Past Event: Calgary Drug Trends Summit

November 23, 2017
Fairmont Palliser Hotel, Calgary

Calgary Drug Trends Summit

If you are interested in learning about new industry developments and topics that will impact your drug plan, join us for the 2017 Calgary Drug Trends Summit

This morning event will feature presentations that will educate plan sponsors and advisors to help them make informed decisions for their plan members. Sessions will examine specific disease states and challenges, new drug treatment categories/offerings and key drug trends that keep plan sponsors up at night.

This is a half-day conference. Price: $99.00 plus tax.

Who Should Attend?

Employers responsible for drug plans, benefits, wellness, HR, corporate health; brokers, benefit consultants and advisors. 


Francesca Allman

Sara Ametrano
Joanne Boccia

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Calgary Drug Trends Summit

November 23, 2017
Fairmont Palliser Hotel, Calgary

8:00 - 8:55 a.m.
Breakfast and Registration

8:55 - 9:00 a.m. 
Opening Remarks

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Session one
Supplementing the drug plan management tool box: A targeted approach to reducing chronic disease drug spend 
The impact of chronic disease on drug plans cannot be understated. In today's world, plan sponsors need to look beyond typical drug plan management strategies to be successful in controlling drug costs. This session will present research highlighting the potential of targeted lifestyle interventions to reduce both the prevalence of chronic conditions and the drug costs typically associated with them. The presentation will also discuss the implications this research has for group plans, as well as a pilot project that will explore this program's viability in the workplace.


Dr. Doug Klein, associate professor, department of family medicine, University of Alberta

(This session has been made possible by Alberta Blue Cross.)

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9:30 - 10:00 a.m. 
Session two
Migraine: underestimated, disabling and treatable 
The socio-economic burden of migraine cannot be ignored as it is the third most common disorder in the world, and the seventh most disabling according to WHO. People who suffer from migraine are underdiagnosed and undertreated. Recent discoveries have allowed us to understand the pathophysiology of migraine and design new treatments. Patients can be educated, treated and supported. A global approach, including access to optimal pharmacotherapy, is the key to a better productivity and quality of life for these individuals and their family.


Dr. Élizabeth Leroux, clinical assistant professor, neurology, department of clinical neurosciences, University of Calgary

(This session has been made possible by Novartis Canada.)

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10:00 - 10:30 a.m. 
Session three
Pharmacy's role in drug plan management: A view from plan sponsors and benefits advisors  
In an expanding drug spend environment, this session will explore the latest insights from plan sponsors and advisors from 2017 market research on drug plans and how pharmacy can be used for future drug plan management, while also looking back to market dynamics of recent years.


Mark Rolnick, vice-president, payor partnerships and plan sponsor innovation, Shoppers Drug Mart

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10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Networking Break

11:00 - 11:30 a.m. 
Session four
The value of private drug plan benefits: Trends today 
This session will feature recent findings on private drug plan spends in Canada. Value is defined as the cost plus the benefit achieved. What value is your private drug plan delivering to your employees in comparison to other health benefits? Is it correct to use a public drug plan lens for private drug plans? Are the goals the same for a public and private drug plan? How is a plan sponsor’s benefits plan goals different than a provincial drug plan? What are the trends for the future with drug plan prices? These are some of the questions this session will discuss.

Jim Favaro, senior manager of private payers, Amgen Canada

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

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11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Session five
Integrating mental health, wellness and worklife practices in the workplace.
Join the University of Calgary’s WellBeing and WorkLife team in human resources as they highlight their journey in expanding workplace mental health initiatives, enhancing the employee and family assistance plan, implementing the national standard for psychological health and safety in the workplace and development of integrated worklife practices.


