Moderator and Presenter Information

Presenters

John Anacleto, HBA, MABE, is manager–business & analysis with the TELUS Health Analytics group. He brings with him 12 years of economic and data analysis experience. His consulting focus is the use of data to support decision-making in the areas of market access strategy for pharma, biotech and device manufacturers, plan design for insurance carriers and plan sponsors, and drug insurance policy analysis for governments. Relations with clients include strategic input based on analytics on how to engage the private and public insurance industries in Canada. Anacleto has been the lead author of several Insights articles on coverage, plan design and longitudinal trends in private plans. Insights is a quarterly TELUS Health journal for clients on trends, issues and insights in group insurance that affect access to medicines and other health care services.

Timothy J. Bancroft, Ph.D., is a senior lead analyst in the Health Economics & Outcomes Research (HEOR) group within Optum. Bancroft works on a variety of pharmaceutical research projects, including prospective and retrospective studies. In this role, he acts as both an analytics lead coordinating and managing all analytic activities, requesting resources, delegating tasks, actively participating in client meetings, as well as co-authoring manuscripts and statistical analysis plans. Furthermore, he has extensive experience in serving as the research analyst identifying sample populations of interest, creating project specifications, data programming, data verification, conducting descriptive and multivariate statistical analyses and creating tables for final reports. In addition to project work, Tim plays an active role in infrastructure projects, mentoring junior staff, and provides general HEOR and statistical consulting. Before joining Optum in 2009, Bancroft earned his Ph.D. in statistics at Iowa State University (ISU). He spent the majority of his time at ISU as a research assistant analyzing data from various plant-genomic experimental designs, but also lectured introductory statistics courses to undergraduates.

Michèle Boisvert, FSA, FCIA, is senior consultant in the Health & Benefits practice of Willis Towers Watson in Montreal. She is also the Health & Benefits Canadian leader for actuarial and measurement. She has 23 years of group benefits consulting experience, including benefit reviews and plan redesigns, pricing and post-employment benefits valuations. She has in-depth knowledge of the group benefits marketplace and is a regular participant to discussion groups and roundtables on group benefits. Boisvert joined Willis Towers Watson in June 2003, following ten years of group benefits consulting at another actuarial consulting firm. Boisvert received her degree in actuarial mathematics, with great distinction, from Concordia University in 1993. She became a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries in 1998.

Suzanne Lepage is a private health plan strategist who bridges the pharmaceutical and group benefits industry. Prior to beginning her consulting practice, Lepage was a national manager for private health care with the pharmaceutical company Roche Canada. During that time she developed and executed private healthcare strategies and managed a patient assistance program for biologic medications. Prior to joining the pharmaceutical industry, Lepage worked in group benefits in a wide variety of roles for almost 20 years. Most recently she was the product manager for the drug programs at Manulife Financial. She is frequent speaker and contributor to both private market and pharmaceutical industry conferences and publications.

Vincent Ng, BScPhm, MBA, is health business consulting senior manager at TELUS Health. Ng is a management consultant, digital health strategist, and a clinical pharmacist. He is passionate about transforming the healthcare system, particularly through improving the ability of clinicians to use digital health and mobile health technologies to deliver excellent patient care more effectively and profitably. In his current role at TELUS, Ng is responsible for understanding the existing and emerging business, technology and clinical opportunities and issues facing community-based primary care providers. He monitors market trends, analyzes data from various sources, conducts customer interviews and practice observations, and translates these data points into insights to drive clinical, technology and business model innovations.

Kathy Seliga, FSA, FCIA, is vice president, finance and actuarial, group benefits for Sun Life of Canada. She is responsible for the overall direction and execution of finance and actuarial operations and strategies within the business unit. More specifically, Seliga is accountable for pricing and profitability management, valuation and capital management, expense management, financial reporting and analysis, financial controls, accounting, billings and collection, taxation, business planning and risk management. Throughout Seliga's 27 years in the life and health insurance industry, she has held positions of increasing responsibility in the individual, group and client solutions insurance businesses. Seliga has held leadership roles in financial management, pricing, product development, claims, marketing, sales and operations. Seliga was the inaugural Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Drug Insurance Pooling Corporation (CDIPC) and continues to contribute as an active member of the Board. Seliga has a BSc from University of Toronto and is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) and a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (FCIA).

Tom Strickland, FSA, FCIA, is head of group pricing at RBC Insurance (RBCI), where he has worked since 2011. He is responsible for all group health, dental, life and disability pricing at RBCI. After graduating from the University of Waterloo, he has had more than 25 years’ experience in the group benefits industry, at RBCI and previous positions with Equitable Life, Wellpoint (U.S.) and Canada Life. He has been a member of the Canadian Drug Insurance Pooling Corporation (CDIPC) Working Group since 2012. He was also chair of the CIA Group Insurance Committee from 1995 to 1997, and led the team that developed the Group Earnings by Source Educational Note in 2010.

Marcel Théroux is a partner with Mercer in Toronto. His practice deals with the regulation and taxation of pension, benefit and deferred income plans and strategic planning associated with these arrangements. Théroux provides legal and tax support to the various Mercer businesses, including retirement, health and benefits, human capital and investment consulting. Before joining Mercer, he was a senior tax partner with an international accounting firm. Théroux is a frequent speaker and contributor to industry publications. He received his law degree from the Faculty of Law of the University of Toronto in 1976 and a diploma in legislative drafting from the University of Ottawa in 1979. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1978, Alberta in 1980 and the Barreau du Québec in 1987.

David Willows is the vice president of strategic market solutions at Green Shield Canada, where he leads product development and marketing. Prior to moving to GSC in 2011, he had spent five years as the Toronto health and benefits practice leader for Aon Consulting and then the merged Aon Hewitt organization. Over the past 20 years, he has split his time between the carrier and consulting community, primarily focused on attendance and disability management, but more recently focusing on the broader health management issues facing Canadian employers. 

Ella Young is both corporate director, enterprise risk management and director, care continuum and actuarial analytics for Vancouver Coastal Health and was recently the director of risk and actuarial analytics for the British Columbia Ministry of Health. She has experience implementing solutions to strategic issues with process, risk and statistical expertise to help those providing health services use and execute analytics. She has over fifteen years of relevant experience across several jurisdictions and industries including healthcare, insurance and energy. She has published many articles in a variety of peer-reviewed journals including Health Affairs and Interfaces, has presented at many conferences and served on boards and committees. Young’s credentials include: B.Comm. (Hons) in actuarial science and finance, M.H.A from the University of British Columbia, Project Management Professional, Certification in Risk Management, and American and Canadian Health Executive.

Moderator

Émilie Bouchard, FSA, FCIA, is staff fellow dedicated to Canadian membership at the Society of Actuaries. She is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries and of the Society of Actuaries. In her role, Bouchard is responsible for leading and guiding the SOA’s professional development, research topics and content development for the SOA’s Canadian membership, and for advancing the SOA’s activities in service to its members in Canada. She also serves as a content advisor to the SOA’s operational departments, ensuring that the SOA’s programs, products and services are designed to address the knowledge needed by its Canadian members. Prior to joining the SOA, Bouchard worked as a consulting actuary for 16 years, with large global human resources consulting firms. Bouchard worked in Toronto and Ottawa and her duties included providing advice to organizations in the areas of pension plan design, funding, risk management, communication and administration.