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September 2017

New Opportunities and Achievements

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Career developments

Jeremy Bell has been appointed to the board of the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC).

François Carrier is relationship director at Aviva Investors Canada. He spent the last 12 years as a portfolio manager at SEI.

iA Financial Group announced that René Chabot, executive vice-president, CFO, and chief actuary will retire on February 15, 2018, after almost 35 years of service. Jacques Potvin, currently iA Financial Group’s vice-president and chief risk officer, will succeed Mr. Chabot as chief actuary.

Congratulations to CIA Past President James Christie, who was elected President-elect of the Casualty Actuarial Society.

Eugene Connell was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Erie Indemnity Company, serving on the strategy, investment, and audit committees.

Mercer Canada has appointed Julie Duchesne as Canadian health business leader. She joined Mercer in 1997 and was most recently the company’s health business leader in Québec.

Cindy Forbes has been appointed chair of the University of Waterloo’s Board of Governors.

Munich Re promoted Marc-André Giguère to executive vice-president, reinsurance and Michael Taht to executive vice-president of research, analytics, and underwriting. Mr. Giguère joined Munich Re in 2015. Mr. Taht has been with Munich Re since 2008.

Russell Investments appointed Andrew Kitchen as managing director, institutional Canada.

Jonathan Lapointe is vice-president, business development, and a partner at AlphaFixe Capital. He has 11 years of experience in the industry and most recently was business development manager at iA Financial Group.

Jean-Phillippe Lemay has been appointed president and COO of Fiera Capital’s Canada division. He has 14 years of industry experience and has been with the firm since 2010.

Brenda Prysko has become a partner in the retirement practice at Aon Hewitt Canada. She has more than 30 years of experience as a retirement consultant and actuary, with extensive experience within the public sector pension arena. She will be based in Calgary, AB.

Bruno Valdevit is a senior consulting actuary at Actuaires WAI—the Québec office of Westcoast Actuaries. He returns to the firm after leaving to become senior advisor, pensions and benefits, at Rio Tinto. He joined Actuaires WAI originally in January of 2012 from Willis Towers Watson.

Actuaries in the media

Gavin Benjamin’s article on the pros and cons of offering pension portability at retirement appeared in Benefits Canada.

Robert Brown had an op-ed piece in The Globe and Mail on why few workers will benefit from an expanded CPP.

Erika Schurr is quoted in an article on data analytics in Canadian Underwriter.

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