Exploring Pharmacare Options: A Critical Analysis

June 13, 2019 11:30 AM to 1:30 PMFairmont Palliser, Calgary, Alberta
Area of Interest: Pensions, Benefits, Investments, Networking Format: In Person

Please join us for lunch on Thursday June 13, 2019 at the Fairmont Palliser Hotel, 133 – 9 Ave. SW Calgary.

National Pharmacare has been a topic of discussion in Canada for several decades. Yet despite numerous studies calling for a universal single-payer pharmacare program to ensure all Canadians have access to prescription drugs, the country’s drug system remains a patchwork of public and private plans.

This education session will provide a critical analysis on the Pharmacare Options and what plan sponsors should be aware of as we look to the horizon.

Warren Xu, Public Policy Analyst, will present GlaxoSmithKline’s research on their work over the past several months. The policy team at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has been working to understand, summarize, and visualize the various models of pharmacare that have been published in recent reports. The team has been building and testing their thinking with a variety of stakeholders, including federal and provincial policy makers, academics, and key thought leaders.

The increasing pressure in funding for private and public drug plans continues to escalate. Sarah Hedayat, Team Lead at Gallagher Benefits Consulting, will discuss the potential impact the National Pharmacare Plan may have on plan sponsor drug benefits, and what employers should consider in reviewing their benefits plans.

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 This session will be presented by:


Warren Xu, BSc, MSc 

Public Policy Analyst 


Warren Xu is an analyst with the National Policy and Federal Affairs team at GlaxoSmithKline where he researches health and pharmaceutical policy in Canada. 

He is a member of the Innovative Medicines Canada (IMC) pharmacare working group and has an interest in data-driven policy and utilizing data visualization to bring clarity to decision making.

 Warren has an MSc in biomedical engineering from the University of Calgary and a BSc in biochemistry from Queens University.


Sarah Hedayat 

Team Lead, Benefit Consulting Services

Gallagher Benefits Services (Canada) Group Inc.

Sarah Hedayat joined Gallagher Benefit Services as a Technical Consultant in 2014, bringing extensive Group Benefits and underwriting knowledge to the team. She manages and leads the Western Region analytical team, and continues to support specific clients in an account management capacity.

Sarah has both a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm) in Risk Management & Insurance and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Political Science, with distinction, from the University of Calgary. She is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma International Honour Society and received the Haskayne School of Business Silver Medallion in Risk Management and Insurance. Sarah has also completed her Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) designation. 



Thursday June 13, 2019       
11:30 am to Noon - Registration and Buffet Lunch                         
Noon to 1:30 pm - Presentation and Questions         



Fairmont Palliser Hotel                         
133 9th Avenue SW                         
Oval Room








Registration Fee

CPBI Members: $ 69                          
Future Members: $ 129                          
Table of 8: $ 699                       
GST #106865330 RT0007



Krista Frayn                         
Phone: (403) 888-3185           
[email protected]



Who Should Attend:

  • Human resource professionals
  • Employee benefits providers and benefits consultants
  • All employers responsible for benefit plans
  • Health Care professionals’


In recognition of the continued support of our members, we will be showing our appreciation by drawing for a $50 gift card.  All members in attendance at program luncheons will be entered in the draw.

CE Certificate of Attendance can be provided upon request.

AIC CE Credits Pending.


Kim Duxbury