55th Annual Canadian Employee Benefits Conference

55th Annual Canadian Employee Benefits Conference

Sunday, November 20 - Wednesday, November 23, 2022
Hilton New Orleans Riverside, New Orleans, LA

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Attend keynote sessions designed to inspire and entertain—whether it’s learning how to lead from Peter Mansbridge; understanding how technology is enhancing our future from Julielynn Wong, M.P.H.; beating your bias from Yassmin Abdel-Magied; or standing up against stigma from Big Daddy Tazz. You’ll walk away invigorated, with new ideas and having a fresh perspective.

Sunday Keynote

Peter Mansbridge
Chief Correspondent of CBC News and Anchor of The National for 29 Years, Toronto, Ontario

Monday Keynote

Julielynn Wong, M.P.H.
Physician-Scientist, 3D Printing Innovator and STEM Educator, 3D4MD and Medical Makers, Toronto, Ontario

Tuesday Keynote

Yassmin Abdel-Magied
Leadership and Diversity Expert, London, England

Finale Keynote

Big Daddy Tazz
Motivational Speaker and Comedian, Winnipeg, Manitoba


This year’s agenda is jam-packed with engaging sessions covering a wide range of issues and trends across pensions, benefits, investment, administration and other key topic areas. Get the guidance you need from experts in the industry to manage your plans effectively today and prepare them for what’s to come.

Governance / Fiduciary ResponsibilityLearn how to stay ahead of challenges so you can make the best decisions for your plan participants and act in the best interests of those you serve.
Health and Wellness / Group BenefitsExplore the latest issues, trends and solutions in the health care arena, including mental health. Providing insight on how to effectively manage your benefit plan.
Pensions / Retirement SecuritySessions focus on understanding all aspects of a pension plan, including plan design, investing funds and legislative changes.
InvestmentsUncover opportunities, trends and alternative strategies to enhance your fund’s investments. Make important decisions that impact the financial longevity of your funds.
AdministrationTake away valuable ideas for overseeing the front office while understanding your responsibilities and gaining valuable insight on how to run an effective fund.
CommunicationLearn how to evaluate your current communication programs and improve your communications to plan members with the latest requirements, trends and best practices.
Apprenticeship and TrainingTopics will cover running an apprenticeship program and trust fund, emphasizing solutions to fit their unique issues.
Public PlansLearn how to effectively navigate public plan operations while finding solutions to satisfy your unique needs and challenges.
General TopicsGain a broader overview of employee benefits–related topics and challenges so you can positively affect your plans.
Sessions en francaisUn volet dédié avec des séances couvrant les prestations de santé, les placements et les tendances en matière de retraite est disponible.


Hot 8 Brass Band is a 2022 Grammy-winning New Orleans based brass band, whose sound draws on the traditional jazz heritage of New Orleans, alongside more modern styles including elements of funk, hip hop, rap, and its local variation, “bounce”.

Join us at 4:00 p.m. CT on Sunday!

Music concert
Las Vegas Strip


Learn by day and explore the historic crescent city by night! You’ll have lots of time to enjoy everything the Annual Conference AND fabulous New Orleans have to offer.

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This year’s conference is a unique opportunity to share ideas, expand your benefits community and learn something new! Take the time to connect (or reconnect) with other plan sponsors and industry professionals to discuss challenges, strategies and lessons learned.

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Exhibit Hall

There is something for everyone, sessions are carefully tailored to Canadian content and experiences, with well qualified presenters, and lots of networking opportunities.

Cameron Deacoff
HRM Pension Committee Member
Halifax, Nova Scotia

​Demonstrate your commitment to your fiduciary responsibility and the thousands of plan members you serve.

 Benefits of Attending

• Secure a solid understanding of the pressing issues impacting today’s multiemployer and government health and pension plans.

• Develop new ways of thinking and alternative solutions that could translate to meaningful cost savings or valuable benefits for your plan participants.

