Update from CEO and President and Chair of the Board

Update from CEO and Chair of the Canadian Board

Dear Members,

Over these past several weeks, we have continued to hold conversations with many of you. The pandemic’s impact is profound, though it affects each of you differently. Some of you in the food or health provider industries have been working nonstop to keep your employees and members safe as they serve on the front lines, delivering critical goods and services. Others are in industries facing furloughs or layoffs, with work coming to a halt. Some have quickly transitioned to work-from-home environments when this option did not seem feasible a few months ago. And everyone is trying to manage the funding of pension and benefit plans in this erratic economy while complying with new laws and taking care of their families.

Throughout this crisis, the International Foundation has been working to deliver critical information to help you make informed decisions. For example, the Foundation’s COVID-19 newsletter has been curated to include all of the legislative and regulatory news, plus access to your peers and our benefit experts at the ready to answer your questions. We have also increased virtual learning opportunities, including free webcasts that are available to view in recorded format. In addition, we continue to investigate alternatives to deliver all the same important content you need in all different formats. More resources, such as blog posts explaining new laws, can be found at www.ifebp.org/coronavirus. We are hopeful that these have been useful.

But one of the things we are most hopeful for is that all of us will meet again soon at our in-person educational programs. There is nothing quite like being in the same place where we can collectively work through our challenges together. While we continue to monitor the situation, we are still planning on hosting upcoming programs, including the Canadian Annual Employee Benefits Conference and the ISCEBS Employee Benefits Symposium, as the dates for these programs are many months out. However, as we move closer to program dates, our decisions may change based on official guidance from the provincial and federal governments, as well as ongoing member feedback. We’ve been working hard to adjust the programs so that they address today’s challenges, and we are taking extra precautions to make sure you will be in a comfortable and safe environment, so that you can focus on learning.

No workplace could have truly prepared for a pandemic of this level. How we move forward as a benefits community is now the priority. As we find our way to the other side of this global crisis, the International Foundation will be here to support you.

On behalf of Foundation leadership, we look forward to seeing you soon.

John Blair

Chair of the Canadian Board


Terry Davidson, CEBS

CEO

April 23, 2020

August 21, 2020


Dear members,

Thank you for your ongoing support of the International Foundation and your commitment to continuing with your education. We are also grateful for those of you who reached out to us and shared your experiences and insights as we navigate the best ways to provide you with the educational services you need during this pandemic.

While we have transitioned or educational portfolio to virtual delivery (including 13 virtual conferences), we continued to have high hopes that our flagship event, the 66th Annual Employee Benefits Conference, would be able to go on as scheduled. Sadly, this is not the case. Due to an infeasibility to hold the program and health concerns for our attendees, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and staff, it has become necessary to cancel the conference, scheduled for November 15-18 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

While we are disappointed that we can't meet in-person, we are thrilled to announce the ultimate virtual event: The Annual Employee Benefits Virtual Conference. With three tracks to choose from--Health and Welfare, Retirement, and General--the most critical, need-to-know sessions will be delivered over the first three weeks in November, Tuesday through Thursdays. Sessions will be available on demand, and with topics ranging from legal and legislative updates to cybersecurity to innovations in mental health, the Annual Employee Benefits Virtual Conference will continue to offer you the education that you've come to rely on.

And the best part:  This event is FREE to anyone who registered for the 2020 Annual Conference and keeps their fees on account.

As we find our way to the other side of this global crisis, the International Foundation will be here to support you.


On behalf of Foundation leadership, we look forward to seeing you soon.

Wendell Young IV

President and Chair of the Board


Terry Davidson, CEBS

CEO


April 21, 2020


Dear members,

Over these past several weeks, we have continued to have conversations with many of you. The pandemic's impact is profound, though it affects each of you differently. Some of you in the food or health provider industries have been working nonstop to keep your employees safe as they serve on the front lines, delivering critical goods and services. Others are in industries where you are facing furloughs or layoffs, with work coming to a halt. Some have quickly transitioned to work-from-home environments when this option seemed infeasible a few months ago. And everyone is trying to manage the funding of benefit plans in this erratic economy while complying with new laws and taking care of their families.

Throughout this crisis, the International Foundation has been working to deliver critical information to help you make informed decisions. The Foundation's COVID-19 newsletter has been curated to include all of the legislative and regulatory news, plus access to your peers and to our benefit experts who are at the ready to answer your questions. We have also increased virtual learning opportunities, including fifteen free webcasts that are available to view in recorded format. In addition, we continue to investigate alternatives to deliver all of the same important content you need in all different formats. More resources, such as blog posts explaining new laws, can be found at www.ifebp.org/coronavirus. We are hopeful that these have been useful.

But one of the things we are most hopeful for is that all of us will meet again soon at our in-person educational programs. There is nothing quite like being in the same place where we can collectively work through our challenges together. While we continue to monitor the situation, we are still planning on hosting upcoming programs, including the U.S. Annual Employee Benefits Conference and the ISCEBS Employee Benefits Symposium. Of course, as we move closer to program dates, any final decisions will be made using official guidance and ongoing member feedback. We've been working hard to adjust the programs so that they address today's challenges, and we've been taking extra precautions to make sure you will be in a comfortable and safe environment so that you can focus on learning.

No workplace could have truly prepared for a pandemic of this level. How we move forward as a benefits community is now the priority. As we find our way to the other side of this global crisis, the International Foundation will be here to support you.

On behalf of Foundation leadership, we look forward to seeing you soon.

Wendell Young IV

President and Chair of the Board


Terry Davidson, CEBS

CEO