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St. John's Convention Centre, NL

Program

Tuesday, June 28

07:00–17:00 Registration and CIA Information Desk 

07:00–07:45  Hot Buffet Breakfast

07:45–08:50 General Business Session 

Session 1 • General Business Session (session taped and interpreted) 
Relevant to: All
Speakers:
Robert Stapleford, CIA President
Simon Curtis, Chair, Elections Committee
Sharon Giffen, President-elect
Marie-Hélène Malenfant, Chair, Member Services Council (MSC)
Dave Pelletier, Chair, International Relations Council (IRC)
Angelita Graham, Chair, Eligibility and Education Council (EEC)
Pierre Dionne, Chair, Practice Council (PC)
John Dark, CIA Secretary-Treasurer

09:00–10:15 Concurrent Sessions

Session 2 • Successfully Navigating Difficult Conversations
Relevant to: General Business and Professionalism, All
Moderator:
Stephanie Banfield (FCIA), vice-president, client markets, Swiss Re
Speaker:
Bruce Mayhew*, executive coach and corporate trainer, Bruce Mayhew Consulting

Session 3 • Canada’s Retirement Income System: The Next Chapter
Relevant to: Pension
Moderator:
Stephen Cheng (FCIA), managing director and senior consulting actuary, Westcoast Actuaries
Speakers:
Jonathan Chevreau*, chief independence officer at FinancialIndependenceHub.com (speaker sponsored by Westcoast Actuaries)
Bernard Dussault (FCIA), former chief actuary, Canada Pension Plan
Fred Vettese (FCIA), chief actuary, Morneau Shepell 

Session 4 • Risk Aggregation and Diversification
Relevant to: ERM
Brian Loewen (FCIA), assistant vice-president, enterprise risk management, Great-West Life
Speakers:
Evren Cubukgil*, vice-president, integrated risk management, Canadian Western Bank
Brian Loewen 

Session 5 • Defined Contribution Benefit Solutions – Multi Employer & Single Employer
Relevant to: Group Life and Health
Moderator:
Edward (Tsu-Jen) Kuo (FCIA), senior consulting actuary, Willis Towers Watson
Speakers:
Jeremy Bell (FCIA), partner, George & Bell Consulting
Nabil Merali (FCIA), vice-president, health & benefits practice, Aon Hewitt

Session 6 • Selective Lapsation: A Retrospective on VTP2
Relevant to: Reinsurance
Moderator:
Eric Lemay (FCIA), coordinator, iA Groupe financier
Speakers:
Jean-Pierre Cormier (FCIA), vice-president, pricing, RGA
Emile Elefteriadis (FCIA), senior vice-president, pricing, Swiss Re

Session 7 • What is Keeping Your CRO up at Night? Emerging Risks in the Insurance Industry
Relevant to: Individual Life & Health
Moderator:
Luc Bergeron (FCIA), vice-president, actuarial and risk management, Humania Assurance
Speakers:
Dominic Hains (FCIA), VP and chief financial officer, RGA
Johanne Papillon (FCIA), vice-president, chief actuary, and CRO, Sun Life Financial Canada

Session 8 • Dynamic Risk Assessment in P&C Insurance
Relevant to: P&C
Moderator:
Houston Cheng (FCIA), senior manager, KPMG
Speaker:
Paul-André Savoie*, president and CEO, Baseline Telematics

10:15–10:30 Networking Mug-Up

10:30–11:45 Concurrent Sessions 

Session 9 • Behaviour, Psychology, and Insurance
Relevant to: Corporate Life & Health
Moderator:
Rachel Li (ACIA), RBC Insurance
Speakers:
Chris Falkous*, biometric research actuary, global research and development team, RGA
Laural Warren*, sustainability risk manager and vice-president, group risk management, Swiss Re

Session 10 • Ethical Decision-Making for Actuaries
Relevant to: General Business and Professionalism, All
Moderator:
Frank Grossman (FCIA), Linden Grove Group
Speakers:
Chris Fievoli (FCIA), resident actuary, Canadian Institute of Actuaries
Frank Grossman

Session 11 • Key Factors in Setting Canadian Pensioner Mortality/Longevity Assumptions 
Relevant to: Pension
Moderator:
Jeffrey Gomes (FCIA), managing director, longevity, Sun Life Financial
Speakers:
Douglas Anderson*, partner, Hymans Robertson
Richard Brown (FCIA), principal and longevity risk consultant, Eckler 
Dean Tolla*, senior modeller, Risk Management Solutions 

Session 12 • ERM Panel 
Relevant to: ERM
Moderator:
Kathleen Thompson (FCIA), vice-president, risk management, Empire Life
Speakers:

Danielle Harrison (FCIA), VP, insurance risk and capital governance, RBC Insurance
Shannon Patershuk (FCIA), regional manager, retiree program relations, Johnson
Kathleen Thompson 
Ella Young*, director, care continuum and actuarial analytics, Vancouver Coastal Health

