Great Food and Conversation: a Recipe for a Successful CIA Live Mic


CIA President Sharon Giffen addresses the crowd at CIA Live Mic.

By Matthieu Landry

Jatoba—a contemporary, Asian-inspired restaurant in Montréal’s bustling business district—was home to CIA Live Mic, a free networking event held on November 2 for experienced and new members to network and discuss important topics with CIA leadership.

CIA President Sharon Giffen, Board director Patrick Chamberland, and CIA Executive Director Michel Simard, welcomed all feedback and questions. The CIA general list, additional webcasts for continuing professional development (CPD) compliance, the state of the University Accreditation Program, and ways in which the CIA can improve web access for archived materials were some of the highlights discussed, while complimentary refreshments and the Asian-inspired menu of edamame, vegetarian dumplings, beef yakitori, and more were served.

The General List

Members indicated they are pleased with the direction of the CIA and that this sentiment should be expressed more frequently on the general list. The updated CIA Discussion Listserver Terms of Use has improved participation and members would like to see more discussions taking place on current actuarial issues.

Webcasts on Professionalism

Additional webcasts for CPD compliance was a topic of interest, especially those provided by the CIA on professionalism. This important feedback will help the Institute as it plans the coming years’ activities to ensure we can meet the needs of members. A professionalism webcast is scheduled for December 7 in both French and English. Check the upcoming webcasts page on the CIA website for more information.

Archived Webcasts

Members requested an easier way to access archived webcasts, which are a valuable source of continuing professional development, but are difficult to find on the CIA website. The Head Office will look for ways to improve this.

Communications

Members expressed their satisfaction with the CIA’s communications, and that they look forward to the implementation of customer relationship management (CRM) services in the future.

CIA Live Mic provided an opportunity for members in the Montréal area to share their ideas with the leadership in a relaxed environment. We enjoyed hearing member perspectives and we thank everyone who attended and participated in the discussions. Your feedback is important to us and we look forward to serving you.

Matthieu Landry is senior coordinator, marketing, at the CIA Head Office.

Canadian Institute of Actuaries/Institut canadien des actuaires
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