53rd Annual Canadian Employee Benefits Conference

53rd Annual Canadian Employee Benefits Conference

In the spirit of protecting the health and safety of our educational program attendees, speakers,
sponsors and supporting staff, the 53rd Annual Canadian Employee Benefits Conference will now transition to a virtual event to be held September 29–October 8, 2020. Due to numerous restrictions surrounding the pandemic, all in-person events scheduled for August in Halifax, Nova Scotia will not be taking place. 

If you have immediate concerns, please reach out to us directly at (888)334-3327, option 2 or email at edreg@ifebp.org​

For 53 years, the Annual Canadian Employee Benefits Conference has been the leading source for solid, straightforward pensions and benefits  education.

Take advantage of this unique learning opportunity to engage with best-in-class speakers, listen to inspirational keynote presentations, interact with peers through case studies and secure effective solutions from expert-led sessions that will allow you to fulfill the very objective that defines your role.

Take an important step in 2020—Make your education a priority! Not only will it position you to thrive in your role, it openly demonstrates your commitment to your fiduciary responsibility and the thousands of plan members you serve.


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.

La traduction simultanée en français de toutes nos quatre séances principales et de la plénière « Inclusion » sera offerte.

2020 sessions will be announced soon. Sessions from 2019 included:

Governance/Fiduciary Responsibility

  • Advanced Governance Today—Disruptive Innovation and Governing in an AI World

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly—Succession Planning for Trustees

Health and Wellness/Group Benefits

  • Virtual Care and Mental Health—A Win-Win-Winning Combination

  • Opioids Strategy—Whose Responsibility Is It Anyway?

  • National Pharmacare—Will the Momentum Continue?

Pensions/Retirement Security 

  • An Update on Mortality Research and Why It’s Important to Get Your Assumption Right

  • Decumulation—A New Dawn

  • Rethinking Retirement Income Adequacy—Practical Applications


  • Legal/Legislative Update (Atlantic, Central, And Western regions)

  • Human Rights and Discrimination Update

Public Plans

  • Public Sector Plan Expansion

  • Sustainability—Responding to External and Internal Risks


  • Les effets du cannabis…un an plus tard

  • Soins virtuels et santé mentale : une solution gagnant-gagnant-gagnant

  • Avons-nous besoin d’un nouveau type de régime de retraite ?


  • DC Decisions—What Matters Most for Your Plan Members

  • Risk Measures for Investing in Emerging Markets

  • A Hybrid Approach to Private Debt Market Investing

  • Liquid Alternatives Are on the Rise

  • Investing in Music Royalty Funds


  • Breaking Bad—Unpacking the Legal Issues for Resolving Service Provider Fraud and Claims Abuse in Group Benefits Plans

  • Assessing Cybersecurity Risks to Member Data—Attacking Pension Administration Systems


  • Communication From a Member’s Perspective

  • The Right Message for the Right Audience at the Right Time

Apprenticeship, Training and Education

  • Indigenous Recruitment—Opportunities and Challenges

  • Construction Trades—Exposing the Labour Market’s Best-Kept Secret

General Topics

  • From Unconscious Bias to Harassment—How Microaggressions Are Changing the Workplace Landscape

  • The World Is Your Oyster—Trustee Education and Resources


​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.


Speakers will be announced soon.


Attend sessions presented by nearly 100 speakers including inspirational speakers, professors and other specialists.

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Consultez la brochure de l'année 2019 pour avoir un aperçu du programme. Visitez notre page bientôt pour les découvrir.

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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Young Professionals Scholarship 

The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists (ISCEBS) have created a scholarship opportunity. Find the application here. Deadline to apply is July 6, 2020. 

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.

Registration Information

Registration coming soon!

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