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Jan
30
National Webinar - Available Opportunities From Predictive Modelling and Wellness Business Case January 30, 2014 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Broadcasted Webinar Area of Interest: Benefits Format: Web
Jan
21
Economic Outlook January 21, 2014 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM Four Seasons Hotel, 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, British Columbia Format: In Person This session will continue CPBI Pacific's tradition of presenting an annual economic outlook / investment update to give participants an indication of what to expect in the year ahead. Avery Shenfeld is Managing Director and Chief Economist of CIBC World Markets Inc. He has been with CIBC since 1993 and is widely recognized as one of Canada's leading economists for his perceptive analysis and insight on economic developments and their implications for financial markets. Mr. Shenfeld is a four-time winner of the Dow Jones Market Watch forecasting award and has received awards for forecast accuracy on the U.S. and Canadian economies by Bloomberg Markets. He has also been consistently ranked as one of the top Canadian economists by institutional investors. Mr. Shenfeld's prior background includes experience in management consulting. He was on the economics faculty at the University of Toronto and in the summer program at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He has addressed numerous business groups and has been quoted in the media in the United States, Canada, Asia and Europe. Mr. Shenfeld holds a PhD in Economics from Harvard University. *Student pricing is available to CPBI members who have student status.
Dec
5
Mental Health: Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace December 5, 2013 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM SFU Harbour Centre, 515 W Hastings St., Vancouver, British Columbia Format: In Person THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. We apologize for any inconvenience. CPBI Pacific Continuing Education session The Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace was released in January, 2013. This session will aim at stimulating our thinking about how we can apply the Standard to ensure psychological health safety in our workplaces. We will first provide an outline of the Standard, as well as background information. We will then focus on how the Standard can be implemented and integrated in existing disability management practices. We will use case studies to brainstorm on implementation strategies and discussion time to clarify questions about the content and feasibility of the Standard. Speakers: Connie Deschamps (Principal & Western Canada Lead in Health & Productivity, Mercer) Dr. Georgia Pomaki (Author; Mental Health Educator, SFU; Disability Specialist, Manulife Financial)
Nov
19
Sleepless Nights of Drug Plan Management November 19, 2013 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM Four Seasons Hotel, 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, British Columbia Format: In Person Does your drug plan management keep you up at night? Perhaps not, however, you may have some important questions about: • Is private plan spending on new medicines sustainable?; • New research cost drivers of drugs, dental and vision care; • Measuring the value of your drug plan vs. the costs; • Impact of high cost drugs; and • The impact of expanded drug patent protection if enacted Comprehensive European Trade Agreement (CETA). This CPBI breakfast session will provide an evidence-based approach to provide answers to these questions. Brett Skinner will use available evidence to understand why BC drug costs are the lowest in the country, address the issue of sustainability of private drug plans, define the drivers that influence drug cost increases, and provide quantitative and qualitative measures of the value of investments in drug plans. This understanding will hopefully provide context to develop strategies for ensuring sustainability of BC private drug plans. Gail Attara will describe the results of a BC Healthcare system published study examining a drug reimbursement policy called Therapeutic Substitution, which required >50,000 BC patients with acid-related diseases, primarily gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GERD), to make a medically unnecessary switch from their prescribed proton pump inhibitor (PPI) to the cheapest available PPI. This evidence provides insight to strategies and unintended consequences of Therapeutic Substitution to reduce costs of drug plans. *Student pricing is available to CPBI members who have student status.
