CIA (e)Bulletin/(e)Bulletin de l'ICA

Canadian Institute of Actuaries/Institut canadien des actuaires

May 2017
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President's Update

By Dave Dickson, FCIA
CIA President

Why did a large number of CIA members gather at a downtown Toronto restaurant on April 5? Was it the networking opportunity? To hear from CIA leadership about important things going on at the Institute? For the lively question-and-answer period? Because it was the first time the CIA hosted such an event and attendees were curious? Because attendees wanted to express opinions about how the CIA could improve or had questions they wanted answered?

The answer is all of the above, for those who attended the Live Mic event in Toronto.

The event started with brief presentations from myself and President-elect Sharon Giffen. Then the floor was opened to attendees for questions and comments. We discussed many areas, from the University Accreditation Program (UAP) to public positions to Canadian actuaries on the international stage.

Research

One of the first topics raised was regarding the CIA’s research focus. Faizel Alladina, Chair of the Research Executive Committee (REC), attended the event and was able to discuss the committee’s large burden of work and current restructuring to become a more effective group. Over the next 4–6 weeks they will be developing a 2017–2018 research plan that will cover all practice areas.

Public Statements

Some attendees raised concern over public statements and the division they are creating with the membership. We addressed two main questions around this topic: is the push to do these statements from the membership or from the top-down?; and, has there been a cost-benefit analysis done to determine the value of these statements given apparent division among the membership?

While involvement in public statements has taken a top-down approach, it is motivated by the 2015 impression audit where industry, regulators, and policymakers said they would like to see actuaries more involved in policy. Concern from the membership has driven us to define the statements we produce (level 1 or 2). There has been no financial cost-benefit analysis on producing these statements. It’s impossible to keep everyone happy and many times we need to act quickly.

In addition, Sharon explained the difference between level 1 and 2 public statements. Level 1 are responses to inquiries or requests based on pure actuarial focus. Level 2 are an extension of purely actuarial topics and require member input and Board involvement. A working group of experts helps to develop these types of statement. Our goal is to produce two level 2 statements per year and up to 25 level 1 submissions.

University Accreditation Program

We were asked how the UAP is going. The CIA is firmly behind it. We are looking at moving to a slightly different format and changing the system. We will be holding a consultation with employers, students, universities, etc. as part of this process.

Many members expressed concern that although the UAP is accepted by the American Academy of Actuaries (AAA) and the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS), it is not accepted by the Society of Actuaries (SOA). One attendee who teaches fourth-year actuarial science said that some of his students don’t understand the direction and importance of being a Canadian actuary. He is worried about division between the SOA and CIA and the SOA not accepting UAP credits. For students, most want no part of UAP; they are just worried about getting a job.

We were also asked what employers think of UAP. I replied that they are neutral. Some employers say it’s a waste of time, while others like it. Most global actuaries are educated by universities. Some recruiters of younger actuaries say they had to write the exams, why shouldn’t everyone else? We must stress that the quality is there, because we audit the courses for which students are receiving credit. 

Practice Education Course (PEC)

There was a question as to why PEC is changing. In the past, the SOA decided to remove country-specific information from exams. The SOA has now put back Canada-specific information and we no longer need an exam at the PEC. Members will still need to attend PEC, which will be more of a presentation, business-type event. Jason Vary, a member of the Board, reminded people to ensure that the students they work with are writing the Canadian version of exams if they want to be an actuary in Canada. For more information on the changes to PEC, see the PEC is Changing web page on the CIA website.

International Strategy and Strategic Plan

There was concern that the strategic plan does not include an international component. Dave Pelletier, Chair of the International Relations Council (IRC), pointed out that we are quite active internationally. One of the attendees commented that “Canada punches above its weight internationally”. There is a lot of Canadian talent in IAA education. He added, “I am amazed at the number of international people looking at my commuted values and stats”.

There was a comment regarding the need to be careful between developing opportunities for FCIAs and recognition. The goal of promoting actuaries can’t be achieved through the International Actuarial Association (IAA). We agreed that there are no better actuaries than Canadian actuaries. Everyone should be very proud to be a Canadian actuary. Our training and mentoring is great.

