We’re Here to Provide You with Exceptional Service


We know insurers and third party administrators
only want to partner with high quality service providers.
Your reputation depends on it.

That’s why Arete will amaze you and your clients
with unparalleled service, unique program options,
no hidden costs, and a true can-do attitude.

Why You Should Look at Arete

Whether your client is a small business, corporation, association, union or other organization, we’ve got them covered.

We listen, and feedback from you — our insurance and TPA clients — is used as the basis for our research-based solutions, high-touch services, return-to-work/stay-at-work strategies, and flexible programs.

Learn more about what drives us to improve the well-being of Canadians:

Research-Based Solutions

We specialize in research-based solutions and offer statistical evidence and success measurements drawn from evidence-based outcome research conducted by APAS Laboratory.

Read the press release about our most recent research, the first study of its kind in Canada. You can also request a copy of the full report.

Arete continues expanding studies that support a broader understanding
of the real value assistance programs offer Canadian insurers and organizations.

High-Touch Services

For Program Users

It’s better for everyone that we take good care of program users. Here are some important examples of how we do just that.

  • Accessiblity – We never turn away callers if they don’t have identification credentials at hand—we find them in our records and get them the help they need.
  • Flexibility – To ensure a good fit, program users can request a different counsellor at any time. The right match will help individuals get back on track faster.
  • Professional Support – And finally, we maintain a national network of over 1,600 professionals and clinicians across Canada. Members of our network are held to high professional standards to meet the needs of our clients.

If you’re interested in the free self-help resources we provide to program users, please visit the Individuals section of our website.

For Group Insurance Advisors

Sales Support – To support sales efforts, Advisor Guides complement our product brochures with detailed information, focusing on sales and building productive relationships.

When extra support is needed, we’ll accompany advisors to client meetings. We’re also happy to partner with your advisors and speak at events. Learn more about our visitation program, which is free of charge.

AGIAC – The annual Arete Group Insurance Advisor Conference (AGIAC) gives group benefit insurance advisors an opportunity to hear from industry experts, learn best practices, and earn CE credits.

Flexible Programs

One size does not fit all. That’s why we’ll customize our programs for your clients if you need it. Our flexibility and commitment to quality ensures you get effective, relevant solutions.

Base Programs

Our base programs (listed here) focus on getting to the source of an issue and providing practical support to deal with it. You can also visit the Individuals and Organizations sections of our website if you’re interested in other materials we provide to your clients.

Arive® helps organizations support employees/members and their families through a self-referral counselling process.

Life presents challenges. If personal, work-related, financial, legal, or health issues affect a person’s well-being and job performance, they can turn to Arive for professional assistance and get back on track. Arive includes generous access to human resources coaching for managers.

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Arive – Guide for Owners & Managers

Businesses without financial resources for expensive legal and financial advice can use Acumin® to gain access to experts in these fields, plus generous human resources guidance.

Acumin includes a counselling referral component managers can use to help employees deal with personal issues when performance concerns arise.

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Acumin – Guide for Owners & Managers

We want to help individuals deal with problems
before they escalate and result in continued absence from work.

Return-to-Work/Stay-at-Work Strategies

All our programs are built on the premise that work plays a key role in a person’s mental health. We want to help individuals deal with situations before they escalate and result in continued absence from work.

As part of our return-to-work/stay-at-work strategy, our rigorous counsellor supervision process monitors the progress of assisted clients, contributing to high success rates. A recent study showed a 70% improvement in productivity after counselling support accessed through Arete’s Arive employee assistance program (EAP).

The Arete Approach Works

Independent analysis of our counselling services confirms a significant, positive impact.

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Arete Approach Infographic 2018

Arete Approach Infographic 2016

Mental Health Infographic

70% of disability claims involve mental health issues. Learn more about how our programs can help.

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Mental Health Infographic


Aren't all EAPs the same?

No, they’re not. The quality and range of services differs greatly between service providers. Some EAPs try to be all things to all people and end up becoming diluted as a result.

A concern we often discuss with Insurers and TPAs is the level of service they can expect for their clients. Providing an extraordinary experience for users is fundamental for us. This means the likelihood of you receiving a complaint that an insured individual was turned away because they couldn’t instantly provide a cert or group number will no longer happen. We treat everyone with dignity and respect and help them.

