38th Annual ISCEBS Employee Benefits Symposium

Sunday, September 8 - Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Hyatt Regency New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
Employee Benefits Symposium 2018


For over 38 years, the Symposium has been the must-attend event for thousands of corporate benefits professionals. Designed with a variety of U.S., Canadian and globally oriented sessions, the Symposium is an unparalleled opportunity to learn from and alongside hundreds of industry colleagues, experts and leaders. Solution-oriented workshops, discussions, case studies and strategic sessions offering practical, timely takeaways are designed with your professional needs in mind.

2019 Topics 


  • What’s Next for the Global Economy?

  • U.S. Legislative Update

  • Canadian Legal/Legislative Update

  • U.S. Legal Update

  • Medical Cannabis in the U.S. and Canada:  What’s New and What’s Next?


Heath Care

  • Health and Welfare Compliance Traps:  Are You Ready?
  • Individual Policy HRAs: 2020 and Beyond
  • Using Actionable Insights  From Survey Data
  • Using Decision Support Tools  to Support HDHP
  • Disrupting Health Care Through High-Value Providers
  • Employer-Led National Hospital Price  Transparency Initiative
  • Mindfulness in the Workplace
  • Partnering for Health Outcomes— How the Prescription Pass-Through Model  Facilitates Saving Money
  • Telemedicine, On-Site Clinics and Other New Plan Options: Avoid the Traps for the Unwary
  • Is Wellness Worth It?
  • Proactive Fraud, Waste and Abuse Detection With Data Science and Machine Learning
  • Using Genetics to Improve Health Outcomes  for Members With Chronic Conditions


  • Regulatory Outlook for Retirement Plans
  • Behavioral Economics Communications for Employees’ Benefit
  • Challenges of Retirement in the  Future Economy
  • Using Passive Strategies for  Investment Consulting
  • Plan Errors: Correction and Prevention
  • Retirement Planning in Four Parts
  • The $2.5T Retirement Readiness Problem  No One Is Talking About: Until Now
  • Handling Government Audits of  Retirement Plans
  • I Have to Worry About My DB Pension  Plan Too?
  • Using Data to See Who is Ready to Retire (or Not)


  • Health Care Ate My 401(k) Contributions
  • Best Practices to Engage Employees in Voluntary Benefits
  • The Logic of Effective Employee  Communication
  • Identifying and Responding to a Ransomware Attack According to HIPAA Best Practices
  • Challenges and Effective Solutions for  Small Groups of Non-U.S. Employees
  • The Intersection of Diversity, Equity and  Inclusion, and Total Rewards
  • Staying Out of CEOs’ Line of Fire: Reducing  Employee Benefits Project Risks
  • Escape the Minefield: Navigating Paid  Leave Impacts to Benefits Policies
  • Ethical Behavioral Finance: Not an Oxymoron for Retirement and Health Plans
  • Is Unlimited Vacation Right for Your Company?
  • One Employer’s Journey to Implementing a Student Loan Repayment Benefit
  • Transforming the Total Rewards Function


  • Work Like a Start-Up: Using Innovation Principles to Improve Your Benefits Projects
  • Behavioral Economics Communications for Employees’ Benefit
  • Cybersecurity and Data Protection in Canada
  • How to Prevent a Lawsuit on Mental Health Claims
  • Practical Lessons in Pension Governance

This is the best conference I have attended. Unlike many other conferences, each session was relevant to what I do in my position. This will be my conference of choice.

Kathryn Colantonio, GBA HR Benefits Group LeaderTrillium

Benefits of Attending

Each session delivers valuable and practical ideas and solutions that you can immediately take back to the office:

  • Customized education. Sessions are grouped into health, retirement, general strategic benefits, and Canadian benefit tracks.
  • Numerous opportunities to interact with an experienced and diverse group of industry practitioners.

Who Should Attend

The Symposium is one of the largest gatherings of credentialed benefits professionals in the country. Attendees represent corporations, consulting firms, health care organizations, hospitals, banks, insurance companies, investment and administration firms, jointly trusteed and public employee benefit plans, law firms and other organizations involved with employee benefits.


Speakers will be announced soon.

​2019 Keynote Speakers

Donald E. Drummond, M.A.

Senior Fellow
Adjunct Professor and Stauffer-Dunning Fellow
Queen's University School of Policy Studies
Kingston, Ontario

James A. Klein

American Benefits Council
Washington, DC

Lisa Chamzuk

Lawson Lundell LLP
Vancouver, British Columbia

Katherine Hesse, CEBS

Murphy Hesse Toomey & Lehane LLP
Quincy, Massachusetts

Michael Sullivan

Cubic Health
Toronto, Ontario

​Registration Includes:

  • Access to more than 50 sessions over 2½ days
  • All handouts provided electronically
  • Extensive networking opportunities with more than 500 attendees
  • Continental breakfast on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Lunch on Monday and Tuesday
  • CEBS Conferment Reception (open to all attendees, speakers and guests) on Sunday
  • Welcome Reception on Monday.

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Continuing Education

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


 Programs sponsored by the International Foundation and International Society are consistently accepted for credit by agencies governing continuing education for license renewal and professional recertification. Direct inquiries to continuinged@ifebp.org  or (262) 786-6710 option 2.

Registration Information

Registration Information
Through 8/9/2019US $1,185.00US $1,370.00
After 8/9/2019US $1,285.00US $1,470.00
Registration Information
  Member Nonmember

Through 8/9/2019 US $1,185.00 US $1,370.00
After 12/31/2018 US $1,285.00 US $1,470.00