Past Webinars

The 2021 Benefits Canada Healthcare Survey webinar

Date and time: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 (1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET)

The Benefits Canada Healthcare Survey webinar will feature a presentation of the highlights and key takeaways from this year’s survey.


Andrea Frankel, lead, private payer, Sanofi Canada

Justin Graham, senior manager, content research, Benefits Canada

Laura Hewitt, assistant vice-president, pharmaceutical benefits and innovation, Sun Life

Sherry Hnatyshyn, managing director, Carepath

Alaina MacKenzie, regional vice-president, business development, Medavie Blue Cross

Barb Martinez, national practice leader, drug solutions, Canada Life

Bill Papadimitriou, regional vice-president, business development (Ontario), Desjardins Insurance


Jennifer Paterson, editor, Benefits Canada


Redefining resilience and the science of trust

Date and time: Tuesday, September 28, 2021 (1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET)

Trust is in a state of crisis and earning trust has never been more imperative. Embracing risk and nurturing trust during this time can be challenging, especially when there is greater exposure to uncertainty with potential loss that truly matters. As leaders, creating vulnerability loops can aid in earning trust among those we interact with, and those we lead. Resilience and trust go hand in hand, and resilience is a powerful skill that can be developed. It is the ability to bounce back from obstacles and setbacks to achieve higher levels of performance. It requires developing positive adaptation processes to help overcome the challenges that we face and using positive experiences to build confidence in our strengths and abilities. Research shows that these capabilities can be learned, and that trust can be earned. This interactive session focuses on tools and strategies to lead in a way that fosters trust, as well as how to develop strategies that build our resilience by examining the capabilities of psychological capital.

Rumeet Billan, president and chief executive officer, Viewpoint Leadership

Sunil Hirjee, vice-president, Ontario, Western and Atlantic Canada, group insurance, sales and partner experience, SSQ Insurance

Caregiving: The impact of working and caring for your loved ones

Date and time: Thursday, September 9, 2021 (1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET)

The COVID-19 pandemic has intensified the number and role of caregivers, as individuals find themselves working from home while caring for children, aging parents and spouses, many of whom may have chronic conditions or diseases such as cancer, mental-health issues, multiple sclerosis or Alzheimer’s. How can employers best support their plan members who have found themselves in a caregiving role and what tools are available for managing the impact of working while caring for loved ones? In this webinar, attendees will hear a variety of perspectives to help paint the full picture of the prominence and complexity of caregiving today.


Brenda Agnew, director of caregiving, Chronically Simple
Sherry Hnatyshyn, managing director, Carepath
Adriana Shnall, program director, Baycrest@Home, clinical programs and Koschitzky Centre for Innovations in Family Caregiving

Return to work

Date and time: Thursday, August 12, 2021 (1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET)

As vaccination rates increase and the number of daily COVID-19 cases decreases, many companies will be looking to welcome their employees back to the office in the coming months. This roundtable will feature discussions around employee well-being, chronic health conditions and legal considerations in the context of return to work. Employers considering their return-to-work policies and strategies will want to tune in.


Jason Brommet, head of modern workplace and security, Microsoft Canada
Jeff Finley, total rewards manager, 3M Canada
Julie Gaudry, head of group insurance, RBC Insurance
Mary Picard, partner, employment and labour group, Dentons Canada LLP


Jennifer Paterson, editor, Benefits Canada

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Depression in the workplace – Re-designing for success

Date and time: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 (1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET)

Hear from experts about the workplace impact of plan members struggling with depression and why a wide variety of tools and treatment options are needed to support return to work. Speakers will contemplate how the healthcare system could be redesigned to better support plan members who experience depression.


Dr. Diane McIntosh, BSc Pharmacy, MD, FRCPC, psychiatrist and chief neuroscience officer, TELUS
Dave Gallson, national executive director, Mood Disorder Society of Canada

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Replicating private equity: Replication is the sincerest form of flattery

Date and time: Wednesday, June 16, 2021 (1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET)

Join Mackenzie Investments' portfolio management team and learn how they are making PE accessible to a wider range of institutional investors who have been previously unable to enter this important asset class due to staff expertise, capital lockups and high costs. PE Replication can offer:

• PE-like behaviour for an ongoing allocation or while waiting for your capital call
• Downside protection
• Risk conscious application of leverage
• A turnkey approach to achieving and maintaining a policy PE allocation


