Benefits Alliance Voice

Benefits Alliance Voice

The Benefits Alliance Voice was created for those wanting to keep up with what's happening in the Canadian Group Benefits and Group Retirement industry. As the voice of the industry, we will cover topics ranging from Pharmacare, Financial Literacy, Building a Group Benefits Plan, Virtual Healthcare, Changes to Employment Insurance (EI), Canadian Disability Coverage, and more! Subscribe to hear the latest episodes!


May 8, 2024 25 mins

In this episode of the Benefits Alliance Voice, Rahim and Carolyne review the 2023 survey from MFS with Taylor Pidgeon. In this annual survey, you’ll hear about insights on retirement savings, strategies, and trends.

Show Notes:

  • Get your copy of the MFS Annual Survey
  • Trends for Retirement Readiness and more plan members wanting to gradually retire.
  • Understanding Target Date Funds for different age brackets
  • How advice is ...
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On this episode of the Benefits Alliance Voice, Rob and Carolyne talk about fertility benefits with Erin Fordham and Andrew Brandsma.

Topics Discussed:

  • 1 in 6 people struggle with infertility
    • The three areas of well-being: Physical, Mental, and Financial
    • How Fertility is being addressed more commonly in benefits plans
    • The variety of unique and supplemental benefit coverage requested by Canadians continues to rise
    • Why f...
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    March 27, 2024 51 mins

    In this episode of the Benefits Alliance Voice, Nathan Sugeng joins Carolyne Eagan and Rahim Peera about how to navigate insolvency.

    Topics Covered:

    • The mystery around why Bankruptcy happens
    • Tools available for individuals and business owners facing financial hardship
    • How employee benefit plans can help people through financial wellness 
    • Understanding the types of organizations offering help
    • The ...
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    In this episode, Todd Stephen and Graham Young join Carolyne Eagan to discuss the updates from Ottawa on Pharmacare Topics Covered:

    • Update from Ottawa on a proposed single-payer system
    • The challenge to offer consistent coverage across the country 
    • Gaps between proposed spending vs. reality of impact for Canadians
    • Issues to address directly with the new Pharmacare plan to ensure coverage of high-cost drugs
    • Timeline for ...
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    In this episode of the Benefits Alliance Voice, Carolyne Eagan and Rob Green sit down with Sunil Hirjee of Beneva to discuss the evolution of benefits programs and how data can shape a better-suited plan for each organization.


    • Sunil Hirjee, Vice President, Group Sales and Client Experience, Beneva

    Topics Covered:

    • Sunil’s background and how it gives him a different perspective on Employee Benefits.
    • The sur...
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    In this episode of the Benefits Alliance Voice, Carolyne Eagan and Rob Green talk with Suzanne Lepage.

    Today on the Benefits Alliance Voice:

    • Benefits Alliance and National Pharmacare from a Public and Employer-Sponsored Perspective
    • Pharmacare across Canada and the Postal Code Lottery
    • Smart Health Benefits Coalition's voice in the discussion
    • Impact of Pharmacare changes on Canada's workforce

    This episode dives...

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    February 21, 2024 64 mins

    In this episode of the Benefits Alliance Voice, Carolyne Eagan and Rob Green talk with Doug Calow, Helen Stevenson, and Martin Chung.

    Today's Guests:

    This episode dives into specifics about the management of drug plans and the significance of cost implications when making decisions. Discussing the details of managed formula...

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    In this episode of the Benefits Alliance Voice, Carolyne Eagan and Rob Green talk with Steve Hesketh about how changes to EI will Impact Canadians in different scenarios.

    This episode was recorded to look at the impacts so far and project how Canadians may need to consider changes (or not) to their current health coverage for themselves. And more importantly, how organizations should consider updating their Employee Benefits ...

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    In this episode of the Benefits Alliance Voice, Carolyne Eagan is joined by Chantell Arsenault and Jackie Nichols of Acera Insurance to talk about Retirement Planning. You'll hear from two advisors who have experience on both the advisory side and the insurance carrier side. The key takeaway isn't about why you should focus on your retirement plan, but why it doesn't make sense to avoid planning for your future.

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    In this episode of the Benefits Alliance Voice, Carolyne Eagan and Rob Green are joined by Mike Skube (MLS Financial) and Andrea Hansen (Sutton Benefits & Pension). You'll hear about making great decisions when choosing a benefits advisor and what steps Benefits Alliance has been taking to improve the level of service that can be offered. What's highlighted here is the quality and expertise of the Benefits Alliance Me...

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    In this episode of the Benefits Alliance Voice, Carolyne Eagan and Rahim Peera are joined by Jonathan Weisstub and Alex Mazer of Commonwealth. The conversation revolves around the current CAPSA guidelines and the impact of the coming changes.

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    Benefits Alliance has an incredible network of advisors who represent organizations across Canada for their Group Benefits and Group Retirement plans. In this episode, our hosts Carolyne Eagan and Rob Green, discuss with Todd Stephen and Graham Young the implications of changes to the Canadian Pharmacare system and what should be considered for the future.

    For more information about how Benefits Alliance is advocating for the futur...

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    Welcome to the Benefits Alliance Voice, a new podcast from Benefits Alliance. In this episode you'll hear from our co-hosts and Board Chair of Benefits Alliance as we introduce this new format and some of the topics we'll be covering in future episodes.

    Hosted by:

    • Carolyne Eagan, Benefits Alliance
    • Rob Green, Green Benefits Group
    • Rahim Peera, Penmore Benefits


    • Graham Young, Capcorp

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