CPBI Pacific - Medical Cannabis Legislation and the Impact to Employer Benefit Plans and Responsibilities

May 15, 2018 7:30 AM to 11:00 AMFour Seasons Hotel, Vancouver, British Columbia
Area of Interest: Benefits, Networking Format: In Person

*Registration deadline: May 10, 2018 12PM PST. Online registration will close on this date.

CPBI Pacific Breakfast Session
Medical Cannabis Legislation and the Impact to Employer Benefit Plans and Responsibilities


With the upcoming legalization of cannabis and the recent changes insurers have made to provide coverage options for cannabis, come join us as we explore three separate perspectives on its impact to employer benefit plans and employer responsibilities. This includes a medical practitioner that specializes in the subject matter, an insurer’s perspective on its impact to plan sponsors, as well as WorkSafe BC’s perspective on employer’s responsibilities. Space will be limited at this event, so please ensure you register to get your spot now! Table purchases are welcome at this event.


Dr. Caroline MacCallum MD, FRCPC (Internal Medicine), B Sc Pharm 
Clinical Instructor, Faculty of Medicine, UBC

Dr. MacCallum is the medical director at Greenleaf Medical Clinic where she has assessed and developed cannabinoid treatment plans for more than 2,000 patients using legal medical cannabis approved by Health Canada. She has been a preceptor to a number of clinicians in the field of medicine, pharmacy and nursing. Dr. MacCallum has written many cannabis courses, offers mentorship/preceptorship program and presented on medical cannabis internationally.  

She is working with national committees to create cannabis guidelines and safe prescribing practices; policy writing for cannabis coverage by drug benefit plans and hospital cannabis polices. She has also qualified in October 2017 as a medical cannabis expert and testified in arbitration for a claim involving a challenge to Health Canada’s 24-hour rule for cannabis impairment, namely that it should not hold for daily, medical cannabis users who vaporize in excess of 6-8 hours prior to performing safety-sensitive occupations.


Cristina dos Santos
Director of Extended Health Care, Product Development, Group Benefits, Sun Life Financial

Cristina dos Santos is a Director for Product Development in Group Benefits (GB) at Sun Life Financial Canada. In her role, she works closely with internal stakeholders and external partners and leads a team of professionals (Product Managers) to execute on all product-related strategies within the portfolio. As an integral part of the Product team, Cristina drives our Client strategy in a constantly evolving landscape to bring outstanding extended health care products to our partners, such as vision care, dental, international benefits, hospital expenses, paramedical coverage, medical services and equipment and personal and health spending accounts. She collaborates with Sun Life’s teams throughout Canada to identify opportunities and provide innovative insurance solutions that are not only cost effective, but deliver a compelling plan member experience. 


Tom Brocklehurst, LL.B.
WorkSafe BC

Tom will be discussing WorkSafeBC’s perspective on the employer and worker responsibilities regarding workplace impairment in connection with the legalization of cannabis. Tom is the Director of Prevention Practices and Quality at WorkSafeBC, which provides technical and legal and policy advice to WorkSafeBC’s field services. Tom has been providing legal and policy advice at WorkSafeBC in the area of occupational health and safety since 2002.


  • Breakfast       7:30 am - 8:00 am
  • Presentation   8:00 am - 11:00 am 


Four Seasons Hotel
791 W Georgia St
Vancouver, BC
V6C 2T4


CE Credit

Certificates confirming education hours will be offered, with which attendees may seek corresponding accreditation via their preferred regulatory body. You need to sign the attendance sheet at the registration table.


*Student pricing is available to CPBI members who have student status.

Register a group of 5 or more and get 20% discount.

Fees and Registration
Membership Types Regular Price
Regular membership $90.00 CDN
Plan Sponsor Individual Membership $90.00 CDN
Associate $90.00 CDN
Student $90.00 CDN
Non Member $140.00 CDN
Member Price Non Member Price
Table of 6 $430.00 CDN $670.00 CDN
Table of 8 $575.00 CDN $890.00 CDN
Event: ‘Event Full’
Cancellation Policy