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Benefits & Pension Summit Vancouver

September 17, 2014
Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, Vancouver

Benefits Canada is proud to present details of the 2014 VANCOUVER Benefits & Pension Summit (BPS). Insightful and educational presentations, case studies and in-depth panel discussions enable this exceptional Summit to provide delegates with the information they need to reduce costs, create solutions, improve the workforce and manage risks. Two separate tracks enable you to customize the BPS experience providing your specialized interest an arena to convene. This event sells out annually. Register early to avoid disappointment. This Summit is designed for senior-level personnel within plan sponsor organizations in both the public and private sectors to discuss common challenges and acquire solutions.

This event will feature respected industry thought-leaders, who will provide actionable tips for you to use in your own organization; two conference streams to tailor your event experience according to your areas of interest; numerous networking opportunities with hundreds of your industry peers and an agenda full of practical tools that you can apply directly to your position.

CONFERENCE RATES:

Early Bird Price: $205 + 5% GST (until Sept 5)

Regular Price: $299 + 5% GST (after Sept 5)

Ask about our group rate for 10 attendees or more!

This Summit is designed for senior-level personnel within plan sponsor organizations in both the public and private sectors to discuss common challenges and acquire solutions.

This event will feature:

  • Respected industry authorities who will provide actionable tips for you to use in your own organization
  • Two conference streams (Group Benefits and DC) that allow you to tailor your conference experience according to your areas of interest
  • Numerous networking opportunities with hundreds of your industry peers
  • An agenda full of practical, actionable tools that you can apply directly to your position.


CE Credits

This program offers CFP/Insurance Credits to registered delegates.


**For information on accommodations
, visit the event details section.

*** Legal Mention:
Desjardins Insurance refers to Desjardins Financial Security Life Assurance Company


Contact Information

For information about the agenda, contact Laurie Asuncion, conference editor.
For sponsorship opportunities, contact Alison Webb, publisher, Benefits Canada.
For registration questions, contact Joanne Boccia, senior event manager.

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2014 Benefits & Pension Summit Vancouver- Agenda


*Please note this is the preliminary agenda and is subject to change at any point of time.


WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 17, 2014


7:45 – 8:20 a.m.                 General Breakfast (Main Foyer)

8:25 – 9:45 a.m.                 Opening Remarks & Keynote Session
(Both Group Benefits and DC Tracks)

The Trust Edge: What Top Leaders Have and Eight Pillars to Build it Yourself
Trust is a fundamental, bottom-line issue. Without it, leaders lose teams, salespeople lose sales, and organizations lose reputation, retention of good people, relationships and revenue. But with trust, individuals and organizations enjoy greater creativity, productivity, freedom and results. Through academic research and firsthand experience, David Horsager has learned what it takes to gain—and keep—trust. Through a captivating presentation, Dave combines humor and illustrations with business insight and analysis. He will show you how the little things, done consistently, add up to huge results. Attendees will walk away with concrete steps they can immediately use to improve their lives and careers.
Keynote Speaker
: David Horsager, MA, CSP, award-winning speaker, bestselling author, producer and business strategist

9:45 – 10:10 a.m.               Refreshment Break (Main Foyer)

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TRACK #1 — Group Benefits


10:10 – 11:05 a.m.                            SESSION ONE

Getting it Right: Tailoring Benefits Plan Communications
Session Speakers: Rupen Seoni, vice-president and practice leader, Environics Analytics;
Jacqueline Taggart, associate partner and regional practice leader, Aon Hewitt

11:05 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.                    SESSION TWO

The Legal Implications of Managing Mental Health in the Workplace
This seminar provides a framework to have start a conversation with employees you worry may be struggling with a mental health issue, and help you navigate the legal requirements.
Session Speakers: Julia Kaisla, director, community engagement, Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division;
Julie Menten, associate, Roper Greyell LLP

12:00 – 1:15 p.m.                              Buffet and Lunch Presentation

Squeezed in the Middle: Work, Childcare and Eldercare

"It is not a matter of if you become a caregiver, but when.” Canadian Caregiver Coalition (2001). Using data from Duxbury and Higgin's 2012 National Work-Life Balance Study, this talk explores the challenges faced by employed caregivers – individuals who combine paid employment, the care of one or more elderly dependents and the care of one or more children. More specifically this talk identifies the challenges faced by employed caregivers and examines how they cope. It also discusses how employers could facilitate the balance between work and caregiving, as well as evaluate the costs of this form of work/life conflict on the employer. Finally, data is used to present a business case for change in this area.
Lunch Speaker:
Dr. Linda Duxbury, professor, Sprott School of Business, Carleton University (made possible by Desjardins Insurance)


