January 26, 2021


Benefits Canada is proud to present Tech Insights, a new event designed to showcase the latest technology in benefits, administration and plan member offerings. This virtual expo has been designed to give plan sponsors a place to view the benefits of vendors' products and services, which will help them make practical decisions around new technology.


Should I attend?
If you’re an employer responsible for your organization’s benefits or drug plan, wellness, human resources and/or corporate health – or an industry provider such as a advisor, broker, benefits consultant and/or group insurer – then this virtual expo is where you want to be.   


Francesca Allman

Cass Williamson-Hopp
Katerina Galkina


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January 26, 2021


*All timings reflect EST time zone.


2:00 – 2:15 p.m.
FlexPlus solutions for simplified employee benefits

SEB Administrative Services Inc. is a technology company that designs and develops products and services for improved human resources and benefits administration. Its FlexPlus solutions deliver full administration for all benefits plan programs, with a focus on reducing manual workflows to decrease cost, reduce errors and improve the member and administrator experience. In this session, attendees will learn more about SEB’s FlexPlus CONNECT TRS, a single sign-on portal that integrates with third-party providers and has an option to add total rewards statements, as well as FlexPlus DIRECT, which offers a modern and intuitive plan member benefits enrollment experience.

Meaghan Cole, vice-president, products and solutions, SEB Administrative Services Inc.


2:15 – 2:30 p.m.
The importance of digital health solutions – now and in the future
The coronavirus has disrupted our sense of normalcy, contributing to higher stress levels that have the potential to develop into significant mental-health concerns if left untreated. Morneau Shepell's recent Mental Health Index™ revealed that overall mental health has declined and stress has increased due to the pandemic, demonstrating the need for real-time intervention. This session will focus on the importance of digital mental-health solutions in an increasingly virtual world and how internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy can help Canadians. Highlighting Morneau Shepell’s AbilitiCBT™ solution, this session will demonstrate how AbilitiCBT provides immediate support for pressing mental-health concerns, as well as how it can equip individuals with the tools needed to build healthy coping skills. 

Nigel Branker, executive vice-president and president, health and productivity solutions, Morneau Shepell


2:30 – 2:45 p.m.
The Dexcom G6 CGM system: The future of continuous glucose monitoring is here!
With the Dexcom G6 CGM system, diabetes patients can see their glucose number and where it's headed at a glance, helping empower them to make more informed decisions about their diabetes management. In this session, attendees will learn more about how advanced glucose monitoring technologies, like the Dexcom G6 CGM system, are a major development towards improving the health and productivity of working Canadians with diabetes.

Sarah Blunden, clinical account manager, Dexcom Canada


2:45 – 3:00 p.m.


3:00 – 3:15 p.m.
Chronically Simple: Empowering healthier outcomes through technology

Chronically Simple is a comprehensive, health-care management app that alleviates the administrative burden patients and caregivers face as they struggle to effectively manage chronic illness. This user-friendly and secure mobile app empowers patients and caregivers to take control of tracking their health by linking prescriptions and test results to physicians, appointments, expenses and care-team members, giving a truly holistic view of their health care. With Chronically Simple, patients can better advocate for themselves and ensure continuity of care – acting as an essential support tool anytime, anywhere. This session will demonstrate how Chronically Simple can provide unique insights into patient behaviour to improve health outcomes, reduce claims and enhance member experience.

Kristy Dickinson, managing director, Chronically Simple


3:15 – 3:30 p.m.
Why sleep is critical to your workplace mental-health and safety strategy

Sleep disorders affect more than 40 per cent of the Canadian adult population and are a significant driver of mental illness, as well as workplace accidents and errors. The productivity cost of insomnia alone – at $16 billion per year in Canada – is nearly three times that of mental illness. Together with some of North America’s leading experts in the clinical treatment of sleep disorders, HALEO has developed highly effective virtual care interventions that are clinically proven to improve sleep quality and to significantly reduce symptoms of insomnia, depression and anxiety. This session will demonstrate how easy HALEO’s virtual care clinic is to implement and why both employers and employees are such strong advocates of the solution. 

Bradley Smith, chief executive officer, HALEO Clinic
Julien Heon, vice-president, growth and customer success, HALEO


3:30 – 3:45 p.m.
Revolutionizing physical and mental-health care at the touch of a button

Leading up to 2020, virtual care was already on the rise. But the pandemic put a sharp focus on the need for accessible care, when and where patients need it, with the option of receiving care virtually from home. Desjardins Insurance teamed up with TELUS Health to develop a turnkey virtual health-care solution, which gives Canadian employers a way to support employees and their families with 24/7 access to registered clinicians who provide care – both physical and mental – as soon as it’s needed. In this session, attendees will learn more about this platform that plan members can rely on to address a majority of primary health concerns, including: prescriptions, diagnosis, mental-health support, specialist referrals, lab-work requests and more.

Nadeem Rajabali, regional vice-president, group insurance, western Canada, Desjardins Insurance


3:45 – 4:00 p.m.
Reframing employee experience through technology

Over the last year, every company had to pivot and adjust to a new, more digital way of communicating and interacting. With all this technology, how did your employee experience fair? Did it decrease, stay the same or were you able to utilize this time to make improvements? This session will review how Sleep Country Canada/Dormez-vous built an employee-centric mobile app to improve employee experience, review lessons learned, utilization and feedback on potential future enhancements.

