Experience

Philippe is a Principal, responsible for the group benefits practice in Eckler’s Montreal office. He has 15 years of consulting experience in group benefits, pension plans and mergers and acquisitions (M&A).

His expertise in group benefits and pension consulting centres on strategic issues, plan design at the national level, communication to plan sponsors and participants. He also provides clients with technical actuarial analysis for cost projections, group benefits negotiation at renewal/market search, pension actuarial funding valuation and accounting disclosures.

Before joining Eckler, Philippe worked in New York for a global consulting firm in the M&A department. In this role, he led the due diligence technical work regarding employee benefits in deals involving Canadian companies.

Philippe is passionate about his profession and his commitment to his clients. He is known for his strong technical expertise and his ability to make the complex simple for plan members and clients.

In 2019, Philippe was selected by Avantages magazine as one of 30 exceptional personalities in the Quebec employee benefits industry.

Areas of Expertise

  • Annuity purchase
  • Benefit plan design and harmonization
  • Change management
  • Employee life and health trusts
  • Employee training sessions
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Project management
  • Supplemental executive retirement programs (SERPs)
  • Total rewards

Professional Qualifications

Professional Qualifications
  • Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (FCIA)
  • Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA)
Professional Activities
  • Founding member of l’Association de la Retraite et des Avantages Sociaux du Québec (ARASQ)

Thought Leadership

As a member of the Editorial Board, Philippe helps provide direction for Eckler’s monthly GroupNews publication that provides commentary on the issues affecting Canadian group benefit plans. The most recent issues can be accessed below.

Philippe also contributes his insights to a variety of publications and conferences. Here’s just a sampling:

What’s the solution to increasing drug-plan costs for plan sponsors?
Benefits Canada – April 2021

Assurance médicaments : les coûts de mutualisation toujours en hausse
Avantages – Janvier 2021

Quebec drug pooling corp.’s cost increases mean premium hikes for plan sponsors
Benefits Canada – January 2020

30 personnalités exceptionnelles du secteur des avantages sociaux au Québec
Avantages – September 2019

Assurance médicaments : cesser de tout mutualiser
Avantages – October 2018

Eckler News and Insights

GroupNews - February 2021

In this month’s issue of GroupNews, we look at provincial coverage changes in Ontario and Alberta, new pharmacy services introduced in Quebec, potential new limits ...
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Understanding the Québec Drug Insurance Pooling Corporation terms and conditions

Understanding the Québec Drug Insurance Pooling Corporation (QDIPC) terms and conditions High-cost drugs have always posed a significant risk for the financial health of group ...
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GroupNews - January 2021

This month’s GroupNews examines new regulations for pharmacists in Quebec, a new research report on the drivers of cost growth for private drug plan claims, ...
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GroupNews - December 2020

The December issue of Group News summarizes the 2021 Canada Pension Plan and Quebec Pension Plan contribution rates and highlights the Government of Canada’s draft ...
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GroupNews - November 2020

This month’s GroupNews highlights a recent Conference Board of Canada report that predicts health care costs will increase due to COVID-19, recent developments impacting plans ...
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Through the looking glass: The rise of virtual healthcare and its impact on benefit plan sponsors in a post-COVID world

There is no doubt that COVID-19 has brought significant disruption to our personal and professional lives. While lockdown restrictions are easing, the impact of the ...
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GroupNews - October 2020

In our October issue of GroupNews, we look at proposed changes in Quebec to make parental insurance benefits more flexible, changes in Manitoba to expand ...
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GroupNews -
September 2020

Our September issue of GroupNews provides information on the Employment Insurance premium rate for 2021, new biosimilars approved for launch in Canada and summarizes a ...
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GroupNews - August 2020

This month’s issue of GroupNews covers new legislation in BC to help employers cope with COVID-19 fallout along with expanded financial support and expanded drug ...
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Accounting for municipal sector pension plans: Tax relief measure to limit the effects of COVID-19

In response to the potential impact of COVID-19 on the financial health of defined benefit pension plans and consequently on the tax burden related to ...
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GroupNews - June 2020

Our June issue of GroupNews provides important COVID-19 related updates on Health Care Spending Accounts, emergency leave in Ontario, Alberta’s Biosimilar Initiative and Quebec’s Health ...
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GroupNews - May 2020

Eckler’s GroupNews monthly newsletter provides commentary on the issues affecting Canadian group benefit plans. In this edition: Ontario issues regulations amending Ontario Drug Benefit Act ...
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GroupNews Extra - May 2020

This GroupNews Extra looks at the impact of COVID-19 has had on the claims experience of extended health and dental plans and what’s coming next.
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GroupNews - April 2020

In this month’s issue of GroupNews, we provide details on Manitoba’s pharmacare deductible, changes to parental leave in Saskatchewan, and amendments to the Ontario Drug ...
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GroupNews - March 2020

Eckler’s GroupNews monthly newsletter provides commentary on the issues affecting Canadian group benefit plans. In this edition: Report on 2020 health and dental trend factors ...
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GroupNews - February 2020

This issue of GroupNews, provides updates on Alberta’s move to partner with private clinics to provide surgeries, a decision from the BC Human Rights Commission ...
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GroupNews - January 2020

In this edition of GroupNews, we provide updates on changes for pharmacists and massage therapists in Nova Scotia, Alberta’s Bill 21 and its new biosimilar ...
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