Past Event: Calgary Benefits Summit

May 05, 2016
Downtown Marriott Hotel, Calgary

The 2016 Calgary Benefits Summit

Navigating Benefits Plans in Challenging Times.

In times of economic downturn, companies face fiscal constraints that can create challenges for their benefits plans. This is a reality for many Canadian employers due to the decline in oil prices and the Canadian dollar. This conference will focus on navigating benefits plans in challenging economic times.

This summit will include insightful and educational presentations that will provide delegates with the information they need to improve their workforce and reduce costs, create solutions and manage risks in their benefits plans.

This is a half-day conference. The Calgary Benefits Summit will cost $49.00 plus tax.

Who Should Attend?

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

CE Credit

We will be applying to the Alberta Insurance Council for a CE credit.

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Francesca Allman
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Yaelle Gang
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Joanne Boccia
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Calgary Benefits Summit

May 5, 2016
Downtown Marriott Hotel, Calgary



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



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



8:00 - 8:45 a.m.
Session 1: Keynote Speaker - Alberta's Economic Forecast for 2016

Most Albertans were happy to bid 2015 farewell -- it was a tough year for oil prices and the economy. But what's in store for 2016? In this talk, ATB Financial's chief economist Todd Hirsch explores events that impact our economy -- from unpredictable happenings in China and the Middle East, to issues closer to home including interest rates and housing prices. What are the probabilities of certain events falling into place? And where does that leave Alberta? Hirsch shares the latest on what will certainly be an interesting year.

Speaker:
Todd Hirsch, chief economist, ATB Financial

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8:45 - 9:15 a.m.
Session 2: The sustainability of dental benefits in the Alberta market

Dental coverage is a key aspect of group benefit plans. However, the extremely high cost of dental services in Alberta directly affects the viability and the affordability of regular dental care and treatment for plan members. With the Government of Alberta in the midst of a review of dental costs in Alberta, this session will focus on the dental fee environment in Alberta and options for employers to contain escalating dental costs in the face of the current economic slowdown.

Speaker:
Dolores Berezowsky, senior manager, dental services, Alberta Blue Cross

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9:15 - 9:45 a.m.
Session 3: "Affordable" Health Management -- and the milestones that will help get you there!

Instances of disability appear to be multiplying, particularly during trying economic times, and they seem to be more of a burden than ever on group insurance plans. When it comes to disability, everyone loses. Employees lose their health, their teammates lose a valuable colleague and employers lose their employee. Are we even able to prevent disability? And what about employees who are already on disability—how can you help them get back to work as quickly as possible? How can employers manage their health costs more effectively? In this session, learn about some of the answers, such as acting on factors you have control over and using technological innovation to drive key and sustainable lifestyle changes to promote health, which can ultimately prevent mental illness and absenteeism.

Speaker:
Travis Kelly, director, group disability claims and operational support, Desjardins Insurance


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9:45 - 10:15 a.m.
Networking Break



10:15 - 10:45 a.m.
Session 4: Lowest-Cost Alternative is Not Enough

Many drug benefit plans in Canada have adopted generic substitution policies but there are market forces that can defeat plan design and increase costs. This presentation will provide drug plan design strategies to minimize the negative impact of those forces. Perspectives of small, medium and large employers will be provided.

Speaker:
Barbara Martinez, national practice leader, drug benefits solutions, Great-West Life Assurance Company
(Participation made possible by CGPA)


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10:45 - 11:15 a.m.
Session 5: Maintaining an Excellent Employee Experience in Uncertain Economic Times

In a world where workplaces are challenged by fluctuating economic times, obtaining and retaining talent has become increasingly important. Employees have also become more discerning of their overall workplace experience, often looking beyond salary to the underlying benefits associated with the workplace and their role. These benefits do represent a cost to the employer, however employers looking to restrict benefits, including those related to health, should carefully consider both the savings and the potential consequences that might result. This talk touches on these issues, and the employee experience some of the best workplaces in Canada provide.