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Oct
30
2014 Forecast October 30, 2013 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM Towers Watson, 1100 Melville Street, Vancouver, British Columbia Format: In Person CPBI Roundtable 2014 Forecast – Taking a Sneak Peak into the Crystal Ball Alva Ho and Justin Kreller of Towers Watson, will be guiding a discussion into the expected and unexpected trends that will shape employee benefit costs for 2014. In particular, they will offer insights into the impact of aging demographics and interest rates on life and disability costs; Health and Dental trends – forecast versus actual; Generic drug reform – where our savings come from next; Updates on provincial and federal benefit programs; and Recent legislation that impacts the cost and delivery of benefit plans. Alva Ho is a Senior Consultant and Health and Group Benefits lead in Towers Watson’s Vancouver office, with more than 14 years of experience in group benefits from both a consulting and insurer perspective. He has extensive experience in all aspects of benefit plan management activities, such as renewal analysis and insurer negotiations, plan design benchmarking and vendor marketing. Alva is also familiar with multi-employer and association plan marketing and administration and Employee Assistance Program consulting. Alva has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia and also holds a Group Benefits Associate (GBA) designation. Justin Kreller is a Senior Analyst, Health and Group Benefits, Towers Watson, with more than five years' experience as a health and group benefits advisor. He is experienced in implementing and designing new group benefit plans for employees in a mid-market setting and is also an experienced wealth and estate plan advisor, using planning tools such as life, STD/LTD and critical illness insurance to help preserve clients' estates. This session is free of charge to members. Non-members are welcome to attend their first Roundtable free of charge. Please contact the event coordinator at pacific@cpbi-icra.ca if you wish to attend.
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Oct
29
Legal Update 2013 October 29, 2013 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM Four Seasons Hotel, 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, British Columbia Area of Interest: Pensions, Benefits, Investments Format: In Person The CPBI Pacific Region invites you to join us for our popular annual Legal Update. This year’s session will provide: • An overview of recent developments in case law related to pensions and benefits. • A look at what’s on the legislative horizon that may have a pension and benefits impact. Speaker Claude Marchessault has been practising pension and benefits law for over 25 years. He advises employers in the public and private sectors about pension, trust, benefit and compensation issues and guides them in their dealings with unions, regulators, consultants and other industry professionals. A frequent speaker on the topic, Claude is a former adjunct professor of law for the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria and has taught pension law and plan governance for over 19 years for Humber College. He is currently the head of the Pension and Benefits practice group at Harris & Company LLP, a boutique law firm representing employers on matters of workplace law located in Vancouver, BC.*Student pricing is available to CPBI members who have student status.
Oct
9
2013 CPBI Pacific Regional Conference October 9 - 11, 2013 3:30 PM Fairmont Whistler, 4599 Chateau Boulevard, Whistler, British Columbia Format: In Person The Canadian Pension & Benefits Institute (CPBI) Pacific Region is excited to invite you to the Pacific Regional Conference! Our conference is recognized as a significant opportunity for networking and sharing information on pension, investment and employee benefits, including the latest industry developments and trends. Taking place on October 9, 10 and 11, 2013 in beautiful Whistler, BC, this year's conference continues our tradition of hosting a superior educational symposium with an exciting line-up of speakers, all in a world-class location. We are looking forward to a fantastic event. Come join your fellow professionals and experts to share ideas, network, and gain valuable insight in to the global and regional issues that affect our business. Be sure to book your accommodation and activities to experience some of the unique opportunities Whistler has to offer. Check out the links for The Fairmont Chateau Whistler ($209 per night; 1-bedroom suite, $309 per night) and Tourism Whistler below. There are three meal options available should you wish to bring your spouse to the conference: 1) Thursday dinner and entertainment only ($125.00) 2) Wednesday cocktail reception and Thursday dinner ($200.00) 3) All conference meals ($400.00) You may chose one of these options by following through the conference registration process.
Jun
26
Benefits Administration Basics June 26, 2013 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM Manulife Financial, Suite 700-1095 West Pender Street, Vancouver, British Columbia Format: In Person CPBI Roundtable The session deals with the 3rd key area of benefits plan management - Administration (the other two are marketing and underwriting). Without excellent administration in benefits plan management, more time may be spent fixing the issues that happen and, in the worst-case situation, lead to expensive legal fees when litigation ensues. Barb Higgs, Customer Administration Assistant at TRG Group, along with Julia Hillman, Senior Service Representative from Great-West Life, will lead a lively discussion in this important area of plan management. They will present how to take plan administrators through a service checklist to ensure that all areas of benefit administration have been addressed.This session is free of charge to members. Please contact the event coordinator at pacific@cpbi-icra.ca if you wish to attend.
