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April 2017

In Memoriam

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Past President M. David R. Brown, FCIA (1965), FSA (1960)

Former CIA president M. David R. Brown passed away March 7, 2017 in Toronto. He was 82.

Mr. Brown graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1956 as a university gold medallist with a bachelor of commerce (hons.) degree. In 1960, he joined Eckler, where he spent 55 years as a pension and benefits consultant. While at Eckler, Mr. Brown served as a consulting actuary (1960–2006), partner (1963–2002), president (1977–2000), and managing partner (1989–2000).

Mr. Brown served as CIA President from 1976–1977. His impressive volunteer experience with the CIA extends from 1965 to 2010, during which time he served multiple times on over 20 CIA groups (Board, committees, task forces, etc.), including the Elections Committee, the Professional Conduct Committee, the Committee on National Pensions, the Emerging Issues Committee, and the Task Force to Rewrite the CIA Bylaws. He also served as the Vice-president of the Society of Actuaries and a member of the Pension Commission of Ontario.

Mr. Brown contributed extensively to Our history. Our achievements., a written history of the CIA produced as part of the Institute’s 50th anniversary celebration, providing his perspective on the origins of the Institute, development of standards, the initial foray into public statements, and what it was like being President:

When I became President we had one secretary. That was it. Anything else had to be done either by the elected members or the committee chairs—whoever the volunteers were, or by their staff. The big insurance company folks had the resources to do that without too much difficulty.

Talk about staying up late at night. When I was President, the Council consisted of the three presidents and about a dozen other members. No vice-presidents, no other officers. Everything sort of fell back on the President. Our firm was also going through rapid growth and I was involved in that. So my wife’s recollection is that I had a lot of nights where I didn’t get more than three, four hours of sleep because I was trying to cover all these bases. In our firm, that was an expectation; that you would get involved in that volunteer effort.

Mr. Brown became a gold volunteer award recipient at the 2015 Annual Meeting.

M. David R. Brown obituary


Michael Leland, FCIA (2004), FSA (2004)

CIA member Michael Leland died February 21. He was 49. Mr. Leland worked as a pension actuary with Mercer.

Michael Leland obituary


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