Randolph B. Cohen, Ph.D, senior lecturer, Harvard Business School, PEO Partners, LLC
Arup Datta, MBA, CFA, senior vice-president and head of global quantitative equity, Mackenzie Investments
Nelson Arruda, MFin, MSc, CFA, senior vice-president, portfolio manager, Mackenzie Investments


Mark Sack, vice-president and head of Canadian institutional, Mackenzie Investments

Pharmacy-based diabetes management: New strategies to improve employee access and outcomes

Date and time: Wednesday, June 9, 2021 (1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET)

Pharmacists are accessible, essential care providers for employees with chronic conditions. The role and knowledge of pharmacists within diabetes patient care have been demonstrated to improve health outcomes, prevent complications and reduce costs. In addition to educating patients on lifestyle, risk factors, medication and insulin management, pharmacists are counselling patients on glucose monitoring with individualized action plans. Additionally, with major advances in diabetes technology including continuous glucose monitoring systems, pharmacists are filling new roles as coaches, digital translators and remote monitors and are matching individuals with the right medication, insulin and “digital companions” to optimize their treatment. Private health plan coverage policy that enables pharmacy-based member access to diabetes (glucose) monitoring technology, combined with these pharmacy-delivered diabetes management supports, is more crucial than ever to improving the health and productivity of employees with diabetes. Be sure to join these two expert thought leaders from both sides of the border, Rick Siemens [CDE pharmacist and co-author of Diabetes Canada 2018 glycemic monitoring guidelines] and Samir Mistry [vice-president of pharmacy for PreferredOne], for an engaging and thoughtful discussion of the current and future role of the pharmacist, health technology and private health plan benefits design in improving diabetes management outcomes.


Samir Mistry, Pharm.D., vice-president, pharmacy, PreferredOne
Rick Siemens, certified diabetes educator pharmacist

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Virtual mental health: Extending access to the right care

Date and time: Tuesday, June 1, 2021 (2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET)

82% of Canadians surveyed in the past year feel strongly that employee benefits plans should include virtual care for mental-health needs just as they do for physical health. In this webinar, Dr. Joby McKenzie, Dr. Vivian Sapirman and Kelly Dawson will provide insight into new mental-health challenges facing plan members amid the coronavirus crisis and how plan sponsors can help. Attendees will gain insight into the changing landscape of mental-health care, learn strategies to remove stigma surrounding mental-health care, and hear a real-life example of how one plan sponsor successfully uses virtual care to address and improve the mental health of the people they serve.


Dr. Joby McKenzie, managing director, Canada, Teladoc Health
Dr. Vivian Sapirman, MD, MA, FRCPC, psychiatrist and clinical lead, Teladoc Health
Kelly Dawson, global disability & leaves specialist, global wellness leader, Shopify

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Diabetes Tech Innovations: Reducing Absenteeism in the Workplace

Date and time: Thursday, Apr 22, 2021 (1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST )

In this webinar, presented by Abbott, attendees will learn about:

  • The prevalence of diabetes in Canada and how proper management of this chronic condition is vital.
  • The mental toll on parents or caregivers providing care for people living with diabetes.
  • How innovations in technology, such as Abbott’s FreeStyle Libre* and FreeStyle Libre 2 systems**, can reduce absenteeism and improve productivity in the workplace for patients and caregivers alike.

* The FreeStyle Libre flash glucose monitoring system is indicated for measuring interstitial fluid glucose levels in adults aged 18 years and older with diabetes mellitus. Always read and follow the label/insert.
** The FreeStyle Libre 2 flash glucose monitoring system is indicated for measuring interstitial fluid glucose levels in children aged 4 years and older and adults with diabetes mellitus. Always read and follow the label/insert. ADC-36227

Please note: This webinar is intended for employers, plan sponsors, advisors, brokers, group benefits consultants and/or group insurers

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Drug innovations webinar series: Evidence to policy: Biosimilar transitioning in Canada

Date and time: Wednesday, March 10, 2021 (1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST)

Effective use of biosimilars can help plan sponsors mitigate the cost of covering specialty drugs. In this webinar, attendees will gain insight into how some Canadian public and private drug plans have maximized the benefits of biosimilars to improve drug plan affordability and sustainability. Attendees will hear from two Canadian biosimilar policy pioneers who will share first-hand experience, including program results and resources utilized for effective transition policies.

