Certificate in Canadian Benefit Plans - Sessions, Handouts and Speakers

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Session handouts were available to registered attendees from Wednesday, September 26 through Monday, December 3. Please contact edprog@ifebp.org if you have questions or need assistance.

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Monday, October 1

8:00 AM – 9:15 AM

CB01  Overview of Canadian Business Environment

Bonni Titgemeyer, CEBS, CHRL, CMS, SHRM-SCP, SPHR Instructor
Managing Director
The Employers' Choice Inc.
Brampton, ON

This session provides a general overview of the Canadian business environment including: • Unique issues in the workforce—demographics and culture • The employment environment • The Canadian labour market • Canadian workforce challenges. (#3—Training and Education)

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

CB02  Canadian and U.S. Health Care Systems

David G. Myles, CEBS, CEBS Compliant Instructor
Manager Total Rewards
Honda Canada Inc.
Markham, ON

Noel H. MacKay, CEBS Instructor
Director, National Benefits Consulting
Cowan Insurance Group
Brantford, ON

Learn more about the structure and principles of Canada’s health care system and how it compares to the system in the United States. Key differences are outlined, including a look at the private-public trajectory, access to health care and how employer-provided health care plans are harmonized with government programs in each country. (#3—Training and Education)

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

CB03  Employer Group Benefits

Noel H. MacKay, CEBS Instructor
Director, National Benefits Consulting
Cowan Insurance Group
Brantford, ON

Get up to date quickly on: • What a typical employer-sponsored group benefit plan looks like in Canada • Group benefit plan types, including flex plans and health care spending accounts • The cost of basic life insurance, AD&D, extended health care and dental benefits • Cost-containment and benefit management techniques • How group benefits are priced and key underwriting principles • Key benefit differences between Canada and the United States. (#3—Training and Education)

1:00 PM – 2:15 PM

CB04  Canadian Drug Benefit Practices

Suzanne M. Lepage Instructor
Private Health Plan Strategist
Suzanne Lepage Consulting
Kitchener, ON

The design and management of Canadian drug plans are unique because employers are only responsible for a portion of the overall health costs. This session covers: • Private market dynamics • Private insurance coverage in Canada • Drug plan designs and adjudication • Future trends. (#3—Training and Education)

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

CB05  Case Study: Achieving Effective Plan Design and Communicating Change

Alyssa Hodder Instructor
Senior Communications Consultant
Eckler Ltd.
Toronto, Ontario

Jason M. Traetto, GBA Instructor
Senior Manager, Benefits and Wealth Programs
Rogers Communications
Toronto, ON

This case study offers lessons on benefit design, cost management and communication. Insights are shared about the unique features of the Canadian benefits landscape and how to effectively manage and communicate change. (#5—Communication)

3:45 PM – 4:30 PM

CB06  Benefits Forum—Ask the Experts

David G. Myles, CEBS, CEBS Compliant Co-Facilitator
Manager Total Rewards
Honda Canada Inc.
Markham, ON

Noel H. MacKay, CEBS Co-Facilitator
Director, National Benefits Consulting
Cowan Insurance Group
Brantford, ON

Suzanne M. Lepage Co-Facilitator
Private Health Plan Strategist
Suzanne Lepage Consulting
Kitchener, ON

This is your opportunity to ask the experts about any health care topic or Canadian benefits matter pertinent to your workplace and/or role. (#3—Training and Education)