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Compensation & Benefits Virtual Symposium

Date: September 21, 2020
Location: Online

Thank you sponsor:
The Dupuis Langen Group
As we all know, COVID-19 has enforced many changes on business’s and employers. These changes have come in forms of social distancing to contact tracing every time we visit a business. It is more likely than ever now that the workplace will look very different in the months and years to come. The extent to which this pandemic will change the payroll and employee benefits landscape is still coming into focus, but change is certain.

Our Compensation and Benefits Virtual Symposium will cover the latest updates with an emphasis on how COVID-19 will impact these workplace functions. Our industry experts will review the current compensation trends for key industries and what the added value benefits are that can be offered to increase the likelihood of retention. This event will empower attendees to be leaders in shaping their organization in a post-pandemic workplace.
Agenda: Sign-in: 8:45 - 9:00 am (PST); Presentations: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm* (PST)
*New end time as of September 10th.

Format: Online via Zoom Webinar

Session 1: A Sceptic’s Guide to Negotiating Renewals
• Diane Dupuis, President, The Dupuis Langen Group
• Brian Cole, Operations Manager, The Dupuis Langen Group

Session 2: Why Flexible Benefits are More Important Than Ever
• Lindsay Byrka, B.A., B.ED, CFP, Vice President, Immix Group
• Howard Cheung, BBA, Employee Benefits Consultant, Immix Group

Session 3: Canadian Employee Benefits: 2020 and Beyond
• Kevin H. Jeffrey, FCPHR, Senior Vice President, HUB International
• Faizal Mitha, Chief Innovation Officer, HUB International

Registration Deadline: September 17, 2020
Registration Fees:




Fees and/or agenda are subject to change without notice. All pricing excludes applicable taxes. HST/GST # 119446714

All login information will be sent to you via email the day prior to the session.

Both registration and payment are required for every person attending this webinar. Questions about registration or receipt can be directed to pd@cphrbc.ca.
Note: If you have not received your login access information the day prior to the webinar date, or for inquiries regarding online workshops, please email or call 604.684.7228.
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A full refund, less a $10 processing fee, will be issued for cancellations submitted at least one week prior to an event or workshop. Attendee substitutions are permitted; however, member/non-member rate differences will apply. Please submit cancellation or substitution requests by fax (604-684-3225) or e-mail (pd@cphrbc.ca). Please note that this policy does not apply to conferences, exams or no-charge registrations. CPHR exam fees are non-refundable if registration is canceled after the registration deadline. Please note our deferral policy.

Session Title: A Sceptic’s Guide to Negotiating Renewals
Session Time: 9:10 - 10:00am
Session Speakers: Diane Dupuis & Brian Cole

Session Description:
More details to be announced soon!

About the Speakers:

Diane Dupuis Diane Dupuis is an entrepreneur by nature and an Employee Benefits Consultant by design. Never content to do just a good job, she is always looking for ways to offer better solutions, exceptional service, and greater expertise. Since opening her firm in 1985, Diane has used her drive and ambition to build The Dupuis Langen Group into one of the largest, most respected companies in the insurance industry in British Columbia.

Diane is a Certified Health Insurance Specialist, a Chartered Financial Consultant, a Chartered Life Underwriter and a Certified Financial Planner. Education is important because "Where there’s a problem, we have to have the answers" she says.

Diane’s passion for this business is infectious and it creates a culture of employees who also believe in excellence. Dupuis Langen financially supports education and lifelong learning, such as the GBA (Group Benefits Associate) and CEBS (Certified Employee Benefit Specialist) designations through Dalhousie University for our Benefits Consultants and our Account Managers.

Diane’s community involvement has grown to now include the Charitable Foundation she and her late husband, Fred, founded in 2014 called The Act West Community Foundation. This registered charity provides $30,000 bursaries to single mothers in obtaining a full post-secondary education in order to secure meaningful employment and build better lives for themselves and their children. This is fully funded annually by Dupuis Langen Group. Diane says "It’s easy to be passionate about your business if it benefits others as well as yourself and the passion can become a legacy".

Brian Cole Brian Cole is a self-described Benefits Nerd. Brian has spent the last 22 years working in Employee Benefits. After starting his career in Calgary, Brian returned to BC where he started his own consulting firm specializing in Administration Services Only. Dupuis Langen purchased Brian’s firm in 2016 and Brian joined Dupuis Langen Financial in April 2017. Brian is a self-proclaimed “benefits nerd” and is driven to offer the very best value to all of our clients. Brian’s analytical mind and his dedication to superior customer service make him a great member of the Dupuis Langen Team.

Session Title: Why Flexible Benefits are More Important Than Ever
Session Time: 10:00 - 10:50am
Session Speakers: Lindsay Byrka & Howard Cheung

Session Description:
Learn from experienced benefits consultants about why employers should consider implementing flexible benefits for employees, as well as the easiest and most cost-effective ways to implement flexibility. Including: what employees are telling us they want (including statistics), why this is essential in today’s world with special consideration to the changes brought on by Covid, products and strategies available to meet this need, cost, implementation process, ongoing management and reporting.

Learning Objectives:
  • Post/mid COVID state of the benefits industry
  • Employee thoughts on flexible benefits (statistics)
  • Why this matters/ value of flexibility
  • Products available to meet the need
  • Cost/ implementation/ management

Target Audience: Business owners, human resource personnel, controllers, CFOs or anyone with a vested interest in providing quality, cost effective benefit programs to their team, and an interest in understanding a key feature employees are seeking in a comprehensive benefits program.