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Benefits Canada Live: Perspectives on the future of whole-person virtual care

Date and time: Thursday, February 11 (2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST)

Whole-person virtual care is becoming a significant tool for plan sponsors, helping empower plan members to live their healthiest lives. This webinar will explore five important perspectives about how whole-person virtual care:

- becomes essential to episodic and longitudinal care;
- delivers evidence-based quality care at scale;
- empowers a new era of clinical collaboration;
- enhances the consumer experience with technology;
- extends health care to under-served populations.

Drug innovations webinar series: Protecting your workplace from pneumonia – What you can do today to lower your workforce’s risk

Date and time: Monday, November 30 (1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST)

This drug innovations webinar helped plan sponsors understand how pneumonia can impact their workplace and why benefits plan coverage of vaccines can protect staff and their families from the risk of developing this infection. Attendees learned about pneumonia and its impact on an individual, their family and ability to work, as well as discuss how prevention in the form of vaccination can play a role in protecting Canadians and preserve quality of life.

Drug innovations webinar series: A new treatment paradigm for insomnia in the workplace

Date and time: Wednesday, November 18 (1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST)

The coronavirus pandemic has transformed the work environment for many Canadians, posing new challenges for employees suffering with insomnia. Insomnia can have debilitating impacts on plan members’ mental and physical well-being. In this drug innovations webinar, attendees heard clinical experts discuss the interplay between insomnia and overall employee health, addressed its impact on productivity and helped deepen the understanding of insomnia’s current treatment landscape. Further, attendees were introduced to a newer paradigm in treatment of insomnia in order to help reduce the mental and physical burden it causes within the Canadian workforce.

Why LDI? Why now? A plan sponsor perspective

Date and time: Monday, Nov 16, 2020 (1:30 PM - 2:30 PM EST)

Once again, in 2020, pension plan funding has deteriorated due to unanticipated market volatility. It happened in 2008 with the global financial crisis. It happened in 2000 when the dot.com bubble burst. And it’s happened numerous times in between. And while many plan sponsors have been waiting a long time for interest rates to rise before immunizing their liabilities, it now seems they’ll be waiting even longer. This webinar looked at how liability-driven investing can be a solution for plan sponsors playing the waiting game. It explored how LDI has evolved beyond just long-bonds to include non-traditional asset classes like real estate and derivatives, and how LDI strategies can be tailored to an individual plan’s liability profile.


  • Donna Mathieu, chief investment officer, NAV Canada
  • Thak Bhola, manager, pension fund administration, Goodyear Canada
  • Serge Lapierre, global head of liability-driven investments, Manulife Investment Management

Benefits Canada Live: Meeting the growing demand for mental-health services caused by the pandemic

Date and time: Thursday, October 15 (2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST)

According to a recent study, 50 per cent of Canadian respondents have reported their mental health has been negatively impacted by the coronavirus. The crisis has caused individuals worldwide to experience new acute stress disorders—from sleep disturbances to complicated grief—and the demand for reliable mental-health resources has never been greater. In this webinar, Dr. Timothy Foggin and Dr. Diana Velikonja provided insight into the unique mental-health challenges facing employees today and how employers can help. Attendees learned insights on the changing landscape of mental-health care, how the coronavirus is driving positive conversations around mental health and what steps employers can take to provide support.

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Plan Sponsor Week

Date and time: Monday, August 10 - Thursday, August 13 (11:30 AM – 1:00 PM EST)

Plan Sponsor Week was a four-day virtual event hosted by Benefits Canada and the Canadian Investment Review. Designed for Canadian benefits and pension decision-makers, the event provided valuable insights from industry thought leaders on developments in the design and delivery of group benefits and retirement programs for a changing workforce.

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Drug innovations webinar series: Every minute counts in treating a rare blood medical emergency

Date and time: Thursday, June 25, 3:00 – 4:00 PM EST

New specialty drugs deliver patient benefits, but also impact private health benefits plans. Stay on top of new drug introductions by attending Benefits Canada’s drug innovations webinars, where you'll hear directly from experts about new medications and the diseases they treat. aTTP (acquired Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura) is a rare, life-threatening emergency blood disorder that typically occurs in the young, working population and has serious long-term impacts if not treated quickly. This webinar helped attendees better understand how aTTP and the first targeted therapy approved for this condition may impact your benefits plan.

