Curtis Hollister is a global entrepreneur and innovator who has successfully grown a number of technology start-ups. As the COO of Phzio.com, the world’s most advanced virtual care platform for physical therapists, his current focus is on evolving health care using digital technology to improve patient outcomes. He joins Robin and Al for some thought provoking commentary on his expertise in technology, his broad experience with public markets, and his love of creative digital media to help brands, like Phzio, win new audiences.
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.
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!
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.
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This episode is sponsored by Life & Legacy Advisory Group and Aria Benefits.
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.
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!
In this episode, Al and Robin are joined by Dr. Sasha High, medical director of the High Metabolic Clinic, to learn a better understanding of the complexities of obesity and why employers need to consider the affects of this chronic medical condition on their workforce while offering non-judgmental support for obese employees. Dr. High discusses the difficulties that obese colleagues face and why obesity is a disease that warrants medically-supervised, compassionate treatment in order to achieve longterm health and stability.
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
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