Member Services Council: Accomplishments and Challenges

By Marc Tardif, FCIA

I’d like to take this opportunity to bring you up to speed on the work done in the Member Services Council (MSC) as well as its committees and task forces over the past six months. We have worked very hard, in cooperation with the Head Office, to make the profession more visible to the general public and to take part in the conversation about the issues facing our society.

Creation of Two Committees and Three Task Forces

The Health Committee, formed in October 2013, will help enhance our profession’s visibility in matters relating to health. Its objectives are to support the CIA’s involvement in discussions at the national and provincial level, raise the profile of actuaries in policy debates and research, and support actuaries working in the health systems field.

The Committee on Climate Change and Sustainability was created with the aims of taking part in discussions, and educating. The Society of Actuaries (SOA) and the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) had previously formed their own task force on the subject. Since climate change can affect our work as actuaries, this committee will provide members with support in this area.

Recently, the Task Force on Genetic Testing was created. It will soon prepare a revised public position for the profession, after which a committee will be struck to address the response generated by the task force’s work.

Two task forces in the field of pension plan practice have been set up and have already begun work on:

Research Committee Publications

Seeing Beyond Risk

The first edition of this quarterly electronic publication debuted in January. It will present the latest actuarial thinking from experts on some of the key issues facing Canada and Canadians. It is also designed to encourage people outside the profession to consider the benefit actuaries can bring to their organizations. Target audiences include private- and public-sector leaders and elected representatives. We encourage you to distribute the articles among your friends and colleagues!


Since October 2013, the MSC has appointed nearly 50 volunteers in its committees and task forces as replacements or to fill new positions. Although this figure might seem impressive, we must continue recruiting volunteers in order to obtain the necessary support to carry out the projects assigned by the Board of Directors. Positions are available within the MSC as well as its committees and task forces.

In addition, most of the volunteer groups in the CIA’s overall structure are looking for new members. The fields are varied, as are the workloads. We invite you to browse the website under the Organization section to learn about our volunteer groups. Maybe you’ll discover a few you didn’t know existed! You can sign up through the Volunteer Applicant Registry or simply contact the chair of the volunteer group. New members in particular are encouraged to get involved and provide our organization with fresh ideas.

Social Networks

The number of people who follow the CIA on Twitter has gone from a few hundred to over 1,000 after two years of activity. If you don’t already follow us, what are you waiting for?

The MSC is facing numerous challenges in the coming months, so why not consider lending a hand in order to help us develop and promote our activities and publications in the public interest.

Marc Tardif, FCIA, is Chair of the Member Services Council.

Canadian Institute of Actuaries/Institut canadien des actuaires