New Opportunities and Achievements

Jean-François Chalifoux has been appointed as the new CEO at SSQ Financial Group, and is due to take up his position in September. His previous areas of responsibility have included the strategic direction of Desjardins Life Insurance and its business activities across Canada.
In a profile in Le Journal de Montréal, Yvon Charest, who has spent 36 years at a single employer, Industrial Alliance, discussed Quebecor's management deal for the new Videotron Centre, Québec's status as an insurance centre, and other issues.

Mary Forrest of Munich Re has been named Chair of the Board of Directors at the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association

A warning from Malcolm Hamilton that multi-employer pension plans could be easily misunderstood by those enrolled in them was featured in a Globe and Mail story.

Greg Heise has joined George & Bell Consulting as partner of the firm. He will be based in Vancouver, providing actuarial and investment services to pension and benefit clients in western Canada. Over the course of his 22-year career, Mr. Heise has become a proven industry leader, and the company said he would "undoubtedly enhance our pension and consulting offerings for our clients, in particular for clients within the area of multi-employer pension plans."

Sylvie Paquette, president and COO of Desjardins General Insurance Group, has been elected as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Insurance Bureau of Canada. She has served on the board since 2010, and has been with Desjardins since 1984.

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