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Profession Loses One of its Best-Known Names

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The actuarial profession has mourned the loss this summer of Sam Eckler, who was one of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries' oldest members. He was also a former President of the Canadian Association of Actuaries, the Institute's predecessor.

Mr. Eckler, who died at the age of 97, was the founder of Canada's preeminent actuarial consulting practice, Eckler Ltd. The company is owned and operated by its principals, and now has 200 staff members, including more than 70 actuaries – an actuary-to-employee ratio said to be unheard of in the business.


Born in 1914, Sam Eckler earned a BComm from the University of Toronto, and became a Fellow of the Actuarial Society in 1938 and CIA in 1965. He was also a member of the American Academy of Actuaries, Institute of Actuaries (UK), and Society of Actuaries, and served as Vice-president of the International Actuarial Association in the 1960s.

A former member of various CIA committees, including Emerging Issues, Qualifications and Conduct, and Professional Conduct, Mr. Eckler was a keen contributor to numerous philanthropic organizations, and a passionate sportsman who was skiing well into his eighties.

Following his death, Mr. Eckler, who believed innovative actuarial methods should always be explored, was praised for the positive impact he had on the working lives of staff at the firm that bore his name, and for the "terrific" legacy he left behind.


The many tributes from his friends and family described him as a "great man who walked softly through the world", "an encouraging supportive mentor and friend", and "a one of a kind".

 

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