President's Biography


Sharon Giffen, FCIA, FSA, ICD.D

After a career primarily in life insurance marketing and product development in Canada and the U.S., for a variety of insurance organizations—large and small, stock and mutual and reinsurance—Ms. Giffen spent 15 years with a multinational fraternal benefit society. Initially in charge of product management, she progressed to chief actuary, then chief financial officer, then president of the Canadian business unit, and finally chief risk officer and chief compliance officer. Throughout this tenure, she actively supported the fraternal purpose of the organization—speaking and volunteering for good works in communities.

Ms. Giffen served on the Board of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries from 2012 to 2015, and chaired the Board’s Risk Committee in 2015. In 2016, she rejoined the Board as President-elect, and is serving as Chair of the Governance Committee.

Ms. Giffen was also active in the Education and Examination Committee for the Society of Actuaries for many years, is Past President of the Actuaries Club of Toronto and of the Actuaries Section of the National Fraternal Congress of America (now the American Fraternal Alliance). She also served as Chair of the Smaller Insurance Company Section of the Society of Actuaries.

Currently, she is on the Board of Directors of Genworth Financial and of Brookfield Annuity Company; she also chairs the Audit and Finance Committee of the Board of Directors of Opera Atelier. In June 2017, she joined the Board of Directors of Group Medical Services (GMS).