Special Rate at Advanced Forum

The Canadian Institute of Actuaries (CIA) is partnering with the Canadian Institute, Canada’s leading conference producer, for the Canadian Institute’s 13th Annual Advanced Forum on Pension Reform, Litigation and Governance—and CIA members can attend at a special rate.

This in-depth conference, taking place on February 23–24, 2012, in Toronto, ON, will once again address the latest, most relevant issues facing pension plan sponsors and administrators, and the professionals who advise them. Experts from the actuarial, legal, financial services and consulting fields will offer valuable analysis of new legislative reforms and ground-breaking case law, and provide practical answers and strategies for dealing with the changes.

Respected CIA members are part of this year’s faculty and according to Jana Steele, head of the pension practice group at Goodmans LLP and one of the conference’s co-chairs, "attendees will benefit from the information and insights provided by experts in the pension field". In Ms. Steele’s opinion, "the pension topics that will be of interest to actuaries [include] innovations in plan design, solutions for solvency issues and pension law reform."

Of particular importance are the sessions on prudent investing and on solvency and de-risking strategies in light of ongoing market volatility. New regulations with respect to Ontario’s marriage breakdown rules, and new rules regarding grow-in benefits, will also impact how plans are administered and the questions plan sponsors will ask of their advisors.

Hugh Wright, partner at McInnes Cooper in Halifax and co-chair of the event, notes that "actuaries operate in a highly regulated, constantly evolving legal environment. An understanding of the legal environment for pension plans is essential in providing effective strategic advice for pension plan clients."

In light of the ongoing reforms to the pension law landscape, CIA members are encouraged to register for this conference to stay on top of the changes and ensure they are working within the best possible framework for their clients. This is also an excellent opportunity to network with experts in the field and hear directly from sponsors and administrators about their unique challenges and the important role actuaries play in offering solutions.

Through its strategic marketing partnership with the Canadian Institute, the CIA has been able to secure a 15 percent discount off the regular conference fee for its members. To obtain this discount, quote your CIA Priority Service Code of 353XCIA upon registration. To find out more about the program, visit www.canadianinstitute.com/pension.

For over 25 years, the Canadian Institute has been creating conferences with the business intelligence that decision-makers in various industries require. It is staffed by industry specialists, lawyers and other professionals who know the unique information needs of their respective markets.

Patricia Fletcher, its managing director, said: "Our conferences are produced with the utmost quality, care and attention. The market is a huge part of our production process because they are the end users. We want to make sure we are providing them with the tools, strategies and skills they need to operate on a daily basis."

To find out more about the Canadian Institute, visit www.canadianinstitute.com.