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Celebrating the ACIA!

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By Jason Vary, FCIA

It gives me great pleasure to remind everyone that starting on June 1, 2012, CIA Associates who have met the new eligibility requirements can use the letters ACIA after their names.

The CIA is proud to recognize the achievement of Associate status in the Institute and the hard work and dedication it represents.

Associates are tomorrow’s Fellows; the CIA needs their input and involvement to help the Institute to continually evolve as the voice of the actuarial profession in Canada.

Voting rights are now extended to Associates five full years after they obtain Associate status with the Institute, acknowledging that they have been an active part of the Institute for a significant amount of time and should therefore have a say in decisions that are made by a vote of the membership.

The CIA is working harder than ever to create programs and services that will engage Associates and appreciates their feedback. The New Members Committee has been established to help further this initiative. Associates are strongly encouraged to volunteer for this committee or any other committees and task forces, as their input is valued in all areas. Council and committee chairs are being encouraged to reach out to Associates to get them involved.

If you are an Associate, I encourage you to take the time right now to update your volunteer profile (remember to log in to the CIA Members Site first) to indicate your areas of interest so that you’re matched with a fulfilling volunteer assignment.

This is an exciting time for the CIA: the Institute’s 10-year vision and education strategy are being developed and implementation is about to get under way. Associates have an excellent opportunity to help shape the actuarial profession in Canada. I urge you to make a difference by becoming involved early in your career.

Finally, I would like to remind Associates of the special offer you received from CIA President Jim Christie to attend a portion of this year’s annual meeting at a very special price. This information was sent to you by the Secretariat in May. Please consider attending the CIA’s premier event of 2012, and be sure to register by the June 8 deadline!

Congratulations to all newly-minted ACIAs and future bearers of this contemporary Canadian designation!

Jason Vary, FCIA, is Vice-chair of the Eligibility and Education Council and Chair of the Task Force on Associateship Implementation.


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