Katie Bobra, lead of mental health and well being in the WellBeing and WorkLife area of the human resources department, University of Calgary
Jodie Jeworski, manager of the WellBeing and WorkLife area in the human resources department, University of Calgary 

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12:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks

Calgary Drug Trends Summit

November 23, 2017
Fairmont Palliser Hotel, Calgary

Calgary Drug Trends - Speakers CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

Katie Bobra

Katie Bobra

Katie Bobra is the lead of mental health and wellbeing the University of Calgary's WellBeing and WorkLife area of the human resources department. She has a master's degree in public health with a specialization in health promotion. WellBeing and WorkLife is committed to promoting and enhancing a strong culture of wellbeing and providing mental health and wellness resources for faculty and staff. In her role, Bobra leads the development, implementation and evaluation of workplace mental health programs, such as The Working Mind program, UFlourish Week, the Building Personal Resilience workshop and a mindfulness program. With support from a cross-functional committee, Bobra is leading the implementation of the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. The University of Calgary is a recipient of the Excellence Canada Mental Health at Work Silver Level certification for work in this area. As a member of the Campus Mental Health Strategy Implementation Advisory Committee, the chair of the programs subcommittee and a member of the evaluation subcommittee, Bobra supports the university’s vision of creating a community of caring and contributes to the achievement of the 28 recommendations in the strategy. Her particular interests include mental health promotion, wellness, program evaluation, stakeholder engagement and collaboration.


Jim Favaro

Jim Favaro

Jim Favaro is a senior manager of private payers at Amgen Canada has been in the innovative pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry since 1984. Favaro has worked with four pharmaceutical and biotech companies in his career as a medical and hospital representative, regional sales manager, government relations manager and private payer manager. Favaro has been with Amgen since 2000 and participates as an industry member with Innovative Medicines Canada. He has a bachelor of scienece degree.



Jodie Jeworski

Jodie Jeworski

Jodie Jeworski is the manager of the WellBeing and WorkLife area in the human resources department at the University of Calgary. As a life-long learner, Jeworski has achieved a master’s degree in business administration (MBA), a master’s degree in human resource management (MHRM), a chartered professional in human resources (CPHR) designation and a work-life certified professional (WLCP) designation.

Jeworski previously led the compensation and recognition functions for the university within total rewards and has been able to leverage that experience in helping to develop the WellBeing and WorkLife portfolio, a new team in human resources. She believes it is a privilege to lead a team and work with a variety of stakeholders that support the overall health and wellness of employees at the university, which also includes providing information regarding resources available to their families. 

Jeworski is also a member of the design team for the Healthy Campus Alberta Community of Practice, a group of individuals representing 26 post-secondary institutions across the province drawn together by a common passion for the health and wellness of students, faculty and staff. She is also a member of a variety of other committees and networks, including the Campus Mental Health Strategy Implementation Advisory Committee and the Canadian Universities Community of Practice.


Dr. Doug Klein

Dr. Doug Klein

Dr. Doug Klein is an associate professor with the department of family medicine at the University of Alberta. He has expertise in behaviour change, including the theory of planned behaviour, often used in lifestyle interventions, and has been recruited for his experience in primary care research by provincial and national committees. Dr. Klein is a recognized expert on lifestyle intervention in primary care and has several ongoing research and health promotion projects based in primary care in Alberta. 


Dr. Elizabeth Leroux

Dr. Elizabeth Leroux

Dr Elizabeth Leroux did her neurology training at the University of Montreal. She did a two-year fellowship in Paris at the Emergency Headache Center of Hopital Lariboisiere, doing research mainly on cluster headache.

Dr. Leroux has been the director of the headache clinic at Hospital Notre-Dame (Montreal University Hospital) from 2010 to 2016. In 2017, she has been appointed headache leader of the University of Calgary CHAMP program.

Dr. Leroux is the vice-president of the Canadian Headache Society, the founder of the Migraine Quebec website and association and an advocate for headache patients. She has published a book for the public on migraines and it is available in french, english and mandarin. Current interests include therapeutic education for migraine, neurostimulation and cluster headaches.  

Mark Rolnick

Mark Rolnick


Mark Rolnick is the vice-president of payor partnerships and plan sponsor innovation for Shoppers Drug Mart. He is responsible for leading the strategy and development of innovative sustainable solutions to help employers manage their drug plans and improve the health and wellness of their employees. Rolnick and his team work in partnership with insurance carriers, benefits consultants and advisors to implement and execute these initiatives.Prior joining Shoppers Drug Mart, Rolnick spent over five years at Sun Life Financial in leadership roles in the group benefits product development area with a portfolio that included pharmaceuticals, disability and health and wellness. He also spent over 11 years at AstraZeneca, holding a number of roles with increasing responsibility, including market access, sales, marketing, strategic planning and business development. Rolnick practiced pharmacy for many years, and also has a master of science in health economics and a master of business administration.



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