Increased Member Engagement

These are just some of the areas we discussed. Many of the responses and comments came from attendees rather than leadership. In many situations, attendees were competing to be the next person to respond to a question. Questions, comments, and ideas flowed for over an hour. Numerous people stayed at the restaurant to keep the discussions going after the official end. It was a great opportunity to see old friends and meet new people.

Attendees felt it was a fantastic event and many thought it should be done annually. We are surveying those who attended. In our continuing effort to increase member engagement, we are considering similar events for other parts of Canada in the fall.

Special thanks to the Toronto Actuaries Club for their financial support for the event.

Dave Dickson, FCIA, is President of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries.

 
In Focus

By Pierre Dionne, FCIA

As my term as Chair of the Practice Council comes to a close, I cannot help but reflect on the last two years, and all the work that was accomplished.

Besides the usual quarterly and yearly papers we put out, namely the quarterly Guidance for Hypothetical Wind-Up and Solvency Valuations and the yearly Guidance for the Valuation of Insurance Contract Liabilities of Life Insurers and the Guidance to the Appointed Actuary for Property and Casualty Insurers, we got involved in a few special projects. First and foremost was writing guidance around the new modelling standard.

The Educational Note – Use of Models was published in its final form this past January.  A multi-disciplinary task force worked on this for several years. Although the initiative from the Actuarial Standards Board (ASB) to strengthen our standards around modelling was not popular in some circles of the CIA, I already discussed in a prior (e)Bulletin (December 2015) why this is probably an overdue improvement. The aim was to publish a no-nonsense educational note showing that most of this work is already being done, but maybe not being documented to an appropriate degree. The task force now being disbanded, should you have any questions on this educational note, feel free to reach out directly to any members of the Practice Council or the chair of your respective professional or practice committee.

ORSA Survey

In April 2015, the Committee on Risk Management and Capital Requirements (CRMCR) sent out a survey on the involvement of actuaries in the Own Risk and Solvency Assessment (ORSA) process. The results of the survey were published in April 2016 and included several recommendations for future research. Shortly thereafter, a research paper on Risk Aggregation and Diversification was published, also in April 2016. You can expect other research papers to be published in the coming years, as the CRMCR and the newly established Enterprise Risk Management Practice Committee work in concert with the Research Executive Committee to identify, write, and publish other papers in areas of interest.

Educational Notes and Educational Supplements

Over the last two years, a dozen other educational notes or educational supplements were published in the pension, workers compensation, life, and property and casualty (P&C) areas. For educational notes involving a high level of calculations, we have also adopted the habit of publishing an Excel spreadsheet demonstrating how the calculations are done, something that had not been done before.

IFRS 17 and LICAT

Looking towards the future, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) should finally be publishing, at the time of writing this article, the final version of its insurance accounting standard, now referred to as IFRS 17. This new accounting standard will have a major impact on both life and P&C insurers. The International Relations Council (IRC) has been keeping a close eye on this. Although the Practice Council has not been active on this file, several members of our committees are sitting on the IRC’s committees. As soon as IFRS 17 is finalized and published, the Practice Council will be hard at work producing guidance to help actuaries understand and implement the new accounting standard.

In the shorter term, there will be some guidance coming out on the new Life Insurance Capital Adequacy Test (LICAT). Although published by the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI), many committees were involved with reviewing early drafts, and responding to the official draft publication on behalf of the CIA, under very tight deadlines. Further discussions will also be held with regulators to rationalize the Dynamic Capital Adequacy Testing (DCAT) and ORSA.

New Publications

By the time this article gets published, several research papers or educational note supplements should have been recently published, explaining the basis for initial communication on several promulgations by the Actuarial Standards Board (ASB). These include a Promulgation of Prescribed Mortality Improvement Rates for Life and Health Insurance Contract Valuations, a Promulgation of Calibration Criteria for Equity Investment Returns for Life and Health Insurance Contract Valuations, and a Promulgation of the Ultimate Reinvestment Rates, and Calibration Criteria for Stochastic Risk-Free Interest Rates for Life and Health Insurance Contract Valuations.

Pension practitioners can also look forward to several papers to be published in the next few years, providing guidance on current ASB initiatives. These include increased disclosure requirements and calibration criteria for pension stochastic models.

