New Jobs, New Opportunities

Caroline Blouin, vice-president of human resources at RBC Wealth Management and RBC Insurance, discussed the company’s financial literacy program for its employees in the November issue of Benefits Canada.

Writing in the National Post, Barry Gros suggested that pensions should have a rejig, and solutions like target benefit plans would help public-sector workers.

CIA President Jacques Lafrance was quoted in Les affaires on countries that increased their retirement age: he said it was that or face "financial disaster". M. Lafrance was also featured in Canadian HR Reporter and Investment Executive, highlighting the Institute’s new Canadian mortality figures.

Syed Ali Murtaza is now an independent actuarial consultant at Financial Actuarial Solutions. He has several years’ actuarial experience, gained at Canadian life insurance companies.

Sylvia Pozezanac has been named managing director and global head of consultant relations for the strategic solutions group at Prudential Financial. She is responsible for building senior-level relationships with global investment, employee benefit, and retirement consultants on behalf of Prudential’s U.S. businesses. Ms. Pozezanac previously spent 26 years at Towers Watson (including one of its predecessor companies, Towers Perrin).

Riley St. Jacques has joined PBI Actuarial Consultants as a senior consulting actuary. He will be a member of PBI’s leadership team and focus on business development and new client management activities. Mr. St. Jacques has more than 14 years of industry experience and previously worked as a vice-president of plan benefits for an insurance and group benefits firm based in Edmonton.

PBI also announced that H. Clare Pitcher and Cynthia (Cindy) Rynne will be the senior consulting actuaries leading its newly-opened Toronto office. They have over 50 years of combined experience as actuaries in the field of pensions, consulting to large Ontario multi-employer plans, and public and private sector pension plans. In addition to providing support to the current consulting team serving some of PBI’s larger national clients, together they will focus on the company’s growth in Central Canada.

Senior consulting actuary Kevin Tighe and Canadian retirement innovation leader Ian Markham, both at Towers Watson, wrote about the benefits of de-risking defined benefits plans in Benefits Canada.

Fred Vettese wrote about occupational pensions in Benefits Canada magazine. He said: "The level of basic benefits should come under scrutiny."

Canadian Institute of Actuaries/Institut canadien des actuaires