Annual Meeting Round-up

 

This year, the CIA Annual Meeting was held on June 28–29 in beautiful St. John’s, NL. As a great way to enrich actuarial knowledge, stay abreast of hot topics, make valuable connections, take advantage of continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities, and explore the eastern edge of Canada, this year’s meeting was very well attended, with over 390 members taking part, 26 guest speakers, and two keynote speakers, Michael Woodford and Diane Girard.

The meeting was also held in conjunction with the International Actuarial Association (IAA) Joint Colloquium. The International Pension & Employee Benefits Lawyers Association (IPEBLA), the International Association of Consulting Actuaries (IACA), the International Actuarial Association’s Pensions, Benefits and Social Security Section (PBSS), and the International Actuarial Association Health Section (IAAHS) joined CIA Annual Meeting delegates for some shared sessions and networking.

The highlights of this year’s meeting include the following:

Proposed Bylaw Changes Passed

Voting members of the CIA approved Amending Bylaw 2016–1 regarding the disclosure of criminal convictions. The motion to approve the bylaw was carried as follows:

 

For more detailed information, see the article earlier in this (e)Bulletin.

Interesting Sessions

This year’s meeting featured a wide-range of sessions of interest to practitioners in the property and casualty, enterprise risk management, individual, group, and corporate life and health, pensions, and reinsurance practice areas.

 

Professionalism Content

Special keynote addresses by Michael Woodford (Whistle-Blowing and Lessons on Governance and Crisis Management) and Diane Girard (Ethical Challenges for Actuarial Professionals) provided excellent opportunities to earn credit towards the four hours of professionalism CPD required over a two-year period. These two sessions were very well attended and the audience was all ears during each keynote address.

Networking

The Annual Meeting, held in conjunction with the IAA Joint Colloquium, provided excellent opportunities for networking, in addition to combined plenary sessions and social events such as the Rally in the Alley pub crawl. This event allowed delegates to experience the famous nightlife of downtown St. John’s, including a traditional fish and chips dinner, local step dancing, and a chance to be welcomed into the Royal Order of Screechers. The event was a great success: "George St. provided a great opportunity to experience Newfoundland culture and catch up with colleagues," said Chris Fievoli, CIA resident actuary.

Exploring Newfoundland

Newfoundland abounds in natural beauty and vibrant culture. Boasting remote coastlines, dramatic mountains, wild rivers, sophisticated urban settings, and diverse wildlife, the province of Newfoundland and Labrador is recognized as one of the world’s most impressive travel destinations.Many members—and even CIA staff—decided to extend their stay to explore this beautiful province for a truly enjoyable vacation.

Thank you to all those who attended this year’s CIA Annual Meeting. We look forward to seeing you next year in Québec City on June 21–22, 2017.

Canadian Institute of Actuaries/Institut canadien des actuaires
http://www.cia-ica.ca/