Alex Chnaiderman, director, total rewards, Sleep Country Canada/Dormez-vous



January 26, 2021


Tech Insights is a platform where speakers will explicitly showcase the depth of their organization’s innovation and show attendees what they’ve got. It’s a deeper dive into a product’s intricacies, illustrating to audience members what makes a specific offering different and unique from other companies’. Tech Insights is a place for technology to be on display; speakers will outwardly demonstrate to attendees how a product works and why it’s beneficial for plan sponsors and members.




Sarah Blunden

Nigel Branker

Sarah Blunden is the clinical account manager for Dexcom Canada, providing clinical education and support to health-care providers across the country. She is a certified educator and registered dietitian with more than 15 years’ experience working in the diabetes field, including her previous role managing education programs across three clinics. Blunden’s passion is working in the type 1 diabetes community. She has developed insulin pump programs, co-founded the Type 1 United Foundation and co-authored original research, most recently on the care gap in type 1 diabetes related to distress published in the Canadian Journal of Diabetes. Blunden sat on several provincial government committees working to improve access to technology for those living with this chronic condition.



Nigel Branker

Nigel Branker

Nigel Branker is executive vice-president, as well as president of health and productivity solutions, at Morneau Shepell. In his role, he leads the teams responsible for providing absence and disability management services and for delivering Morneau Shepell’s internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy solution, AbilitiCBT. Branker also leads the firm’s efforts to help clients create the business case and identify solutions to address mental health in the workplace. 





Alex Chnaiderman

Nigel Branker

Alex Chnaiderman is the director of total rewards at Sleep Country Canada/Dormez-vous. He has been with Sleep Country/DV since 2009. Chnaiderman started his career working for the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. He has been working in the human resources field for more than 20 years, which includes implementing HR information system solutions, benefits, health and wellness, compensation, long-term incentive plans and associate engagement initiatives.




Meaghan Cole

Nigel Branker

Meaghan Cole is the vice-president of products and solutions at SEB Administrative Services Inc.  In her role, she is responsible for expanding, integrating and delivering innovative business-processing solutions to clients.  Cole has worked in the human resources benefits industry for more than 15 years and is committed to exceeding client and stakeholder needs.





Kristy Dickinson

Nigel Branker

Kristy Dickinson is the managing director of Chronically Simple. She’s a mom to three kids, a wife to a first responder, an entrepreneur – and a rare disease patient. When Dickinson was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome at 37, her life changed in an instant. She went looking for a solution to manage all of the administrative tasks that accompany life with a chronic illness but found nothing existed. Dickinson created Chronically Simple to manage her health care, with the intention to empower others to do the same.




Julien Heon

Nigel Branker

Julien Heon is the vice-president of growth and customer success at HALEO Clinic. Having spent most of his career in technology and health-care solutions, Heon joined HALEO to offer breakthrough virtual care to more people. 







Nadeem Rajabali

Nigel Branker

Nadeem Rajabali joined Desjardins Insurance in 2014 as regional vice-president for group insurance in western Canada and has more than 20 years of industry experience. His work as a consultant for some of the country’s largest firms and, most recently, at a large national insurer, has provided Rajabali with an outstanding skill set and a highly client-focused approach. His in-depth understanding of the group insurance environment allows Desjardins to better serve the expectations and realities of its clients. Rajabali is also a fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries and the Society of Actuaries.




Bradley Smith

Nigel Branker

After working for several years in the pharmaceutical industry in Europe, Bradley Smith returned to Canada in 2015 to found HALEO. Together with a team of leading experts in the clinical treatment of sleep disorders — including researchers and clinicians from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Queen’s University and the Centre for Advanced Research in Sleep Medicine at the Sacré Coeur Hospital in Montreal — Smith led a multidisciplinary effort to create an innovative virtual-care solution for sleep disorders. Today, he leads of team of more than 75 people, all passionately dedicated to providing outstanding virtual care and service to Canadians struggling to get a good night’s sleep.




January 26, 2021


What to expect from the virtual event platform

The virtual Tech Insights event platform will allow you to explore different sections of the venue just like you would at an in-person event. The virtual venue has sections where you can view and download conference resources, read up on speakers and learn more about their sessions, gather more information about the companies that made this event possible and consult the agenda to ensure you don’t miss any of the presentations.


Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Is this event free?
A: Yes, this event is free.

Q: Do I have to download any software to be able to watch this event?
A: No, the platform is web-based and can be accessed from most devices.

Q: Which browser is most compatible with the platform?
A: We recommend using Google Chrome.

Q: How do I access the virtual event platform?
A: We will send you a link to the Tech Insights virtual event platform a few days before the event goes live.


Please make sure to access the platform using the same email address with which you registered, otherwise you won't be able to enter.

Important: We will be sending regular email reminders leading up to the event date. Please be aware that your registration is non-transferable. If you have any questions, please contact Katerina Galkina at