In Search of Alignment – Common Strategies for Employee and Public Health Benefits

In Search of Alignment – Common Strategies for Employee and Public Health Benefits

May 19, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:30 PMFairmont Palliser, Calgary, Alberta
Area of Interest: Pensions, Benefits, Investments, Networking Format: In Person
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In Search of Alignment – Common Strategies for Employee and Public Health Benefits

Please join us for lunch on Thursday May 19th, 2016 at the Fairmont Palliser Hotel, 133 – 9 Ave. SW Calgary.


In times of economic downturn, companies face fiscal constraints that can create challenges for benefits plans and concerns for plan members and sponsors. This is a reality for many Southern Alberta employers. This session will focus on strategies to increase the sustainability of benefit plans. It will provide insight into the value and importance of a plan charter to set the health benefit direction and share parallel lessons from public health care plans, with a special focus on drug benefits. Plan sponsors will learn tactical knowledge and common strategies to assist in collaboration and alignment between their health and benefit plan and public policy. 



Guest Speakers 


Steve Long, BSc(Pharm), MBA
S. C. Long Consulting Ltd.

Steve has broad experience in pharmacy services and health care. He started his career in hospital pharmacy and took on increasing responsibility in management and direction of services, progressing to Director, Pharmacy Services, and Calgary Health Region. From hospital pharmacy, Steve moved to take on the challenge of managing drug policy and programs for the Government of Alberta. During his five year tenure with Alberta Health, Steve was instrumental in reshaping pharmacy compensation and reimbursement to better align with expanded scope of practice and in streamlining review processes to improve access to drugs funded through provincial programs. As the former National Director, Public Policy, for Shoppers Drug Mart, Steve developed a better understanding of the business of pharmacy. 

In the National Director role, he anticipated and interpreted public policy directions of governments to advise the SDM senior management on strategies to attain business certainty and to help them evolve the role of pharmacists in the health care system. In 2013, Steve created S. C. Long Consulting Ltd. to offer consultation and advice to others seeking to better understand pharmaceutical policy and the Canadian health system.  Steve also works as a Senior Associate with the Health and Life Sciences group of Global Public Affairs from their Calgary Office. 


Shandy Reed, BSW, MSc.
Division Manager - Health Strategies & Stakeholder Engagement

As the Division Manager for Health Strategies & Stakeholder Engagement with ASEBP, Shandy supports ASEBP’s ongoing efforts to engage and support relationships with ASEBP’s stakeholders including organizational parent bodies, school jurisdiction and employer group leadership, government and its agencies and other identified plan partners. Supporting strategic health initiatives and overseeing ASEBP’s organizational communications are also part of her role. Prior to joining ASEBP, Shandy coordinated a provincial advocacy coalition focused on healthy public policies, and co-led many health strategies within both the provincial and federal government. 

Shandy has a degree in Social Work from the University of Calgary, a Master of Science degree in Health Promotion at the University of Alberta and an Advanced Executive Certificate in General Management from Queens University. 



Thursday May 19, 2016   
11:30 am to Noon - Registration and Buffet Lunch       
Noon to 1:30 pm - Presentation and Question


Fairmont Palliser Hotel       
133 9th Avenue SW       
Oval Room  

Registration Fee

CPBI Members: $ 65       
Future Members: $ 95       
Table of 8: $ 580       
GST #106865330 RT0007


Krista Esau       
Phone: (587) 435-2724       
[email protected]


I nominate Don Forbes for his involvement is so many aspects of CPBI - He's chair of the sponsorship committee, which has made a huge difference to our region, and chair of the marketing committee, and is a member of the social committee - organizing golf. 
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