Canadian Benefits Program Certificate

Date and Time

Starts:04/03/2018 8:30 AM

Ends:04/05/2018 4:30 PM

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Yorkville Conference Center

150 Bloor St W

Toronto, ON


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The Key to Attract and Retain Key Talent!

Gain a Clear Understanding of Canadian Group Benefits.

Group Benefits form an important part of an employee's compensation program and play a valuable role in attracting and retaining key talent.

Now you can get a comprehensive overview of benefit programs in Canada with this course.

<  Understand the basics and develop better strategies.

<  Manage your programs more effectively.

<  Keep escalating costs under control.

Complete all three levels and receive your Benefits Program Certificate.

Each day builds on the knowledge and skills of the previous level. Successful graduates will have completed all three levels.

WHY you should be here:

Level 1 – Introduction to the key elements of a Canadian Benefits program.

<  Overview of the public and private benefits in Canada

<  Overview of plan design types (traditional, flexible benefit plans)

<  Underwriting & risk sharing approaches

<  Administration options

<  Technology solutions for plan members and plan sponsors

Level 2 – In-depth look into cost management and claims management strategies and pricing.

<  Review of pricing and risk mitigation approaches

<  Overview of different cost management strategies for Drug, Health & Dental plans

<  Overview of claims management strategies for Drugs

<  Disability management options

<  Fraud management

<  Wellness strategies

<  Employee communication and member support beyond enrollment: making sure the participants understand the true value of plan

Level 3 – Drug and Disability plan landscape and sharing of practical approaches via case studies.

<  Drug plan landscape by province

<  Management of high-cost drugs

<  Disability management case study

<  Wellness solutions – assessment tools, program delivery, strategy and approach

WHAT you will gain:

<  A comprehensive understanding of the many components of Canadian Group Benefits.

<  Insight into public and private benefits programs and individual benefit types to better formulate plans and strategies.

<  Three levels of knowledge sharing to help manage programs better and minimize costs.

Who should attend:

HR Professionals tasked with hiring, retaining talent in the organization. C-Suite executives who wish to understand Group benefits programs.

Speaker bio(s)

Speaker Patrick Hill

Patrick Hill, Benefits & Health Consultant, Accompass

Patrick is a Benefits & Health Consultant at Accompass. He provides critical advice and support for a wide range of plan design, financial management, and administrative services; such as communications support, employee meetings, disability management and wellness plans for all sized organizations. Patrick has been working in the benefits industry for over 12 years on both the insurance carrier and the consulting side of business. Before joining Accompass, he was a Senior Group Underwriter at one of Canada’s major insurance providers.

Speaker Peter Demangos 

Peter Demangos , Managing Director

Peter is the Co-Founder of Collage HR and Founder of PDF Financial Group, organizations that are actively reinventing the way Canadian businesses manage HR & Benefits.

Seen as a leader in the Employee Benefits industry, Peter is frequently quoted in Benefits Canada publications as well as a regular speaker for and the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA).
Holding an MBA (from the Schulich School of Business), CFP and CLU designations, and a Bachelor of Commerce (from the Rotman School of Management), Peter is a strong believer in continued education.

He continues to share his experiences by also teaching the Pension & Benefits course at Humber College within the Human Resources Management Post-Graduate program.

Speaker Serafina Morgia

Serafina Morgia, Senior Consultant, Willis Towers Watson

Serafina is a Senior Consultant in the Toronto office at Willis Towers Watson and brings over 20 years of combined insurance company, corporate and heath and benefits consulting experience to the company.

As a health and benefits practitioner, she specializes in the management and strategic development of employee benefits programs, with particular emphasis on health promotion, wellness, drug plan management and absence/disability management.

Speaker Michael Moriarity

Michael Moriarity

Michael is a pension and benefits communication consultant who specializes in the application of marketing techniques to communicate the complexities of pension and benefits plans. He works with both private and public sector clients to translate the language of benefits into messages that resonate with, educate and engage plan members.

As a career communicator with over 25 years’ experience in marketing and communications, Michael has served in both corporate and consulting environments. Most recently Michael worked with Eckler Ltd. as a senior communications consultant. Prior to Eckler he was the president of MME & Associates, a group insurance consulting firm that provided marketing and communications solutions for a range of association and corporate clients.

Michael is also a former publisher of Benefits Canada and Employee Health + Productivity magazine, an award-winning journal that explored the links between employee productivity and workplace wellness. In his free time, Michael teaches pension and benefits communication at Humber College’s Centre for Employee Benefits PPAC and CEB certificate programs.

Speaker Stephanie Lue-Kim

Stephanie Lue-Kim, Organizational Health Consultant

Stephanie has over 20 years of experience in the group benefits industry, 9 of which are in her current role as an Organizational Health Consultant. Stephanie works closely with large Great-West Life customers and their advisors to develop and implement health, wellness and disability management. Stephanie is a graduate of McMaster University and holds a number certifications in the health, wellness and fitness industry. She has attained industry designation from the International Foundation of Employee Benefits Plans, Group Benefits Associate.

Speaker Andrea Staruch

Andrea Staruch, Pharmacy Services Consultant with GSC

Andrea is a Pharmacy Services Consultant with GSC as well as an actively practicing community pharmacist. Her roles at GSC include the assessment of drug authorization requests, maintaining drug formularies, and operationalizing new drug initiatives, processes, and legislative changes. Andrea received her PharmD at the University of Waterloo, and is also a Certified Geriatric Practitioner.

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