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Jun
11
CPBI Pacific Annual Meeting and Lunch Seminar: "Would You Buy a $60 Cup of Coffee?" June 11, 2013 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM Four Seasons Hotel, 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, British Columbia Format: In Person Registration at 11:30 AM, lunch and Annual Meeting at 11:45 AM, session starts at 12 noon - Generic drug plan reform is sweeping across Canada with many provincial governments introducing legislation and contemplating purchasing agreements to protect public drug spend. Although there has been temporary relief for private payors due to a large number of brand name drugs coming off of patent, what should you know about where these costs are headed? Are there additional opportunities to pay less for generic drugs and, if so, what are the implications to provincial governments and your drug plan. The session will be preceded by CPBI Pacific's Annual Meeting. *Student pricing is available to CPBI members who have student status.
May
16
Best Practices in Benefits Administration May 16, 2013 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM SFU Harbour Centre, 515 W Hastings St., Vancouver, British Columbia Format: In Person This CPBI Continuing Education session will review administrative practices for employee benefit plans with a focus on aspects of plan administration which are commonly misunderstood and/or overlooked, and which potentially expose the plan sponsor to unintended risk if not handled according to sound business practices.
May
15
Trust Plans May 15, 2013 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM TRG Group Benefits & Pensions Inc., Suite 800 - 1177 West Hastings St., Vancouver, British Columbia Format: In Person CPBI Roundtable Join Barb Bilsland of BG Benefit Administrators for an interactive discussion on Trust Plans. This session will cover how Trust arrangements differ from mainstream plans and how the administration works. You will want to join this session if you are a new Trustee, new at administering Trusteed plans, or would simply like to get a refresher on this topic and join the roundtable discussion with others in your position. This session is free of charge to members. Please contact the event coordinator at pacific@cpbi-icra.ca if you wish to attend.
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May
6
Rosé Wine Tasting May 6, 2013 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Bridges Restaurant, Granville Island, 1696 Duranleau Street - 2nd floor, Vancouver, British Columbia Format: In Person CPBI Members are invited to experience fantastic rosé wines, delectable hors d'oeuvres, exciting door prizes and some great company! Regular tickets to this Liberty Wine event are being sold in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation at a cost of $29.99. CPBI is pleased to fund a Member subsidy of a portion of the ticket price, while still ensuring that full proceeds go to support this cause. As a CPBI Member, your cost will only be $19.99/person (taxes included). This subsidized price is extended to CPBI Member and Guest tickets. CPBI Members and Guests are invited to gather at the Bridges Pub (main floor) at the start of the event.
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Mar
13
Pension Basics March 13, 2013 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM Morneau Shepell, 2925 Virtual Way, Suite 310, Vancouver, British Columbia Format: In Person CPBI Roundtable Understanding the various retirement programs available to employees and assisting with their management starts with the Pension Basics. Join us for an interactive discussion on the difference types of retirement arrangements (i.e. defined benefit pension plans, defined contribution pension plans, and Group RRSPs). We will: – Examine the pension risks associated with various retirement programs; – Discuss the roles of the plan sponsor, plan administrator, and employee; – Discuss strategies to get the best value out of your retirement programs. This session is free of charge to members. Please contact the event coordinator at pacific@cpbi-icra.ca if you wish to attend.
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Mar
7
Dividing Benefits When a Relationship Ends March 7, 2013 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour, 728 Humboldt Street, Victoria, British Columbia Format: In Person The B.C. Family Law Act comes into force March 18th, 2013 and substantially revises pension division rules. The Canada Pension Plan Act has also been significantly revised. This timely half-day course covers the basics of dividing benefits when a relationship ends and explores what has changed under the new legislation. The session will also provide an update on amendments to the Canadian Pension Plan.
Mar
5
New Help for Managing High Cost Drug Claims March 5, 2013 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM Four Seasons Hotel, Vancouver, British Columbia Format: In Person In early 2012, the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA) announced the creation of an industry-wide drug pooling agreement that will protect fully insured private drug plans from bearing the full financial burden of high-cost drugs. In this session, the Executive Director of the Canadian Drug Insurance Pooling Corporation will assist participants in gaining an understanding of this new high cost drug pooling mechanism for fully insured groups in Canada. *Student pricing is available to CPBI members who have student status.
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