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ICA 2014: A Team Effort

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By S. Michael McLaughlin

In 1912, the Japanese government, in a gesture of friendship, donated 3,000 cherry trees to the United States. Every year, the beautiful pink flowers burst into bloom, announcing the beginning of spring. Before you know it, the cherry blossoms of spring 2014 will be here. So mark your calendars for March 30–April 4, 2014—the perfect time to enjoy the spectacular cherry blossom display—and join more than 2,000 actuaries and their guests in Washington, D.C., for the 30th International Congress of Actuaries (ICA).

The ICA is held every four years and in 2014 it will be hosted by the five actuarial organizations in the United States. The previous Congress was held in 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa, and was a resounding success. Over 85 percent of attendees rated it highly, with value placed on both the scientific content and the social and networking opportunities. Based on personal experience, anecdotes, and surveys, the Congress is among the most valuable of all actuarial meetings that attendees have experienced. We expect ICA 2014 will maintain the tradition of excellence.

The technical content will follow the main tracks of the actuarial discipline, namely life, health, pension, general insurance, risk management, consulting, and professionalism. The scientific content is projected to be technically strong. Many sessions will consist of presentations by authors on papers submitted specifically to the Congress. Papers are refereed to ensure high quality. Some of the world’s most eminent actuaries will give presentations, and discussions will be particularly valuable because of the wide-ranging insights from actuaries in different countries.

Behind the scenes, a small army of volunteers and staff is already busy planning the event. At least eight committees are hard at work, focusing on the scientific program, hospitality, logistics, sponsorships, marketing, special events, finance and risk management, and more.

Of course, it also takes funding to pull this off. The Marriott Wardman Park promises to be an excellent venue, but the cost of dinners, receptions, lunches, and breaks adds up fast, not to mention planning costs, meeting space, equipment rental, and more. Delegate and guest registration fees cover approximately 65 percent of total costs. Sponsors and exhibitors are needed to make up the rest. The Sponsorship Committee has already recruited a number of sponsors but needs more support. We are delighted that Swiss Re, D. W. Simpson, Milliman, Towers Watson, and RGA are supporting ICA 2014 as Platinum sponsors.

ICA 2014 offers four sponsorship packages—Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze—to accommodate a variety of marketing budgets. Each sponsorship level will accept a limited number of sponsors, with Platinum already sold out. Sponsors receive benefits commensurate with their investment.

Why sponsor at ICA 2014?

  • Sponsorship is a unique opportunity available to a limited number of companies who will enhance their stature through visibility and exposure at the Congress.
  • Build and reinforce name recognition for your company and your products among 1,500 to 2,000 delegates from all actuarial disciplines and from around the world, as well as with visitors to the ICA 2014 website before, during, and after the Congress.
  • Demonstrate your support for the actuarial community and commitment to education.
  • Meet with your prospective customers and clients at your exhibit booth. Many of the delegates hold high-level management positions in their companies and are a major buying influence, and ICA 2014 sponsors can participate in the exhibit hall as part of their sponsorship package.
For more information, download the sponsorship prospectus at www.ICA2014.org/sponsors or contact Mike McLaughlin at smichaelmclaughlin@gmail.com to discuss sponsorship opportunities.

Please visit the ICA 2014 website at www.ica2014.org for much more information about the event.

Your hosts—the American Academy of Actuaries, American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries, Casualty Actuarial Society, Conference of Consulting Actuaries, and Society of Actuaries—invite you to attend the 30th International Congress of Actuaries.

Prizes to be Awarded for Best Papers and Presentations

The ICA 2014 Scientific Committee has issued a Call for Papers and Presentations, which is available through the ICA 2014 website at www.ICA2014.org/callforpapers. Actuaries and non-actuaries interested in presenting a paper or making a presentation are invited to submit an abstract of their proposed paper/presentation to the Scientific Committee by September 30, 2012.

The Scientific Committee has announced that it will award prizes for the one or two best paper(s) and/or best presentation(s) in each of the subject matter tracks:
  • Life Insurance;
  • Health Insurance and Related Topics;
  • Non-Life Insurance (General Insurance; Property/Casualty Insurance);
  • Pensions, Employee Benefits, and Social Insurance;
  • Enterprise Risk Management and Financial Risks;
  • Professionalism and Education; and
  • Consulting.
The committee will determine the number of prizes and cash amounts up to a total of $2,000 U.S. per track. Consideration will be given in the selection of prizes to both traditional papers and less formal presentations. Additional prize opportunities will be announced later.

The theme of the Congress is "Learn, Interact, Grow", and the committee's goal is to provide an environment where attendees can learn new ideas by sharing concepts and approaches with other professionals from around the globe, while growing the body of actuarial knowledge and improving the tools used in an actuary's daily practice.

View the complete Call for Papers and Presentations on the ICA 2014 website for proposal submission procedures and requirements. Please contact David Core (dcore@casact.org) of the ICA 2014 Secretariat with any questions about the Call for Papers and Presentations.

S. Michael McLaughlin is Chair of the ICA 2014 Sponsorship Committee.

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