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ROUNDTABLE - Total Rewards - Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Benefits & Retirement Programs

Date: December 1, 2021
Location: Online

CPD hours: 1.25

**This event is now closed for registration. Zoom log in details were sent to the registrants.  Please contact Tracy Aurellano at taurellano@cphrbc.ca for registration inquiries**

Roundtables are exclusively available and free for CPHR BC & Yukon Members.

These events are peer-to-peer sharing and members play an active role in sharing knowledge and building community. Confidentiality is requested amongst the members present. Roundtables are not recorded for later viewing.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in Benefits and Retirement Programs
According to Aon’s 2021 Inclusion and Diversity Survey, nearly 90% of Canadian employers have begun to establish DEI objectives and policies to promote a high-performance workplace culture that is respectful, empowering, aware and supportive of the unique contributions of all employees.
Join us as we will discuss diversity, equity and inclusion through the lens of benefits and retirement.  
In this roundtable we will discuss:
•Why starting the conversation is key to ensuring retirement/benefit plans truly integrate DEI principles.
•How best-practice approaches and effective measurement techniques can create more inclusive and diverse retirement/benefit programs.
•How the fundamentals of “Commit, Listen, Review, Measure and Communicate” can provide a sound infrastructure for continuous evolution of DEI best practices.
Guest Facilitators from Aon :
Shelley Russell, Vice President, Health Solutions
Shelley is a Vice President in Aon’s Edmonton Health Solutions practice. Her responsibilities include client consulting and relationship management. She has over 20 years of experience partnering with plan sponsors to maximize health benefit strategy. This included roles on both with the insurer – as an account executive in the large case market – and the plan sponsor – where Shelley was responsible for health strategy and stakeholder relations for a large health benefit trust. She specializes in applying population health analytics to develop strategy, identify opportunities, manage design and assess risk.
Shelley graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) and maintained registration with the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA). Shelley also serves on the CBPI Northern Alberta Executive Committee.
Shelley Russel
Mark Mervyn, Partner Retirement Solutions
Mark is a Partner and actuary in Aon's Canadian Retirement Practice and provides consulting services in British Columbia and across Canada. Everyday, he collaborates with our clients to bring them ideas and solutions to better manage their retirement and other benefit arrangements.

Mark joined Aon in 2001 and currently serves on the Practice Development Council and chairs the Assumptions Committee for Aon's Canadian Retirement practice. He was chair of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries' Committee on Pension Plan Financial Reporting (2017 - 2019), and a member of the designated group updating pension commuted value standards in Canada (2016 - 2020). He currently serves on the BC regional council of the Association of Canadian Pension Management. He is also passionate about diversity and improving inclusion outcomes for both Aon colleagues and our client's pension plans and their members. He is a member of the Aon’s Canadian Pride Alliance and a leader of the Retirement Practice’s Inclusion Ambassadors.

Mark is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (FCIA) and a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA). He is a graduate of Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Mathematics.

Roundtable Host:

Heather Stewart, CPHR, CCP, is a passionate total rewards professional with over 20 years of experience in Human Resources and holds a Certificate in HR Management from BCIT, her Certified Compensation Professional Designation (CCP) from World at Work and the CPHR Designation. As Director, Total Rewards with First West Credit Union, she thrives on change and cares about bringing out the best in individuals and in the programs where she has expertise: Compensation & Benefits, Performance Management, Recognition & Reward, Health & Safety, and Labour Relations.  Currently, she is a volunteer with CPHR BC & Yukon, Delta Sungod Swim Club and Crossroads United Church providing monthly complimentary community dinners to individuals in need.

Roey Nevile, CEBS, CPHR is Total Rewards professional with over 15 years of experience in Human Resources and currently, she is Vice President, with Aon Health Solutions. Specializing in employee benefits, she works with clients of all sizes and industries with commitment and an innovative approach. Roey has a BA in International Relations from UBC, A PD in Human Resources Management from BCIT and holds the CPHR designation and Certified Employee Benefits Specialist Designation (CEBS)


This roundtable will take place online on Zoom.
12:00  pm to 1:30 pm – Pacific Standard Time (PDT)
  1:00  pm to 2:30 pm - Mountain Standard Time (MST) 
Please pre-register.  You will receive a confirmation immediately and the details about how to access the Zoom call will be sent to you via a calendar invite from Tracy Aurellano by the end of the business day before.
Registration Deadline - November 30, 2021 - 12 pm  Registration Fee
CPHR BC & Yukon Members - all categories  Included with Membership
Non-Members  Members Only

  • Questions about registrations can be directed to roundtable@cphrbc.ca.
  • Questions about this roundtable can be directed to Quinne Davey, Member Relations Manager, Lower Mainland.