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Leverage Your Total Rewards ProgramFebruary 20, 2008 7:30 AM to 9:00 AMRoyal Mayfair Golf & Country Club, Edmonton, Alberta Format: In PersonLeverage Your Total Rewards Program To Attract, Retain & Define Your Employer Value Proposition ::: The Conference Board of Canada Compensation Planning Outlook 2006 states that two thirds of the 347 organizations surveyed report that recruitment and retention are two of the top challenges of Human Resources leaders today. According to the same study, the average employer spends 28.5% of payroll on total rewards. This is a significant investment. However, existing and prospective employees often don’t understand the true value of the total rewards program or the value proposition of the organization. The right total rewards program can have a significant impact on positioning you as the employer of choice. This seminar will explore ways you can leverage your total rewards program to help attract and retain the best talent. Our guest speaker, Diane McElroy of Aon Consulting, will present case studies of how employers in Canada and worldwide branded their organizations internally and externally as “employer of choice”. Diane will share recruiting trends and strategies that can help employers capitalize on promoting their total rewards differentiation in the marketplace. Diane will also share trends in total rewards communication and share how effective communication can contribute to developing a high performance workforce that understands the employee value proposition. Diane McElroy, Senior Vice President from Aon Consulting is the leader of the total rewards communication team. She has over 35 years of experience in the development and implementation of strategic total rewards communication plans. Diane has implemented dozens of human resources branding campaigns to help employers attract and retain the best talent. Diane has won over a dozen national and international awards for excellence in total rewards and change management communication.
Event: 10 of 120 Registered
DEFINED CONTRIBUTION RISKSJanuary 16, 2008 7:30 AM to 9:00 AMRoyal Mayfair Golf & Country Club, Edmonton, Alberta Format: In PersonDEFINED CONTRIBUTION RISKS: Pension Adequacy and Replacement Ratios:: There has been significant movement from Defined Benefit (DB) to Defined Contribution (DC) pension plans, with few new DB plans being underwritten over the past 10 to 15 years. While DC Plans empower employees with control of their Investments employees also assume the corresponding responsibility to manage those investments to secure their retirement nest egg effectively transferring retirement risk from the sponsor to the employee. For the most part, DC plans were designed based on an internal set Of budgetary constraints and external competitive pressures. Unfortunately in doing so, even in light of the best adhered to CAP Guidelines, Sponsors may have inadvertently ignored the employee perspective, specifically, explaining and clarifying what retirement income may by delivered by DC Plans. In the coming years more Canadians will retire from DC plans than ever before. Many in our business fear lawsuits grounded in complaints about inadequacy of retirement income, or insufficient replacement ratios* due to ill-designed DC Plans. These lawsuits are likely to take another couple decades, as plan members retire in sufficient numbers from DC Plans to result in widespread legal action. Please join us as Minaz Lalani from Towers Perrin provides practical guidance on the role of employers in managing, or avoiding the potential risk of litigation of retirement (in) adequacy in DC Plans. Minaz will discuss: • A better understanding of retirement adequacy and replacement ratios, answering the question: How much is adequate retirement income? • Managing employee expectations on retirement income and providing worthwhile retirement adequacy education and communication| to employees, and; • Actions employers can take to "bullet-proof" retirement adequacy risk. Minaz Lalani is a Principal and consulting actuary with Towers Perrin in Calgary. He has established and designed DC Plans since the late 1980s; recently, he has been strategically involved in managing DC risks for large DC clients. Minaz has over 25 years of experience in strategic, actuarial and human resource consulting services, including pension review and design, financial management of retirement plans, employee education and governance, including integration of retirement plans in merger and acquisition situations. * Ratio of retirement income as a percentage of earnings at retirement.
Event: 10 of 110 Registered
ECONOMIC OVERVIEW 2007December 12, 2007 7:30 AM to 9:00 AMRoyal Mayfair Golf & Country Club, Edmonton, Alberta Format: In PersonGary Smith, Ph.D, CFA Senior Strategist/Economist, Alberta Investment Management Financial markets have been exhibiting tremendous volatility over the last several months. Equity markets have been gyrating, certain segments of the credit markets have effectively closed, and the Canadian dollar and other currencies have reached unprecedented levels when measured against the US dollar. What is going on? Join Gary Smith, the Senior Strategist/Economist with Alberta Investment Management as he provides an overview of why the markets are behaving as they have been lately and explores some detail regarding the magnitude of the problems, and to suggest some consequences of the current market turmoil for economic activity over the next few quarters.
