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Institute's Tribute to a Century of Actuarial Education

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Pictured at the University of Manitoba at the unveiling of the plaque are CIA President Simon Curtis, Michael Benarroch, dean of the Asper School of Business, and, from the Warren Centre for Actuarial Studies and Research, professor and director Jeffrey Pai and Professor Sam Cox.

One hundred years of educating future members of the actuarial profession has been recognized by the CIA with the presentation of a commemorative plaque to the University of Manitoba.

President Simon Curtis was among the Institute representatives who visited the university during the 2012 Actuarial Research Conference, which was co-sponsored by the CIA, to acknowledge the centenary of Manitoba's Actuarial Science Program.

During a presentation that highlighted the role of the CIA, Mr. Curtis praised the university and its Warren Centre for Actuarial Studies and Research, which runs Canada's second-oldest actuarial program, for producing graduates who had contributed a great deal to the profession in Canada and to the growth of the Institute.

Mr. Curtis told his audience of the challenges facing the profession, and the opportunities being created thanks to such developments as the changing landscape for health care and other social benefits, and the increase in demand for quantitative risk analysis of financial risks and contingencies in all fields.

Having set out how the Institute was working with students and academia via the University Accreditation Program and the introduction of the Associateship designation, among other initiatives, he said that the CIA and its members greatly valued the role that the University of Manitoba and other institutions played in supporting the profession in Canada. He added that the Institute hoped that these contributions, and the ties between the CIA and universities, would become even more significant in the future.

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