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Career developments

Andréanne Bergeron was appointed Senior Manager, Executive Compensation at CN. She joined the organization in 2013.

Alec Blundell was appointed Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer at Co-operators Life and President and Chief Operating Officer at CUMIS. Mr. Blundell, who has over 25 years of experience in the insurance industry, will be responsible for leading overall aspects of life, group benefits, wealth manufacturing, and operations for both organizations.

Caroline Grandoit was appointed Vice-President, Liability-Driven Investing and Multi-asset Class Solutions, at Fiera Capital. Ms. Grandoit joined Fiera Capital in 2017 as a senior analyst.

SCOR Global Life recently announced that it was appointing Brock Robbins as Head of U.S. In-force and Deputy CEO for North America.

Morneau Shepell has made Philippe Toupin its Vice-President of Retirement Solutions. Previously, Mr. Toupin was Vice-President at Gestion Optimum.

Actuaries in the media

Joseph De Dominicis, Vice-President and Ontario Retirement Leader at Morneau Shepell, was quoted in a Globe and Mail article regarding the fact that younger generations are not contributing to their RRSPs as much as baby boomers.

Bonnie-Jeanne MacDonald, Director of Financial Security Research at the National Institute on Ageing at Ryerson University, wrote an article published in The Globe and Mail about the nomination of Assia Billig as Canada’s chief actuary – the first woman to hold this position. The article gives an overview of Ms. Billig’s tremendous expertise and of the future challenges the world faces due to an aging population.

Ms. MacDonald was also quoted in a Benefits Canada article on the recent federal budget regarding the advanced life deferred annuity proposal. 

In light of the recent scandal in the United States where wealthy parents rigged exams to get their children into Ivy League schools, Joe Nunes, Co-founder and Executive Chairman of Actuarial Solutions, shared his reflections on the future of formal education in this blog post.

Mercer Canada’s Michel St-Germain was quoted in an Insurance Journal article regarding longevity insurance and asset and liability matching.

Following Canada Life Reinsurance’s recent long-term reinsurance agreement with Dutch insurer VIVAT, Rohit Thomas, Vice-President and Chief Pricing Actuary at BMO Insurance, was quoted in this Insurance Journal article regarding longevity swaps and why these transactions rarely occur in Canada.


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