Virtual Conference

Canadian Employer Outlook: Benefit Strategies for the Future

Wednesday, October 14 - Friday, October 23, 2020
International Foundation Training Center, Brookfield, WI
Canadian Public Sector Pension and Benefit Conference


We have organized this virtual conference by topic area. Wednesday will cover pension and retirement, Thursday will focus on health and wellness and Friday will be general benefits-related topics.

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Session Details

Week 1

Wednesday October 14 - Pensions and Retirement

Opening Keynote: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon | LIVE PANEL DISCUSSION: Economic and Market Outlook for Pension Plans

1:00-2:00 p.m. | LIVE: Supporting Employees’ Financial and Emotional Wellness During Challenging Times

3:00-4:00p.m. | HR Trends and Impact on DC Plans

Thursday October 15 - Health and Wellness

11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon | AI and Mental Health: Considerations for Employers and Employees

1:00-2:00 p.m. | Concurrent Sessions: Benefit Issues Impacting the LGBTQ Community

1:00-2:00 p.m. | Concurrent Sessions: The Evolution of Virtual Health Care in Canada-Sponsored bypeople-corporation_50.png

3:00-4:00 p.m. | Medical Cannabis and Your Benefits Plan

Friday October 16 - HR/General

11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon | LIVE PANEL DISCUSSION: COVID-19 and Return to Work: Legal Implications for Employers

1:00-2:00 p.m. | Privacy and Cybersecurity: Key Considerations for Employers

3:00-4:00 p.m. | LIVE OPEN FORUM: Finding Solutions to Employers' Challenges

Week 2

Wednesday October 21 - Pensions and Retirement

11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon | Increasing Uncertainty in Longevity and What It Means for Pension Plan Sponsors

1:00-2:00 p.m. | LIVE: Responsible Investing: Where Is Canada Headed?

3:00-4:00 p.m. | Actuarial and Administration Update: What Employers Need to Know

Thursday October 22 - Health and Wellness

11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon | LIVE PANEL DISCUSSION: Nutrition Intervention for Chronic Diseases—How Plan Sponsors Can Help

1:00-2:00 p.m. | LIVE: Best Practices and Future Trends in Disability Management

3:00-4:00 p.m. | LIVE PANEL DISCUSSION: Drug Plan Management 3.0: Strategies and Trends for Employers

Friday October 23 - HR/General

11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon | Canadian Legal and Legislative Update

1:00-2:00 p.m. | Engagement Strategies for a Multi-Generational Workforce

3:00-4:00 p.m. | LIVE: The Present and Future of Remote Work

Session Details



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 at any time for up to one year.
  • 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.

Who Should Attend

This virtual conference is for those responsible for employee benefits programs in Canada including:

  • Benefits professionals
  • HR professionals
  • Third-party administrators, insurance professionals and other service providers
  • HR and benefits consultants


  • Aimee E.G. Anger, GBA Senior Director, Enterprise Benefit Solutions People Corporation
  • David J. Asselstine, CA∙IFA, CFE, CPA Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer/Chief Risk Officer Teachers' Retirement Allowances Fund
  • Leslie C. Beck, RD Registered Dietitian Dietitians of Canada
  • Arif Bhimji Medical Director arc Health Management Solutions of Canada inc
  • Andrea Boctor Partner Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
  • Richard Brown, FCIA, FSA, CFA Longevity Risk Consultant Club Vita
  • Andrew Buck Partner Pitblado Law LLP
  • Kathryn M. Bush, J.D. Partner Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
  • Timothy W. Clarke, FCIA, FSA President tc Health Consulting Inc.
  • Marie-Chantal Cote Vice-President, Market Development, Group Benefits Sun Life
  • Daryl Cukierman Partner Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
  • Marco Dickner, FCIA, FSA Retirement Risk Management Leader, Canada Willis Towers Watson
  • Murray Gold Senior Partner Koskie Minsky LLP
  • Philip E. Graham Senior Associate Koskie Minsky LLP
  • Catherine Jackman, CFA Senior Institutional Director, Portfolio Manager Cidel Asset Management Inc.
  • Michael Kennedy Principal arc Health Management
  • Cary List, CFP, FCA, FCPA President and Chief Executive Officer FP Canada
  • Michelle Loder, CA, CFA, CFP, CPA, RFP Partner, DC Solutions Morneau Shepell Ltd
  • Barbara A. Martinez National Practice Leader, Drug Solutions Canada Life
  • Edyta T. Mroczkowski, CEBS Partner Mercer (Canada) Limited
  • Dean Newell, FCIA, FSA Vice President Actuarial Solutions Inc.
  • Kelly O'Ferrall Counsel, Employment & Labour Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
  • Judy N. Plotkin, M.S.W. Vice President, Health Solutions People Corporation
  • Ned Pojskic, MSC, Ph.D. Leader for Pharmacy Strategy Green Shield Canada
  • Douglas Porter, CFA Chief Economist and Managing Director BMO Financial Group
  • Brett R. Powell, B.A., CWPC Vice President American Institute for Preventive Medicine
  • Leola B. Ross, Ph.D., CFA Director, Research and Development Russell Investments
  • Alison Schneider Vice President, Responsible Investment Alberta Investment Management Corporation
  • Steve R. Sproule Manager of Health, Benefits and Retirement Husky Energy
  • Michael P. Sullivan, B.S.P., M.B.A. Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Cubic Health Inc.
  • Jason M. Traetto, GBA Director, Benefits, Wealth & Recognition Programs Rogers Communications Inc.
  • Allison Tremblay Partner Victory Square Law Office LLP
  • Joanna Tukums, CA, CPA Chief Operating Officer FP Canada
  • Jason Vary, FCIA, FSA President Actuarial Solutions Inc.
  • Alexander J. Willis Chief Executive Officer Leadership Surge LLC

Continuing Education

Each session is worth one credit toward CEBS Compliance. By the conclusion of the conference, you should self-report your attendance, depending on how many full sessions you watch.

Insurance Continuing Education (CE) credits are not available in Quebec. View a list of the sessions eligible for insurance credit in other provinces.

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Certificate of Attendance

Certificates of Attendance will be issued to those who attend a minimum of 6 sessions.


Registration Information
  Member Nonmember

C $695.00 C $845.00

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