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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 Benefits & Pension Summit (BPS) VANCOUVER.

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. Three separate streams 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 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 over 200 of your industry peers.
  • An agenda full of practical, actionable tools that you can apply directly to your position.

CE Credits

This program is submitted for CE Accreditation in May 2014.

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

Questions or Comments?

For information about the agenda, contact Jennifer Hughey, senior conference editor.
For sponsorship opportunities, contact Alison Webb, publisher, Benefits Canada.
For registration questions, contact Joanne Merrick, director, events.

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The agenda is a work in progress!

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more information.

For more information on the agenda, please contact Jennifer Hughey, Senior Editor, Conferences.


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.


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.

If you would like to book a room at the hotel, please call 800-441-1414 and request the Benefits and Pension Summit group rate. It will be available in May 2014.

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.

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.

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:
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 Merrick at 416.764.3874