After the success of our Business Essentials event, we are very excited to announce the return of our monthly Webinar! This month’s topic is #SafeSocial: Social Media’s Impact on Mental Health. Expert Bailey Parnell will take us through mental health triggers on Social Media, and how to create Safe Habits to improve your experience online.

Bailey Parnell is an incredibly gifted individual, she is a TEDx speaker with nearly 3 million views, the founder and CEO of a top soft skills development company, and was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women. We could not be more excited to have her join our May Webinar!

Join Bailey Parnell and the Benchmark team on May 20th from 11 AM – 12 PM EST!



In this month’s Team Feature we are excited to highlight Marcelina Ayow, an industry veteran who we are lucky enough to have on our Benchmark Team. Marcelina has over 40 years of experience in managing, pricing, and designing group insurance programs and is an integral part of supporting our clients.

Marcelina gives more than 100% of herself to every case she works on, and that dedication is part of what makes Benchmark a leader in finding creative solutions and anticipating the needs of our clients. Despite her wealth of experience, Marcelina loves to learn and finds value in learning something new every day in her job. We could not support our clients without Marcelina’s support and her dedication is an inspiration to all of us.

Have a read of our interview with Marcelina below!

1. What is your role at Benchmark Benefits?

I support Benchmark’s clients in all aspects of their employee benefits programs. I bring to Benchmark more than 40 years of insurance expertise, particularly in managing, pricing, and designing group insurance programs.

2. What is the most rewarding part of your job?

I am not too old to learn. Learning something new every day is certainly very rewarding.

3. What makes Benchmark Benefits the leader in health care solutions? 

A leader must have the foresight to plan ahead. Benchmark anticipates the needs of their clients and finds creative solutions – each client’s benefit program is unique, requiring its own special assessment and solution. This is evidenced by our renewal and budget reports, which include evaluation of premium reasonableness, Cubic’s Prescription Drug Plan Review, health, and dental premium forecasts. Benchmark’s organized webinars on health and wellness are another example.

4. How do you go above and beyond to offer value to your clients?

I enjoy what I do. I give more than 100% of myself on every case I work on.

5. What is one thing you try to include in your everyday life that keeps your wellness & mental health top of mind?

Although my job is an integral part of my life, I take breaks as needed to have the right balance. Looking forward to the next day makes me hopeful about what lies ahead.


If you are a fan of our May Webinar speaker and one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women, Bailey Parnell, and can’t wait to hear more from her you’re in luck. Bailey Parnell is the Founder and CEO of SkillsCamp, a soft skills training company that helps businesses and their employees develop the required skills for success. Bailey is hosting a FREE stress management workshop on JUNE 3rd and is ready to take you through some simple tools and mindfulness strategies to help decrease the negative effects of stress and start amplifying personal health, happiness, and well-being.

SIGN UP TODAY to take advantage of this limited access to Bailey Parnell and the wealth of information she has to share!


Earlier this year we announced that Benchmark joined UNIBA Partners, an owner-led, client-centric global network that provides insurance broking, risk management, and employee benefits solutions. This move has allowed us to expand our scope and help more people worldwide reap the benefits.

Joining UNIBA Partners has already started paying dividends, we were recently a part of a deal with one of our Partners in the UNIBA network, Chesneau. Chesneau’s client Orinox opened a subsidiary in Canada and was struggling to find a way to provide their Canadian employees with benefits. Through Chesneau and the UNIBA network, Orinox was brought to us and we were able to provide the policy they needed.

Check out the full story from Chesneau here and learn more about UNIBA Partners is allowing Benchmark to help more clients Reap the Benefits.

With the onset of the pandemic telehealth and teletherapy have become standard fare for benefits plans. However, they are not the only segments of virtual care that have been picked up by Canadian benefits providers.

Paramedical Benefits are the latest care option to be covered by benefits plans, virtual physiotherapy being the draw in this category. Although virtual physiotherapy is not a new invention, support for coverage from benefits providers is relatively recent.

The effect of the pandemic on virtual care coverage is not a temporary issue, how will benefits providers maintain their virtual care support when in-person services are readily available again? Read the full article from Benefits Canada to discover the implications.

We’re back with another edition of our Workday Wellness Series!

This month we’re learning about SUPERFOODS from the amazing Dr. Jennifer Hendr-LynnNaturopathic Doctor at Health in Balance.

Click the video above to take a moment of wellness for yourself today!

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