Cancer and Critical illness in the Workplace

Cancer and Critical illness in the Workplace

May 29, 2024 12:00 PM to 1:30 PMOnline Pacific Time
Area of Interest: Benefits Format: Web

An online seminar hosted by CPBI Pacific

We are excited to bring you a 2 part webinar:

Part 1: A Glimpse into the Cancer Journey: An overview of the evolving landscape of cancer in 2024

"A Glimpse into the Cancer Journey:   An overview of the evolving landscape of cancer in 2024" provides insights into various aspects of cancer, including its changing incidence and demographics, evolving treatments, and outcomes. It delves into the concept of Precision Oncology in 2024, emphasizing the importance of personalized treatment approaches based on the patient’s individual genetic profile.   Additionally, the opportunity for private payers in supporting plan members in their cancer management is discussed, highlighting their impact on access to treatments and companion diagnostic tests not yet available on the provincial public plans.

Part 2: The Economic Burden of a Critical Illness Diagnosis

Employees often take time off work after being diagnosed with a critical illness. A reduced income makes managing unforeseen medical costs, let alone existing household expenses difficult. Treatment and prescription drugs, personal care and support workers, hospitalization in a semi-private room, transportation, and childcare are just some of the costs that can add up after a critical illness diagnosis. 

With incidence rates rising, and as early detection and treatment options are improving, more people are receiving a critical illness diagnosis, and more people are surviving. The tax-free lump sum benefit from a Critical Illness policy together with a monthly benefit from a Disability or Accident & Serious Illness policy can help support employees as they navigate their life after a diagnosis.

Cancellation Policy

Sharlene Gill, BSc (Pharm), MD, MPH, MBA, FASCO, FRCP(C)

Dr. Sharlene Gill is a Professor of Medicine at the University of British Columbia and a medical oncologist specializing in gastrointestinal (GI) malignancies at BC Cancer – Vancouver. She received a Bachelors of Science in Pharmacy and an MD from the University of British Columbia in 1996 followed by residencies in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology. Dr. Gill subsequently completed a fellowship in Gl Oncology at the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN) and a Masters of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. In 2017, she completed an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina. She is actively engaged in education and research, with over 150 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters to her credit, and is a Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Dr. Gill serves as the Chair of the Canadian Clinical Trials Group (CCTG) GI Disease Site Committee, Chair of the UBC Department of Medicine Mentoring Committee and Chair of the BC Cancer Medical Advisory Committee. She is the President of the Canadian Association of Medical Oncologists. Her TEDx talk in 2022 on ‘How to Flip the Script on Cancer’ delivered her passion for patient advocacy and empowerment.

Renée Sands, Underwriter, Special Risk, Sutton Special Risk 

Renée Sands joined Sutton in 2019 after graduating from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology (B.Sc.H). As an underwriter on the Special Risk team, she is involved in underwriting, pricing, and account management across all product lines including AD&D, Disability, Major Medical, Life, Critical Illness, and Kidnap & Ransom insurance. She holds her agent’s licence in Life Insurance and Accident & Sickness Insurance.


Attend to Learn:

  1. Recognize the incidence and changing demographic of cancer.
  2. Review evolving treatments and outcomes associated with cancer.
  3. Understand what we mean by Precision Oncology in 2024.
  4. Appreciate the role of third-party payers in cancer management in Canada.
  5. Canada’s most common diseases
  6. The economic burden of surviving a critical illness diagnosis
  7. Government benefits and the Canada Health Act
  8. How Critical Illness, Disability, and Accident & Serious Illness Disability insurance coverages respond



Wednesday May 29, 2024
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM PT – Dr. Sharlene Gill
12:30 PM - 1:15 PM PT – R
enee Sands
1:15 PM - 1:30 PM PT – Q+A
Certificate of Attendance quiz to follow


Registration Fee

Members: $25
Non-Members: $75
Sponsors: 1 credit



Online Workshop

Access information will be sent to all registrants one day in advance of the online session.  Please plan to log in 10 minutes prior to the start of the session. This session will be recorded and available to registrants.


Who Should Attend:

Benefit brokers, advisors, consultants.

Plan sponsors, insurers, pharmacy benefits managers.


CE Credit

Certificates of Attendance confirming education hours will be offered, with which attendees may seek corresponding accreditation via their preferred regulatory body.



Krista Frayn
Phone: (888) 788-3185
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Kim Duxbury

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