Flexibility and financial literacy among topics at 2016 Benefits and Pension Summit

From the role of technology in drug plan management to how to create an action-oriented mental health strategy, the group benefits stream at Benefits Canada‘s 2016 Benefits and Pension Summit will cover a range of important topics for plans sponsors.

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The annual event, which takes place March 31 and April 1 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto hotel, will include simultaneous streams on both defined contribution pensions and group benefits.

One of the sessions will feature Melissa Simas, manager of human resources at the Windsor Regional Hospital, who will speak about the organization’s unlimited vacation policy for its non-unionized staff.

“Unlimited vacation has been beneficial to our organization, and we hope others see the value of that benefit as well,” she says. “My hope is other employers would consider unlimited vacation as a means of recruiting and retaining valuable staff.”

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In a session on financial literacy and wellness, Kelly Harper, director of brand customer learning at BMO Financial Group, will share how the bank aligns its position in the financial services industry with helping its employees feel financially confidant.

“Just because we all work in financial services doesn’t mean we all have a financial background,” she says. “For example, we have more than 47,000 employees and probably over half of those are in a behind-the-scenes role. I liken it to wanting to make sure the shoemaker’s kids have shoes.”

The event will conclude with a keynote address by author and mental-health advocate Margaret Trudeau. Register here to attend the annual event.