Tag Archives: business

Starting with One: Ep 12 – Special Edition – ‘Understanding the challenges of temporary layoffs’ with Rich Appiah



Many businesses are resorting to temporary layoffs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the economy, causing real anxiety for both employers and employees concerning what will happen next. Employment lawyer Rich Appiah joins Robin and Al to better explain the challenges and misconceptions surrounding temporary layoffs, as legal rights and Common Law rules continue to be tested.


Starting with One: Ep11 – SPECIAL EDITION – A slow return to the ‘Next Normal’



In today’s episode, Robin and Al are joined by Ian Ash – a Co-Founder of Dig Insights, one of Canada’s fastest growing companies – in a conversation summarizing business strategies and realistic expectations as we head towards an uncertain future. Ian discusses the reality of managing staff remotely, adapting to change, and overcoming the barriers to recovery. We hope you enjoy it.  Stay well. Stay safe!


Starting with One: Ep10 – Minimizing the impact of Passive Income Rules with Louis Isabella



Louis Isabella joins Robin and Al to discuss the impact of Passive Investment Income rules on small business owners and the investment strategies that can ensure you’re staying on-side of the rules while reducing/managing your taxable income.


Starting with One: Ep6 – Group Retirement Programs with Alex Bertola



Join Al & Robin as they discuss Group Retirement Programs with Alex Bertola of Manulife Financial.  Learn the difference between the 3 plan types and how benchmark reports can help enhance employee participation & contributions, while better addressing the different needs of your company and employees. It’s no longer One Size Fits All!


The Benefits Corner: Episode 29-James Malliaros



How do you create “magic” in your corporate culture, and how do you actually get employees excited and talking about their benefit plans?  Tune in to hear how today’s guest did just that, and in a fairly short amount of time to boot!   James Malliaros is the Managing Director for myWorld Canada.  A self proclaimed “citizen of the world”, it is quickly evident that James’ global career has prepared him well to implement best practices that he has encountered on his journey.  In a world where companies are fighting for talent, it’s easy to see why employees at myWorld have embraced their new program.  I enjoyed this conversation immensely.  I hope you enjoy it. RB


The Benefits Corner: Episode 28-Alex Bertola Manulife



What have you always wanted to know about Group Retirement Plans but have been too afraid to ask?  Well, let me introduce you to your new best friend, Alex Bertola.  He has been Account Executive at Manulife for the last 13 years.  Alex has had exposure to both U.S. as well as Canadian programs.   As such, his experience has made him a great resource to both advisors as well as their clients.  Be sure to tune in to find out what types of plans exist today, as well as the pro’s and cons of each.   We also chat about the “right time” to implement a plan and what’s in it for both employers and employees.  Finally, you’ll hear us joking around about putting Alex in a boardroom with a whiteboard, trust me, you want to see the magic in person.  He’s certainly one of the reasons I enjoy this industry so much….you meet some great people along the way.  I hope you enjoy it! RB


The Benefits Corner: Episode 27-Julie Gaudry RBC Insurance



As Head of the Group Life & Health business at RBC Insurance, Julie leads a team with overall responsibility for the product development and strategic direction for RBC Insurance’s Group Benefit Solutions.  With a focus on innovation and thought-leadership, her team is committed to differentiating RBC through product and service enhancements that make it easier for clients to lead a healthy lifestyle, manage their benefit programs, and return to health if faced with a serious medical condition.  This is an episode you won’t want to miss.  From learning about Julie’s unique journey in wellness and healthcare, to current innovations in employee benefits, to where she feels the industry as a whole is headed in the near future.  I had such a great time chatting with Julie.  I hope you enjoy it. RB


The Benefits Corner: Episode 26-Julie Ford



Julie Ford is the founder and Principal Consultant at Glance Marketing in Toronto. Glance is a full-service agency that gives businesses access to a wide range of marketing strategies, services and skillsets that help them achieve their goals.  This episode was a walk down memory lane for me.  Julie is the person I reached out to when I was trying to build the new Aria Benefits brand.  Listen in as Julie walks us through her unique approach with clients (me), and how that translated not only into an incredible brand story to tell, but also a wonderful friendship.  I really enjoyed this conversation with Julie.  I hope you do too! RB


The Benefits Corner:Episode 25-Let’s talk about HSA’s!



What have you always wanted to know about Health Spending Accounts but have been too afraid to ask?  Well, here’s your opportunity to listen in and hear it from two of the top minds in the industry.  In today’s episode, we have a great conversation with Tim Kane and Steve McEwan of myHSA.  These two are really fun to speak with and you’ll hear us discuss everything from HSA’s, PSA’s, WSA’s…don’t worry, we break down what all these silly letters mean and how they can help your company.  The folks at myHSA are doing some very cool things in our industry, so it’s been amazing to watch their growth and development.  This one was a lot of fun to do.  I hope you enjoy it. RB


The Benefits Corner: Episode 24-Marie-Chantal Cote



Ever meet someone at a function and be so impressed by their passion for what they do?  This was certainly the case when I met Marie-Chantal Cote or “MC” as she’s known to her friends and colleagues.  MC is the VP Market Development at Sun Life, Group Benefits. In today’s episode, we discuss some of the innovation initiatives currently under way at Sun Life.  MC gives us some insight on how clients can “Bend the Benefits Cost Curve”.  She further explains that there is a strong digital component at play which is helping employers and employees alike manage their claims costs. Finally, we talk about how using data analytics and artificial intelligence can be used to help educate plan members and thus, improving the overall employee benefits experience.  I really enjoyed this conversation with MC.  I hope you do as well. RB