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Reflections on My Year as President

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By Jim Christie, FCIA, CIA Past President

It is hard to believe that a year has passed since I became President of the Institute. As I look back on my term, the Institute has made great strides in many areas. I am particular pleased with our actions on the following:

  • University accreditation: we now have an alternate to the traditional intensive closed book exam process for several of the earlier exams. This process builds upon the tremendous global reputations and pedagogical abilities for the actuarial programs of 10 Canadian universities.
  • Associate (ACIA) designation: we now have a recognizable and formal recognition of the efforts of actuarial candidates earlier in their careers.
  • Member Listening Group: we have started a large group (representing a cross-section of our members) who have agreed to provide informal survey feedback on questions that concern all Canadian actuaries.
  • We have increased our focus on attracting younger members to participate in Institute activities earlier in their careers.
  • The Board has adopted four long-term strategic goals which will allow the Board to better focus its energies in the coming years on those issues that are most critical to the Institute.
For anyone who may be considering standing for election as President or Board of Directors, I urge you to step forward. I had a wonderful year as President and it really is something I would gladly do again. In many ways serving as President was a culmination of my volunteer activities within the Institute. I highly recommend that all members volunteer to do something that interests you within the Institute. Without doubt, I have received much more out of volunteering than I put in.

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


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