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Insurance Jargon, Decoded: Future Income Protection Rider

Our ability to earn an income is arguably our biggest asset, although we seldom consider it when considering what type of disability insurance to purchase. We routinely purchase insurance coverage for small appliances, pets, or cars, yet, if a kettle broke down – it would have little to...

Health and Dental Plans for Retirees

Many people who are considering retirement underestimate the cost of the group benefits that they enjoyed while they were employed. Examples of benefits included in a group plan may include: Semi-private hospital Prescription drug coverage Dental coverage Life insurance and disability coverage Emergency travel coverage With...

Need to Know: Group Benefits – April 2016

It’s time for another edition of our monthly “Need to Know” series, where we rotate between our focus areas of Insurance and Employee Benefits. This month, our focus is on Group Benefits. The Government of Alberta’s budget, which they released last fall, included the announcement of...

Insurance Jargon, Decoded: Non-Evidence Maximum

A non-evidence maximum, or NEM, is the amount that the insurance company is willing to provide without medical questions or proof of good health or medical evidence. Non-evidence maximum applies to some group long-term disability and life insurance plans and are determined by the insurer based...

Premium Tax Increase

Alberta’s budget, released in October 2015 proposed a range of tax increases. Some of these increases will impact benefit plan pricing in 2016 and 2017. What is the change? Taxes are included in insurers’ premium rates. Consequently, group benefit plan sponsors should expect increases to rates at...

How to Thrive in Turbulent Times

Guest Blog by Oliver Baezner (former VP Big Rock Brewery & Founder, Sonic Breakthrough Coaching) Henry Ford really did get it right when he said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.”  I have spoken with many business owners and CEOs over...

In the News: Charity Village, March 30, 2016

How can nonprofits make better decisions about their benefit plans? By creating a benefits philosophy for their organization Our co-principal Andrea Shandro has written an article on this topic for Charity Village, the HR partner for recruitment in the Canadian nonprofit sector. Here is an excerpt...

In the News: IdeaMensch, March 28, 2016

IdeaMensch, a website where entrepreneurs share their ideas and experiences with the community, has featured our co-principals Andrea Shandro and Jennifer Kirby. Andrea and Jennifer shared their everyday habits, as well as advice for other entrepreneurs. Here is an excerpt from the article: We often ask our clients...

Need to Know: Insurance – February 2016

It’s time for another edition of our monthly “Need to Know” series, where we rotate between our focus areas of Insurance and Employee Benefits. This month, our focus is on Insurance. In this edition of our monthly roundup, we are focusing on the difference between mortgage...