DC Plan Summit

February 06-08, 2019
Banff Springs Hotel, Alberta

Benefits Canada is pleased to present the 20th Annual Defined Contribution Plan Summit. The DC Plan Summit is the premier annual conference in Canada for DC leaders and influencers. The Summit’s highly interactive format focuses on sharing best practices and fostering knowledge transfer through leading-edge content and audience engagement. Interactive sessions are designed to encourage delegate participation and facilitate discussion about critical DC issues. The conference will also feature domestic and international plan sponsor case studies.

The theme of the 2019 conference is:


With increasing challenges around legislative changes, retirement readiness, evolving pension plan design and plan member’s financial knowledge, defined contribution plan sponsors are looking for solutions and insights to embrace change and improve their outcomes. The 2019 DC Plan Summit will feature case studies from plan sponsors that are already leading the way and presentations by industry experts and thought leaders on key trends, helping employers truly embrace this change and prepare for the future. Focusing on sharing best practices, fostering knowledge and industry networking, the Summit will also examine how the industry can embrace the opportunities introduced by the digital realm and behavioural science.


2019 Conference Agenda Highlights:

  • Engaging keynote and academic speakers
  • Canadian, American and international case studies
  • DC investment spotlight presentations
  • Record keeper spotlight presentations
  • Networking opportunities with senior DC decision-makers and industry leaders


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Alison Webb
Lauren Harris
Joanne Merrick

DC Plan Summit

February 6-8, 2019
Banff Springs Hotel, Alberta

**More information to be announced shortly.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

5:00-6:00 p.m.
Speaker rehearsal

Welcome from Benefits Canada and Cocktails

7:00-9:30 p.m.

, February 7, 2019

Keynote Session:

The Integrity Conundrum
What do we know about why people give in to conflicts of interest and cheat for their own benefits? How can we use behavioural insights to reduce these tendencies and how can these insights inform the code of professional responsibility among investment and wealth professionals? Find out the answers in this session.  

Nina Mazar, behavioural economist and co-founder, BEworks

More information to be announced shortly.

, February 8, 2019

Keynote Session:

Analog Revenge: How Analog Products, Experiences and Processes are Making a Comeback
It’s now a cliché to announce that business and culture have moved to the digital realm. But while times have changed, the value of analog goods, ideas, and experiences has actually increased. With journalist David Sax, author of the critically acclaimed book The Revenge of Analog, you’ll discover why a return to analog might be a welcome shift—and best for business.

David Sax,
journalist and author, The Revenge of Analog

More information to be announced shortly.

DC Plan Summit Speakers

February 6-8, 2019
Banff Springs Hotel, Alberta




Day One Keynote:
Nina Mazar

Nina Mazar

Nina Mazar is the co-founder of BEworks, co-originator of University of Toronto’s BEAR center (Behavioral Economics in Action at Rotman), former senior behavioural scientist of the World Bank’s behavioral insights team eMBeD in Washington, DC, as well as professor of marketing and co-director of the Susilo Institute for Ethics in the Global Economy at Questrom School of Business at Boston University. Mazar, who is currently the president elect of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making — the premier academic society for behavioral sciences, was named one of "The 40 Most Outstanding B-School Profs Under 40 In The World”. Mazar's focus on behavioural economics includes the investigation of how expectations, emotions, peers and random cues in the environment affect how we think about products, money, investments, and morality, and their implications for welfare, development, and policy. Mazar has published her research in leading academic journals like PNAS, the Journal of Marketing Research, and Psychological Sciences, and popular accounts of her work have appeared among others on NPR, BBC, in the New York Times, Financial Times, Wired, Harvard Business Review, and various NY Times bestsellers as well as in the recent documentary movie “The Honest Truth about Dishonest.” Mazar serves as behavioral economics advisor on boards of various government (e.g., of the Privy Council Office Innovation Hub for Behavioral Economics in Canada) and non-for-profit organizations (e.g., Irrational Labs in San Francisco, CA). She was previously a post-doctoral associate and lecturer in marketing at MIT Sloan School of Management and the MIT Media Lab (Dan Ariely's eRationality Group).


Day Two Keynote:
David Sax

David Sax

David Sax is a journalist and analyst of major trends for consumers and wider culture. He is the author of three books, including The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter – named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times’ Chief Book Critic, Michiko Kakutani; The Tastemakers: Why We’re Crazy for Cupcakes But Fed Up with Fondue; and Save the Deli: In Search of Perfect Pastrami, Crusty Rye, and the Heart of Jewish Delicatessen – which won the James Beard Award for Writing and Literature. His other writing appears regularly in The New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, The New Yorker’s business blog, and LA Times, and he is a regular feature on CBC Radio and NPR.





More information to be announced shortly.

Event Location

The 2019 DC Plan Summit will take place at the Banff Springs Hotel in Alberta.

Visit the Banff Springs Hotel website for more information


405 Spray Ave
Banff, AB, T1L 1J4

Banff Springs Hotel


With further inquiries about event logistics, please contact Joanne Merrick, event manager.