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The Benefits Corner: Episode 20-Meghan Vallis



This is it folks!  The last episode-our 2018 wrap up show!  Tune in to hear Megan Vallis and I review the top developments of the year.  Meghan is the Senior VP of Consulting at Apri Insurance Services Inc.  As one of the industry’s brightest stars, it was amazing to hear her thoughts on these topics.  We cover everything from National Pharmacare, Pharmacogenetics, Virtual Care, HSA’s and even give you a warning that the Robots are coming!  Finally, Meghan lays out her predictions for 2019.  It’s been a great year for the podcast.  I hope you have enjoyed it! RB


The Benefits Corner: Episode 19-Katie Denis



Katie Denis is Director of Human Resources at Bennington Financial Services Corp in Oakville, Ontario.  In this episode, we dig into the role HR Professionals play in business and how that position has changed over the years.  Listen in as Katie shares how she grew her own position from the ground up and challenges she faced along the way.  This podcast has been a long time coming, and I definitely was not disappointed by some of the gems that Katie shared during our conversation.  This episode was a fun one to record.  I hope you enjoy it.  RB


The Benefits Corner: Episode 6-Matt Butters RBC Insurance



How does someone with a mathematics/actuarial background become the National Sales Leader for RBC Insurance? In this episode, we chat with Matt Butters of RBC Insurance.  We learn a bit about Matt’s background and how he found his way into employee benefits sales and why his education in the U.S. made him realize why he had to return to Canada.  He further fills us in on what he sees as challenges in the industry and how RBC Insurance is uniquely positioned to address some of those challenges.  I had a great time listening to what Matt had to say and I hope you do too.  Enjoy! RB


The Benefits Corner: Episode 5-The Partner Podcast



In this episode my business partners Al McDonald and Joe Ferreira join me on The Benefits Corner.  Al speaks to us about his role at Life & Legacy Advisory Group that includes Financial Planning, Estate Planning and as well as a new tool that he’s using with his clients.  Joe fills us in on what Living Benefits are and why they’re important.  The guys also talk to us about how they’ve created lifetime relationships with their clients.


The Benefits Corner: Episode 2-Gerald Ching



Gerald Ching is the owner and head coach at MAFA 1991 as well as the Canadian National Coach for the World Amateur Kickboxing Association.  Gerald has achieved longevity in an industry that many struggle to do so.  In this episode he outlines his thoughts on being an entrepreneur, starting a business and bringing in the next generation. Finally, Gerald shares his advice for new business owners.


The Benefits Corner: Episode 4-Dave Patriarche



Dave is the President and Founder of the CGIB (Canadian Group Insurance Brokers) Association.  He is passionate about the employee benefits industry and is a recognized leader and contributor to various Industry publications.  Listen in as Dave talks about the 800 pound gorilla, what the CGIB is all about and what advice he offers to new entrants into our industry.  Finally, we learn a bit more about who Dave is and why he’ll certainly be a return guest on our show.  Enjoy!


The Benefits Corner: Episode 3-Kyle Dennis



In Episode 3 of The Benefits Corner we sit down with Kyle Dennis, Director of Sales for La Capitale.  Kyle fills us in on why he thinks the employee benefits industry is the most exciting place to be.  He further outlines what he sees as some of today’s biggest challenges in the industry and how to approach it.  Finally Kyle lays down what it takes to be successful.  Kyle is easily one of the most engergetic, positive and dynamic people in our industry.  If you’re looking to get charged up and motivated, this podcast is for you.


The Benefits Corner: Episode 1-Rich Appiah



In episode 1 of The Benefits Corner we sit down with Rich Appiah, principal of Appiah Law | Employment + Labour Counsel. He provides expert strategic counsel and legal representation in the area of human resources law to small and enterprise scale businesses, as well as to managers and senior executives.  Rich freely shares his thoughts on employment law, the legal implications of employee benefits administration, and the most important lessons he’s learned in pursuing professional and personal success.  If you’re a running a business, this podcast is for you.