• Uncover cost-saving ideas to ensure your fund is maximizing its cost-saving potential.

• Find out how other funds are tackling issues similar to your own, and discuss what worked and what didn’t.

• Hear about emerging trends and what they could mean for your plans

 Who Should Attend

  • Multi-employer fund trustees, administrators, business managers and association leaders
  • Public sector plan trustees and staff
  • Training trust fund trustees and training directors
  • Fund administrators and managers
  • Third-party administrators (TPAs)
  • Benefits consultants Lawyers
  • Accountants
  • Investment managers and consultants
  • Others who are involved in the design, management and administration of pension and benefit trust funds.

Keynote Speakers

All Speakers

  • Yassmin Abdel-Magied Leadership and Diversity Expert
  • Dr. Tyler Amell, Ph.D., M.S, B.S. Chief Health and Strategy Officer MediKeeper Inc.
  • Sami Aoun, Ph.D. Emeritus Professor, School of Applied Politics (EPA) University of Sherbrooke
  • Jean-Martin Aussant, M.Sc. Senior Vice President, U.S. Market and ESGI Counsel Optimum Financial Group
  • Anthony Bassili, CAIA Head of Asset Allocators Coinbase
  • Jeff Bradley, FCIA, FSA Principal Eckler Ltd.
  • Johanne Brosseau, M.B.A. Expert on Drug Insurance ConsultMED Consulting
  • Chris Campbell Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Carpenters' District Council of Ontario
  • Boni Abdel Chabi-Yo, M.Sc., CFA, FRM, SIPC Director, Investments–Office of the Treasurer Concordia University
  • Lisa C. Chamzuk Partner Lawson Lundell LLP
  • David Chatburn, M.B.A., CFA Managing Director Connor Clark & Lunn Infrastructure
  • Meghan Chen, MFE, CFA Digital Assets Strategist Fidelity Investments Canada ULC
  • Karen M. DeBortoli, LL.B. Principal; Director, Knowledge Resource Centre; Canadian Privacy Officer Buck
  • Kathleen Ffrench Vice President Northleaf Capital Partners
  • Dr. John S. Gaal, CHW, CPS, CWP Director, Worker Wellness Program Missouri AFL-CIO
  • Daniel Garrie, Esq. Founder Law and Forensics
  • Peter C. Hayes, FCIA, FSA Co-Chair, Board of Trustees UPEI Jointly Sponsored Pension Plan
  • Janice L. Holman, CFA, CFP Principal Eckler Ltd.
  • Arleen Huggins Partner Koskie Minsky LLP
  • Nathalie Joncas, ASC, FCIA, FSA Senior Consultant SAI Actuarial Services
  • Kelly Anne Kempel Trustee ONE-T
  • Christopher Lee Vice President, Employee Communications Practice Gallagher
  • Denisa Leiba, CHRE, CMC, CEC, PCC Vice President, People Resources Black and McDonald
  • Kevin Leon President, Chief Executive Officer and Founder Crestpoint Real Estate Investments Ltd.
  • Claude Lockhead, FCIA, FSA Senior Advisor Fiera Capital
  • Genevieve Lussier, FCIA, FSA, MAAA Vice President and Actuarial Manager Segal
  • Richard Lyall, M.A., CAE, ICD.D President RESCON Residential Construction Council of Ontario; President, Metropolitan Toronto Apartment Builders Association
  • Bonnie-Jeanne MacDonald, Ph.D., FCIA, FSA Director of Financial Security Research National Institute on Ageing, Ryerson University
  • Michael Machan, M.A., RP, CCC Affiliate, Family Services Employee Assistance Program (FSEAP Ottawa); Registered Psychotherapist Michael Machan Psychotherapy
  • Avinash D. Maniram, M.Sc. Partner PBI Actuarial Consultants Ltd.
  • Peter Mansbridge, OC Chief Correspondent, CBC News Anchor of The National for 29 Years
  • Paul Martiniello, M.B.A., CIM Director, Relationship Management and Regulatory Effectiveness Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA)
  • Sonia Massicotte, LL.B. Lawyer and Consultant PBI Actuarial Consultants Ltd.
