54th Annual Canadian Employee Benefits Conference

54th Annual Canadian Employee Benefits Conference

Monday, November 22 - Wednesday, December 1, 2021
The Mirage, Las Vegas, NV

Given the current environment, and the challenges traveling to and from the U.S., we have made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person component of the 54th Annual Canadian Employee Benefits Conference as well as its affiliated preconference sessions, scheduled to take place in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The virtual conference will continue and will be held Monday through Wednesday: November 22, 23, 24, and November 29, 30 and December 1, 2021. Watch this page for details on the virtual event, which will feature a robust agenda highlighting need-to-know issues for trustees and administrators.

Join us virtually for the 54th Annual Canadian Employee Benefits Conference to gain the latest tools, ideas and strategies for making effective decisions on behalf of your plan members. Hear from experts in the industry, network with benefits professionals and share strategies on managing the funds you serve in this ever-changing world.

The International Foundation is committed to helping you meet any upcoming challenges, providing a source for unbiased, impartial information on the key issues you face while supporting your pension and benefit funds.

Access Virtual Conference

 Virtual Agenda

    • Available in person
    • Available virtually
    • Health
    • Retirement
    • Canadian
    • General
    You must be a logged in registrant to access session handouts.

    No sessions match your selected criteria.

    Sessions will be announced soon.

    ​Virtual Features

    Ignite your learning experience by attending sessions whenever it is convenient for you.

    • Session recordings—Not able to watch the sessions right away? Return to the virtual environment to watch recorded sessions after the conference is over.

    • Ask the experts—Answers to questions posed during the sessions will be posted in the virtual conference website as a resource for all attendees.

    • Session handouts and documents—Download session handouts and other resources ahead of time so that you are prepared to follow along with each presentation.

    • Access anytime—The virtual environment will be open 24/7 giving you the opportunity to access everything in the environment on your time.

    There is something for everyone; sessions are carefully tailored to Canadian content and experiences, with well-qualified presenters and lots of networking opportunities.

    Cameron Deacoff
    HRM Pension Committee Member
    Halifax, Nova Scotia

    ​Demonstrate your commitment to your fiduciary responsibility and the thousands of plan members you serve.

     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

    Keynote Speakers

    All Speakers

    • Dr. Tyler Amell, Ph.D., M.Sc., B.Sc. Chief Health and Strategy Officer Medikeeper
    • Candice Bangsund, CFA Vice President and Portfolio Manager, Global Asset Allocation Fiera Capital Corporation
    • Craig Barretto Principal Proack Security Inc.
    • Kaitlin Blainey, CPA, CA Vice President Connor, Clark & Lunn Infrastructure
    • Lisa C. Chamzuk Partner Lawson Lundell LLP
    • Dora Y. Chang Principal, Career Office Business Leader Mercer (Canada) Limited
    • Ching Chang, CFA Vice President, Portfolio Manager Burgundy Asset Managment Ltd.
    • Blythe Clark Manager, Stewardship and Engagement Connor, Clark & Lunn Financial Group Ltd.
    • Bruce Croxon Managing Partner Round13 Capital
    • Anar Dossa, B.Sc.Pharm., Pharm.D., CDE Director, Pharmacy Services Pacific Blue Cross
    • Nicholas H. Gubbay, FCIA, FFA Principal Eckler Ltd.
    • Kevin P. Higgins, CEBS National Vice President, Trustee, Group Benefits Manulife
    • Arleen Huggins Partner Koskie Minsky LLP
    • Karen Kerr, CFA Vice President and Institutional Portfolio Manager PH&N Institutional
    • Mary E. Lee, ICD.D, MTMS President and Chief Executive Officer Health Association Nova Scotia (HANS)
    • Genevieve Lussier, FCIA, FSA, MAAA Vice President and Actuarial Manager Segal Consulting
    • Bonnie-Jeanne MacDonald, Ph.D., FCIA, FSA Senior Research Fellow, National Institute on Ageing Ryerson University
    • Peter Muldowney Senior Vice President Connor, Clark & Lunn Financial Group
    • Judy N. Plotkin, M.S.W. Vice President, Health Solutions People Corporation
    • Steven Richardson, M.A. Manager Claim Watch
    • Darren J. Robbins Partner Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP
    • Jeffrey Roberts, M.B.A., CFA, CIM Institutional Associate PH&N Institutional
    • Kevin Rozek, FCIA, FSA Vice President Segal Consulting
    • Dishank Rustogi, M.B.A. Senior Manager, Consulting–Technology, Cyber Engineering BDO Canada LLP
    • Cynthia Lynne Rynne, FCIA, FSA Partner and Senior Consultant PBI Actuarial Consultants Ltd.
    • Mazen Shakeel, FCIA, FSA Partner and Practice Leader, Investments and Risk LifeWorks
    • Jessica T. Shinnefield Partner Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP
    • Fraser Stark, M.B.A. President, Longevity Retirement Platform Purpose Financial
    • Allison Tremblay Partner Victory Square Law Office LLP
    • Lisa M. Watt, CEBS, ISCEBS-Fellow Partner Manion Wilkins & Associates Ltd.
    • Hugh H. Wright Partner McInnes Cooper
    • Mark Zigler Senior Partner Koskie Minsky LLP


    En raison de la situation actuelle, nous avons dû prendre la difficile décision d’annuler le volet francophone et l’interprétation simultanée en français pour cette conférence. Nous espérons avoir le plaisir de vous accueillir à notre prochain Séminaire de gestion des caisses de retraite, le 26 mai 2022, à Montréal. D’autres renseignements suivront!

     Continuing Education

    CEBS Compliance Approved Educational sessions at this program can qualify for 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.

    Certificate of Attendance

    To earn a Certificate of Attendance, you must watch 9 sessions live or on-demand by December 31, 2021.  Certificates of Attendance will be emailed to the address listed in your My Profile record within one month of the end of the conference.

    Registration Information

    ​Register early and save!

    Registration Information
      Member Nonmember

    C $1,945.00 C $2,275.00

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