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May
7
Roundtable : Back to the Future: EFAP At a GlanceMay 7, 2014 11:45 AM to 1:00 PMHomewood, Suite 500-1050 West Pender Street, Vancouver, British Columbia Area of Interest: Benefits Format: In PersonWe will look at the origins of EFAP (Employee and Family Assistance Programs) and travel through time to watch the evolution of EFAP into its current offering of counselling, life balance, health services and career support. As well as e-services, crisis management response, and manager and organizational support services. We will then take a glimpse into the future of EFAP and related services and how technology and a growing awareness and de-stigmatization of mental health issues will transform services….with a little bit of semblance to the design of early EFAP services.
May
6
NEW DATE - National Webinar - Indalex: What Impact has the Supreme Court of Canada’s Decision had on Pension Plans?May 6, 2014 1:00 PM to 2:00 PMBroadcasted Webinar, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) Area of Interest: Pensions Format: Web
Apr
29
Breakfast Session - Building Equitable and Sustainable Pension PlansApril 29, 2014 7:30 AM to 9:00 AMFour Seasons Hotel, Vancouver, British Columbia Area of Interest: Benefits Format: In PersonDespite the best of intentions, defined benefit pension plans have often favoured the current generation over future generations and, at least recently, employees over employers. This has been particularly true in the public sector. In this session, Malcolm Hamilton will review why this has been the case, and what we should do about it.
Apr
28
An Itch that Needs to be Scratched: Winning Tactics in the Urgent Drive for Workplace Health and PreventionApril 28, 2014 7:30 AM to 11:30 AMFour Seasons Hotel, Vancouver, British Columbia Area of Interest: Benefits Format: In PersonHR leaders and benefits executives all across the globe are under increasing pressure to take steps to improve the health of their working populations. This ½ Day Education Symposium will bring together industry experts from all over North America to tackle the current issues and offer strategies and research on successful programs that have improved workplace health.
Apr
8
CE Session - Pensions & Benefit Communications – Legal Issues and Communication Best PracticesApril 8, 2014 8:00 AM to 12:00 PMSFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia Area of Interest: Pensions, Benefits Format: In PersonThis session will cover the legal requirements and pitfalls employers face in pension and benefit communications. Topics will include the areas of negligent misrepresentation, changes to pension promises, changes to retiree benefits and pension plan conversion litigation. This session will provide particularly useful information for HR leaders, Pension Committee members, and pension and benefits consultants.
Apr
3
Roundtable : Technology and social media solutions for Pension and BenefitsApril 3, 2014 11:45 AM to 1:00 PMMercer, Vancouver, British Columbia Area of Interest: Pensions, Benefits Format: In PersonLearn how technology, social media and networking are changing communication and engagement in the pension and benefits world. This session will demonstrate how organizations are applying electronic solutions (e.g., apps, social media, social networking, mobile platforms, etc.) to improve understanding and engage employees' active participation in the pension and benefit plans they are offered.
Mar
27
National Webinar - Fixed Income Paradigm ShiftMarch 27, 2014 1:00 PM to 2:00 PMBroadcasted Webinar, Eastern Time Zone (EST) Area of Interest: Investments Format: Web
Mar
25
EFAP in the Digital AgeMarch 25, 2014 7:30 AM to 9:00 AMFour Seasons Hotel, Vancouver, British Columbia Area of Interest: Benefits Format: In PersonThis session will explore the impact of technology on Employee and Family Assistance plans, and how such plans are evolving to accommodate the cultural shift that is occurring as a result of the explosive growth of mobile devices in recent years.
Feb
27
National Webinar - Forecast of Drug Costs in the Private Drug Plan Market, 2013-2017February 27, 2014 1:00 PM to 2:00 PMBroadcasted Webinar, Eastern Time Zone (EST) Area of Interest: Benefits Format: Web
Event: ‘Event Full’
Jan
30
National Webinar - Available Opportunities From Predictive Modelling and Wellness Business CaseJanuary 30, 2014 1:00 PM to 2:00 PMBroadcasted Webinar Area of Interest: Benefits Format: Web
Jan
21
Economic OutlookJanuary 21, 2014 7:30 AM to 9:00 AMFour Seasons Hotel, 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, British Columbia Format: In PersonThis session will continue CPBI Pacific's tradition of presenting an annual economic outlook / investment update to give participants an indication of what to expect in the year ahead. Avery Shenfeld is Managing Director and Chief Economist of CIBC World Markets Inc. He has been with CIBC since 1993 and is widely recognized as one of Canada's leading economists for his perceptive analysis and insight on economic developments and their implications for financial markets. Mr. Shenfeld is a four-time winner of the Dow Jones Market Watch forecasting award and has received awards for forecast accuracy on the U.S. and Canadian economies by Bloomberg Markets. He has also been consistently ranked as one of the top Canadian economists by institutional investors. Mr. Shenfeld's prior background includes experience in management consulting. He was on the economics faculty at the University of Toronto and in the summer program at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He has addressed numerous business groups and has been quoted in the media in the United States, Canada, Asia and Europe. Mr. Shenfeld holds a PhD in Economics from Harvard University. *Student pricing is available to CPBI members who have student status.
