London Chapter Spring Breakfast Seminar: Expanding Horizons: DEI perspectives in Group Benefits and Beyond

London Chapter Spring Breakfast Seminar: Expanding Horizons: DEI perspectives in Group Benefits and Beyond

April 11, 2024 8:00 AM to 11:30 AMFour Points by Sheraton London, London, Ontario
Area of Interest: Pensions, Benefits, Investments, Networking Format: In Person

Join the CPBI Ontario London Chapter for the Breakfast Seminar, hosted on April 11, 2024 from 8am to 11:30am


The seminar will start with an in-depth presentation on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) followed by a moderated panel discussion. You won’t want to miss this!

SESSION ONE  - Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging: What Does It All Mean and Why Is It Important? presented by Farzeen Mawji

from 9am to 10am

A great deal has happened over the past few years. We’ve come through a global pandemic, changed the way in which we work, and the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) as part of our awareness has grown.

In this session, we will pause to reflect on what DEI means, how it impacts our organizations, and why it is important for our people.

In considering the employee lifecycle as it relates to inclusive benefits and retirement plan design, you will come away with the tools and understanding to navigate the future of work.

  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging: What Does It All Mean and Why Is It Important?
  • DEI in 2024: Where Are We Today? What Is Yet to Come?
  • Embedding DEI Into Your Organizational DNA: The Employee Lifecycle From Hire to Retire
  • Inclusive Benefits and Retirement Planning: What is Needed and How Can you Help?
  • Q&A

SESSION TWO  -  Panel Discussion: Expanding Horizons: DEI perspectives in Group Benefits and Beyond 

from 10:30 to 11:30 am

Discover how Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) intersect with employee benefits and well-being in this insightful seminar. Join us for an exploration of the pivotal role DEI plays in fostering a workplace culture where every individual feels valued, supported, and empowered.

Our distinguished panelists, consisting of experts in DEI, Human Resources, and Employee Benefits, will share their insights and experiences on navigating the complexities of integrating DEI principles into group benefits programs. Through candid discussions, they will explore innovative strategies, common challenges, and notable successes in leveraging benefits as a tool for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.

Whether you’re an HR professional, Organizational Leader, or Benefit professional, this seminar offers valuable perspectives and strategies for maximizing the impact of your benefits programs through a DEI lens.


8:00 am - 9:00 am:     Registration, Breakfast & Networking
9:00 am - 10:00 am:   Session One
10:00 am - 10:30 am: Coffee break and networking
10:30 am - 11:30 am: Session Two


CPBI Member $70 or $400 for a table of 6
Future Member $105 or $600 for a table of 6
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.


Please note that this seminar will be hosted


Event: 88 Registered2 Available
Cancellation Policy
CE credit hours will be offered through the Institute. This seminar complies with CEBS CPE policy guidelines, and the content can be reported for application for CPE credit.



Farzeen Mawji, National Practice Leader, Inclusion & Diversity at Gallagher

Farzeen Mawji (he/him/his) is the National Practice Leader, Inclusion and Diversity. Diversity, inclusion and belonging are core values of Farzeen and integral to who he is. Embracing and learning from different perspectives has broadened his understanding of other cultures and backgrounds and has shaped his own perspective into one that is much richer.

Farzeen’s work experience spans both publicly traded companies and private enterprise where he has strategically leveraged opportunities and built meaningful relationships to competently execute project initiatives. He has developed and implemented successful strategies that achieved their targets, as well as nurtured and promoted teamwork, all while fostering a culture of collaboration, empathy, and respect.

Farzeen’s expertise in unconscious bias and emotional intelligence allow him to see things from a broader vantage point. As an effective leader, he diligently works to understand what needs to be done and eliminates ambiguity, better equipping himself to articulate purpose and connect people to that purpose. Farzeen’s leadership style is one of teaching and empowering. He thrives when he can learn about what is in front of him, analyze it from an objective standpoint, and then impart his knowledge through a teaching lens intended to inspire, collaborate, and support.


Andrejka Massicotte, Head, Group Benefits, RBC Insurance

Andrejka Massicotte leads a team with responsibility for the product development, strategic direction, and overall performance of RBC Insurance’s Group Benefits business. The team is committed to differentiating RBC Insurance through a progressive and collaborative approach to group benefit solutions – to ensure every business and its employees get the support they need to lead a healthy lifestyle, manage their benefits, and return to health if faced with a serious medical condition.

Prior to RBC Insurance, Andrejka spent eight years with RBC’s Human Resources Pension and Benefits group where she was responsible for the oversight of RBC’s Canadian and US benefits programs covering 80,000 active employees and 20,000 retirees. She also led RBC’s Wellness+ program offered to 90,000 employees worldwide. Under her leadership, the Wellness+ program saw engagement grow to over 30% annually.

Prior to joining RBC in 2014, Andrejka spent over 10 years as a group benefits consultant at two Canadian consulting firms, working with large clients on a broad range of issues including active benefit plan design, pricing and financial management as well as post-employment and post-retirement benefit valuation and design.

Andrejka has a BSc from McMaster University and is a Fellow of both the Society of Actuaries and the Canadian Institute of Actuaries. She’s an avid fitness and running enthusiast, with three world major marathons scheduled in 2024.



Nancy Cairns, DEI Specialist, Ladder HR Solutions

Nancy Cairns brings a unique blend of professional expertise and personal commitment to her role in human resources. With a background spanning communications, business consulting, and advocacy, Nancy is dedicated to fostering inclusive workplace cultures where every individual can thrive. Her journey is marked by resilience, creativity, and a passion for positive change.

Nancy leverages her extensive experience to provide tailored solutions that optimize workplace dynamics, enhance employee wellness, and promote diversity and inclusion. Drawing on her background in internal communications and program coordination, she excels in developing strategies that cultivate morale, productivity, and retention rates.

For over a decade, Nancy served in various capacities within the City of Ottawa, where she demonstrated her ability to drive positive change at both organizational and community levels. From her time working in municipal politics, to program coordination to communications and championing equity, diversity and inclusion, she consistently sought to empower others and amplify marginalized voices.

Fluent in English, French, and Spanish, she brings a global perspective to her work, fostering connections across diverse communities.

Nancy Cairns is not just a professional; she is a passionate advocate, innovative thinker, and champion for positive change in the realm of human resources. With her diverse skill set and unwavering commitment to inclusivity, she continues to make meaningful contributions to the organizations and communities she serves.


Sarah Morden, BHSc, CLC, Right Path Advisor, Selectpath Benefits & Financial

With over 15 years experience in the group benefit industry, she comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience in all areas of group benefits. Her passion is in building relationships and providing innovative solutions, while focusing on the wellbeing of her clients. She is a huge advocate of mental health in the workplace and her background in health sciences and as a certified life coach give her a unique perspective in this industry. She is a mom of 3, spends a lot of time at the hockey rink, and loves to travel.


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