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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

The event will also offer CFP/Insurance Credits to registered delegates. 
Download the CE Credit Schedule


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

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

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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 – 10:05 a.m.               Refreshment Break (Main Foyer)

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TRACK #1 — Group Benefits


10:05 – 11:00 a.m.                            SESSION ONE

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

11:00 – 11:55 a.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

11:55 a.m. – 1:20 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)


1:20 – 2:15 p.m.                                SESSION THREE

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

2:15 – 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);
Laurie Dreger, HR benefits advisor, BP

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)


10:05 – 11:00 a.m.                            SESSION ONE


Panel: 2013 CAP Member Survey Key Results
Panel Speakers:
Karrina Dusablon, director, education and communication services, Desjardins Insurance;
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

11:00 – 11:55 a.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;

11:55 – 1:20 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)


1:20 – 2:15 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

2:15 – 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.

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:

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.

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.

SESSION SPEAKERS:



Susanne Cookson
is the President and co-founder of Cookson James Loyalty and has 27 years of experience in healthcare. She has had 9 years direct patient care/cardiac ambulatory & discharge, 6 years Director of Health Promotion, non-profit/government relations as well as over 10 years in International & Canadian pharmaceutical marketing. In 2006, Susanne was inducted into Canada’s Healthcare Marketing Hall of Fame. She is a board member for Canadian Digestive Health Foundation and Gilda’s Club GTA.





Laurie Dreger
is the HR Benefits Advisor for BP. Laurie has been with BP in various Human Resources roles for over 30 years. Providing innovative programs to support employees in their health and well-being is her passion and challenge. She believes helping people be the best they can be is a win-win for employees, their families and the organization. Along with her husband and family, Laurie also operates an organic farm south of Calgary. She believes wellness opportunities are within reach for every organization regardless of size or culture. You just need to be creative and find what fits.



Karrina Dusablon is the National Director, Education and Training at Desjardins, where she manages a national-based team of specialized education and retirement advisors who are committed to providing ongoing guidance and support to participants throughout all stages of their retirement planning. She is also responsible for training for the group retirement division which includes Business Development Managers, Client Relationship Managers, Education Advisors and support staff. Karrina holds a Bachelor of Industrial Relations from McGill University, with a major in Management, Economy and Industrial Sociology. She has also received a certification in Personal Financial Planning from the Institute of Canadian Bankers.




Colin Gaydos, GBA, is currently Manager of Corporate Benefits and Wellness for Sanjel Corporation. His main focus is supporting the individual business units in achieving a global vision for benefits and wellness. This mandate includes the management of group life and health plans, retirement programs, WCB and an integrated disability management program. His career spans close to 20 years in benefit roles for plan sponsors and insurers. With employees as a key focus, Colin works to balance the needs of the business while ensuring the plans under his management meet the diverse needs of the employee population and consistently maintaining best practices for stewardship and governance.

 



Abbie Hodgson van Essen
, CHRP, is currently the Manager of Compensation & Benefits for a large Canadian outdoor retailer. Abbie has held various roles throughout her career including managing employee relations, policy, employee engagement, wellness, compensation and benefits. She has been interviewed by Benefits Canada for the cover story titled "Spreading the Health". Abbie has a Bachelor of Economics degree and a specialization in Human Resources from McMaster University. She is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) as well as a Life Coach trained by the Coaches Training Institute.

 



Janice Holman is a senior investment consultant, leads the DC consulting group at Eckler and is a principal of the firm. Her professional background has given her expertise and hands-on experience in all key areas affecting plan management. Janice began her career in investments as a fixed income analyst. She then moved on to working with plan members directly as an education and communications manager. Prior to joining Eckler in 2004, she spent several years with two leading insurance companies as an investment executive. This unique combination of experience allows her to provide her clients with a comprehensive approach to CAP consulting. Janice helps clients ranging from pension plans, to insurance companies, to benefit pools with establishing governance structures, plan design, recordkeeper/custodial selection and monitoring, creation and monitoring of investment programs, evaluation of plan effectiveness and operation, and member communications. Over the years, she has been very involved in the industry: sitting on CPBI’s Ontario Regional Council, being an instructor for the CEB program through Humber College and writing numerous articles for industry magazines, as well as being a frequent speaker at industry conferences. Janice graduated from Bishop’s University with a BBA and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation (1999) and the Certified Financial Planner designation (2010).



