Webcast Round-Up

Already 2016 has been a busy year for webcasts, with five presented in the first two months, and three more on the horizon.

January’s webcasts, on diverse topics, included the following:

"The webcast on university actuarial education was particularly unique," said Joseph Gabriel, CIA staff actuary, education. "It’s a topic that has never been covered before by the CIA." Attendees learned about how actuarial concepts are tested in schools, and the webcast included a discussion about new technology. "It was in-line with the latest global trends in actuarial education, especially the IAA’s [International Actuarial Association] upcoming syllabi," he added.

The Assessing the CIA’s Reputation and Engagement webcast presented the results of the 2015 impression audit by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner (GQR). Among the many interesting insights Graeme Trayner, vice-president, brand and communications practice at GQR, presented was the fact that the actuarial profession is highly ethical. It has never been involved in any scandals, in contrast to banking, financial and other professions. He also noted that what some may see as weaknesses for actuaries ("boring and dull", "too narrow a lens", "sticking rigidly to the numbers") are actually positives, since they show that facts are essential, a deep understanding of specific numbers and risks is crucial, and actuaries are evidence-led professionals in contrast to others who may be speculative and agenda-driven, particularly in the context of public affairs.

Upcoming Webcasts

CIA webcasts are an excellent opportunity to learn about current issues of interest to actuaries, and to earn continuing professional development (CPD) credit. The Institute also holds webcasts to inform members about changes within the CIA that may affect them.

The Consultation on Proposed Changes Related to the Protection of the Public Interest affects all CIA members. Two upcoming webcasts on March 10 (one in French, one in English) will provide an overview of the proposed changes, as well as an opportunity for members of the CIA leadership involved with the project to answer your questions. The webcast is free; all members are encouraged to register.

Visit the Upcoming Webcasts page on the CIA website for information on other future webcasts, including Climate Change Impacts for Life and Health Actuaries on March 22.

"Our goal is to be the main provider of CPD education to our members," adds Gabriel. "We are always looking for suggestions for topics. If members are interested in sharing their expertise on relevant actuarial topics, don’t hesitate to contact me." You can reach Joseph Gabriel at joseph.gabriel@cia-ica.ca.

Canadian Institute of Actuaries/Institut canadien des actuaires