In Memoriam

Ellis Flinn, who was born in 1934 in Iowa, served in the U.S. Army and earned a BSc in Actuarial Science from Drake University before becoming the youngest officer that Berkshire Life Insurance Company ever had.

He later worked as a life insurance actuary with the Wyatt Company, where one of his major clients was the Knights of Columbus. In 1982, he became Deputy Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus and chief operating officer of their insurance program. His service with the Knights earned him the Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great from the Pope for conspicuous service to the Catholic Church.

Salim Kanji, who has died at the age of 58, graduated with a BSc from McGill University and began his career by spending seven years in the actuarial department of the Montréal Life Insurance Company. He earned his Fellowship in 1987 while at Logisil Consulting in Montréal, where he served as partner. His last role was as part of the management team of b-dev, a business development company. Its website said his realm of interest was "innovative investment models in biotechnology where he’s active in the creation of several business ventures".

Jean-François Leroux died earlier this year aged 54 following a battle against illness. He joined the CIA while working as assistant vice-president and valuation actuary at the Compagnie canadienne de réassurance in Sherbrooke, QC. The holder of a BSc in Actuarial Science from Université Laval, and an MBA, he later became vice-president of management information at Swiss Re Life & Health and then moved into the same position at Manulife.

Richard Miles’ years of volunteering with the CIA earned him the Silver Award, capping a career that involved more than 35 years’ service with one company: Canada Life.

Mr. Miles, who has died of cancer at the age of 66, graduated from the University of Manitoba before moving to Toronto, where he earned his actuarial certification and went to work for Canada Life.

During his time with the company, he rose to various senior roles including vice-president of group pensions, but he was also busy volunteering for CIA groups including the Morbidity, Program, Actuarial Careers, and Younger Actuaries committees.