Event: 11 of 120 Registered
A Pension Legislation Update and ReviewNovember 21, 2007 7:30 AM to 9:00 AMRoyal Mayfair Golf & Country Club, Edmonton, Alberta Format: In PersonWhat’s new... what’s happening... and what to anticipate! - A Pension Legislation Update and Review Come out and hear an update and review of the changes to the pension legislation directly from the authorities at the Alberta Superintendent of Pensions office. We are pleased to have Mark Prefontaine, Acting Deputy Superintendent of Pensions at Alberta Finance come out to review and comment on the recent changes to the pension legislation. In addition, Mark will provide some insight on legislation changes that are currently “in the pipe” and what we can potentially look forward to in the future. This insightful and informative symposium will be followed by a frank open question and answer session to discuss or further clarify the meaning of the changes for plans sponsors as well as the impact on the individual members.
Event: 4 of 100 Registered
Pension Legislation UpdateOctober 16, 2007 7:30 AM to 9:00 AMEdmonton Petroleum Club, Edmonton, Alberta Format: In PersonMurray Gold, a partner with Koskie Minsky LLP Barristers and Solicitors will discuss the legal issues surrounding solvency funding, changes to pension legislation in the offing and the impact of recent court cases on pensions.
Event: 4 of 120 Registered
Sanofi-Aventis Healthcare SurveySeptember 19, 2007 7:30 AM to 9:00 AMRoyal Mayfair Golf & Country Club, Edmonton, Alberta Format: In PersonArt Babcock, Vice president, AON and member of the advisory board for the healthcare survey, will present the 10th anniversary edition of the sanofi-aventis healthcare survey 2007. Come and hear what Canadians are saying about the public health care system and their benefit plans. Hear about latest issues and trends. Get the latest statistics on employee job satisfaction, what’s keeping them at work and what’s driving them away. Learn about the importance of benefit plan design! Enroll early to make sure you get the latest news.
Event: 8 of 120 Registered
Lessons in the Circle of LifeJune 20, 2007 8:00 AM to 9:30 AMRoyal Mayfair Golf and Country Club, Edmonton, Alberta Format: In PersonDon’t miss out on our member appreciation event with John Watkis, motivational speaker, entertainer and author Come and be inspired by John and this end of the year event. Using side splitting humor, real life examples and masterful storytelling John will present common sense Lessons in the Circle of Life. For details on John visit:
Event: 5 of 100 Registered
National Pharmaceutical StrategyMay 16, 2007 7:30 AM to 9:00 AMRoyal Mayfair Golf and Country Club, Edmonton, Alberta Format: In PersonGlenn Monteith Executive Director, Pharmaceutical Policy & Programs, Alberta Health & Wellness In September 2004, Prime Minister Paul Martin and Canada’s premiers agreed to establish a Ministerial Task Force to consider a National Pharmaceutical Strategy. Pharmaceutical policy has become one of the most important and contested domains of health system management – a rise in prominence largely due to financial realities. So what’s happened since then and what does this mean to private and public drug plans and Canadians as a whole??? Glenn Monteith, with his extensive background in health and pharmaceuticals consulting, and his current role as the Executive Director of Alberta Health & Wellness, Pharmaceutical Policy & Programs will provide us with some facts and perspectives on this great debate on drugs.
Event: 9 of 100 Registered
What happens when the oil runs out?April 18, 2007 7:30 AM to 9:00 AMRoyal Mayfair Golf and Country Club, Edmonton, Alberta Format: In PersonWhere is Alberta's economy going now that the debt has been paid off? How can we diversify our industries? And how can we best invest our surplus revenue to ensure prosperity in the future? These are questions that Albertans must address as we make choices that will determine the kind of province we want to leave for our children. Todd Hirsch received a BA (Honors) in Economics from the University of Alberta, and an MA in Economics from the University of Calgary. Todd started his career at the Canada West Foundation, where he worked in various research positions over an eight-year period. In 1997, he joined Canadian Pacific Railway in Calgary. During his stay with the CPR, he held positions in the Communications and Government Relations Department, the Commercial Development Group, and the Planning and Performance Group. In 2001, Todd joined the Bank of Canada as an Economist in the Research Department and worked out of the Bank's Calgary office. Todd returned to the Canada West Foundation in 2004 as Chief Economist. Since then, he has developed the Canada West Foundation's provincial economic forecasts and profiles series and has worked on a variety of projects including skills shortages and long-term economic planning for western Canada. Todd is an accomplished writer and his work appears regularly in Calgary Inc. Magazine, Avenue Magazine, Policy Options, and the Globe and Mail.
