Category Archives: Employee Benefits

Success Leaves Clues: Ep 58 with guest Amy Frampton, Head of Marketing at BambooHR



Robin welcomes guest Amy Frampton, Head of Marketing at BambooHR who brings nearly two decades of marketing and technology experience to the table. The whole concept of work is changing, and BambooHR is right in the middle of it all. From recruitment and onboarding to performance management and employee engagement, the BambooHR cloud platform is a leading end-to-end system for the entire employee lifecycle for small to medium-sized businesses. Amy talks about the many unique workplace initiatives at BambooHR, part of their employee experience evolution, as well as the importance of holding themselves accountable to each other and their customers.


Success Leaves Clues: Ep 54 with guests Karim Nassar and Ali Reyhany, Co-Founders, Mednow.ca



Mednow.ca is a virtual care startup revolutionizing the pharmacy experience across Canada. Mednow connects modern consumers with local pharmacies for a fast, safe, and free experience without ever having to leave their homes. Founded in 2019 by Ali Reyhany and Karim Nassar, Mednow is pairing virtual access with exceptional care giving patients access to a network of pharmacies across Canada, free at-home delivery of medications (and all pharmacy products), a specialized PillSmart system that packages prescriptions and vitamins by date and time, as well as access to telemedicine virtual care. In part due to the pandemic, Mednow is at the forefront of delivering solutions that are not only responding to present day demands, but are also leading the way to new and innovative virtual health services for the future.


Success Leaves Clues: Ep 49 with guests Zack Brown & Valentina De Castris, of Dialogue Healthcare Services



Robin & Al welcome guests Zack Brown, Vice President, Sales & Valentina De Castris, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships at Dialogue Healthcare Services, a virtual primary care platform founded with the mission to improve wellbeing by reducing barriers to quality care. As the largest and fastest-growing telemedicine company in Canada, Dialogue provides convenient, virtual access to a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals for Canadian companies who care. By empowering employees to be proactive about their physical and mental health, businesses can reap the significant benefits associated with happier and healthier employees. A benefit that is more important than ever!


Success Leaves Clues: Ep. 37 ~ featuring Dave Jones, Senior Vice President Group Benefits at Sun Life Financial



As Senior Vice-President of Group Benefits at Sun Life Financial, Dave Jones leads Canada’s largest provider of group benefits for over 23,000 organizations, covering over three million Canadians and their families. He joins Robin & Al for a timely conversation surrounding the mental health crisis faced by many this past year, as business owners work diligently to remove barriers to mental healthcare services for their employees. Leadership committment is crucial to the development, implementation, and sustainability of workplace initiatives, especially those related to healthcare.


Starting with One: Ep. 23 – Taking the ‘complex’ out of RESPs



Ryan Weiss, Vice-President Product and Experience at Canada Life joins Robin & Al to discuss the first fully digital employer-sponsored RESP. This new product helps employees advance their long-term savings goals through their workplace benefits with a simplified online enrolment process. Ryan speaks about the importance of creating a great member experience and their commitment to the financial, physical and mental well-being of all Canadians, not just at retirement, but across all life stages.


Starting with One: Ep. 22 – Creating a Healthy Workforce



Employee health is more important than ever before! Lori Casselman, President & CRO at Wello, joins Robin and Al to discuss how virtual health care services are helping Canadian businesses create and sustain a healthy workforce. They discuss how leading companies are beginning to change how they look at employee healthcare by preparing their organizations to meet the health and wellness needs of an increasingly digitally savvy work force. Creating and managing a healthy workforce helps reduce absenteeism, develops a positive corporate culture and keeps your bottom line strong.


Starting with One: Ep. 20 – Online prescription management with Carolyne Eagan of Pocket Pills!



Robin and Al are joined by Carolyne Eagan, Regional Director, Business Development at Canada’s first digital pharmacy, Pocket Pills. Their discussion covers this exciting new, full-service e-health solution – perfect for benefit providers, advisors, employers & Canadians. The company offers an accessible health care platform which instantly connects with pharmacists across the country and allows users to manage their medications online and have them delivered right to their doorstep!


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