Speaker:
Jen Wetherow, senior director, Great Place to Work Canada
(Participation made possible by Janssen)


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11:15 - 11:45 a.m.
Session 6: Health and benefit solutions: an integrated approach

In today's changing landscape, organizational and employee health are increasingly difficult to navigate and a broad-brush approach is no longer hitting the mark. New research validates the importance of culture and leadership as key influencers and necessary foundations for the support of any successful benefit plan. This session will highlight the value of an integrated approach to health and benefit solutions, especially given Canadian Health Index findings on the growing expectation of employees to have their workplace support both their mental and physical health. This value will also be illustrated through employer case studies that demonstrate the shift from a tactical approach towards organizational health and wellness, to a targeted approach that begins with understanding the needs.

Speaker:
Colleen Hutchings, director, organizational health, group benefits, Sun Life Financial


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11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Session 7: Four Massages and a Funeral: The End of Health Benefits As We Know Them?

In this session, audiences will be taken on a fast-paced journey through the benefits landscape. David Willows will present the results of a health study and explore how plan members and their dependents consume the benefits available to them. He will then zero in on the specific trends seen over the past year -- such as high paramedical usage, rising specialty drug costs (especially Hepatitis C) -- and will present an examination of prescription drug data related to the treatment of depression. Attendees will have the opportunity to see claims data and research that highlight how plan sponsor spend is strained through providing health benefits people increasingly really like to use while costs are rising for the benefits that people really need to use to treat the predominant health conditions that challenge the Canadian population. While this topic may provoke emotional distress for folks who crave a monthly massage or adjustment, fear not. The mood of the presentation will be lightened with references to pop culture icons (Clare Danes, George Michael and Jenny McCarthy, to name a few). In the end, this session -- part group therapy, part improvisational comedy, part wake -- will advance the much-needed discussion on how health benefit plans may need to evolve to survive.

Speaker:
David Willows,
vice-president, strategic market solutions, Green Shield Canada

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12:30 p.m.
iPad Draw and Closing Remarks

For information on the speakers, please contact Yaelle Gang, Conference Editor, Benefits Canada

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS


Todd Hirsch

Chief Economist
ATB Financial

Todd Hirsch

Todd Hirsch is ATB Financial's Chief Economist. He holds a BA Honours in Economics from the University of Alberta and an MA in Economics from the University of Calgary. For over 20 years he's worked as an economist at Canadian Pacific Railway, the Canada West Foundation and the Bank of Canada. For almost a decade, Todd taught economics at the University of Calgary. He released his first book, The Boiling Frog Dilemma: Saving Canada from Economic Decline in 2012.

Todd provides economic commentary for several Canadian media outlets and is a regular columnist for the Globe and Mail. He currently serves on the University of Calgary Board of Governors and is the chair of the Calgary Arts Academy. Todd recently received the U of A's Alumni Honour Award.

He also writes an economic update that is sent to thousands of subscribers around the world everyday. Its called The Owl and you can subscribe at atb.com/economics.



SPEAKERS


Dolores Berezowsky, senior manager, dental services
Alberta Blue Cross

Dolores Berezowsky

Dolores joined Alberta Blue Cross in 1987 and has over 30 years experience in all aspects of claims administration including dental, health, life and disability with the primary focus being on dental benefits.

In her role as Senior Manager of Dental Services, Dolores is responsible for all aspects of dental claims and provider relationship management. Dolores has developed strong working relationships with key provider groups including the Canadian Dental Association, the Alberta Dental Association and College and other provincial dental associations. Dolores also represents Alberta Blue Cross nationally at the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA).

Dolores has achieved her Fellow Life and Management Institute designation (FLMI) from the Life Office Management Association as well as her Associate Customer Services (ACS) and her Associate Life and Health Claims (ALHC) designations. Dolores has also completed programs with the Queens School of Business.



Colleen Hutchings, director, organizational health, group benefits
Sun Life Financial

Colleen Hutchings

Colleen has over 15 years of operational and management experience in the disability and absence industry through her career in clinical, insurance and client segments. She is accountable for the national team of Organizational Health Consultants, working closely with business partners leading and executing on Sun Life's commitment to organizational health as an important component of partnership, service excellence, and innovation. Prior to joining Sun Life, Colleen led the disability operations for another national disability and absence services provider.

Colleen holds a Master's degree in Disability Management, is a Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP), as well as a Consensus Based Disability Management Auditor (CBDMA). She is a member of both the National Institute of Disability Management and Research (NIDMAR), and the International Disability Management Standards Council (IDMSC).