Thanks to Our Volunteers

Of course, all this work would not have been possible without the hundreds of volunteers working on the Practice Council and its numerous committees. Volunteering, although sometimes demanding on one’s time, is ultimately an extremely rewarding experience, and a great way to accumulate continuing professional development hours, establish a peer network, and have fun! If you have not volunteered in the past, I strongly encourage you to do so. We are always looking for dedicated, professional members to contribute, both new Fellows and seasoned professionals. Give it a try; you will not regret it.

Pierre Dionne, FCIA, is Chair of the Practice Council.

 
Actuaries on the Move

Career developments

The Office of the Chief Actuary (OCA) released the findings of an external panel commissioned to review the 27th Actuarial Report on the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). CIA members Robert L. Brown, Mark W. Campbell, and Pierre Plamondon formed the external peer review panel. Their findings conclude that the work performed by the OCA on the 27th CPP actuarial report meets all statutory requirements.

Actuaries in the media

Joe Nunes published an article in the Globe and Mail on the post-retirement benefit. He was also quoted in this Globe and Mail article on changes to the Canada Pension Plan.
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Institute News

The CIA Elections Committee has launched the 2017 elections campaign. Candidates have responded to a series of questions covering five topics or issues facing the Institute and the actuarial profession. Visit the Elections page on the CIA website (remember to log in to the members’ site to view the page) and discover this year’s slate of candidates. Position statements and biographical data for all of the candidates are also available.

President-elect
John Dark (acclaimed)

Candidates for Secretary-Treasurer

Minaz Lalani
Emile Elefteriadis

Candidates for Director
(Note that the names of the candidates for Director are in the order in which they will appear on the ballot—first name selected randomly, then listed alphabetically thereafter.)

André L'Espérance
James W. Bremer
Michael Correa
Renée Couture
Angelita Graham
Rahim Hirji

The voting period runs from May 4 to May 25, 2017. Get to know your candidates and make your voice heard. VOTE TODAY!

CIA members with voting rights should watch for an e-mail with details on this year’s voting process.

 

In January 2017, the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (CIA) invited students attending the Actuarial Students National Association (ASNA) convention to take the Hot Seat Challenge: tell us their innovative ideas on how the actuarial skill set may be used in the future in non-traditional ways and earn a chance to present at the convention’s Innovation and the Evolution of the Actuarial Profession session.

Six aspiring actuaries took up the challenge and spoke as guest panellists alongside Claude Ferguson, FCIA, Chair of the CIA Emerging Practices Committee, Joel Li, ACIA, manager, predictive analytics at Allstate, and Jamie Jocsak, FCIA, actuary, BCH Actuarial Services.

We are pleased to profile three of these #FutureActuaries. Watch for more student profiles to be published next month.

Raymond Li

Raymond Li is an actuarial science student at the University of Waterloo (UW). He has been heavily involved with the UW Actuarial Science Club, most recently as its president. He has had co-op terms with Desjardins General Insurance Group, Aon Hewitt, and on the advanced analytics team at Economical Insurance.

Raymond’s career goal is quite simple: experience as much as possible within the field of actuarial science. His interest has been mostly in the property and casualty industry, although he is also interested in data analytics, especially data visualization, applications in government and the judiciary, and operational management. In the short to medium term, he hopes to earn his Fellowship designation while looking to contribute to the institutions supporting the profession such as the CIA, Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS), or the Society of Actuaries (SOA).

Raymond Li’s thoughts on the evolution of actuarial practice: “I believe that actuaries are uniquely positioned to leverage the growing and powerful skill set of data storytelling. Data storytelling is the process by which a story is crafted around data and statistics in order to persuade and drive change. It involves interactive and dynamic visualization of data and a carefully moulded speech carrying the audience to the speaker’s intended conclusion.”

George Ren

George Ren is an actuarial science student at the University of Toronto, working a term at Allstate Insurance. He is a mentor for first-year actuarial students where he gets to introduce them to the industry and industry leaders.