About the Speakers:

Lindsay Byrka Lindsay Byrka began her career in 2004 as an advisor in the insurance and investment industry. Today, she is Vice President of both Ciccone McKay Financial Group and the Immix Group.

At Immix, Lindsay’s focus is on partnering with business owners, CFOs and Human Resource personnel to design, implement and manage cost effective, comprehensive benefit programs for businesses of all sizes and in all industries.

Lindsay graduated from UBC in 2003. She is licensed by the Insurance Council of BC and through the FPSC as a Certified Financial Planner. Lindsay is on the organizing committee for 100 Women Who Care Vancouver and is co-founder of a women’s industry networking group. Lindsay lives in Vancouver with her family.

Howard Cheng After graduating from SFU Business in 2006, Howard Cheung specializes in Employee Benefits in the insurance industry as a licensed insurance advisor. With 14 years of experience, he works closely alongside many local small and medium sized businesses to help them better understand the intricacies of maintaining sustainable benefits. He emphasizes pro-active health and wellness solutions, with the ultimate goal of providing healthy and happy workplaces. Howard enjoys the nature and outdoors in Vancouver with his family. When he’s not working, he spends time with his trilingual Japanese/Cantonese/English speaking toddler and tries to figure out an optimal means of communication!

Session Title: Canadian Employee Benefits: 2020 and Beyond
Session Time: 11:00 - 11:50 am
Session Speakers: Kevin H. Jeffrey, FCPHR & Faizal Mitha

Session Description:
Join Kevin Jeffrey, Senior Vice President and Faizal Mitha Chief Innovation Officer from HUB International as they talk about key employee benefit trends and developments in a post pandemic world, and beyond.

Benefit plans have gone beyond the traditional “I need more Dentalcare” to include Virtual Medicine, Mental Health, Flexibility, Advanced Underwriting Practices, Digital Administration, Employee Experience and much more. Kevin and Faizal will speak to the key trends and impacts facing benefit plan sponsors today. There will be an opportunity to submit questions ahead of time and a robust Q & A.

Learning Objectives:
  • A good understanding of the Canadian Benefits landscape in a time of unprecedented change
  • Actionable strategies to create a Benefit program uniquely designed for your workforce

Target Audience: Those who have responsibility for Benefit Plan strategy, management or administration.

About the Speakers:

Kevin Jeffrey Kevin Jeffrey is Senior Vice President of Employee Benefits for HUB International Pointbreak, located in Vancouver, BC, and has over 30 years of senior consulting and operational experience in the employee benefits industry.

Kevin began his career with a technical focus as a benefit plan underwriter for a major Canadian insurance company, before moving into consulting with an international actuarial firm. Over the years Kevin has consulted to large, medium and small companies in all business sectors including public, private and government organizations. Over his career he has held the roles of Health and Benefits Practice Leader, Senior Vice President, and Partner in one of Canada’s leading Executive Search firms. As a Senior Vice President with HUB, Kevin helps lead a dynamic employee benefits consulting and broker firm delivering total benefit solutions, strategic advice, and tactical execution to drive people ROI. His team is part of a larger HUB strategy to reimagine employee benefits in ways that help organizations unlock the Strategic and Economic potential of their Employee Benefit programs.

Kevin’s experience and dedication extends to his education. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with Honours from the University of Manitoba, as well as the Chartered Human Resource Professional (CPHR) designation. In 2011 Kevin was awarded the Fellow Chartered Human Resource Professional designation (FCPHR) for contributions to the profession. His contributions to the community include Past Chair and Director of CPHR BC & Yukon, where he has also served as Secretary Treasurer and Director of Learning Services, Chair of the Board of Directors nominating committee, and Past Disciplinary Panel Member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Peopletalk magazine. He has also been a member of the Canadian Council of Human Resource Associations Federal Affairs Committee. Kevin is currently on the Board of Directors of the Burnaby Hospital Foundation as Chair of the Strategic Planning committee.

Prior appointments include Board of Trustees of the Healthcare Benefits Trust (Finance Committee), the B.C. Human Rights Commission Employer Advisory Council, Human Resource Faculty Advisor at the B.C. Institute of Technology, United Way of Calgary Leaders Division and the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation. Kevin is a speaker, lecturer, and author on numerous human resource and benefit topics.

Faizal Mitha Faizal Mitha is Chief Sales & Innovation Officer for HUB International’s rapidly growing Canadian Employee Benefits Division, which is now Canada’s largest brokerage.

Faizal began his career as an underwriter with two of Canada’s largest insurers. He joined the Benefits Consulting space with ES3 Advisory in 2004 as a Group Benefits Consultant, where he was subsequently promoted to Lead Consultant and eventually Partner. ES3 was acquired by HUB in 2018 for their capabilities in digital, employee health, and proven ability to engage younger demographics in the benefits conversation. Faizal was initially appointed as Senior Vice President of Employee Benefits at HUB, before accepting his current position as Chief Sales & Innovation Officer, where he leads a talented team across Canada in reimagining the traditional employee benefits experience.

In addition to his group benefits background, Faizal is also a tech entrepreneur. He founded one of Canada’s fastest growing insuretech companies, utilizing artificial intelligence and big data sets in order to make better insurance decisions and provide on-demand benchmarking for benefit plans designs and costs.

Faizal’s dedication extends to his community and education. He co-founded Vancouver Young Professionals and led Ripple Effect Society, which connected young professionals to their communities. He is a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary, as well as a Solution Focused Coaching designation from Erickson College, and an Executive MBA from Simon Fraser University.