The CIA’s 50th Anniversary: Be Ready to Celebrate!

By Jacques Lafrance, FCIA
CIA President

On March 18, 1965, an act of the federal parliament established the Canadian Institute of Actuaries. Fifty years later the Institute continues to serve as the voice of the actuarial profession in Canada. For more information on its history, I invite you to consult the CIA website.

In the last few months, two task forces and the CIA staff worked hard to put together a set of interactive activities and events to celebrate this milestone. The first activity was a contest for the development of a 50th anniversary theme, which will be used in material promoting our celebrations. At our June 2013 Annual Meeting in Montréal, we unveiled the winning suggestion, Actuaries: The Professionals of the Future. Building on this theme, a logo was then developed. Those who will join us at the 2014 CIA Annual Meeting in Vancouver will have the privilege of witnessing the unveiling of our 50th anniversary logo.

In March, we launched an essay contest to build on our theme, calling for essays that could help shape the actuarial profession. The contest invites actuarial students who are enrolled in CIAnet to submit a short essay on the theme of The Changing Profession, and CIA members to submit one on the theme of Managing Future Risk. The contest runs until October1, 2014, so there is still plenty of time for you to write your essay and have the chance to win. You can send your entry to

Is that it? No! You should expect to see several other events and activities in the next few months. We will try to do something very unique on March 18, 2015, the exact day of the 50thanniversary. The celebrations will culminate at our 2015 Annual Meeting and Gala Celebration, which will be held June 17–18, 2015, in Ottawa. The Annual Meeting program will include special features that will be remembered for a long time. Don’t worry; it will not be all about serious stuff. There will be plenty of room for fun and rejoicing. I cannot say much about the meeting and other events because I promised to the organizing committee that the surprises will be kept secret.

So, be ready! I look forward to your participation in all elements of the celebrations. Your soon-to-be 50-year-old professional body—and you, the members—deserve it.

Jacques Lafrance, FCIA, is President of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries.


Canadian Institute of Actuaries/Institut canadien des actuaires