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Hugh White: a tribute

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Family, friends and the actuarial profession this month paid tribute to CIA Secretary-Treasurer Hugh White, FCIA, FCAS, who died suddenly at the age of 64.

Hugh—who is survived by his wife Pam and three children—lived in Erin, near Toronto, and worked as principal for Eckler Ltd., which he joined in 1999. This was only the latest role in a highly respected career that involved 31 years with a major global insurance company, where his positions included head of underwriting and risk management, chief financial officer, chief actuary and business unit head.

But despite his busy work and family life, Hugh still made time to contribute his wisdom and experience to the CIA. After earning his fellowship in 1970, he served as a long-time volunteer on numerous committees and held senior roles such as vice-president. Demonstrating his great willingness to help the profession evolve and improve, and his commitment to the Institute’s ethos of volunteering, the lengthy list of committees that benefited from his expertise included:

  • Property and Casualty Insurance Financial Reporting;
  • Life Insurance Financial Reporting;
  • Review;
  • Emerging Issues;
  • Editorial;
  • Public Policy;
  • Appointed Actuary;
  • Finance;
  • Legal Liability; and
  • Budget.

A member of the Practice Standards Council and recipient of the President's Award, he also served on numerous task forces and other groups, including:

  • The Investigation Team;
  • Task Force on Automobile Insurance Issues;
  • Joint Task Force to Review the Organization of the Actuarial Profession;
  • Task Force on the Future of the CIA in the North American Context; and
  • The Crawford Task Force.

Tributes poured forth following his shocking passing, with friends and colleagues remembering his wit, dignity, strength of character and great warmth. CIA President Micheline Dionne joined those mourning a dedicated actuary whose counsel will be greatly missed. She said: "The profession has lost an excellent leader; the Institute has lost an incredible volunteer, and the CIA Board has lost a great friend." 


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