  • Stephanie Moynihan, M.D. Telemedicine and Consultant Physician - Associate Medical Director Dialogue
  • Lyall A. Nash President and General Manager TESTCO Western Ltd.
  • Mike F. Neheli President Manion Wilkins & Associates Ltd.
  • Susan Philpott Partner Goldblatt Partners LLP
  • Judy N. Plotkin, M.S.W., ICD.D Vice President, Health Solutions People Corporation
  • Rosemarie Powell Executive Director Toronto Community Benefits Network
  • Sam Reda, CFA President, Maralex Capital; Co-Founder, Alpha CCO Software
  • Peter F. Ricchiuti Professor of Finance Tulane University
  • Marg Romanow, R.N., CEBS, MTMS, ICD.D, QArb, QMed Pension Board Trustee Saskatchewan Healthcare Employees Pension Plan (SHEPP)
  • Bob Romphf Trustee Manitoba Nurses Union
  • Kevin Rozek, FCIA, FSA Vice President, Retirement Practice Leader Canada Segal
  • Dishank Rustogi, M.B.A. Senior Manager, Consulting–Technology, Cyber Engineering BDO Canada LLP
  • Michael Sager, Ph.D. Executive Director, Multi-Asset and Currency Management CIBC Asset Management
  • Kim Shannon, M.B.A., CFA Founder and Co-Chief Investment Officer Sionna Investment Managers Inc.
  • Michael G. Sherrard Partner Sherrard Kuzz LLP
  • Tim Shortill Chief Operating Officer Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP)
  • Tyler C. Smith, FCIA, FSA Senior Institutional Client Manager Fiera Capital
  • Julie M. Stich, CEBS Vice President, Content International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
  • David Sworn Associate Goldblatt Partners LLP
  • Ray Szutu, CFA Portfolio Manager–Global Smaller Companies Foyston, Gordon & Payne Inc.
  • Krista Tartaglia, CPA, CA Partner BDO Canada LLP
  • Big Daddy Tazz Motivational Speaker and Comedian
  • Allison Tremblay Partner Victory Square Law Office LLP
  • Marc-Andre Vinson, ACIA, ASA Senior Consultant and Director SAI Actuarial Services
  • Lisa M. Watt, CEBS, ISCEBS-Fellow Partner and Account Executive Manion Wilkins & Associates Ltd.
  • Julielynn Wong, M.P.H. Physician-Scientist, 3D Printing Innovator and STEM Educator 3D4MD and Medical Makers
  • Hugh H. Wright Partner Miller Thomson LLP
  • Mark S. Yamada President and Chief Executive Officer PUR Investing Inc.
  • Melissa D. Young Registrar and Chief Executive Officer Skilled Trades Ontario
  • Mark Zigler Senior Partner Koskie Minsky LLP
  • Bryan W. Zoran, CEBS Director, Educational Programs—Canada International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans

 Continuing Education

CEBS Compliance Approved Educational sessions at this program can qualify for CEBS® Compliance credit. Visit www.cebs.org/compliance for additional information.

Other Continuing Education Credit:

Continuing Education credit for additional professions and designations MAY be available for attendance at live sessions depending on profession/designation requirements. You must register for the program and request CE credit at least 60 days prior to the beginning of the program so that the Foundation can seek preapproval from the governing agency.

Note: Requests made for continuing education credit do not guarantee administration of credit. For further information on continuing education credit, please call (262) 786-6710, option 2.

​COVID-19 Safety Protocols

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Registration Information

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Registration Information
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Through 10/13/2022 C $1,975.00 C $2,305.00
After 10/13/2022 C $2,275.00 C $2,605.00

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