Face to Face: Drug Plan Management Toronto

December 14, 2017
The Fairmont Royal York, Toronto

The Face-to-Face Drug Plan Management Forum is the industry’s most popular drug benefits conference.

New to this year’s event: A fast-paced panel that will feature timed “speed rounds” to cover a variety of hot topics in drug plan management.

Sample hot topics:

- PCSK9 – did they break the bank as predicted?
- How will PMPRB reform impact private plans?
- Should private plans be part of pCPA?

Other feature sessions:

  • Panel The true cost of drugs
  • Panel: The great pharmacare debate: what would pharmacare mean for plan sponsors?
  • Case study: How Merit Contractors Association took their 50,000 employees covered under its drug plans through design changes


Plan Sponsor/Employer Price = $129 + HST

Industry Provider Price = $249 + HST

Benefits Canada will apply to the Institute for CE credits. 
You must stay for the FULL event to be eligible.


Employee benefit and drug plan sponsors, benefit consultants, group insurers and other healthcare stakeholders. See above for more details. If you would like to suggest someone to attend or want more clarification, please email Lauren Harris, editor, conferences.

For information on how to sponsor this event, please contact Francesca Allman, senior national account manager.

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Face to Face Toronto

December 14, 2017
Fairmont Royal York Hotel

7:00 - 7:55 a.m.
Breakfast and registration

7:55 - 8:00 a.m.
Opening remarks

8:00 - 8:20 a.m.
Private Drug Plan Forecast update
This session will provide a first look at the new IMC-QuintilesIMS forecast for 2018 to 2020, including insights into the drivers of growth.

Brad Millson, principal, health access and outcomes, QuintilesIMS

(This session has been made possible by Innovative Medicines Canada)

8:20 - 9:10 a.m.
The True Cost of Drug Plans Panel
As the cost of drugs continues to rise, plan sponsors are concerned about the sustainability of their drug plans. How can plans survive in the face of desperately needed, life-saving specialty drugs? Are drug plans a cost or an investment? What can plan sponsors do to ensure their plans are affordable and valuable? This session will answer these questions and provide plan sponsors with the information they need to manage costs effectively.    

Suzanne Lepage,
private health plan strategist

John Herbert,
director of strategy, product development and clinical services, Express Scripts Canada
Godfrey Mau,
director, pharmacy benefits, group benefits marketing, Manulife
Mark Rolnick, vice-president, payor partnerships and plan sponsor innovation, Shoppers Drug Mart
Kevin West, vice-president, Innomar Strategies and HealthForward

9:10 - 9:40 a.m.
Networking break

9:40 - 10:30 a.m.
Hot Topics Panel
This fast-paced panel that will feature timed speed rounds to cover a variety of hot topics in drug plan management. 

Sample topics to be discussed (subject to change):

  • PCKS9 – did they break the bank as predicted?
  • Is the HepC spike over?
  • How will medical marijuana impact private drug plans?
  • How will PMPRB reform impact private plans?
  • How will ODB changes impact private drug plans?
  • Should private plans be part of pCPA?
  • Biosimilars
  • Drug pooling

Suzanne Lepage,
private health plan strategist

Barbara Martinez,
national practice leader of drug benefits solutions, The Great-West Life Assurance Co.
Durhane Wong-Rieger, president and chief executive officer, Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders

(Panel discussion supported by Sanofi)

Other panellists to be announced shortly

10:30 - 11:20 a.m.
The great pharmacare debate: what would pharmacare mean for plan sponsors?
More information on this session to be announced shortly

(This session has been made possible by Celgene Inc. and Janssen Inc.)

11:20 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Positioning Drug Plans for the Future
The Merit Contractors Association Benefit Plan, like many other administrative services only plan sponsors, faced significant challenges during the recent economic downturn. This, combined with dire warnings about the impact of prescription drugs on benefit plans, caused the plan to look outside the box to increase stability and future sustainability. It outsourced a comprehensive analysis of drug claims, and the results were nothing less than shocking. In this session, learn about the changes the plan made to eliminate a significant amount of inefficient spending without reducing coverage for the plan’s 60,000 participating employees.

Sue Gent,
benefit services manager, Mercon Benefit Services
Mike Sullivan, chief executive founder and co-founder, Cubic Health Inc.

12:00 p.m.
Closing remarks

Face to Face Drug Plan Management

December 14, 2017
The Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto

More information to be posted shortly

The Fairmont Royal York Hotel

Just steps away from our famous doors in the heart of Canada's largest metropolis is an exciting mix of activities and attractions that will leave you exhilarated. From the theater, entertainment and financial districts, to shopping, sightseeing, and world-class sports facilities, The Fairmont Royal York hotel truly is ''at the center of it all'' in Toronto.

Fairmont Fairmont

100 Front Street West, Toronto, ON M5J 1E3

Telephone: 416 368 2511
Fax: 416 368 9040

Driving Directions:

From Lester B. Pearson International Airport
Follow signs to 427 South
From 427 South, take the Gardiner Expressway Eastbound
Follow along the Gardiner Expressway Eastbound
Take the Yonge/York/Bay Street exit
Follow along Bay Street going Northbound
Turn left onto Front Street for valet parking; entrance is on right

From Highway 401 (Eastbound or Westbound)
Exit on the Don Valley Parkway (DVP) Southbound
Exit on the Gardiner Expressway Westbound
Exit on Yonge Street North
Left on Front Street (Westbound)
Pass one set of lights (Bay Street)
Hotel is on right-hand side, across from Union Station

Valet Parking:
Valet Parking is available at the east doors of the hotel, off Front Street. In-and-out privileges are included.

Overnight rate for Registered Guests: $42.00
30 minutes or less: $11.00
One hour or less: $16.00
One hour, 30 minutes or less: $21.00
Two hours or less: $26.00
Daytime maximum (7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) or over two hours: $34.00
Evening function rate (5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.): $31.00

For more information, please contact Joanne Boccia event manager
For sponsorship information contact Francesca Allman senior national account manager