Past Event: Healthy Outcomes Conference

May 24-25, 2018
Four Seasons Hotel Toronto

HEALTHY OUTCOMES CONFERENCE


The theme of this year's event is:

Inspiring change: A how-to for employers

In order to minimize illness and maximize performance, employers need to take a tailored approach to wellness. Innovative solutions start with understanding the wants and needs of plan members — but what comes next? This year’s conference will use valuable insights from some of the industry’s key players to provide employers with the information they need to manage employee needs and inspire change.

The Healthy Outcomes Conference will start with cocktails and dinner on the 24th, followed by a full-day of sessions designed to be interactive in an intimate setting. It will feature interactive workshops and dialogue about shared challenges and solutions for improving employee health and productivity.

Now in its 17th year, this event continues to prove its longevity and relevance, with senior-level plan sponsor delegates participating in all aspects of this conference in an intimate setting.

TWO CONFERENCE PACKAGES AVAILABLE:

$899 – includes hotel accommodation for one
night, conference registration and conference meals.

$699 – includes conference registration and
conference meals.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

This conference is for plan sponsors only. There will be about 35-40 employers in attendance.

 

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Healthy Outcomes Conference

May 24-25, 2018
Four Seasons Hotel, Toronto

**Please note that this agenda is a draft and may be subject to change



Thursday, May 24, 2018:



5:30-6:30 p.m.
Opening cocktail reception

 

6:30-6:50 p.m.
Becoming the change you want to see in your organization

While everyone has an idea of what a healthy outcome looks like, the journey is often fraught with mental roadblocks and ingrained habits that are hard to break. In order to help your organization successfully navigate this journey, you must become the change you want to witness. Only then can you achieve success.

Join Gary LeBlanc for an entertaining session, where he will help you:
- Short-circuit bad habits while engineering good ones
- Declutter your mind by decluttering your life
- Design an environment that will make healthy decisions the norm

Allow him to help you take back control of your health. Prepare to leave the session more aware, more energized, and more powerful.

Speaker:
Gary LeBlanc, chief executive officer, Ikkuma

[Presentation not available for download.]

 

6:50 p.m.
Dinner




Friday, May 25, 2018:



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





8:55 a.m.
Opening remarks 




9:00-9:45 a.m.
Maximizing the success of your workplace wellness program with gamification and social connectivity
Health promotion can produce real benefits in the workplace but only if participation rates are high and employee engagement remains strong beyond the first few months. Gamification and social connectivity are two techniques that have been proven to work with Canadian companies, hospitals, and the military. Recently completed research will provide examples that have been proven to sustain employee engagement and provide measurable benefits in physical and mental health outcomes.

Speaker:
Dr. Steven Grover, professor of medicine, McGill University

[Download the presentation]

 


9:45-11:00 a.m.
Are wellness/health management programs accessible to all?
Today, with an increasing number of employees working from home, on the road, travelling or with no regular place of business, more than ever before, employers need to be able to meet the needs of a diverse workforce. In this session, learn about how Canadian plan sponsors have utilized online health management platforms to deliver health promotion programs and activities to their employees. Hear about what works well, the challenges and opportunities to improve in executing these programs, and the best strategies for success.

Speakers:
Susanne Cookson, co-founder, BestLifeRewarded Innovations
Sarah Murphy, director, strategic market solutions, Green Shield Canada

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11:00-11:30 a.m.
Networking break

 


11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Motivational interviewing – the power to change behaviours and improve outcomes

Most healthcare professionals still use an authoritative style when communicating with patients. When lifestyle behaviour changes are required, using motivational interviewing can be an effective technique to move patients past their resistance to change and take action. This session will explore how motivational interviewing compliments health coaching and produces positive health outcomes for employees. Find out how this technique can improve your workplace.

Speaker:
Ann Stirling, senior director, CAREpath Inc.

[Presentation not available for download.]

