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On December 5th, Mapol hosted the 4th Annual Benefits Advisors’ Drug Plan Outlook in Toronto. This event brought together industry thought leaders from the benefits advisor and innovative pharmaceutical manufacturer communities from across Canada. With a shared objective of improving the plan sponsor and plan member experience with drug benefit coverage, there was agreement that more work is needed in 2018 to minimize the potential consequences resulting from legacy administrative practices or drug plan changes.

Key takeaways included the need for greater transparency in the premium setting process and the avoidance of unilateral contract changes with little choice for plan sponsors. To support employee health, there was an expressed need to allow plan members to stay on existing treatments without being forced to switch to different drugs as a result of changes to plan designs and/or transfers of contracts from one insurer to another. Participants at the meeting also felt that insurers can be active partners in the delivery and support of disease information to plan members and their dependents.

The proceedings of this event will be published in an upcoming edition of Benefits and Pensions Monitor.

Mapol Inc. will be hosting our 8th Annual Private Payer Education and Training Seminars in Toronto/Brampton, Ontario on November 15, 2017. Last Day to Register is Friday November 10, 2017!

This will be an opportunity for you to hear from key stakeholders about new developments being implemented and/or considered for private drug plans.  Also, Mapol will be highlighting key trends and issues from 2017. 

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EVENT FEE: $995.00 + HST per person.

Confirmed Stakeholder Speakers Toronto Session Includes:

  • Joan Weir, Director, Health and Disability Policy, Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association Inc., An Overview of CLHIA Initiatives: PMPRB Reform, CADTH Changes, OHIP+ Transition, and Pharmacogenomics in Private Plans
  • Jean Lachaine, PeriPharm Inc., Economic Evaluation of New Medications to Support Private Payers Reimbursement Decisions
  • Tim Clarke, BMath FSA FCIA, President, tc Health Consulting, Plan Sponsor Concerns/Issues
  • Johnny Ma, President, Mapol Inc., Review of 2017 Trends & Issues
  • Atul Goela, B.Sc. Phm., R.Ph, Director, Possibilities & Partnerships – Digital Health Solutions, Sun Life Financial, Digital Health Trends
  • Dr. Luc Boileau, M.D., M. Sc. Adm. S., FRCPC, President and CEO and Sylvie Bouchard, BPharm, Diploma in Hospital Pharmacy, MSc, MBA, Director of Medication, INESSS, Ongoing Changes in the Management of Innovation: Perspectives from INESSS

Please contact Sue-Lee Pring ( to obtain the group discount.


*Terms for the Special: 

- Group discount deadline Friday October 27, 2017

- All Attendees must be from the same organization
- Payment must be made on one credit card via PayPal



These are closed-door seminars for brand pharmaceutical manufacturers. Given that this event has become very popular, we encourage you to register your spot as soon as possible because seating is limited.

Written by Gord Polk, Chief Executive Officer and Robert Fong, Senior Manager, Payer Engagement at Mapol Inc.  

Download the article here.

The effectiveness of private drug plan programs, new subsequent entry biologic (biosimilar) policies as well as opportunities for improved transparency and collaboration were under the spotlight at the 3rd Annual Benefits Advisors’ Drug Plan Outlook. Mapol Inc. brought together benefits advisors from across Canada with representatives of Canada’s brand pharmaceutical manufacturers on November 3, 2016. Read more ...

Read Article Online - Page 38-41
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Mapol's 4th Annual Benefits Advisors’ Drug Plan Outlook Meeting will be in December 2017 in Toronto. For information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Corinne Razem at


Johnny Ma, Gord Polk and Robert Fong are representing Mapol at the 2017 CADTH Symposium
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