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Benefits Canada Live: Overall health: The key to employee well-being during and after the pandemic

Date and time: Tuesday, June 23, 1:00 – 2:00 PM EST

The coronavirus has seriously shaken things up for Canadians, both in their professional and personal lives. This new normal, for many of us, means working from home and homeschooling. With people reluctant to go to the hospital, an increase in health problems is expected, which organizations and insurers will have to address and adapt to. What health problems are being talked about, exactly? How can employees take care of their employees from a distance? Is financial stress on the rise? Are compassion and caring now central to the employer-employee relationship? This webinar explored how overall wellness, which includes physical, mental and financial health, is especially important during a crisis – and how going forward, this wellness culture will be an integral part of group plans.

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2020 edition of The Sanofi Canada Healthcare Survey Webinar

Date and time: Thursday, June 18, 2020

Sanofi Canada is very proud to produce The Sanofi Canada Healthcare Survey. Sanofi is a leading global pharmaceutical company with therapeutic solutions in many areas, including diabetes, oncology, cardiology, internal medicine and vaccines. This year marks the survey’s 23rd anniversary, and it is by far the longest-running survey of private health benefit plans in Canada. This year’s survey findings are broken down into four main sections, as presented in the report. This webinar presented highlights from these four sections.

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Benefits Canada Live: Expanding access to high-quality health care with telemedicine

Date and time: Thursday, May 28, 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST

While the quality of Canadian health care is widely regarded as among the best in the world, convenient access to high-quality health care is a challenge due to a nationwide shortage of doctors and increased demands for care. The good news is telemedicine can ease the burden on the system and help Canadians get the quality care they need, when they need it. This webinar addressed how leading Canadian employers are taking action by investing in telemedicine services, which enable employees and their family members to consult with Canadian board-certified and licensed doctors — anytime, anywhere.

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Benefits Canada Live: Coronavirus and chronic disease: What are the effects on your workforce?

Date and time: Thursday, May 21, 1:30 – 2:30 PM EST

How does coronavirus affect those suffering from chronic disease and how can employers help? Did you know chronic conditions affect more than 50 per cent of the workforce and these numbers are on the rise? With many employees forced out of their normal routines, they need more support now than ever to understand and manage their conditions. This webinar provided perspective on the size of the chronic disease problem, identified how employees are managing during the crisis and provided tips on what employers can do to provide the best possible support.

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Benefits Canada Live: Current health-care policies impacting private drug coverage

Date and time: Tuesday, May 12, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM EST

This webinar discussed the pharmaceutical industry’s efforts during the coronavirus crisis, as well as some key, top-of-mind policy issues for Canadian insurers and their potential impact from the private-payer perspective. Further, this webinar covered the proposed Patented Medicines Pricing Review Board (PMPRB) reforms, the value of Canada’s dual-coverage system and the most recent Private Drug Plan Cost Drivers Report.

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Benefits Canada Live: 2020 CAP Member Survey: Retirement savings and financial well-being in the era of coronavirus

Date and time: Tuesday, April 28, 10:30 – 11:30 AM EST

Alongside a struggling global economy, Canadian capital accumulation plans are facing unprecedented challenges. This year, Benefits Canada’s annual CAP Member Survey asked plan members about their retirement readiness, their investment strategies during these tumultuous times and their overall financial well-being.

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Benefits Canada Live: Coronavirus and workplace mental health

With the impact of coronavirus felt around the world, Canadian employers and employees are facing both personal and professional pressures. Physical well-being is vital at this time, but the situation is raising multiple mental-health issues as well, including rising stress levels exacerbated by job uncertainty and social isolation. On March 31, Benefits Canada hosted a panel of experts who dug into how employers can help employees navigate this difficult time.

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Benefits Canada Live: Coronavirus: What do employers need to know?

With the coronavirus pandemic rapidly evolving, the global employment landscape is facing unprecedented challenges. What do employers need to know to manage these uncertain times and support their employees? Looking at short-term disability programs, benefits plans, human resources policies and legal obligations, Benefits Canada hosted a panel of experts on March 19 to answer all plan sponsor questions.

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Benefits Canada Live: 2019 CAP Member Survey: A deeper dive into your plan members' retirement readiness

While more than half of Canadian capital accumulation plan members believe they’re financially prepared for retirement, their confidence varies by generation, particularly when it comes to their knowledge of investment and decumulation options. Take a deeper dive into Benefits Canada’s 2019 CAP Member Survey to help plan members on their journey to retirement.

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A primer on cannabis legalization and benefits plans

With the federal government passing legislation to legalize the possession of recreational marijuana, employers have a lot of questions about what it means for them. Watch Benefits Canada’s recent webinar on some of the legal issues for benefits plans with Miller Thomson LLP’s Kim Ozubko.