Julia Kaisla is the Director of Community Engagement, at the Canadian Mental Health Association BC Division. The CMHA, BC Division exists to promote the mental health of British Columbians and support the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness. In addition to providing a range of resources and services for individuals, CMHA BC offers a variety of training opportunities for workplaces, including executive-level strategic presentations, awareness presentations for employees, and skills training for managers, supervisors, HR professionals, health and safety committees, and union representatives.



Pat Leo is Director, Institutional Business, Ontario and western Canada, for Sun Life Global Investments. In this role, Pat is responsible for business development and client servicing for the firm’s growing Defined Contribution (DC) asset management business. Pat joined Sun Life Global Investments in June 2011. Prior to joining Sun Life Global Investments, Pat held the role of Investment Solutions Executive with Sun Life Financial’s Group Retirement Services (GRS), where he was responsible for assisting clients with their fund selection, investment reviews and governance. He was also a member of the GRS Education Team and worked directly with plan advisors and sponsors. Pat holds a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario. In addition, he holds the Certified Financial Planner Designation.



Julie Menten
is associate of Roper Greyell LLP. At Roper Greyell LLP, Julie practices in all areas of labour and employment law, including human rights and privacy. Her goal is to provide practical, innovative and cost-effective solutions to any employment issue. With a background in mental health, Julie is especially suited to provide strategic advice to employers in addressing complex issues, particularly related to disability accommodations, addictions, return to work, discrimination and workplace bullying and harassment. She received her Bachelor of Arts with Distinction in Child and Youth Care from the University of Victoria in 2001 and her Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Guelph in 2005. She completed her law degree at Western University and received her Juris Doctor with Distinction in 2012.



Ken Millard, FCIA, FSA, is vice-president, national accounts, group retirement services, for Great-West Life. Ken leads a team that provides business development and product support services for large-case group retirement clients, working primarily through relationships with consultants. Since joining London Life in 1985, Ken has held a variety of different roles of increasing responsibility within the group benefits and individual insurance organizations. Before rejoining the group retirement services division in 2012, Ken was vice-president, products and reinsurance, for the individual insurance division of Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life. Ken’s previous role within group retirement services included fund manager selection and oversight, product pricing and development as well as governance and monitoring duties associated with its vast investment platform. Great-West Life group retirement services launched several new products and services during Ken’s leadership, including several proprietary target-date fund offerings, member statement retirement projections, flexible automatic rebalancing and Great-West Life’s member investment selection service. Ken earned a bachelor of mathematics with a major in actuarial science and minor in statistics from the University of Waterloo, before achieving his fellowship and FCIA designation within the Canadian Institute of Actuaries.



Dan Morrison is a senior retirement consultant for Towers Watson in Calgary and the Canadian leader for Towers Watson’s Benefits Advisory and Compliance (BAC) service line. Dan is also a member of the Canadian leadership team for defined contribution services. Dan has worked in the pension and employee benefits industry for over 25 years. His wide-ranging experience includes serving as the actuary to large public and private sector pension plans, and two years as Senior Manager, Pension and Benefits for a Calgary-based multi-national corporation. Dan’s practice focuses on the governance, design and actuarial needs of defined contribution and defined benefit pension plans. Dan is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, with a Bachelor of Mathematics in Actuarial Science and Statistics. He has been a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries and a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries since 1986, and recently completed all three levels of the CFA program. He maintains an active role with the Association of Canadian Pension Management, currently serving on the Alberta Regional Council and as vice-chair of the National Conference Planning Committee.



Peter Nicholas joined AHC as Managing Director and CEO in August 2012, following a 7 year connection with AHC as the firm’s first Australian client. Throughout his 25 year career in the Australian wealth management sector, Peter has a strong track record of innovation and business growth. As the director of AMP’s (Australia’s largest wealth manager) superannuation business he drove business growth from $17AUD billion in DC assets to $36AUD billion in less than 5 years. As Director of Customer Value he re-engineered AMP’s value chain to focus on member outcomes. Now based at Heath Hall in West Yorkshire, Peter leads an innovative business of pension communicators focussed on delivering exceptional outcomes for clients in the UK, Europe, the US and Australia. Peter has delivered numerous speeches, talks and workshops on an international level covering a multitude of pensions and communications topics to various audiences. He holds an MBA from the Melbourne Business School and is a Fellow of both the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Management.





Anna Pagliuca is associate vice-president, customer relationship, with Standard Life. With more than 17 years of work experience in the finance and group savings and retirement plan industry, Anna brings extensive industry expertise to her leading role, making her one of our best advisors to help you build your program. Anna has held many different positions at Standard Life since joining the company in 2004, including Eastern regional manager, customer relationship, and her current role, associate vice-president, customer relationship. In addition to holding a BBA in economics and industrial relations and a graduate certificate in management, Anna has been accredited by the AMF. She will soon receive her Certified Employee Benefit Specialist certification.