There are no hidden charges in any of our programs, so you will never be assessed additional fees—an unexpected surprise not always mentioned by some service providers.

We’re interested in building a relationship with a credible, reliable service provider. Why should we choose Arete?

We’re glad you feel this way. It’s important to us to develop a partnership-style working relationship where both parties keep in touch and discuss any concerns or questions well before anything develops into a more serious issue. We won’t disappear after we have your business.

We also ask for your feedback on a regular basis and because we know your needs can shift, we are always open to discussing possible solutions to new situations and challenges.

Our name, pronounced ah-reh-tay, refers to excellence and virtue in Greek. Transparency is key to any worthwhile relationship, and as our name suggests, striving for excellence drives everything we do.

We represent an association, with members rather than employees. Can your programs be customized to accommodate this difference?

Absolutely. All our programs can be customized to suit your structure. The name Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a general term. In your case, it would be a Member Assistance Program (MAP), as would be reflected in program materials for members.

How good is your service? Can you prove individuals are satisfied with the assistance they receive?

All our callers are invited to participate in an anonymous survey during their time with us. Over the last four years, we are pleased to say over 95% of callers reported feeling reassured and informed, or understood and satisfied, after their initial conversation with one of our intake coordinators.

91% of our clients reported their personal counsellor helped them determine concrete solutions to address the issue at hand. This reflects our approach of offering practical assistance.

In some cases, the particular situation warranted alternative approaches, so those results are not included in the 91% figure.

Here’s what one recent client had to say after their initial visit—and example of the type of feedback we consistently receive: “We have got more out of this past hour than we have in the past three years with a HOST of doctors, care providers, therapists, clinicians, etc. That was incredibly helpful, with practical ideas that we can implement right away. Thank you.”

Your programs seem to emphasize helping businesses and organizations develop internal skill sets, rather than just assisting individuals facing challenging times.

At risk of sounding cliché, this is the “feed a person once” versus “teach a person to fish” dilemma. While the immediate need is to assist an employee or organization member with a challenge, in the long run, helping the organization’s key representatives (whether owner, manager, team or other leader,) is just as important. That’s why we offer generous access to human resources professionals, who can discuss the best way to handle matters when an individual is not performing to the best of their ability.

The more the organization learns how to recognize signs that all is not well and to support their human resources, the stronger it grows. Our research shows there is a direct link between absenteeism and presenteeism and the cost of doing business.

It’s also why we developed our Managing Excellence series of tips and suggestions for key role individuals.

How does Arete support the efforts of group insurance advisors working on our behalf?

Great question and one we are happy to answer!

We understand the importance of providing advisors with quality materials, guides written especially for them and access to a real live person when they need extra assistance. In the Advisor section of this website, you’ll find information written with advisors in mind. We also offer a dedicated business development consultant who is available to answer questions and offer insights whenever advisors are determining which products best suit a client’s needs.

In addition, each year Arete coordinates a one day, CE accredited educational conference: the Arete Group Insurance Advisor Conference (AGIAC). This non-promotional national event is guided by an Organizing Committee of respected industry leaders who ensure high quality, relevant and timely topics are presented by excellent speakers. 2017 will mark the 7th anniversary for this popular learning opportunity with dates in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto. Work is underway to offer this learning opportunity in Quebec in the near future.

Disability claims involving mental health challenges are on the rise. How can Arete help Insurers manage related absenteeism before and after a claim is established?

All our programs are built on the premise that work plays a key role in a person’s mental health. Our approach is to help individuals deal with situations affecting their productivity before they escalate to continued absence from the job.

In fact, a recent study showed a 70% improvement in productivity after counselling support accessed through the Arive® EAP program.

As part of our return-to-work strategy for individuals already absent, our intake process identifies and tracks progress towards a return to the workplace. Our counsellors focus on guiding individuals back to health—and back to work.

Contact Us

Allan Stordy

President & CEO

If you’re an insurer or third party administrator looking for more information about our approach or programs, please email Allan at astordy@aretehr.com directly.

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