Marijuana in the Workplace

April 27, 2017 8:15 AM to 10:30 AMHoliday Inn St. John's, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
Area of Interest: Benefits Format: In Person

Marijuana in the Worplace

As the federal government proceeds with legalization and regulation of cannabis, it is important for employers to understand the implications for the workplace, both in terms of medical and non-medical usage. Join us for a discussion from a panel of experts offering perspectives on occupational health and safety, legal and employee benefits considerations for employers. 

Halifax: Holiday Inn St. John's, April 27th 

Registration & Breakfast:
 8:15am – 9:00am
Presentations: 9:00am to 10:30am


Alex Boucher, Mercer
Theresa Rose, Medavie Blue Cross
Harold Smith, Stewart McKelvey 

Registration Fees  

CPBI Member$35.00
CPBI Non-member$60.00
CPBI Member - Table of 6$210.00
CPBI Non-member - Table of 6     $360.00

Speaker Bios:

Alex Boucher
Total Health Management Leader and Principal

Mercer Canada

Alex has been active in the Health and Wellness field for over 15 years. His career history includes direct leadership responsibility for Health, Disability, Benefits and Wellness operations for unionized clients with over 50,000 lives, national and multinational corporations from 50-12,000 lives, as well as small and large private companies, as well as federal and provincial government departments. He has a successful track record in enabling teams composed of high performing, independent professionals, to achieve great results through his direct leadership and vision. 

A recognized expert in wellness, attendance support, mental health, disability management and workplace accommodation, Alex’s experience includes collaborating for success with employers, unions and communities to provide tangible, measurable results. He has been a sought after presenter on a variety of topics including mental health, workplace health and wellness, disability management and attendance support at regional and national conferences hosted by Medavie Blue Cross, the Canadian Mental Health Association, Human Resources Association of New Brunswick, Contact Atlantic, the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada, and others.            

Overall Alex continues to dedicate his career to improving the productivity, health and well-being of clients, colleagues and the public at large, through collaborative practice with measurable, repeatable results that enhance organizations, their retention, and success.

Theresa Rose
Director, Drug Management Solutions
Medavie Blue Cross

Theresa joined Medavie Blue Cross in 1995.  Since this time she has held various leadership positions in human resources, communications, marketing, individual products and group benefits. As the Director, Drug Management Solutions, Theresa is responsible for leading a team of professionals in the development of optimal drug plan management products and services. In, this capacity she oversees Medavie Blue Cross’s pharmacy benefit management strategy and chairs the Medavie Blue Cross Medication Advisory Panel that is responsible for the evaluation of all pharmaceutical products for its private business. A key area of focus for Theresa & her team is the pharmaceutical partnership strategy that looks for opportunities to better manage the drug spend through strategic collaborations with pharma. 

To aid the business case for employee health and wellness, she has previously led pilot programs and research with respective partners in the area of pain-self management, ulcer care and asthma to demonstrate the positive outcomes that these programs can have in the workplace. This work has contributed to the development of an innovative chronic disease management benefit being available to all plan sponsors. 

Theresa actively participates in industry issues with the Canadian Health and Life Insurance Association group insurance committee and relevant sub-committees.

Harold Smith, QC

Stewart McKelvey

Harold exclusively represents employers in all aspects of labour relations, employment and administrative law. He has assisted various Newfoundland and Labrador Governments in bargaining for collective agreements with police, prison wardens and teachers. He has been the chief negotiator for agreements with several of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador major industries such as mining and fishing, offshore support, hospitality and retail sectors. He acts for several of the province’s major municipalities and is part of a team providing strategic planning on labour and employment issues for the developing offshore oil industry. Harold is a contributor to the Dalhousie Law Journal, Member of the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers.  He was admitted to the Newfoundland Bar in 1978; appointed QC in 2002, elected as a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (2013), recognized by Best Lawyers, Lexpert, International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers (Labour and Employment) for several years named litigation star by Benchmark Canada. 

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