George wants to be an actuary and someone who can make a change in the world through effectively leveraging financial and statistical information. He has always been curious about uncertainty and the idea of how probability works in real life. He plans on obtaining his Fellowship and exploring all the possibilities available to actuaries to obtain experience in different areas. He hopes to end up in a career where not only will he be faced with complicated and difficult situations that require creative solutions but also have the chance to make a difference.

George Ren’s thoughts on the evolution of actuarial practice: “My vision for the future of the actuarial skill set is for it to contain not only financial and mathematical information, but information from all fields. I imagine more tracks being made so that actuaries can learn about the workings of other industries. I see actuaries with understanding in medicine and health being trusted consultants when it comes to health insurance policy. I see those with the actuarial skill set working alongside the news media and politicians to give context to information as it arises.”

Mihailo Cvetkovic

Mihailo Cvetkovic is a University of Toronto student majoring in both actuarial science and mathematics. Although he was always good at math, it didn’t interest him very much until his second and third year of university when he decided to learn more abstract and theoretical math.

Mihailo has already passed two SOA exams, and plans to finish a third (Models for Financial Economics (MFE)) before the end of 2017. As he develops his career, he would like to branch out and gain experience from all parts of the actuarial profession: technical, consulting and client-based work, and management. He believes that important decision-makers should have a deep understanding of all aspects affecting every decision. He enjoys dealing with data, data optimization, and detecting problems with data interpretation, and may consider pursuing a career in data analytics and data science.

Mihailo Cvetkovic’s thoughts on the evolution of actuarial practice: “In the future, I believe the actuarial science skill set will change such that actuaries will need to know more computer programming. With the popular predictions of how self-driving vehicles will change the auto insurance industry from insuring drivers to cyber insurance—insuring peoples' cars against malware and being hacked into—this will be a big step of pushing actuarial science in the direction of computer programming. Since actuarial science is a profession where we always want more data, we are going to want copious amounts of data on why certain systems get hacked into, how they get hacked into, and what type of person is more likely to get hacked.”

 

CIA staff actuary, education, Joseph Gabriel and student Jérémie Moreau.

CIA staff actuary, education, Joseph Gabriel
and student Jérémie Moreau.

In February, high school student Jérémie Moreau had the chance to spend an entire day shadowing the Canadian Institute of Actuaries’ Joseph Gabriel, staff actuary, education, to learn more about the actuarial profession. We chatted with Jérémie to learn how it went.

1. Why did you spend a day at the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (CIA)?

As part of my course on ethics, religious culture, and academic orientation, we were asked to plan a one-day project in a business setting. We could pick the trade or profession of our choice, and after looking at a few options, I decided that the actuarial profession looked like it might be interesting. So I got in touch with the CIA’s staff actuary, education, to see if I could spend the day with him.

2. Why the CIA?

I chose the CIA because I knew one of the actuaries who works there. So I contacted Joseph Gabriel and he very graciously agreed to let me come. Also, the building’s location was convenient for me.

3. What type of tasks did you perform during your day at the CIA?

To start with, I asked Joseph some questions and he explained several aspects of the work done by actuaries. He talked to me about the educational requirements, the type of work they do and the various areas of interest. After lunch, I did a simulation of the actual work an actuary might do on any given day with a simulated client. It was really interesting and fun!

4. Was there anything in particular that you liked or found interesting about being an actuary? Anything you didn’t like?

Math and economics are what draw me to the actuarial field. I love math, and an actuary really needs math. Also, anything related to finance or economics just fascinates me, and these are both front and centre in this profession. On the other hand, I’m less attracted to the abstract side of things. I prefer when things are concrete and well defined, whereas an actuary has to deal in assumptions and predictions.

5. What surprised you most about the work done by actuaries?

Nothing really surprised me, because I had done a bit of research about the profession before the visit. That being said, I was surprised to learn that you don’t have to go to university to become an actuary. Sure, it’s better if you take actuarial courses, but to be recognized as an actuary, all you have to do is pass the actuarial exams.

6. Might an actuarial career interest you? Why?

I don’t know yet whether I want to join the actuarial profession one day. I’m still a bit young to make concrete decisions about my future, but I think it’s something I could consider. I found my experience very rewarding and interesting, and true enough, the profession lines up well with my interests. But I don’t know yet whether it’s something I'll want to do when the time comes.