Event: 11 of 100 Registered
Got Lawyers?March 14, 2007 7:30 AM to 9:00 AMRoyal Mayfair Golf and Country Club, Edmonton, Alberta Format: In PersonGOT LAWYERS? Greg Harding and Tom O’Reilly of Field Law will talk about (and probably disagree with each other) why pensions and lawyers are such a good mix, and discuss some of the current and emerging legal issues for the pension industry. Greg is chair of the General Litigation Group in the firm's Edmonton office. His varied practice includes commercial disputes, construction litigation, estate litigation, trust law, administrative law, pension and benefits law, as well as constitutional law (including both charter and human rights litigation). He is currently President of the Canadian Bar Insurance Association. Tom advises local, regional, national and international clients on a wide variety of commercial litigation matters, pension matters and intellectual property matters.
Event: 8 of 100 Registered
Imbedded Guidance...the next revolutionFebruary 21, 2007 7:30 AM to 9:00 AMRoyal Mayfair Golf and Country Club, Edmonton, Alberta Format: In PersonMatthew Rotenberg, Standard Life Canada DC Education and Investments: As a plan sponsor do I offer advice, do I offer education or can I wrap it all together in one simple package. These days guidance is actually being imbedded in the investment products that are offered to members. The evolution of investment offerings has created many turnkey solutions for Sponsors and Members alike. But what are the drawbacks? Do these products cover all the bases and allow sponsors to stop worrying completely? And what about a needs analysis? Should sponsors be helping their members with this aspect of the planning process now that the investment side is taken care of? Matthew Rotenberg of Standard Life Canada will explore these issues in an informative and interactive manner during this seminar.
Event: 0 of 100 Registered
Investment Manager Selection, Monitoring and TerminationJanuary 17, 2007 7:30 AM to 9:00 AMRoyal Mayfair Golf and Country Club, Edmonton, Alberta Format: In PersonMr. Dan Langlois, a Senior Consultant in Aon Consulting's investment consulting practice will conduct this seminar which will help you to: • identify considerations when selecting investment managers, • learn how to set and use benchmarks, • learn how to avoid investment monitoring pitfalls, • learn when you should terminate the services of an investment manager.
Event: 10 of 100 Registered
Economic ForecastDecember 13, 2006 7:30 AM to 9:00 AMRoyal Mayfair Golf and Country Club, Edmonton, Alberta Format: In PersonSPEAKER Mark Illing Senior Representative (Economics) For the Prairies, Nunavut, and NWT region Bank of Canada The Canadian economy has been subject to significant shocks over the past three years as global growth and the demand for commodities has accelerated. Surging energy and metals prices have driven up the Canadian dollar at an unprecedented rate, while inflation pressures and interest rates have been remarkably low and stable. The effects of the commodity boom have resulted in greater regional disparities than at any point since the late-1970s, and yet the Bank of Canada's monetary policy remains national in scope. At the same time, global imbalances continue to mount--the U.S. absorbs most of the world's savings to fuel an unsustainable trade deficit--leaving trillions of dollars of housing wealth hanging in the balance. Mark Illing will discuss these issues in the context of the Bank of Canada's global economic outlook, and then explore the implications for Canada and, in particular, the Alberta economy.
Event: 3 of 100 Registered
Retiree BenefitsNovember 15, 2006 7:30 AM to 9:00 AMRoyal Mayfair Golf and Country Club, Edmonton, Alberta Format: In PersonRETIREE BENEFITS - What They Mean To Group Insurance Plans Perry Dorgan, Vice President, Plan Benefits, West Region, Johnson Inc. The provision of retiree benefits offers many interesting issues for employers. The increasing costs of group benefits, coupled with the growing number of retirees, presents a number of challenges. Our dynamic economy requires employers to consider how to balance their attraction and retention needs with the long-term needs of employees. What do employers need to consider to meet employee expectations? What are the legal and governance challenges? Are there other options to an employer sponsored plan? Perry Dorgan has many years of experience consulting on the design and delivery of group benefit plans. He will provide you with information on the issues and suggest some strategic considerations for organizations. Perry will also leave you with some thoughts on the Re-envisioning of retirement.
Event: 4 of 100 Registered
Health and Wellness SeriesOctober 25, 2006 7:30 AM to 4:00 AMMayfair Golf and Country Club, Edmonton, Alberta Format: In PersonThe Northern Alberta Regional Council has arranged for a one-day series of presentations by experts on topics that employers are facing as they deal with the health and wellness of their organization and employees. The speakers will provide you with information for managing your health benefit plans while addressing attraction and retention issues and recognizing the divergent needs of employees and your organization.
Event: 6 of 100 Registered
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