1:15 – 2:10 p.m.                                SESSION THREE

Wellness is Broken, But We Can Fix It
For the past two decades, there has been a lot of talk and even some action around proactively managing employee health in Canada. But available data suggests we are not making a dent in the rise of chronic disease. So, Canadians are sicker, but living longer due to medical advancements; a worrying combination for plan sponsors. This session will look at options for reinventing the concept of wellness, trumpeting the management of data to target specific at risk populations and using research to inform us on how to actually change stubborn employee health behaviours. This will be a no "fluff" zone aimed at making wellness a more evidence-based science for employers.
Session Speakers: David Willows, vice-president, strategic market solutions, Green Shield Canada;
Susanne Cookson, president, Cookson James Loyalty

2:10 – 2:30 p.m.                                Refreshment Break (Foyer)       


2:30 – 3:25 p.m.                                SESSION FOUR


Employer Panel: Wellness Strategies that Work
Panelists:
Abbie Hodgson van Essen, manager, compensation & benefits, Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC);
Peter Stratton, chief people officer, Western Financial Group

3:25 – 4:30 p.m.                                CLOSING KEYNOTE (All Delegates)

Trends With Benefits
What are the trends of today that will have the greatest impact tomorrow? And what do they mean for your business? In this customized speech, Max Valiquette presents a series of emerging trends that are both directly relevant to your business and the people who work there. ‘Trends with benefits’ looks at everything from demographics to increasing productivity to the integration of technology into our daily lives and the rise of analogue culture.
Speaker: Max Valiquette, managing director of intellectual property, Bensimon Byrne

4:30 p.m.                                           Closing Remarks &
Cocktail Reception (made possible by Pacific Blue Cross)

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TRACK #2 — Defined Contribution (DC)


10:10 – 11:05 a.m.                            SESSION ONE


Panel: 2013 CAP Member Survey Key Results
Panel Speakers:
Karrina Dusablon, director, education and communication services, Desjardins Financial Security;
Ken Millard, vice-president, national accounts, group retirement services, Great-West Life;
Anna Pagliuca, associate vice-president, group savings & retirement, Standard Life;
Colin Sinclare, managing director, institutional sales - western Canada, MFS Investment Management Canada

Moderator:
Alyssa Hodder, editor, Benefits Canada

11:05 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.                    SESSION TWO

Plan Governance and De-risking DC
Panel Speakers:
Colin Gaydos, manager - benefits and wellness, corporate human resources, Sanjel Corporation;
Peter Nicholas, managing director and CEO, Anthony Hodges Consulting Ltd.;
Luis Ramirez, senior consultant investment consulting, Aon Hewitt;

12:00 – 1:15 p.m.                              Buffet and Lunch Presentation

Squeezed in the Middle: Work, Childcare and Eldercare
"It is not a matter of if you become a caregiver, but when.” Canadian Caregiver Coalition (2001). Using data from Duxbury and Higgin's 2012 National Work-Life Balance Study, this talk explores the challenges faced by employed caregivers – individuals who combine paid employment, the care of one or more elderly dependents and the care of one or more children. More specifically this talk identifies the challenges faced by employed caregivers and examines how they cope. It also discusses how employers could facilitate the balance between work and caregiving, as well as evaluate the costs of this form of work/life conflict on the employer. Finally, data is used to present a business case for change in this area.
Lunch Speaker:
Dr. Linda Duxbury, professor, Sprott School of Business, Carleton University (made possible by Desjardins Insurance)


1:15 – 2:10 p.m.                                SESSION THREE


Retirement Planning in a Challenging World
Session Speakers:
Janice Holman, senior investment consultant, DC group, Eckler Ltd.;
Blair Richards, CEO, Halifax Port ILA/HEA Pension Plan and Trust Funds

2:10 – 2:30 p.m.                                Refreshment Break
(Foyer)        


