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Welcome to the Halifax Benefits Together Conference

In person:

  • Wednesday, April 17, 2024, 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. AT
  • Halifax Convention Centre, 1650 Argyle St, Halifax, NS

Welcome to the Halifax Benefits Together Conference

In person:

  • Wednesday, April 17, 2024, 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. AT
  • Halifax Convention Centre, 1650 Argyle St, Halifax, NS

Conference Overview

Benefits Together is back again and in-person, bringing together leading experts in workplace wellness to help you look ahead and create a healthy future for your organization.

This year’s agenda will shine a spotlight on the urgent questions and transformational trends impacting the health and productivity of today’s working Canadians.

Artificial Intelligence:

Transforming Health Care & Health Benefits

How are AI innovations supporting diagnostics, treatment, access to care and more?

The new ABCs of Zzzzs:

Impact of Sleep on the Workplace

How does getting a good night’s rest affect the performance, health and quality of life of many working Canadians?

CEO Update:

A Perspective on Pharmacare

Join Medavie CEO Bernard Lord, for a timely discussion on Pharmacare.

The Resilient Employee:

Preventing Stress and Burnout in Today’s Workplace

What are the latest strategies for recognizing, preventing, and treating burnout at work?


We are thrilled to welcome a roster of knowledgeable experts on workplace wellness to share actionable insights into building healthy, inclusive and productive work environments.

Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe

Expert on Resiliency and Workplace Wellness

One of the most sought-after, engaging, and truly transformative speakers and scholars in her field, Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe is a multi-award-winning education and psychology instructor. She shares practical, accessible strategies to foster resiliency and wellness within ourselves and others.

Dr. Georges Sabongui, PhD

Psychologist, Behavioral Neuroscientist, LCdr Royal Canadian Navy (ret)

With his dynamic style and humour, Dr. Georges Sabongui has shared his passion for science with over 1 million people worldwide. He brings over 30 years of military, academic, and organizational expertise to inspire employees to achieve their full potential despite obstacles and adversity.

Angela Johnson

CEO, sanoLiving

Dedicated to revolutionizing women’s health, Angela pioneered sanoLiving, Canada’s first comprehensive virtual health platform for women. She successfully scaled and exited Medical Confidence and has made significant contributions to healthcare navigation and mental health solutions.

Dr. Kwadwo Kyeremanteng

Critical Care Physician | Host of the Solving Healthcare Podcast

Department head of critical care at The Ottawa Hospital, Dr. Kyeremanteng cares for the sickest of the sick patients in the intensive care unit (ICU). He is also the host of the ever-growing podcast Solving Healthcare, featuring interviews and discussions on improving healthcare delivery in Canada.

Bernard Lord

Chief Executive Officer, Medavie

Bernard Lord provides strategic leadership to Medavie. He is currently the Chair of the International Federation of Health Plans, President of the Canadian Association of Blue Cross Plans and the current past Chair of the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association.

Eric Laberge

President, Medavie Blue Cross

Eric Laberge has led Medavie Blue Cross through significant business growth for nearly a decade. A Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and the Canadian Institute of Actuaries, he worked with major actuarial consulting firms for 20 years prior.

David Adams

Senior Vice President, Insurance Business, Medavie Blue Cross

David leads the overall group and individual business strategy at Medavie Blue Cross, including sales and marketing strategy, product development, and underwriting. A Chartered Professional Accountant, David brings strong financial acumen and extensive business development experience to his role.

Tammy Conistis

Vice President Digital Transformation Office and Digital Direct, Medavie

Tammy leads digital transformation strategy, data analytics, and the Innovation Incubator Team at Medavie. She is both a strategic and pragmatic visionary with a track record for successfully building organizational capability and delivering strategic initiatives.

Steve Cameron

Regional Vice President, Business Development, Medavie Blue Cross

Steve’s background with Medavie Blue Cross spans operations and business development, from negotiating pharmacy and drug manufacturer agreements, to managing some of Atlantic Canada’s largest corporate clients. Currently, Steve is responsible for all group insurance business in Atlantic Canada.

Paolo Korre

Director, Design and Innovation, Digital Transformation Office, Medavie

Paolo leads Medavie’s Innovation Incubator, a centre focused on reimagining Medavie’s services, products, strategies and experiences through human-centred design and collaboration. Through his expertise and creativity, Paolo is helping to drive Medavie’s culture of innovation.