Calgary Benefits Summit

May 29, 2018
Fairmont Palliser Hotel, Calgary

The 2018 Calgary Benefits Summit

The theme of this year's conference is:

Taking the temperature of Alberta’s workforce
From tough economic times to a disastrous wild fire and a struggling oil industry, Alberta has been facing more than its fair share of obstacles. It’s important that employers and employees alike are prepared to weather an unpredictable forecast. Looking to the future, what can plan sponsors do to ensure the workforce is ready to manage the challenges?

This year's Calgary Benefits Summit will include insightful and educational presentations that will provide delegates with the information they need to strengthen their group benefits plans. Conference attendees will learn ways to reduce costs, create solutions, manage risks and learn strategies for a healthier, more productive workforce.

This is a full-morning conference. The Calgary Benefits Summit will cost $129.00 plus tax.


Who Should Attend?

All employers responsible for benefits plans, as well as brokers and benefits consultants, are welcome to attend.



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Calgary Benefits Summit

This is a full-morning conference, beginning approximately at 8:00 a.m. with breakfast and ending with closing remarks around noon.

Featured sessions:
1) The Fort McMurray wildfire from a human resources perspective
As a human resources department, you've probably developed a business continuity plan to mitigate a wide range of possible disruptions. Then unexpectedly, not only are your employees evacuated from work, but the entire city of 80,000 is vacated in less than 24 hours. From a human resources perspective, Jay Falcone will be sharing some of the challenges and insights on the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire and will explore some of the best practices organizations can implement to prepare for potential disasters.

Jay Falcone, senior leader, pension and benefits, Syncrude Canada Ltd.

2) How big data is shaping employers’ benefit strategies
Big Data has the potential to revolutionize how businesses approach their group benefits. Already, employers are using the data available to evaluate the effectiveness of benefits plans, identify employees who are at risk for developing chronic conditions and even see where they stand compared to industry averages.

But this is only skimming the surface. Big data has the potential to help businesses optimize their benefit-related decisions, and answer key questions such as:

  • Which health conditions are likely to affect your workforce the most?
  • Where can employees get top-level medical care at the best prices?
  • Which workers are at risk for becoming seriously ill?

In order to do this, analytics capabilities must move from being simply descriptive to being predictive and prescriptive. In this presentation, Tarick Fadel will discuss how employers can use the data already at their fingertips to help facilitate better benefit decisions ultimately that save time, money and lives.

Tarick Fadel, director, analytics, research and pricing, Alberta Blue Cross

More information to be posted in a complete agenda shortly.

Calgary Benefits Summit

Calgary Benefits Summit - Speakers CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

Jay Falcone

Jay Falcone

Jay Falcone is the senior leader of pension and benefits at Syncrude Canada Ltd. With over 35 years of human resources experience in the oil and gas industry, Falcone has dealt with a broad range of issues, including employee relations, recruitment and retention, pension and benefits and mining operations, as well as Aboriginal relations. Falcone earned a bachelor of commerce degree from the University of Alberta and a master of business administration in human resources from Royal Roads University in Victoria, B.C. He also holds chartered professional accountant, certified management accountant (certified public accountant) and certified human resources professional designations from the province of Alberta. Falcone is passionate about financial literacy and financial courses to teaches newcomers to Canada through the Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo. He is also a sessional instructor at Keyano College in Fort McMurray.



More speakers to be posted shortly.

For information on the conference, please contact Sara Ametrano, Conference Editor, Benefits Canada

Event Details

Fairmont Palliser Hotel
133 9th Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta

Fairmont Palliser Hotel
Calgary's premiere hotel, the Fairmont Palliser, is admired for its stunning architecture and impressive history. Centrally located, this landmark is near the city's financial and business district, and is just a short walk away from Calgary's lively shopping scene and arts, entertainment and culture venues. The hotel offers distinctive accommodation, and guests have reffered to it as both magestic and classic. Since opening on June 1, 1914, the Fairmont Palliser delivers outstanding hospitality, and it is the top choice to celebrate special occasions and to stay during business and leisure trips. With comfortable, luxurious accomodations and a prime location, the Fairmont Palliser Hotel is where you want to be.

Fairmont Palliser Hotel

Getting there:

By bus:
  • The Greyhound Bus Depot is on the same street as the hotel. To get from the station to the Farimont Palliser, it is about a five-minute taxi ride away.  

  • By car:

    From YYC Calgary International Airport:
    • Take Barlow Trail North
    • Left on Airport Trail
    • Deerfoot Trail South
    • Right on 16th Avenue
    • Left at Centre Street
    • Right on 6th Avenue
    • Left on 3rd Street SW
    • Left on 9th Avenue

    From the North (Edmonton):
    • Take HWY-2 South Towards Calgary
    • Take Memorial Dr exit, EXIT 256
    • Merge onto Memorial Dr West
    • Take the ramp toward 4 Ave S
    • Turn slight left onto 4 Avenue Flyover
    • Left onto 1 St SE
    • Right onto 10 Ave SE
    • Take the 1st right onto 1 St SW
    • Take the 1st right onto 9 Ave SW

    From the East or West (Kananaskis):
    • Take TransCanada Hwy 1 East to 16th Avenue
    • Turn on Centre Street (Southbound)
    • Turn right onto 6 Ave SW
    • Turn left onto 3 St SW
    • Turn left onto 9 Ave SW
    • The Fairmont Palliser is just past 1 Street SW

    From the South:
    • Take Hwy 2 North, Macleod Trail Northbound
    • Turn left on 10th Avenue
    • Right on 1st Street SW
    • Right on 9th Avenue


    Valet Parking:

    Please park your vehicle in front of the hotel's main entrance on 9th Avenue. Rates extended to patrons who enjoy hotel dining outlets or facilities only.  

    Overnight* includes in and out access
    • Sunday - Thursday, $40
    • Friday - Saturday, $25

    • Monday - Friday, up to 4 hours $20, more than 4 hours, $40 (full-day rate applies)*
    • Saturday - Sunday, up to 4 hours $10, more than 4 hours, $15* 

    Prices include GST. *Rates are subject to change. 

    Self -Parking:

    Impark lot with access off of 10th Avenue West or East or off of 9th Avenue (east of hotel). Take elevators to third floor and walk west to hotel mezzanine entrance. Please note that the hotel does not own or manage the Impark lot and prices are subject to change without notice. 

    Hourly rate - $8
    Early Bird - (Tuesday – Thursday, enter before 9 a.m., valid until 6 p.m.) $20
    All Day - (Tuesday-Thursday, valid until 6 p.m.) $27
    All-Day Special - (Monday and Friday, valid until 6 p.m.) $18
    Evenings - (from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. next day) $6
    Weekends - (Saturday to Sunday and holidays, 6 a.m. to 6 a.m.) $6


    Francesca Allman

    Sara Ametrano
    Joanne Boccia