New Opportunities and Achievements

Career developments

Assia Billig was appointed Chief Actuary and Head of the Office of the Chief Actuary within the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI), effective April 15, 2019.

British Columbia’s College Pension Plan named Bita Jenab as its Director of Research and Analysis. Ms. Jenab has over 30 years of consulting experience. 

Sun Life Financial Canada promoted Vineet Kochhar to Senior Vice-president, insurance solutions.

Jay Mann, ACIA, was appointed Senior Director, total rewards at CN.

Philippe Toupin recently accepted the position of Vice-president, Retirement Solutions at Morneau Shepell. Previously, Mr. Toupin served as Vice-president Development at Gestion Optimum.

Actuaries in the media

Assia Billig, then acting director for the Office of the Chief Actuary, is extensively quoted in this Benefits Canada article related to an OSFI report on the Canadian retirement income system and the necessity of having multiple programs.

Marie Desrochers, Director at Sun Life Financial, gave a presentation regarding the Canadian annuity market. An overview of the insights she shared was published in this Canadian Investment Review article.

In an article published in Policy Options, Claude Ferguson takes an in-depth look at Québec’s pharmacare plan. In the article, he encourages Canadian policy-makers to further explore this hybrid model that offers cost reductions and administrative efficiencies.

Maryse Larouche, Actuary at GML Actuaires, wrote about the role of actuaries in the actuarial evidence field and the expertise they can provide in cases of litigation in the online magazine Droit-Inc.

In this Huffington post blog, Cathy Preston (Vice-President, Individual Markets at RBC Insurance), shares her tips to help other women progress in their career in insurance.

Jason Vary, President of Actuarial Solutions, was quoted in this Benefits Canada editorial on the Canada Pension Plan enhancement, defined benefits plans, and the pension discussions that need to take place in Canada this year.

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