International Congress of Actuaries 2018

Young Researcher Award Program

Congratulations to Jean-François Bégin who will represent the CIA at the International Congress of Actuaries (ICA), June 4–8, 2018 in Berlin, as part of the ICA’s Young Researchers Award Program. Dr. Bégin is an assistant professor in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at Simon Fraser University.

Dr. Bégin’s paper (co-authored with Mathieu Boudreault, Delia Alexandra Doljanu, and Geneviève Gauthier), entitled Credit and Systemic Risks in the Financial Services Sector: Evidence from the 2008 Global Crisis, was selected from six papers submitted as part of the CIA competition. The paper features the development of a portfolio credit risk model, and analyzes the credit risk of 35 financial firms, with a focus on 2005–2012.

The ICA is a quadrennial worldwide gathering of actuaries, featuring a week of seminars, lectures, and networking opportunities. The theme of this year’s event is “Getting Closer”. The ICA is expected to draw over 2,200 delegates—actuaries, academics, and representatives from the financial industry.