Canada’s Top Employee Benefits Providers For 2017

It's spring, so in the employee benefits industry, that means that it's time for one of the leading benefits publications, Benefits Canada, to publish their list of the top employee benefits providers for 2017. Some years, you'll see large increases - mainly due to acquisitions (e.g. when Manulife purchased Standard Life). Not this year - the companies have remained the…

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Medical Cannabis In Group Benefits: A Question Of ‘When’ – Not ‘If’

As Canada is set to embark on being the first major industrialized nation to legalize cannabis, being an early leader in this field comes with sweeping changes on how it will be viewed from an insurance standpoint. With the political narrative maturing and the number of registered medical cannabis patients continuing to grow, it’s marking a major industry shift with…

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Trends And Takeaways From The 2018 TELUS Health Conference

Private insurance stakeholders have consistently rated the TELUS Health Annual Conference as the industry-leading source for information on trends across the health benefits ecosystem. The 2018 TELUS Health program provided us with leading intelligence on Canadian private drug and benefit plan data and trends. I was fortunate to have been among the top benefit consultants and group insurers at this…

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How to Protect Your Startup From Group Benefits Fraud

March is a month that is rich with big-ticket activities. The annual NCAA March Madness basketball tournament kicks off, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, and the start of spring (for us in the Northern Hemisphere.) But there’s another theme that flies under the radar that doesn’t get enough attention as it should – March is Fraud Prevention Month. Fraud Prevention Month…

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Wet Signatures: Are Insurance Providers Stuck In The Past?

How many physical documents have you signed in the past three months? Chance are, it's not very many. Maybe a form at the doctor's office or a driver’s license renewal. But cast your mind back: 10 or even 20 years ago if you can. You signed your name a lot more back then, didn't you? Credit card receipts. Cheques. Forms...…

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How Startups Can Support Employee Mental Health

Earlier this week I wrote about how governments and large businesses are helping erase the stigma around mental health in the workplace. In recent years, I’ve seen a growing number of my clients bring more attention to supporting the mental health and wellness of their employees. I’d like to see this trend continue to grow this year I hope the…

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Making Moves To Support Mental Health In 2018

Mental health is defined by the World Health Organization as a “state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.” Sounds pretty positive to me. But “mental health” still carries a…

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Considering An Employee Benefits Plan For Your Canadian Staff? Here’s Where To Start

Congratulations: You’re opening a branch or subsidiary office in Canada! Tapping into Canada’s market of 33 million citizens, not to mention its highly educated and motivated workforce, is a great idea. Now that you’re staffing up, you’re undoubtedly looking at a benefits coverage for your new Canadian employees. Before you jump in to the first available plan at the top…

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How Will OHIP+ Impact Startups?

If you follow any major Canadian news outlets, you’ve probably heard about OHIP+ and maybe even read some conflicting opinions on it. As a founder of a startup or someone who is involved in recruiting and people management at a startup, you may be wondering – will OHIP+ impact us? Before exploring the potential impact of OHIP+ on startups, let’s…

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IPFS President, Chris Gory, Finalist for Insurance Business Award

Insurance Business, the industry's leading business resource, is presenting its second annual Insurance Business Awards. This year, it will once again shine the brightest light on the outstanding companies and individuals of 2017. Twenty organizational and individual awards are designed to ensure national recognition for both large and small organizations. Chris Gory, the President of Insurance Portfolio Financial Services, is one…

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