New Opportunities and Achievements
The Society of Actuaries (SOA) honoured the work of exceptional Canadian volunteers last fall. Kelly Featherstone received a 2018 SOA Outstanding Volunteer Award. Presidential Awards also went to Brian Louth, Nazir Valani, and Hélène Baril. Awards were presented by outgoing SOA President Mike Lombardi.
Great-West Life, London Life, and Canada Life has named Brad Fedorchuk Executive Vice-President, Group Customer.
Martine Ferland has recently been named incoming President and Chief Executive Officer of Mercer (effective March 1, 2019). In September, she was appointed Group President and gave an interview to La Presse that was published in early 2019.
Carole Field was appointed wealth business leader for Mercer Canada in Calgary. She will focus on identifying and executing improvements to pension and other HR programs.
Neil Haynes was appointed to the General Board of the YMCA of Greater Boston. Mr. Haynes is currently Senior Vice-president and Chief Financial Officer at Sun Life Financial U.S.
Actuaries in the media
At the December KPMG conference, Anh Tu Le participated in a panel discussion on data analytics and insurance. She was quoted in a Canadian Writer article entitled “Why Ozzy Osbourne is a factor for actuaries to consider” that sums up the discussion.
On the topic of current demographic change occurring in the workforce, Joseph De Dominicis, Vice-president at Morneau Shepell, is quoted in this Benefits and Pensions Monitor article.
Minaz Lalani, Chair of Besurance, is quoted in this Insurance-Canada article about the Fenchurch General Insurance acquisition. Based in Alberta, Besurance is an insurance and technology company.
Rosemary Leckie, wife of late CIA Past President Robin Leckie, wrote about his life in the Globe and Mail’s Lives Lived column. Mr. Leckie passed away in July 2018.
Manuel Monteiro was quoted in an article on the performance of defined benefit pensions published in the National Post in early January.
Jason Vary is quoted several times in this Benefits Canada article regarding the CIA’s submission to the federal government’s 2019 pre-budget consultations. In its submission, the CIA suggested several changes to pension legislation that aim to make the current retirement income system more effective in securing pension promises.
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