National Webinar - Cancer in the workplace: New work and new urgency

National Webinar - Cancer in the workplace: New work and new urgency

March 30, 2023 1:00 PM to 2:00 PMOnline - Eastern Time Zone
Area of Interest: Benefits Format: Web

CPBI National webinar series

Cancer is a significant and growing issue for workplaces. More than one-third of new cancer cases are diagnosed in working-age men, and 45% occur in working-age women. Caregiving adds another burden, especially since more than 4,000 children and youth will be diagnosed with cancer this year. More than one-third of new cancers are preventable, and comorbidities are common. New therapies have steadily improved survivorship, but Covid-related health system delays are expected to create a spike in later-stage cancer diagnoses.

Cancer patients experience enormous physical and emotional challenges. Often, their ability to work is compromised, affecting productivity. More cancers increase health and disability claims. Payers increasingly struggle to balance the value and cost of cancer drugs. Still, many employers provide crucial prevention programs, income support and access to therapies.

This webinar will review the current cancer landscape and highlight practical opportunities for workplace stakeholders to enhance cancer care in the workplace.

Attend to

  • Understand the growing burden of cancer on the physical, mental and financial health of Canadian workplaces.
  • Develop and align policies and practices to better support plan members with cancer when they stay at or return to work.
  • Coordinate and ensure timely access to workplace resources to help plan members prevent and manage cancer and better address comorbid conditions.
  • Improve health communication to promote cancer prevention and available screening resources.
  • Create urgency to implement better drug claim pooling and risk-sharing to help sustain access to high-value cancer drugs.

Who should attend 

  • Plan sponsors: employers, unions and trustees
  • Insurers/PBMs/advisors/TPAs, EAPs, other workplace health vendors
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturers and patient support program operators

Those who are registered can access the live session by clicking on the link below

Fees and Registration
Membership TypesRegular PricePlan Sponsor Price
Member$0.00 CDN$0.00 CDN
Plan Sponsor Individual Member$0.00 CDN$0.00 CDN
Associate Member$0.00 CDN$0.00 CDN
Student Membership$0.00 CDN -
Non Member$65.00 CDN$45.00 CDN
Cancellation Policy
Attending this session will allow you to earn CE credits for: The Institute of Advanced Financial Education (Advocis), Insurance of Saskatchewan, Alberta Insurance council, BC Insurance council.


Allan Smofsky is the Principal Strategist of Smofsky Strategic Planning (SSP), a strategic planning health consultancy. Allan has extensive experience in employee benefits and workplace prevention and disease management strategies. He conducts research and consults to stakeholders across the spectrum of health and benefits.

A fluently bilingual (English and French) native of Montreal, Allan founded SSP in 2004 following several years in senior-level leadership and consulting positions with global health and benefits consulting firms, as well as workplace health service providers. He is currently based in the Toronto, Canada area.

Allan attended Concordia University in Montreal, where he studied business administration. He is an active member of several health & benefits industry organizations and teaches at Centennial College’s School of Community and Health Studies Workplace Wellness & Health Promotion post-graduate program. Allan also sits on two Boards of Directors - the Ontario Workplace Health Coalition and HealthPartners, which groups 17 of Canada’s largest health charities.

Allan has demonstrated leadership in advocating for a more comprehensive and integrated approach to organizational health. He is a past winner of the Benefits Canada Workplace Benefits Award and is a frequently invited speaker and writer on organizational health, benefits and well-being issues.

Chris Bonnett established H3 Consulting in 1999, after 18 years of progressive experience in employee benefits. He provides practical prescription drug and dental policy research for private- and public-sector leaders and advises on strategies to improve health in the workplace. He has authored dozens of articles and spoken at more than 150 in-person and web-based conferences for organizations across Canada and in the US.

Chris has been a director on the Boards of four health service organizations. He was the longest-serving member of the Sanofi Canada Healthcare Survey Advisory Board until the survey’s transition to new sponsorship in 2021. Chris is a member of the Program Advisory Committee for Humber College’s Bachelor of Health Sciences – Workplace Health and Wellness degree. He provides peer review of drug policy research for the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Chris holds a Master's degree in Health Science from the University of Toronto, and a PhD in drug policy from the University of Waterloo.

The CPBI thanks the following 2023 national partners for their support 

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