Session 13 • Global Benchmarks around the Product Development Process
Relevant to: Reinsurance
Moderator:
Mayur Shah (FCIA), manager, actuarial pricing, Aurigen
Speakers:
Farron Blanc*, vice-president, innovation studio lead, RGA
Mathew Smith (FCIA), AVP and pricing actuary, BMO Life Assurance

Session 14 • Fluids, Dye, and Predictive Colours by Numbers
Relevant to: Individual Life & Health
Moderator:
Marc-André Melançon (FCIA), vice-president, development, RGA
Speakers:
Marc-André Belzil (FCIA), AVP, development and research, RGA
Stephen Cooley*, chief administrative officer, Aurigen Re

Session 15 • Cyber Risk – Both a Threat to and an Opportunity for the Insurance Industry?
Relevant to: All
Moderator:
Houston Cheng (FCIA), senior manager, KPMG
Speakers:
Ruchir Kumar*, manager, cyber security risk, KPMG
Jennifer Soper*, national director, casualty, corporate underwriting, Northbridge Insurance

11:45–12:15 Cash Bar

11:45–13:00   Photo Op with Newfoundland Dog

12:15–13:45 Luncheon, New Fellows Presentation, and Volunteer Awards Recipients

14:00–15:15 Concurrent Sessions 

Session 16 • IFRS – 2016 Developments
Relevant to: Corporate Life & Health
Moderator:
Jacques Boudreau (FCIA), actuary, Europe and reinsurance, Great-West Life
Speakers:
Jacques Boudreau
Paul Downes (FCIA), partner, Deloitte
Matthew Garnier (FCIA), AVP, actuarial advocacy, Manulife

Session 17 • IAA Risk Book
Relevant to: ERM / General Business and Professionalism
Moderator:
Dave Sandberg*, chair, IAA Insurance Regulation Committee (IRC)
Speakers: 
Dave Sandberg*
Jacques Tremblay (FCIA), member, IAA IRC
Stuart Wason (FCIA), observer IAA IRC, member, IRC working group creating the IAA Risk Book

Session 18 • Bond Overlays
Relevant to: Pension
Joint with: Investment
Moderator:
Thomas Keenleyside (FCIA), associate director, investments, Western University, human resources, financial services
Speakers:
Nathan LaPierre (FCIA), associate partner, Aon Hewitt
Tommy Ouellet (FCIA), analyst, Liability Driven Investment, Fiera Capital Corporation

Session 19 • Update on Research Funded by the CIA and other Actuarial Associations with Important Implications for Actuaries: Does Demographic Change Affect Economic Growth and Asset Values?
Relevant to:  All, Academia
Moderator:
Doug Andrews (FCIA), director, master of actuarial science program, University of Waterloo
Speakers:
Stephen Bonnar (FCIA), retired
Lori Curtis*, professor of economics, University of Waterloo

Session 20 • (Almost) Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Group Critical Illness and Travel Insurance Coverage
Relevant to: Group Life & Health
Moderator:
Jeremy Bell (FCIA), partner, George & Bell Consulting
Speakers:
Isabelle Bouchard (FCIA),  vice-president, group reinsurance, RGA
Jean-Philippe Simard (FCIA), senior consultant, group, Optimum Reassurance 

Session 21 • Dynamic Risk Assessment in Life Insurance
Relevant to: Individual Life & Health
Moderator:
Jean-Pierre Cormier (FCIA), vice-president, pricing, RGA
Speakers:
Jean-Pierre Cormier
Blake Hill (FCIA), assistant vice-president, Canadian division strategy, Manulife
Paul-André Savoie*, president and CEO, Baseline Telematics

Session 22 • In Times of Change, What Can We Learn from a Forensic Accountant and a Nuclear Engineer?
Relevant to: All
Moderator:
Houston Cheng (FCIA), senior manager, KPMG
Speakers:
Marc-André Lajoie*, data scientist, CGI
Jack Martin*, director, forensic and investigative accounting, KPMG

15:15–15:45 Networking Mug-Up 

15:45–17:00 Session 23 • Joint Plenary Session with Joint Colloquium Delegates – The Personalized Medicine Revolution

Relevant to:   All
Moderator:
Emile Stipp*, chief actuary, Discovery Health, South Africa and Chair, IAA Health Committee
Speakers:
Jacques Boudreau (FCIA), Chair, CIA Committee on Genetic Testing 
Pieter R. Cullis*, PhD, FRSC, director, Life Sciences Centre, director, NanoMedicines Research Group, Chair, Personalized Medicine Initiative, professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of British Columbia
Emile Stipp*

18:15–22:00 Networking Event – Rally in the Alley, with Joint Colloquium Delegates

St. John’s infamous George Street has the most bars and pubs per square foot of any street in Canada. Come experience the famous nightlife of downtown St. John’s in this pub crawl for CIA Annual Meeting and Joint Colloquium delegates. Get ready to enjoy a traditional fish and chips dinner, learn local step dancing and some local songs, and to be welcomed into the Order of Screechers. It is a time to be remembered for years to come.