Dec
5
Mental Health: Psychological Health & Safety in the WorkplaceDecember 5, 2013 12:30 PM to 4:30 PMSFU Harbour Centre, 515 W Hastings St., Vancouver, British Columbia Format: In PersonTHIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. We apologize for any inconvenience. CPBI Pacific Continuing Education session The Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace was released in January, 2013. This session will aim at stimulating our thinking about how we can apply the Standard to ensure psychological health safety in our workplaces. We will first provide an outline of the Standard, as well as background information. We will then focus on how the Standard can be implemented and integrated in existing disability management practices. We will use case studies to brainstorm on implementation strategies and discussion time to clarify questions about the content and feasibility of the Standard. Speakers: Connie Deschamps (Principal & Western Canada Lead in Health & Productivity, Mercer) Dr. Georgia Pomaki (Author; Mental Health Educator, SFU; Disability Specialist, Manulife Financial)
Nov
19
Sleepless Nights of Drug Plan ManagementNovember 19, 2013 7:30 AM to 9:00 AMFour Seasons Hotel, 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, British Columbia Format: In PersonDoes your drug plan management keep you up at night? Perhaps not, however, you may have some important questions about: • Is private plan spending on new medicines sustainable?; • New research cost drivers of drugs, dental and vision care; • Measuring the value of your drug plan vs. the costs; • Impact of high cost drugs; and • The impact of expanded drug patent protection if enacted Comprehensive European Trade Agreement (CETA). This CPBI breakfast session will provide an evidence-based approach to provide answers to these questions. Brett Skinner will use available evidence to understand why BC drug costs are the lowest in the country, address the issue of sustainability of private drug plans, define the drivers that influence drug cost increases, and provide quantitative and qualitative measures of the value of investments in drug plans. This understanding will hopefully provide context to develop strategies for ensuring sustainability of BC private drug plans. Gail Attara will describe the results of a BC Healthcare system published study examining a drug reimbursement policy called Therapeutic Substitution, which required >50,000 BC patients with acid-related diseases, primarily gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GERD), to make a medically unnecessary switch from their prescribed proton pump inhibitor (PPI) to the cheapest available PPI. This evidence provides insight to strategies and unintended consequences of Therapeutic Substitution to reduce costs of drug plans. *Student pricing is available to CPBI members who have student status.
Event: ‘Event Full’
Oct
30
2014 ForecastOctober 30, 2013 11:45 AM to 1:00 PMTowers Watson, 1100 Melville Street, Vancouver, British Columbia Format: In PersonCPBI Roundtable 2014 Forecast – Taking a Sneak Peak into the Crystal Ball Alva Ho and Justin Kreller of Towers Watson, will be guiding a discussion into the expected and unexpected trends that will shape employee benefit costs for 2014. In particular, they will offer insights into the impact of aging demographics and interest rates on life and disability costs; Health and Dental trends – forecast versus actual; Generic drug reform – where our savings come from next; Updates on provincial and federal benefit programs; and Recent legislation that impacts the cost and delivery of benefit plans. Alva Ho is a Senior Consultant and Health and Group Benefits lead in Towers Watson’s Vancouver office, with more than 14 years of experience in group benefits from both a consulting and insurer perspective. He has extensive experience in all aspects of benefit plan management activities, such as renewal analysis and insurer negotiations, plan design benchmarking and vendor marketing. Alva is also familiar with multi-employer and association plan marketing and administration and Employee Assistance Program consulting. Alva has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia and also holds a Group Benefits Associate (GBA) designation. Justin Kreller is a Senior Analyst, Health and Group Benefits, Towers Watson, with more than five years' experience as a health and group benefits advisor. He is experienced in implementing and designing new group benefit plans for employees in a mid-market setting and is also an experienced wealth and estate plan advisor, using planning tools such as life, STD/LTD and critical illness insurance to help preserve clients' estates. This session is free of charge to members. Non-members are welcome to attend their first Roundtable free of charge. Please contact the event coordinator at pacific@cpbi-icra.ca if you wish to attend.
Event: ‘Event Full’
Oct
29
Legal Update 2013October 29, 2013 7:30 AM to 9:00 AMFour Seasons Hotel, 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, British Columbia Area of Interest: Pensions, Benefits, Investments Format: In PersonThe CPBI Pacific Region invites you to join us for our popular annual Legal Update. This year’s session will provide: • An overview of recent developments in case law related to pensions and benefits. • A look at what’s on the legislative horizon that may have a pension and benefits impact. Speaker Claude Marchessault has been practising pension and benefits law for over 25 years. He advises employers in the public and private sectors about pension, trust, benefit and compensation issues and guides them in their dealings with unions, regulators, consultants and other industry professionals. A frequent speaker on the topic, Claude is a former adjunct professor of law for the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria and has taught pension law and plan governance for over 19 years for Humber College. He is currently the head of the Pension and Benefits practice group at Harris & Company LLP, a boutique law firm representing employers on matters of workplace law located in Vancouver, BC.*Student pricing is available to CPBI members who have student status.
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