Winner of Young Researchers Award to Represent CIA in Berlin

By Chris Fievoli, FCIA

The Canadian Institute of Actuaries is very pleased to announce that Jean-François Bégin, an assistant professor in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at Simon Fraser University, will represent the CIA at the International Congress of Actuaries (ICA), June 3–8, 2018 in Berlin, as part of the ICA’s Young Researchers Award Program.

The ICA is a quadrennial worldwide gathering of actuaries, featuring a week of seminars, lectures, and networking opportunities. The theme of next year’s event is “Getting Closer”. The ICA is expected to draw around 2,000 actuaries, academics, and representatives from the financial industry.

The ICA’s Young Researchers Award Program includes events for academics at the start of their career who are focusing on actuarial research topics. Included in this is a research competition, whereby each actuarial organization has the opportunity to have someone represent them and present some of their work at the congress. Given the strong network of universities in Canada teaching actuarial science, the CIA initiated its own competition to select a representative, and to cover that person’s costs to present the winning thesis or paper at the Congress.

Jean-François Bégin

Dr. Bégin’s paper, "Credit and Systemic Risks in the Financial Services Sector: Evidence from the 2008 Global Crisis", was selected from six papers submitted as part of the CIA competition. The paper features the development of a portfolio credit risk model, and analyzes the credit risk of 35 financial firms, with a focus on 2005–2012. (Dr. Bégin’s co-authors were Mathieu Boudreault, Delia Alexandra Doljanu, and Geneviève Gauthier.)

A selection committee of CIA members, academics, and CIA staff reviewed the papers and determined the winning entry.

We would like to congratulate Dr. Bégin on his achievement, and trust that he will enjoy his time in Berlin next June.

We encourage CIA members interested in attending or finding out more about the congress to visit the ICA website. Be sure to register soon—the first phase of early-bird rates ends on January 31, 2018.

Chris Fievoli, FCIA, is staff actuary, communications and public affairs, at the CIA Head Office.  

Canadian Institute of Actuaries/Institut canadien des actuaires