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International Actuarial Activities

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By Jim Christie, FCIA

CIA President

During the last month I have had the pleasure of attending several international actuarial meetings.

Firstly, at the annual meeting of the North American Actuarial Council held in Niagara-on-the-Lake, I hosted the presidents, presidents-elect, and executive directors of five U.S.-based and three Mexican actuarial organizations:
  • Society of Actuaries;
  • Casualty Actuarial Society;
  • American Academy of Actuaries;
  • Conference of Consulting Actuaries;
  • American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries (ASPPA) College of Pension Actuaries;
  • Colegio Nacional de Actuarios;
  • Asociación Mexicana de Actuarios; and
  • Asociación Mexicana de Actuarios Consultores.
I then attended the Casualty Actuarial Society’s Spring Meeting in Phoenix, AZ, together with representatives of several other actuarial bodies, including:
  • Institute of Actuaries of Australia;
  • Institute and Faculty of Actuaries; and
  • Society of Actuaries.
Finally, I attended the semi-annual meeting of the International Actuarial Association in Los Angeles, together with representatives of most of its 63 full member and 26 associate member actuarial associations.

What struck me most during these meetings was the commonality of issues and concerns facing most actuarial organizations, coupled with a tremendous diversity in approaches to addressing such themes as developing standards of practice, educating or credentialing new actuaries, continuing education of existing members, and professionalism.

It soon becomes apparent that there is no single approach to these issues that will work for every actuarial association or country. However, I have been impressed by the genuine goodwill among all the organizations to cooperate, share insights, and learn from each other on all these issues.

For me it was especially valuable to participate in informal one-on-one dialogues with leaders of other actuarial organizations to compare notes on issues of mutual interest.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to write to me at

Jim Christie, FCIA, is President of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries.

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