Luis Ramirez is a Senior Consultant in the Investment Consulting team at Aon Hewitt, specializing in Defined Contribution retirement plans. Luis has over 20 years of experience in financial services working with both large and small companies in Canada and the United States. He has worked with some of Canada’s largest companies on defined contribution, retirement, investment and savings plans and has consulted to numerous pension and investment committees. Luis has helped clients with investment selection and monitoring, asset allocation, fiduciary / governance best practices, company stock, statement of policies and procedures, charter documents for retirement and savings plans, and “all in” fee analysis. Luis is based in Calgary, Alberta.





Blair Richards
is the CEO of the Halifax Port ILA/HEA. He is a previous chairman of the board of trustees for the port’s pension, health and wellness plans where his duties also involved chairing the board’s numerous subcommittees. Specializing in industrial relations, Blair holds several HR certifications, including membership in the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists. He earned his BA from Dalhousie University, Halifax, and his MBA from Saint Mary’s University, Halifax. He is also involved in various industry associations and has served on a number of boards, councils and committees.



Rupen Seoni is vice-president and practice leader at Environics Analytics. He leads the government, healthcare and not-for-profit practice. He brings 20 years of experience in market analytics, working with market leaders to unlock the value of information in decision-making and business strategy. His practice area specializes in helping public sector and non-profit organizations understand population trends, segmentation and performance benchmarking. Previously, he has worked for both consulting and client firms in consumer packaged goods, financial services, retail and not-for-profits. Prior to joining Environics Analytics, Rupen led CIBC’s customer satisfaction tracking program and was an internal consultant on various marketing problems. He worked at Compusearch, Canada’s original geo-demographic company, and ACNielsen early in his career. As a consultant, he has helped not-for-profits such as Pride Toronto and First Night measure the economic impact and marketing opportunity of community festivals. Rupen has served on the board of the Community One Foundation and is currently on the board of the Canadian Urban Institute, the jury for Canada’s Next Top Ad Exec business school competition, and is a member of the Growing Healthy Bodies Working Group of the Sandbox Project and the Not-For-Profit Council of the Canadian Marketing Association. Rupen graduated from the University of Toronto with a master’s in urban planning.



Colin Sinclare, CFA, is managing director, institutional sales - western Canada for MFS Investment Management Canada. Colin is responsible for sales of institutional strategies in western Canada. He is based in Vancouver. Colin joined MFS in 1999. Previously, he spent two years as a portfolio manager at Mawer Investment Management. He also served as an investment officer at Montreal Trust for three years and also spent four years at Canada Trust as an investment officer. He began his career in financial services in 1990. Colin earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the CFA Institute. Colin is a member of the Awareness Committee of CFA Vancouver.



Jacqueline Taggart is associate partner and the regional practice leader of the Canadian region of the North American Communication Practice at Aon Hewitt. A passionate advocate for effective communication and change within organizations, Jackie is responsible for the strategic development and implementation of communication programs for a diverse range of client needs. Over the last 20 years, Jackie has specialized in change management communication supporting dramatic shifts in organizational programs, especially those in the broad-based benefits and compensation arena, such as traditional health benefits to flexible benefits program shifts or DB to DC pension transitions. She has been particularly successful at enabling employees to recognize and engage with their workplace “deal,” and to accept and fully participate in the widespread changes frequently undertaken in today’s organizations. Jackie is an accredited ABC, the global standard of professional achievement for business communicators, and has an honours BA and MA from the University of Toronto and an MBA from Athabasca University, and she is completing her thesis in the Communication and Culture Program at Ryerson University. She is a frequent chair and speaker for industry conferences and workshops, and a contributor to industry publications.



David Willows is vice-president of strategic market solutions with Green Shield Canada. Building on more than 20 years in the industry—having worked on both the carrier and the consulting side in all aspects of health, dental, and disability management—David Willows has now set his sights on tackling the overriding health management issues facing Canadian plan sponsors. He leads Green Shield Canada’s (GSC) strategic market solutions, which is marketing-speak for heading up the product development, pharmacy services and marketing functions. Prior to joining GSC, Willows spent five years as the Toronto health and benefits practice leader for Aon Consulting, and then the merged Aon Hewitt organization. In his spare time, he enjoys walking his dogs and following unsuccessful Toronto sports teams.

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