 

It’s a boy! On April 9, 2017, Pascale Belleau, associate director, public affairs, at the CIA Head Office, gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. Both mother and baby are well. His proud parents named him Maxence.

Congratulations to Pascale and Mike!

 
Events News

By Matthieu Landry

The 2017 Annual Meeting, June 21–22 in Québec City, QC, features two keynote presentations on the future of the actuarial profession—one with an emphasis on the millennial generation and the other on Canada’s financial past and future—providing attendees with a broader perspective of the profession.

Dr. David Coletto

Dr. David Coletto, founding partner and CEO of Abacus Data—a fast-growing public opinion and marketing research consultancy—is a strategic adviser and research design expert to many of Canada’s foremost corporations.

Named a “Forty Under 40” by the Ottawa Business Journal and the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Coletto is also leader of Abacus Data’s Canadian millennial research practice, developed to help organizations, such as the former Credit Union Central of Canada (now the Canadian Credit Union Association), connect and engage with Canadian millennials.

In June, he will share his perspective and data-based insights on who the millennial generation is, why they are different, and what it means for the actuarial profession in the future.

The Honourable Joe Oliver

The Honourable Joe Oliver, who served in various roles in the government and corporate sectors, including minister of natural resources, minister responsible for the GTA, and of course, minister of finance, where he presented a balanced budget for the world’s eleventh-largest economy, offers a unique view of Canada’s financial past and future.

Named “one of the 'government’s most strategic assets'” by Maclean’s, Oliver represented Canada at the G7, G20, International Monetary Fund (IMF), and World Bank meetings of finance ministers and governors of central banks. He also co-chaired the G20 committee responsible for generating country plans to increase global growth by $2 trillion.

He will share his experience in numerous roles as a prominent financial leader in his session titled A Proud Talk about a Modest Nation – Canada’s Economic and Financial Future.

The organizing committee has worked hard to offer sessions for all practice areas. Check out the detailed program and its 46 sessions.

Don’t miss out. Register today.

Matthieu Landry is senior coordinator, marketing at the CIA.

 
Spotlight on New Fellows


1. When and why did you become an actuary?

I found out about the actuarial field from my grandma’s doctor, which is a bit unusual. I was already towards the end of my third year of university, majoring in math without a clear path after graduation. At one of my grandma’s appointments he suggested I try actuarial science. I left with a confused look on my face—the same look I get from most people when I tell them what I do. After doing some research at home, it seemed like something I would enjoy. It was too late for me to switch programs, so I remained in my math program and decided to take the exams on the side.

2. What was your experience of the actuarial exams? Did you experience any particular challenges?

I started taking exams late in university so I only graduated with one exam. My first sitting was a bit of a wake-­up call as I enrolled for the exam and only studied for two weeks, which I was quite proud of because it was way more than I spent on any regular exams at school. Needless to say, I realized quickly that these exams wouldn’t be a walk in the park.

I also found it a bit tough to write the majority of my exams while employed; I wished I had more exams completed while in school. Later, marriage and kids made passing my last two exams even more difficult due to competing demands on my time. 

3. How did you find the transition from being a student to becoming a young professional?

It was challenging for me, both because I did not complete an actuarial program in university and since I started my exams so late. Most concepts were new to me, so my learning curve was a lot steeper compared to others that I’ve seen joining our company from an actuarial science program. They seemed to have a much better grasp on actuarial concepts and the insurance industry in general.

4. What is your current professional role? Can you describe the type of work you’re doing?

My current position is manager of reserving and reinsurance. My team performs quarterly reserve reviews in order to determine the corporate reserve requirements. Some  other  work  involves  data  analysis  for reinsurance  and  the financial  planning process. In addition, we are constantly trying to enhance the quality of our analysis by collaborating with other departments as well as identifying and implementing process improvements.

5. What do you enjoy most about your job?

Working in a smaller company allows me to see all aspects of the business and interact with different areas. I enjoy seeing different perspectives, understanding how each different area functions, and how it impacts our company. I really feel that this gives me the opportunity to see the big picture and a better understanding of how my work fits in the puzzle.