Meet at the Delta Hotel no later than 18:15

Wednesday, June 29

07:00–15:00 Registration and CIA Information Desk 

07:00–07:40 Hot Buffet Breakfast

07:50–08:50 Concurrent Sessions 

Session 24 • ASB and CLIFR Updates 
Relevant to: General Business and Professionalism, All
Moderator:
Stéphanie Fadous (FCIA), vice-president, corporate development, Manulife
Speakers:
Stéphanie Fadous 
Ty Faulds (FCIA), designated group Chair, Economic Reinvestment Assumptions and Strategies for Long-Tail Liability Cash Flows under CALM
Jean-Yves Rioux (FCIA), senior manager, actuarial, reward and analytics, Deloitte

Session 25 • PPFRC and ASB Update
Relevant to: Pension
Moderator:
Marie Desrochers (FCIA), Sun Life Financial
Speakers:
Gavin Benjamin (FCIA), senior consulting actuary, Willis Towers Watson
Simon Nelson (FCIA), consultant, Eckler 

Session 26 • Climate Change, Sustainability, and the Work of Actuaries
Relevant to: All
Moderator:
Pierre Dionne (FCIA), chair, Practice Council
Speakers:
Caterina Lindman (FCIA), actuary, inforce pricing, Manulife
Karen Lockridge (FCIA), pension actuary and sustainability champion, Mercer

Session 27 • Long-Term Disability (LTD) Pricing and Management: Is Your Analysis Disabled?
Relevant to: Group Life & Health
Moderator:
Isabelle Bouchard (FCIA), vice-president, group reinsurance, RGA 
Speakers:
Denis Garand (FCIA), president, Denis Garand and Associates
Jeffrey Schuh (ACIA), vice-president and actuary, RGA

Session 28 • The Older Age Market – Profitability Impacts of Distribution and Pricing
Relevant to: Reinsurance, Individual Life & Health
Moderator:
Bob Brown (FCIA), chief actuary and chief risk officer, Aurigen Reinsurance Company
Speakers:
Bob Brown
Daniel Doyle (FCIA), partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Michael Kidney*, trust and estate practitioner (TEP), Michael Kidney Financial Planning

Session 29 • Combined with Session 24

Session 30 • Auto Insurance in the Era of Autonomous Vehicles
Relevant to: P&C
Moderator and speaker:
Houston Cheng (FCIA), senior manager, KPMG

09:00–10:45 Session 31 • Keynote Presentation – Michael Woodford

10:45–11:15 Joint Networking Break with Joint Colloquium Delegates 

11:15–12:30 Concurrent Sessions 

Session 32 • Breakout Session with Michael Woodford: Whistle-Blowing and Lessons on Governance and Crisis Management 
Relevant to: All
Moderators: 
Chris Fievoli (FCIA), resident actuary, Canadian Institute of Actuaries
Andrew MacRae*, principal, Punter Southall
Speaker:         
Michael Woodford

Session 33 • Innovations in Decumulation Options under Capital Accumulation Plans
Relevant to: Pension
Joint with: Investment
Moderator:
Tulio Walles Mora (FCIA), actuary, Eckler 
Speakers:
Nigel Branker (FCIA), partner, Morneau Shepell
Emily Tryssenaar (FCIA), principal actuary, Morneau Shepell

Session 34 • Critical Illness Insurance Risk – Linking the Past to the Future
Relevant to:  Reinsurance
Moderator:
Benoit Miclette (FCIA), head, global living benefits products, RGA
Speakers:
Benoit Miclette
Dr. Monica Wilson*, vice-president, medical director, Swiss Re

Session 35 • Thinking in New Boxes: A New Paradigm for Practical Creativity in Business
Relevant to: All
Moderator:
Debbie Chiu (FCIA), associate manager, participating life, product development, and pricing, London Life
Speaker:
Alan Iny*, associate director & senior global specialist for creativity and scenarios, Boston Consulting Group

Session 36 • Operational Risk Management and Quantification
Relevant to: Corporate Life & Health
Joint with: ERM
Moderator:
Frank Reynolds (FCIA), president, Reynolds, Thorvardson
Speakers:
Hamish Lock*, vice-president, operational risk, group risk management, RBC
Alexander Shipilov*, partner, financial risk management, KPMG

Session 37 • Government Consultations and CIA Submissions
Relevant to:   All
Moderator:
Craig Allen (FCIA), senior consultant, Commonwealth Research Group
Speakers:
Craig Allen 
Stephen Cheng (FCIA), managing director and senior consulting actuary, Westcoast Actuaries
Pascale Belleau, associate director, public affairs, Canadian Institute of Actuaries

Session 38 • Municipal Risk Assessment Tool (MRAT)
Relevant to: P&C
Moderator:
Houston Cheng (FCIA), senior manager, KPMG
Speaker: 
Dr. Ian Moss*, chief analytics officer, Tesera Systems

12:45–14:00 Luncheon, President’s Farewell Speech, Change of Office

14:00–15:00 Session 39 • Keynote Speaker – Diane Girard 

Session 39 • Ethical Challenges for Actuarial Professionals


*Not a member of the CIA. 


Sponsors

Patron

Aurigen

Eliot Bauer

SCOR

Benefactor

AXIS GGY
Hannover RE
KPMG
Oliver Wyman

Prudential

RGA
Society of Actuaries