My Resolutions for 2016


By Karen Lockridge, FCIA

I can’t recall the last time that I thought about resolutions, though, it likely would have been to stop drinking coffee. I still drink coffee, and plan to continue, so on to other topics . . .

Over the past three years, I have been increasingly consumed by the topic of climate change, and related environmental and social challenges. This past year, I had the good fortune of being on the core team that produced Mercer’s research report: Investing in a Time of Climate Change. A deep dive into climate science and exposure to a broad range of thought leaders and organizations leading on climate action have given me a strong conviction about the nature of climate-related systemic risk, and the need for urgent mitigation and adaption action. If you are interested in learning more yourself, check our committee's research paper: Climate Change and Resource Sustainability – An Overview for Actuaries.

The Paris Agreement coming out of COP21 has laid out an ambitious path to keep warming below 2°C, and possibly to 1.5°C, and it provides a framework for monitoring and ramping up of commitments over time to achieve these long-term goals. I am optimistic about the world’s collective will and ability to meet these goals while providing the opportunity for sustainable development for all.

The path forward will not be easy for Canada or any other nation. The hard work on policy development and implementation now begins. With this backdrop, here are my resolutions for 2016:

On that note, I hope that all of you are able to spend time in nature with your family and friends over the holidays. All the best for 2016!

Karen Lockridge, FCIA, is a director on the Board and Chair of the Climate Change and Sustainability Committee.

Canadian Institute of Actuaries/Institut canadien des actuaires