6. Where do you see yourself professionally in 15 years?

Our profession is changing quite a bit with the rapid advancements in technology and the ways we use data, so that’s a really tough question. In 15 years, I might be using my actuarial skills in a different area or in a more non-­traditional actuarial role.

7. What career would you follow if you weren’t an actuary?

I like doing research and finding great deals, especially on travel. If I didn’t become an actuary I would have loved to be a travel agent, as I can spend an endless amount of time looking for deals on flights and vacations. I’m always the one that books our group trips both with my family and our friends.

8. What are your hobbies?

In my free time, I’m usually working out or doing yoga. I find that yoga is more challenging for me as it’s both a physical and mental exercise. It helps because it forces me to slow down—I always tend to be on the go!

I also enjoy outdoor activities such as biking and camping with my husband and our two boys.

9. Where is your dream vacation destination?

My dream is to go to the Maldives; it’s something I’ve thought about for a long time and I’m hoping it will happen sometime in the next five years.

10. What is your motto?

Lately, I’ve been trying to live in the present and appreciate the little things that make me happy, such as our Saturday morning family dance parties (especially when our four-year-old is the DJ). I try to be aware and appreciate those moments every day and that’s why when I read this quote recently, it really resonated with me. “People will wait all week for Friday, all year for summer, and all life for happiness.”

Cristina Pop, FCIA, is manager of reserving and reinsurance at Allstate Canada.

If you would like to be featured in Spotlight on New Fellows, please contact CIA English editor Bonnie Robinson at bonnie.robinson@cia-ica.ca.

 
Volunteers on the Move

Practice Council

The following people have completed their term with the committee named below, and have left with thanks:

  • Group Insurance Practice Committee: Tina Baird, Jeremy Bell, and Jojy Oommen, effective April 7, 2017.

Eligibility and Education Council

The following people have been appointed to the committees named below:

  • Examinations and Assessments Committee subcommittees:
    • 2018 Practice Education Course (PEC) Subcommittee:
      • PEC 2018 – Property & Casualty Working Group: Jacqueline Friedland (Chair), Nathalie Bégin, Rachel Dutil, and Mylène Labelle, effective immediately;
    • 2017 PEC Subcommittees:
      • PEC 2017 – Individual Life and Annuities Track Working Group: David Feldman;
      • PEC 2017 – Finance and Investment Track Working Group: David Feldman;
    • Committee on Education subcommittees:
      • Business and Communications Education Subcommittee: Mark Jarvis, effective immediately;
    • CAS Examination Committee: Zander Smith (CIA liaison), effective immediately; and
    • CAS Education Policy Committee: Stephanie Russell (CIA liaison) effective immediately.

The Task Force on the Future Vision of CIA Education has been disbanded with thanks, effective immediately.

Member Services Council

The Research Committee has been disbanded, effective April 1, 2017, and has been replaced by the Research Executive Committee and the Experience Studies Research Subcommittee, effective April 1, 2017.

The following people have been appointed to the committees and subcommittees named below:

  • Predictive Modelling Committee: June Quah, Khurram Tehseen, and Patrick Duplessis, effective March 17, 2017;
  • Emerging Practices Committee: Erik von Schilling, effective March 14, 2017;
  • Research Executive Committee: Faizel Alladina (Chair), Keith Walter (Vice-chair), Jill Knudsen, Étienne Plante-Dubé, Ben Marshall, Benoit Miclette, Mathieu Boudreault, and Damien Lapointe-Nguyen, effective April 1, 2017; and
    • Academic Research Subcommittee: José Garrido (Vice-chair), effective April 1, 2017;
    • Experience Studies Research Subcommittee: Damien Lapointe-Nguyen (Chair), Julia Viinikka (Vice-chair), Chris Moorley, Taylor Wasko, Chris Piper, Frank Reynolds, and Nicolas Genois, effective April 1, 2017.

The following people have completed their term with the committees named below, and have left with thanks:

  • Predictive Modelling Committee: Claire Bilodeau, Frédérick Guillot, and Ling Guo, effective March 13, 2017; and
  • Research Committee: Jim Wagner, effective February 1, 2017, Lisa Miolo and Scott McManus, effective April 1, 2017.