Benefits and Pension Summit

April 17, 2019
Marriott Downtown at CF Toronto Eaton Centre

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Planning for tomorrow, today
A rapidly changing workplace means today’s employers must plan for tomorrow’s employees. With gender and race equality at the forefront, as well as up to five generations now working together*, the future workforce is looking more diverse than ever before. These major shifts will have a significant impact on work. What do employers need to know to attract and retain top talent? How should benefits and pension plans be updated to reflect the needs and wants of the new workforce?

This year’s Benefits and Pension Summit will aim to answer these questions–and more–to help your organization stay ahead of the game.

*The five generations:
Traditionalists—born before 1946.
Baby Boomers—born between 1946 and 1964.
Generation X—born between 1965 and 1976.
Generation Y/Millennials—born between 1977 and 1997.
Generation Z—born after 1997.

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 sells out annually. Register early to avoid disappointment.


This full-day conference will feature concurrent streams with sessions focused on benefits and DC pensions.

Early bird price: $299 + HST (effective until January 31, 2019)
Regular price:
 $349 + HST (effective February 1, 2019)

Benefits Canada has a limited block of rooms available at the Marriott Downtown at CF Toronto Eaton Centre at the rate of $229 + HST per night. Please use the following link to book your room prior to March 18, 2019. Book your group rate for Benefits and Pension Summit.  



CE credits will be offered at this event. Please visit the registration page for more information.



For agenda and speaker information, please contact Sara Ametrano, conference editor.
For sponsorship opportunities, contact Alison Webb, publisher, Benefits Canada.
For registration questions, contact Emma Ramsey, registrations specialist.

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Benefits and Pension Summit

April 17, 2019
Marriott Downtown at CF Toronto Eaton Centre

This is a full-day conference. It will begin at approximately 7:30 a.m. with breakfast and registration and will end around 4:30 p.m.

Opening keynote session:
2030—A brave new world
Today, we are seeing big technology and new finance companies aiming to disrupt the financial planning industry across all demographics. In just 11 years, between 2019 and 2030, we’ll see more changes in the pensions and benefits industry than we have in the past 100 years. Nikolas Badminton will look to indicate how 2030 will be by identifying "signals of change" we see today in the use of technology, wealth movement, young people’s attitudes towards saving and the impact on other ages, along with the changing landscape of how people are operating in our exponential world.

Nikolas Badminton, futurist and strategic advisor

Closing keynote session:
Search and discover: What the Internet and big data reveal about who we are
How can Google search terms help predict elections? How many white Americans voted against Obama simply because he was black? Are crime rates affected by violence in the media? Are boys secretly favoured over girls amongst parents? For Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, the answer to these questions doesn’t lie in traditional polls, but in the billions of Google searches made every day. Through his original research with search terms and big data, he’s discovered—and predicted—a number of counterintuitive insights, often that fly in the face of conventional wisdom. And in this surprising keynote, he lays out just what big data can reveal about our biases, anxieties and hidden desires—and how Internet searches can provide answers to questions we’re often too afraid to ask. Though sometimes uncomfortable, these revelations are designed to help us understand the world with more accuracy. And they’re here to help us become smarter consumers of data, based on asking better questions. It’s about what people are actually doing, Stephens-Davidowitz argues—not what they say they want to do.

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, author and former data scientist, Google

More information to be posted shortly.

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Opening keynote:
Nikolas Badminton

Nikolas Badminton

Nikolas Badminton is a renowned futurist that drives world leaders to take action in creating a better world for humanity. He is a strategic advisor who provides expertise in new technologies and promotes exponential thinking with a critical, honest and optimistic view that empowers you to plan for today, tomorrow and the future.




Closing keynote:
Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz is a former data scientist at Google and the author of Everybody Lies, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller that explores how Google searches open an unprecedented window into human behavior, choice and decision-making. He is also a contributing op-ed writer for The New York Times and has worked as a visiting lecturer at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has developed a course about his research. A direct, succinct and frequently humorous writer and keynote speaker, he’s presented his original research using big data as engaging lectures, scientific manuscripts and popular data journalism. He has a doctorate in economics from Harvard University and a bachelor of arts in philosophy, Phi Beta Kappa, from Stanford University.



More information to be posted shortly.

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

Event Location

The 2019 Benefits and Pensions Summit will take place at the Marriott Downtown at CF Toronto Eaton Centre Hotel.

Visit the Marriott website for more information

525 Bay Street
Toronto, ON, M5G 2L2

Marriott Downtown at CF Toronto Eaton Centre


With further inquiries about event logistics, please contact Kristy Davidson, event manager.