 


12:00 -12:30 p.m.
Taking action on obesity

Obesity is recognized by leading health organizations, including the Canadian Medical Association and the World Health Organization, as a chronic medical disease; however, despite this, it is not often treated as such in the workplace. This session will preview the results of the “Awareness, Care, and Treatment in Obesity Management” (ACTION) study – the first national Canadian study investigating perceptions, attitudes and barriers to obesity management in persons with obesity (PwO), healthcare providers (HCPs) and employers – and discuss initial steps employers can take to help support their employees living with obesity.

Speaker:
Noel MacKay, director, national benefits consulting, Cowan Insurance Group

(Session made possible by Novo Nordisk.)

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12:30-1:30 p.m.
Lunch



1:30 -2:00 p.m.
Impact of migraine on the workplace

Most of us have heard of migraine but how many of us truly understand how debilitating they can be – both in our personal lives and at work? Migraine has been a neglected neurological disease. For the first time in a decade, new research and classes of medications are coming to market, offering new hope for migraine sufferers. This session will explore the burden of migraine for Canadian patients, employees, and employers and how we can reduce its impact in the workplace.

Speaker:
Rob Grein, partner, PMG Intelligence

(Session made possible by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada.)

[Presentation not available for download.]


2:00 -2:45 p.m.
Preventing cervical cancer: Can it be as easy as 1, 2, 3?

Description: Learn the science behind HPV, the link between HPV and cervical cancer, and how Merck Canada implemented a program for its Canadian employees. You are invited to join and support the #CANADAvsHPV prevention campaign to help raise awareness of this disease.

Speakers:
Dr. Nancy Durand, assistant professor, obstetrics and gynaecology, University of Toronto, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Marie-Claude Lapointe, director, human resources, Merck Canada Inc.

[Download Dr. Nancy Durand's presentation]

[Download Marie-Claude Lapointe's presentation]

2:45 -3:15 p.m.
Networking break


3:15 -3:45 p.m.
Diabetes coaching: What are the opportunities, evidence and impact?

With the ever increasing prevalence, burden and costs associated with type 2 diabetes management, a new model for timely and ongoing diabetes self-management support emerges as a potential solution; diabetes coaching. Diabetes coaching is an increasingly effective intervention to improve clinical health outcomes, quality of life, as well as health care utilization and adherence to evidence-based practices. This presentation will review the current context of coaching and the evidence and opportunities for coaching in diabetes care.

Speaker:
Diana Sherifali, associate faculty, Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact, School of Nursing, McMaster University

(Session made possible by Shoppers Drug Mart.)

 [Download the presentation]


3:45 -4:15 p.m.
CAA’s wellness journey
Learn how CAA Club Group developed an integrated wellness strategy that empowers their employees to adopt and make healthy lifestyle choices both at work and at home. This session will take you through their journey, from the inception with no budget, to a holistic program that continues to be a pivotal part of their overall employee value proposition. 

Speaker:
Mara Notarfonzo,
assistant vice-president, compensation and benefits, CAA Club Group

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4:15 p.m.
Closing remarks

Healthy Outcomes Conference

May 24-25, 2018
Four Seasons Hotel, Toronto


 

DINNER SPEAKER:

 

Gary LeBlanc

Dr. Alain Sotto

Gary LeBlanc is the chief executive officer of Ikkuma Inc. He coaches individuals towards finding their purpose. Although LeBlanc found success in the corporate world, his former career as a vice-president for a tier one company left him searching for his own purpose. When a close friend got diagnosed with cancer, LeBlanc realized that helping people live their best life was more than just an interest, it was his passion. Spending the better part of 20 years researching the latest diet, health, and fitness trends, LeBlanc now empowers people to live their purpose. He is a life engineer, certified coach, personal trainer and the published author of Find Your SuperHuman. He's helped countless people and organizations foster deeper connections and begin their journey to become healthier and happier, naturally. LeBlanc holds a bachelor of engineering and a master of business administration.

