It’s the Friday GAB – a weekly round up of the happenings in and around the employee benefits industry in Canada.
I know you have been counting down the minutes for this week’s tea. Especially since there was no Friday GAB last week. But you can only GAB when there’s news and there was no news last week. Did I miss something? You can DM me the news or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Shockingly there’s no M&A news this week. A rarity. But there is some partnership news. BPM reported earlier this week that the Benefit Advisors Networks has launched in Canada with Owen & Associates and the Leslie Group becoming the first two firms accepted.
In product news RBC launched a group CI product and Sun Life dropped a whitepaper called “Coverage for All” that reminds everyone how important insurance carriers are. Jokes aside, it’s a good read, I’m so proud to be part of the employee benefits industry as our industry does provide significant value to Canadians and is full of excellent caring people. We still don’t know what the proposed national dental care and pharmacare programs will offer. And if I was a bettin’ gal I would put my money on employee benefits remaining a key element in providing access to care. I wrote a bit about it a few weeks ago the wrote some more.
It's a news-lite week. If you’ve recently hired and need your new peeps to brush up on group benefits, CPBI Pacific is running an affordable, online session on June 9th.
That’s the Friday GAB.