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Individual Health & Dental Plans

The changing economy in Alberta has presented an unintended consequence for many: loss of group health and dental coverage. When an employee leaves a group plan, he or she generally has 60 days to convert the group coverage to an individual health and dental program. Insurers...

Why insure kids?

At its root, insurance is designed to protect the financial security of those dependent on you. So why insure children, who have neither income nor dependents? Making sure that parents have adequate coverage in the event of their death, disability, or serious illness should be the...

Insurance jargon, decoded: Survivor Benefits

Survivor Benefits Survivor benefits are a part of group benefits programs. If a plan member becomes an angel, his or her dependents get to stay on the benefit program for 24 months. The survivors don’t pay any premiums during the survivor period. Some insurers make it easier...

Need to Know: Group Benefits – July 2015

Welcome to our monthly blog series – a roundup of articles on issues surrounding our industry. Each month we will rotate between the focus areas of Insurance and Employee Benefits. This month’s focus is on Group Benefits. Pooling has become more common for benefit plans, with...

5 Questions: Catch Engineering

We are featuring our clients and partners as part of a new series on our blog. For our first profile, we interviewed Hartley Harris, P. Eng., President of Catch Engineering. What is your benefits philosophy? Health and Dental benefits are just a part of Catch Engineering’s strategy...

Pooling: Benefits and risks to your benefit plan

With new options available for entrepreneurial organizations that include total pooling, we thought it would be a good idea to talk about the benefits and risks to using a completely pooled benefit plan option. What is pooling? Comfort in numbers. Pooling is a concept that means...

In the News: Capital Ideas Edmonton – July 22, 2015

Andrea Shandro, one of our Co-Principals at Vital Partners, is featured in this week's Capital Ideas Edmonton. Andrea answered the question, "How does your business give back to the community?" Here's an excerpt from her response: "As a team, we select themes for our donations. This year,...

Managing Stress in the Workplace

Mental illness is now the leading cause of employee disability claims in Canada and many of these illnesses are related to stress and burnout. Employee burnout costs Canadian business about $12 billion annually according to the Canadian Mental Health Association. Shame and discomfort still surround...

Insurance jargon, decoded: Stability Period

Stability Period Many travel insurance contracts refer to “stability period”. Some travel insurance contracts say that they will cover a pre-existing condition if it has been stable for a period of time. Typically the stability period is 90 days, but for some contracts it can be...

Need to Know: Insurance – June 2015

Welcome to the first edition of our new blog series, which will be a monthly roundup of articles on issues surrounding our industry. Each month we will rotate between the focus areas of Insurance and Employee Benefits.  Insurance is up first! This month’s focus is on...