 

OPENING ACADEMIC SPEAKER:

 

Dr. Steven Grover

Dr. Alain Sotto

Dr. Steven Grover is the director of the McGill Comprehensive Health Improvement Program and a professor of medicine at McGill University. After graduating with a medical degree at McGill University, he completed his clinical training at the University of California in Los Angeles, McGill University, and Harvard Medical School. He also completed research training at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital while completing a master of public administration at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Dr. Grover’s research interests include the importance of exercise, healthy eating, medication adherence and other lifestyle interventions to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and dementia. More recently, he has focused on the impact of web-based health promotion on measurable outcomes. To support this work, his research team has developed the myhealthcheckup and nvigorus web-based platforms which have now been used by the Canadian Medical Association, members of parliament and Senators in the Canadian House of Parliament, employers, the Canadian military, and over 300,000 individuals worldwide. Dr. Grover is an avid, but slow jogger, and enjoys walking everywhere in any weather. He has been happily married for over 35 years to his wife, Mara, who is also a physician. They have four sons who never listen to them and two dogs that occasionally do.

 

SPEAKERS:


Dr. Nancy Durand

Nancy Durand

Dr. Nancy Durand is an assistant professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Toronto. She received her medical degree from McGill University, Montreal, and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at McGill University. She is on staff at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto in the department of obstetrics and gynecology. Her clinical and research interests include human papilloma virus (HPV), colposcopy and hysteroscopy. She continues to teach at the undergraduate and postgraduate level and speaks frequently about HPV and vaccination.

 


Peter Gove

Peter Gove

Peter Gove is the innovation leader of health management with Green Shield Canada (GSC). In this role, he has oversight for initiatives under GSC’s Change4Life banner. Prior to coming to GSC, Gove was responsible for the national disability management and life insurance claims program for a large Canadian life insurance company. Gove has a master’s degree in social work and is a registered social worker. Continuing his education, he started a doctorate program in applied health science at the University of Waterloo. He has presented internationally in the areas of health management and disability management and was the recipient of the 2014 Vision and Values award presented by the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association.

 

Rob Grein

Rob Grein

Rob Grein is the founder of PMG Intelligence and has more than 25 years of public and private sector market research experience. For the past decade, Grein and PMG have executed extensive investigations on a variety of diseases and chronic health conditions and the relative impact on the workforce. Conditions examined in recent years include, but are not limited to: diabetes, asthma, COPD, Crohn’s, colitis, arthritis, and migraine. Additionally, Grein and his team have also played a key role in testing the impact of health case management and step therapy strategies used to support cost containment initiatives in plan design at an insurance level. Over the course of his tenure in the industry, Grein has played an active committee role with client organizations, facilitating and working through implementation of market research insights as it relates to product development, marketing, and strategic planning initiatives.

 

Marie-Claude Lapointe

Rob Grein

Marie-Claude Lapointe joined Merck Canada as director, human resources, in March 2017. Prior to joining Merck, Lapointe worked as human resource, regional head of talent and organizational effectiveness, Americas region London, UK, for the British American Tobacco (BAT Group) (2003-2016) and held other various human resource positions in other sectors. Lapointe received her certificate in industrial relations from the University of Montreal and her bachelor of education in human resources management from the Quebec University in Montreal.

 

 

 

Noel MacKay

Noel MacKay

Noel MacKay is the director of national benefits consulting at Cowan Insurance Group. He has more than 29 years of experience working in the employee benefits field, including program design, corporate health strategies, and prescription drug formulary design and carrier service management. MacKay is a graduate of Wilfred Laurier University, and holds the certified employee benefit specialist (CEBS) designation through the International Foundation of Employee Benefits Plans (IFEBP) and Dalhousie University. MacKay has also been a CEBS course instructor at Fanshawe College, and Sheridan College and for the IFEBP’s certificate in Canadian benefit plans program for US employers. He has also presented on employee benefit plan trends at Conference Board of Canada, Life Insurance Marketing and Research Association and numerous other industry events. 