2:30 – 3:25 p.m.                                SESSION FOUR

De-accumulation: What’s Next?
Session Speakers: Dan Morrison, senior retirement consultant, Towers Watson;
Pat Leo, director, institutional business development, Sun Life Global Investments Inc.;
Plan Sponsor TBC

3:25 – 4:30 p.m.                                CLOSING KEYNOTE (All Delegates)

Trends With Benefits
What are the trends of today that will have the greatest impact tomorrow? And what do they mean for your business? In this customized speech, Max Valiquette presents a series of emerging trends that are both directly relevant to your business and the people who work there. ‘Trends with benefits’ looks at everything from demographics to increasing productivity to the integration of technology into our daily lives and the rise of analogue culture.
Keynote Speaker: Max Valiquette, managing director of intellectual property, Bensimon Byrne

4:30 p.m.                                           Closing Remarks & Cocktail Reception (made possible by Pacific Blue Cross)


For more information on the agenda, please contact Laurie Asuncion, Editor, Conferences.

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KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

David Horsager

David Horsager, MA, CSP, is a business strategist, keynote speaker and author of the National Bestseller, The Trust Edge: How Top Leaders Gain Faster Results, Deeper Relationships, and a Stronger Bottom Line. His work has been featured in prominent publications such as Fast Company, Forbes, The Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, SUCCESS Magazine, and The Washington Post. Through his Master’s research, experience as Director of K-Life Inc., and as a founding partner of Special Delivery Productions, Dave learned firsthand how the world’s most successful people gain and keep the trust of their customers and colleagues. He’s taken that knowledge and broken it down into tangible steps that audiences and readers can incorporate into their own lives right away. As a Certified Speaking Professional, David has delivered life-changing presentations on four continents, with audiences ranging everywhere from Wells Fargo and the New York Yankees to Goodyear and the Department of Homeland Security. Combining humor, illustrations, and memorable stories with research and insight, Dave sheds light on the confusion and misconceptions surrounding the cornerstone of personal and professional success. He’s built his reputation on two things – being easy to work with and delivering engaging, high-energy speeches every time. Through speaking, training, consulting, coaching, writing and other resources, Dave and his team at Horsager Leadership, Inc. make it their mission to develop trusted leaders and organizations. Through The Trust Edge book and programs, they share the secrets of using trust to impact the bottom line. Davealso serves as an Adjunct Professor of Organizational Leadership for Bethel University’s graduate program.

Max Valiquette

Max Valiquette is one of Canada's best known culture and media experts and commentators. A marketer by trade, he was the president of Youthography, a Canadian youth marketing agency, which is where he gained renown. He is now employed by an advertising agency Bensimon Byrne as the Managing Director of Intellectual Property.Valiquette is best known as a TV host and commentator and a public speaker. He focuses primarily on media, youth and popular culture, and marketing. He is a regular contributor to CBC Radio and also a featured commentator on the television programme "What's in a Name." He hosted TVOntario's VoxTalk, a youth-issues talk show, and has appeared everywhere from MuchMusic, to CBC Television and Global TV. He is a speaker on issues pertaining to media and marketing in Canada and around the world, as well as the author of numerous industry articles. He has served three times as Chairperson of Strategy Magazine's "Understanding Youth Conference". He is a former Director of the Board of the Canada Media Fund. He previously performed as a sketch comedian in Toronto, including a performance at The Second City. He is a former Central Canadian Debating Champion. Valiquette was born in Ottawa, Ontario, in 1973. He studied at the University of Ottawa where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. In 2005, he was named one of Marketing Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in Canadian Communications.

Linda Duxbury is a Professor at the Sprott School of Business, Carleton University. She received an M.A.Sc. in Chemical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Management Sciences from the University of Waterloo. Within the past decade she has completed majors study on  Balancing Work and Family in the public, private Sectors and not for profit sectors; HR and Work-family Issues in the Small Business Sector; Management Support (What is it and Why does it Matter?); Career Development in the Public Sector and in the High Tech Sector; generational differences in work values. Dr. Duxbury has  also (and is currently) conducted research which evaluates the organizational and individual impacts of E-mail, portable offices, cellular telephones, blackberry’s, telework, flexible work arrangements, shiftwork  and change management and studying what makes a "supportive" manager. She has completed three national studies (1991, 2001, 2012) on work-life balance in which over 70,000 Canadian employees participated. Dr. Duxbury has published widely in both the academic and practitioner literatures in the area of work-family conflict, change management, supportive work environments, stress, telework, the use and impact of office technology, managing the new workforce and supportive management. She has also given over 350 plenary talks on these issues to public, private and not for profit sector audiences. Dr. Duxbury is also an accomplished trainer and speaker in the area of supportive work environments, work-life balance, managing the new workforce, recruitment and retention, change management, gender and communication and the communication process.

