases
  • Telemedicine: Health Care Revolution at Your Fingertips
  • From HWTs to ELHTs: The End of Health and Welfare Trusts?

Pensions/Retirement Security

  • Beginners Guide to TBP: Why Margins Matter
  • What Canadians Want: Results From the National Pension Survey
  • Pension Division on Marriage Breakdown
  • Women and Retirement Security


  • Legislative Update—Atlantic Canada
  • Legislative Update—Central Canada
  • Legislative Update—Western Canada
  • Legal Aspects of Medical Marijuana


  • Supply Chain Financing is a Direct Lending Private Debt Strategy
  • Multi-Asset Investing: A Go-Anywhere Approach to Managing Returns and Risk
  • Innovation in Timberland and Farmland Investing
  • Improving Investment Outcomes for HWTs and ELHTs
  • The New Frontier: Emerging Frontier Markets


  • Tips and Tricks for Finding Missing Members

  • Consulting Hot Stove: Open Forum on Managing Your Pension and Benefit Plans


  • Protecting the Reputation of Your Fund
  • Maximizing ROI on Your Benefits: Communicating Like They're Humans—Not Resources

Apprenticeship, Training and Education

  • Forecasting Construction Workforce and Skills Gaps
  • Best Practices in Recruiting Younger Apprentices

Public Plans

  • The Rise of the ELHTs in the Public Sector
  • Enhanced Disability Management in British Columbia’s Health Care Sector
  • Long-Term Sustainability of Pension Plans in the Public Sector

​Benefits of Attending

Attend the Annual Conference to stay current with the latest regulatory and legislative changes, learn about approaches to improve your funds and network with others outside of your typical industry or trade.

Who Should Attend​​

  • Multi-employer fund trustees, administrators, business managers and association leaders
  • Public sector plan trustees and staff
  • Training trust fund trustees and training directors
  • Fund administrators and managers
  • Third-party administrators (TPAs)
  • Benefits consultants
  • Lawyers
  • Accountants
  • Investment managers and consultants
  • Others who are involved in the design, management and administration of pension and benefit trust funds.


Attend sessions by more than 100 speakers including inspirational speakers, professors and other specialists.


Hayley WickenheiserOlympic Gold MedalistAssistant Director of Player DevelopmentToronto Maple LeafsToronto, Ontario/ Calgary, Alberta

Donald DrummondAdjunct ProfessorStauffer-Dunning FellowQueen’s University School of Policy StudiesKingston, Ontario

Andrew CoyneColumnistNational PostToronto, Ontario

Dr. Brian Goldman
ER DoctorRadio Host & Healthcare PunditToronto, Ontario

Preconference Sessions

Arrive early and attend a preconference course or workshop. Preconference content is specifically designed to address the critical elements of trust fund management while at the same time foster both professional and personal development.

Check out the preconference sessions web page for more details.

Preconference Sessions Include:

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Continuing Education

The Annual Conference is a great opportunity to fulfill your required credit hours. For full details and to request continuing education (CE) service, visit our continuing education web page or contact the Continuing Education Department at
(262) 786-6710, option 2, or email: continuinged@ifebp.org.

Continuing education credit is available for:

  • Insurance agents
  • Lawyers
  • Paralegals (Ontario only)
  • Actuaries
  • HRPA (Human Resources Professionals Association)
  • Other professionals

Educational sessions at this program can qualify for CEBS® Compliance credit. Visit www.cebs.org/compliance for additional information.

Young Professionals Scholarship Available

The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists (ISCEBS) have teamed up to create a scholarship opportunity for young employee benefits professionals to encourage participation in the benefits industry. [Learn More]

Registration Information

Register early and save!

Registration Information
  Member Nonmember

Through 10/13/2019 C $1,925.00 C $2,255.00
After 10/13/2019 C $2,225.00 C $2,555.00