London Chapter breakfast seminar

London Chapter breakfast seminar

October 1, 2019 8:00 AM to 11:30 AMLamplighter Inn & Convention Center, London, Ontario
Area of Interest: Pensions, Benefits, Networking Format: In Person

ATTENTION: This event is sold out. The registration is now closed!

Session Descriptions

The CPBI Ontario London Chapter is back with its annual Update!

>> What’s the Big Deal with Big Data?
On each day, there are over 5 billion searches in search engines, and over 95 million photos and videos are being shared on Instagram. Every minute, the Weather Channel receives 18,055,556 forecast requests, and people are commenting over 510,000 times on Facebook posts. Google processes more than 40,000 searches every second and Wikipedia now holds over 11.5 gigabytes of text data alone.

Not to mention the massive explosion of financial data – the New York Stock Exchange produces over 1 terabyte of data a day – the size of 100 Wikipedias.

But how do we harness all of this data for our investment decisions? How do we differentiate between ‘good’ data and ‘bad’ data? How do we organize data and prioritize it?

This presentation starts by putting into context the importance of data through human history. We will then explain some academically consensus methodologies for examining and looking at data, and finally how it actually can be applied to asset management. This presentation will help put some clarity around a very popular and exploited topic, helping to uncover what’s essential to big data going forward… and even more importantly what is noise.  
>>Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - What the heck is it, why is it so popular, and what is with this e-therapy stuff?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is the subject of many recent articles relating to benefit plan design, disability management, etc. In addition, a variety of digital therapy products are emerging in the marketplace. The problem is that few people outside of the world of psychology and psychotherapy actually know what CBT is, let alone understand the digital versions of CBT. This session will describe how CBT works, and how it is different than “counselling”. Other “evidence based” psychotherapies will be considered. The new digital models will be covered in detail. Finally, we will look at some of the challenges and controversies associated with both CBT and digital CBT.

This session will be of interest to anyone who is considering adding a digital product to a benefit plan, or who already has a digital product.
>>Biosimilars and Transition Programs
In this session, we are diving deep into the world of biologics, biosimilars and the world of transitioning patients. First we will look at some statistics on the growth of biologics in Canada and around the world. Then we will provide an overview of biosimilars and the savings that can be achieved by increasing biosimilar market share. We will discuss why there is such low patient uptake in Canada, and what strategies exist today to increase biosimilar utilization. We will take a look at the increasing body of evidence – both from clinical trials and registries (real-world evidence) – that supports transitioning patients to biosimilars. We will share what a biosimilar transition program can look like, from a patient experience perspective. And then we will review the benefits of transition programs for Canadian plan sponsors, which include long-term savings, uninterrupted coverage and future coordination with provincial plans.

8:00 am - 9:00 am: Registration, Breakfast & Networking
9:00 am - 11:30 am: Program
9 am - 9:45 am: session 1
9:45 am - 10:30 am: session 2
10:30 am - 10:45 am: coffee and networking break
10:45 am - 11:30 am: session 3

Presentations & CE credits
CPBI Ontario provides copies of the speaker presentations following the session. This will be sent to all attendees by email, as well as an evaluation survey. Continuing Education Attendance Certificates will be available for this seminar.
Fees and Registration
Membership TypesRegular PricePlan Sponsor Price
Regular membership$60.00 CDN$60.00 CDN
Plan Sponsor Individual Membership$60.00 CDN$60.00 CDN
Associate$60.00 CDN$60.00 CDN
Student$60.00 CDN -
Non Member$95.00 CDN$95.00 CDN
Member PriceNon Member Price
round table of 6 of 6$360.00 CDN$510.00 CDN
Event: 69 Registered ‘Event Full’
Cancellation Policy


Stephen Duench : Session 1 - What’s the Big Deal with Big Data?

Stephen is the lead portfolio manager for all of AGF’s North American equity income products.  He has been an integral member of the quantitative equity portfolio management team (Highstreet / AGFiQ ) since 2007, with current assets around $7.5 billion.  He built his career around the creation of proprietary quantitative portfolio management models, tools, signals, and applications across both Canadian and Global mandates. Stephen is an expert in the emerging field of Factor characteristics and their subsequent performance. Stephen has an Honours degree in Financial Mathematics and is a CFA charterholder.


PETER GOVE, MSW, RSW : Session 2 - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Innovation Consultant, Health Management

• Peter is a consultant and works with GSC on initiatives under GSC’s Change4Life® banner. Change4Life is aimed at supporting Canadians to better manage their health. The initiative utilizes
advanced analytics to proactively identify plan participants who are at risk of developing, or who have developed a chronic disease and to reach out to them with focused programs.
• Peter has 25 years of experience in the group insurance industry
• Peter has Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) and is a Registered Social Worker
(RSW) in Ontario

NED POJSKIC, HonBSc, MSc, PhD : Biosimilars and Transition Programs

Leader, Pharmacy & Health Provider Relations

Ned Pojskic is Green Shield Canada’s Leader for Pharmacy and Health Provider Relations. In this role, he is responsible for setting GSC’s strategic direction with respect to provider and drug benefits management. He takes the lead in managing stakeholder relations with all health care providers, including pharmacy, dental, and paramedical. Ned is also responsible for overall drug formulary management, including pricing and policy as well as pharmaceutical industry partnerships.
With an industry background that includes a role as Director of Health Policy for the Ontario Pharmacists Association, Ned is a key member of GSC’s Strategic Market Solutions Team. Ned holds Masters and PhD degrees from the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Toronto and is currently appointed as an adjunct professor within the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy.

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