Location

Fairmont Waterfront, Vancouver
900 Canada Place Way, Vancouver
British Columbia, Canada V6C 3L5


The Fairmont Waterfront hotel showcases the best of Vancouver. Conveniently situated beside the Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal and adjacent to the Vancouver Convention Centre, our luxury Vancouver hotel has a central harbour location ideal for any stay.

The luxury Vancouver hotel offers 24,000 square feet of elegant function space, picturesque surroundings, and special personalized touches to create an experience to be remembered forever. At the end of the day join us in Herons West Coast Kitchen + Bar, where Executive Chef Dana Hauser and her culinary team offer fresh locally sourced dishes through our exciting lifestyle menus.

Guests are also encouraged to try our guided morning runs, visit our roof-top herb garden or let our urban resort inspire you to explore Vancouver in unique ways. Set out on foot to discover trendy eateries in historic Gastown, Robson Street shops, or stroll the Seawall and Stanley Park. Regardless of your interests, our experienced Concierge Team are delighted to assist in planning your time in the city.

Accommodations
The Fairmont Waterfront hotel is offering our special group rate for $229 CAD/per night.
Click here to book a room with the group rate Rogers Benefits & Pension Summit or please call 1-866-540-4509

DRIVING DIRECTIONS
The hotel is located beside the Waterfront Center office building at the intersection of Howe, Canada Place Way, Cordova and Burrard Streets, approximately two blocks from the Business/Financial District, downtown and shopping. A covered walkway connects the hotel to Convention Center and Cruise Ship Terminal.
Vancouver International Airport – YVR (Approximately 25-30 minutes)


• Travel from the airport, take the first exit that shows Van Downtown. You will cross over the Arthur Laing Bridge. At the end of the bridge you will be on Granville Street.
• Follow along Granville Street for approximately 60 blocks. Continue over the Granville Street Bridge into downtown Vancouver.
• Proceed into the left lane and turn left on Davie Street until you reach Burrard Street.
• Turn right on Burrard Street. Continue along Burrard towards the water. At the foot of Burrard Street, turn right at Cordova Street. Proceed one block down Cordova Street then turn left onto Howe Street. Howe street becomes Canada Place Way, which brings you to the front of the hotel, turn left into our driveway.

SKYTRAIN DIRECTIONS
The Canada Line Skytrain offers transportation from Vancouver International Airport to Waterfront Station. To walk to the hotel, exit Waterfront Station, turn right at Cordova street and right onto Canada Place Way. The Fairmont Waterfront is on your left hand side. Estimated walking time is 5 minutes.
Service Start/Stop Times:
Travel time from Waterfront Station to YVR is 25 minutes.
Waterfront Station to YVR
First train departs 4:50am, arrives 5:15am
Last train departs 1:05am, arrives 1:30am
YVR to Waterfront Station
First train departs 5:10am, arrives 5:30am
Last train departs 12:57am, arrives 1:22am
Early Morning and Evenings: Trains run every 12 minutes
Mid-day and weekend peak hours: Trains run every 8 minutes
Late Evenings: Trains run every 20 minutes
Fare Information
Fare from YVR to Waterfront Station is $8.75.
Fare machines accept Canadian Cash, Debit Cards, Visa and MasterCard and gives change.

PARKING
Overnight parking at the hotel is in effect from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. the next day.
Valet parking $44.00/night, including in-and-out privileges and taxes
Self-parking $44.00/night, including in-and-out privileges and taxes (must get a parking pass at the Front Desk)
For more information, feel free to contact the hotel:
Fairmont Waterfront Vancouver (Link To: http://www.fairmont.com/waterfront-vancouver/)
900 Canada Place Way
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6C 3L5
Local: 604-691-1820
Toll-free: 1-800-441-1414

For questions regarding logistics or venue, please contact Joanne Boccia at 416.764.3874