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October 2016

In Memoriam – John (Jack) Birkenshaw

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Former CIA president John Birkenshaw passed away August 23, 2016. He was 88.

Mr. Birkenshaw studied at the University of Toronto, earning a degree in math and physics before embarking on a career in the life insurance industry. He spent 23 years at Confederation Life. In 1973, he founded MONY Life Insurance of Canada, the first in Canada to introduce lowered premiums for non-smokers.

"I enjoyed my years as a volunteer working with John, and his leadership style as President," said Yves Guérard who himself served as CIA President from 1982–1983. "I remember his original initiative of organizing a contest to design the first CIA logo. The winner was an actuary, Gilles Lachance, from Québec, who created the unique acronym symbol that was used successfully to promote the profession until 2005."

Mr. Birkenshaw served as CIA President from 1979–1980. An active volunteer since the founding of the CIA, he also served as Chair of the Elections Committee, Chair of the Publications Committee, Editor of the Board, and a member of the Actuarial Careers Committee. He was honoured with a Bronze
Volunteer award at the 2015 CIA Annual Meeting.

John Birkenshaw obituary


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