New Opportunities and Achievements

CIA member Michel Bédard, former chief actuary of the Employment Insurance (EI) program, co-wrote a paper that says the current EI system is failing to meet the needs of working Canadians.

Several changes have been made to iA Financial Group: René Chabot, executive vice-president, CFO, and chief actuary, is taking on additional responsibilities as head of information technology and legal services. As executive vice-president, Denis Ricard assumes responsibility for individual insurance and annuities, as well as retaining his position as head of group insurance dealer services of IA Trust.

Mercer Canada has appointed Louis Gagnon as its new market leader and CEO. It has also named Jean-Philippe Provost as the new market business leader for its Canadian retirement business.

Two CIA members have been elected to the SOA board of directors. Gaetano Geretto, president of Pelecanus Advisory, was elected as one of three new vice-presidents, and Marcus Robertson, actuary at Marcus Robertson Consulting, as one of five new board members.

Neville Henderson has been appointed assistant superintendent of the insurance supervision sector of the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions.

Medavie Blue Cross has promoted Eric Laberge to the role of president. He most recently served as senior vice-president of the company’s group business.

Sylvie Paquette, president and chief operating officer of Desjardins General Insurance Group, has been elected chair of the board of directors at the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC).

Randal Phillips, executive vice-president at Morneau Shepell, is quoted in a CBC article discussing the management of an income stream coming from pension savings.

Manulife Asset Management has promoted Michael Reid to the newly-created role of senior strategist, pension solutions, within the firm’s investment solutions team. He is responsible for working directly with Canadian plan sponsors to develop custom investment and risk management strategies.

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