Travis Kelly, director, group disability claims and operational support
Desjardins Insurance

Travis Kelly

Travis is a financial and insurance institution professional with over 15 years of experience in the group insurance sector. He has successfully partnered with companies in all aspects of group insurance throughout his career, including the areas of underwriting, R&D, business development, marketing and human resources. He joined Desjardins Insurance in 2003 and is currently the Director of Group and Business Disability Claims and Case Management Services. Travis holds a BSc in Biology from the University of Western Ontario and an honours BA in Economics and Human Resources from the University of Toronto.






Barbara Martinez, national practice leader, drug benefits solutions
Great-West Life Assurance Company

Barbara Martinez

Barbara A. Martinez is the National Practice Leader, Drug Benefits Solutions in the Toronto Group Sales office of Great-West Life Assurance Company. Barbara provides support to Great-West Life Group Sales Offices across Canada on our prescription drug management initiatives. She plays a key role in supporting plan advisors and their clients on Great-West Life drug solutions products.

Barb joined Great-West Life in November of 2012 and is ideally suited to this role. She comes to Great-West Life with 10 years' experience at Mercer, where she lead the Canadian drug benefits consulting team. She is also well known as a regular speaker at industry forums and commentator on employer drug programs.

Barbara has in-depth knowledge of the prescription drug, regulatory and drug approval process in Canada from both a government and private drug plan perspective. Her past experience includes 13 years of working in the pharmaceutical industry. Her main responsibilities were sales & marketing as well as government and professional affairs.



Jen Wetherow, senior director
Great Place to Work® Canada

Jen Wetherow

Jen Wetherow is the Senior Director for Great Place to Work® in Canada. Jen has been with the Institute since its inception in 2005. Prior to this, she worked as a policy analyst for the federal government and also has management experience with a major charitable organization.

Having worked in the public, private, and not-for-profit sector, she brings a broad understanding of organizational culture. Jen is also a frequent guest speaker and workshop leader at conferences across the country. Participants rave about her enthusiastic and engaging style and appreciate the abundance of "best practice" examples she shares.

Jen has three children and lives with her family in Kelowna.



David Willows, vice president, strategic market solutions
Green Shield Canada

David Willows

Building on over 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 has now set his sights on tackling the overriding health management issues facing Canadian plan sponsors. He leads GSC's strategic market solutions, which is marketing-speak for heading up the product development, pharmacy services, and marketing functions. His team's strategy is to always be one step ahead in terms of industry trends and innovations to not only predict the shape of things to come, but lead the way in constructing and navigating the shape of things to come. Prior to joining GSC, David 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 successful Toronto sports teams.


FOR SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
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INFORMATION
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Francesca Allman
Francesca.allman@rci.rogers.com
416-764-3883

Yaelle Gang
yaelle.gang@rci.rogers.com
416-764-3958
Joanne Boccia
416-764-2072
joanne.boccia@rci.rogers.com

Event Details

Accommodation

Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel

The luxury Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel features modern accommodations, exceptional service, and a prime location in the heart of the city. Our elegant guest rooms and suites successfully cater to both business and leisure travelers, with plush bedding, 37-inch flat-screen TVs, and Marriott's exclusive Plug-In panel technology. Additional amenities include high-speed Internet access and luxury bathroom amenities. Enjoy sweeping views of downtown Calgary and the Canadian Rockies throughout the hotel, thanks to natural lighting from floor-to-ceiling windows. Start your morning with breakfast in our onsite restaurant, or grab a cup of Starbucks® coffee to go. In the evening, unwind at our vibrant cocktail lounge. Planning an event in Calgary? We offer stylish and flexible event space and full catering services. And our convenient hotel location places Calgary's finest restaurants and shopping just steps from our door. Style and substance come together beautifully at the Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel.

Rogers Communications has secured a special group rate of $229 + taxes per night at the Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel.

 Please make your reservation by April 13, 2016 online.

Make your reservations online today to secure the conference rate of $229 per night.



Calgary Marriott

110 9th Avenue SE Calgary Alberta T2G 5A6 Canada

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FOR SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
FOR AGENDA
INFORMATION
FOR REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Francesca Allman
Francesca.allman@rci.rogers.com
416-764-3883

Yaelle Gang
yaelle.gang@rci.rogers.com
416-764-3958
Joanne Boccia
416-764-2072
joanne.boccia@rci.rogers.com