 

Sarah Murphy

Sarah Murphy

Sarah Murphy is the director of strategic market solutions with Green Shield Canada (GSC). She is committed to expanding on GSC’s ongoing success in the health benefits sector, working with her team to develop new initiatives in the area of product development, and providing key leadership in the marketing and communications area. With (well) over a decade of experience in the health benefits industry, Murphy brings a fresh perspective (not to mention a sharp eye) to ensure that all offerings and messaging reflect the GSC brand as a health benefits manager that takes an innovative and evidence-based approach to business. Prior to joining GSC, Murphy worked on the agency side for a Toronto area marketing and communications firm.


Mara Notarfonzo

Mara Notarfonzo

Mara Notarfonzo is the assistant vice-president of compensation and benefits at CAA Club Group. In this role, she oversees the design, development and delivery of programs to enhance the employee experience. Her deep understanding of how human resource practices support business outcomes results in effective and sustainable programs that support the overall well-being of employees and drive business results.


 


Diana Sherifali

Mara Notarfonzo

Diana Sherifali is associate faculty in the School of Nursing and health research methods, evidence and impact at McMaster University. She is also an associate scientist at the Population Health Research Institute and co-director of the McMaster Evidence Review and Synthesis Centre. Over the last several years, Sherifali has led multiple evidence reviews that helped shape policy for Diabetes Canada, Canadian Obesity Network and the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care. Sherifali is also a clinical nurse specialist in the diabetes care and research program at Hamilton Health Sciences and the co-director of the Health Coach Institute at York University. Sherifali’s research interests include the implementation and evaluation of strategies to support diabetes self-management at the patient, provider and population level, including diabetes coaching. 

 

Ann Stirling

Ann Stirling

Ann Stirling is currently the senior director of CAREpath Inc., with primary responsibilities for managing the HealthCareAssist navigation program.  She commenced her clinical career in post-surgical care in Hamilton and later at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children, as an intensive care unit nurse. After these positions, she transitioned to a full time clinical nursing professor at George Brown College and later to a clinical educator at the Credit Valley Hospital, where she utilized her extensive experience implementing both adult and pediatric patient-centric programs. Prior to her current role she worked as the director for a community care access centre, managing a variety of homecare programs for patients of all ages and disease conditions.  This is Stirling’s fourth year at Bayshore utilizing both her clinical and adult education expertise to develop effective chronic disease management programs, utilizing the principles of health coaching and motivational interviewing. Stirling is a registered nurse, holding both a bachelor of science in nursing, and master of education.  

 

 



For information, please contact Lauren Harris, conference editor.

Event Details

Location:

Four Seasons Hotel
60 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON M4W 0A4

Four Seasons Hotel

Four Seasons Hotel offers 259 spacious luxury hotel guest rooms, including 42 suites, in Toronto's Yorkville neighbourgood. Relax and rejuvenate in their 2,787-square-metre (30,000-square-foot) state-of-the-art spa, or enjoy spectacular cuisine by international chef and restaranteur Daniel Boulud at Café Boulud and d | bar.

Four Seasons Hotel

Getting there:

Four Seasons Hotel Toronto is served by two airports. All major carriers fly into Pearson International Airport, a 35 – 40 minute car ride from the hotel. All major car rental firms operate at this airport and taxi and limousine services are also available. Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Toronto and connects travellers with over 15 cities in Canada and the United States.

By car, Toronto is served by several major highways, including the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) and the MacDonald–Cartier Freeway (401).

It is also accessible by TTC (about a five-minute walk from Bay station).

FOR SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
FOR AGENDA
INFORMATION
FOR REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Francesca Allman
Francesca.Allman@tc.tc

Lauren Harris
Lauren.Harris@tc.tc
Joanne Boccia
Joanne.Merrick@tc.tc