Weekly News Update – March 17

Hi Everyone,

Despite the challenges we all faced last year, three of our members were able to achieve their fellowships. Our warmest congratulations to Anika Peart, Saabera Narine and Ian Clarke for reaching this milestone!


Interesting events coming up!

Caroline Grégoire, who some of us know from Actuaries without Borders, and now Actuaires du Monde, is presenting a free webinar, through her company, TOMORROW, 18th, at lunchtime in the Caribbean.

Sharpen your Edge. Find your Balance: Join this one-hour webinar, designed to give leaders, primarily in the finance, insurance and actuarial sectors, valuable insights on how to stay resilient, build stamina and even thrive in these challenging and uncertain times!


And don’t forget our own webinar, next Thursday, 25th. The material is not SOA specific so is of interest to actuaries/aspiring actuaries from other bodies. The target audience includes:

  • Early career actuaries and students who want to take a long-term view of their career paths.
  • Advanced actuarial students closing in on *Fellowship* and looking forward to more free time for building their interpersonal versatility.
  • Seasoned actuaries who seek guidance for the next stage of their careers.

REGISTRATION IS FREE! More information and registration on our website.

More Items of Interest:

  • Actuaires du Monde has presented a series of webinars to actuarial students at the University of the West Indies on Introduction to the Actuarial Profession. Four very successful sessions have already taken place and there is a possibility of more.
  • The IAA has expressed its intent to respond to public consultations on:
    • Revised OECD Roadmap for the Good Design of Defined Contribution Retirement Savings Plans, and
    • IOPS consultation on their proposals on Good practices for designing, presenting and supervising pension projections
  • The CAA has representation on all the IAA committees involved so will have a part in formulating these responses.
  • International Conference on Inclusive Insurance 2021: call for proposals now open. Deadline for submissions is 15th May. Under the theme Reaching scale in small countries, this conference is tentatively scheduled to take place late October in Jamaica.

* Opening for a fellow, or near fellow, at Colina Insurance in The Bahamas: details here. *

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Your News Team: Shubhash, Betty, Pedro and Brian

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Weekly Update – February 9

Hello Everyone,

Our insurance actuaries in Trinidad & Tobago are all focused on the Insurance (Amendment) Act, 2020 which, after years in gestation, has finally come to fruition. Those who have not yet been transitioning have a great deal of catching up to do.

We reviewed the latest actuarial magazines and webinar offerings and here’s what we thought we should share.

Of critical interest to STUDENTS is this on the SOA’s website, Prometric Testing Centers – Answers to Your Questions. Many students were at a loss regarding what to do when the SOA’s new exam policy intersected with COVID-9 restrictions. The CAS also gave an update on exams: Letter to Candidates from the CAS President and CEO Regarding CAS Exams.  Also from the SOA are SOA Professionalism Courses – Changing gears after 30 years and 2021 Student Research Case Study Challenge.

The IAA recently held a 3-part mini-series on Risk-based Financial Management and Supervision, in collaboration with the Access to Insurance Initiative (A2ii) and the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS). One module, Using Actuarial Reports – Getting the Added Value, was presented by Britta Hay and Stuart Wason. Recordings of these and other IAA webinars are available on their YouTube channel.

Also recently published by the IAA is their Discussion Paper, Pension Fund ESG Risk Disclosures: Developing Global Practice, produced by members drawn from the Resource and Environment Working Group and Pension and Employee Benefits Committee.

From the Actuarial Review Understanding Threats: Gray Swans, Black Elephants, and Butterflies (Oh My!).  Understanding the different characteristics of threats can help actuaries better understand how extreme events can affect their work.

In The Actuary (North America) we read A Quantum Walk Through Actuarial Science.

Actuview announced that they have hit the 10,000 registered viewers milestone and now have over 1,000 videos available. Sessions from our 2020 Conference as well as some sessions from 2018 and 2019 are available on Actuview.

We’ve seen several of our members move from insurance companies to banks in recent years. The CIA has launched a new portal, Seeing Beyond Risk, for articles and stories about Canada’s actuaries and the Canadian actuarial profession, though many articles are of interest to non-Canadians. There’s one on banking:  The Banking Industry and Actuaries: Closing the Gaps.  The IFoA continues to promote actuaries in banking with Banking Lifelong Learning case studies. Keeping on the non-traditional path, The Actuary also included an article on providing insurance for small farmers, Microinsurance: Collective gains.

 Louise Pryor, IFoA’s President Elect, spoke on Climate Change at our 2020 Conference. Have a look at Louise’s “Talking Sustainability” series on the IFoA website. From the new issue of CAS’ Actuarial Review we read Social Justice and the Actuary: What’s Next?

As COVID-19 forces us more and more online we must become more and more Internet savvy. In The Actuary (UK) we looked at  Insurance and social media: Keyboard worriers. You might also be interested in the SOA’s Cloud Computing Webcast on 25th February. And, of course, we can’t go online without being fully aware of cyber threats. Zyber Global Centre’s February Newsletter gave a rundown of The Worst Cyber Threats of 2020.

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Stay safe and be happy,

Your News Team: Shubhash, Betty, Pedro and Brian

The views expressed above are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions, standards or policies of the CAA. The CAA assumes no responsibility or liability for the accuracy or completeness of content contained in any linked site.

2020 Conference Update – September 24

Call for Speakers

Today’s Actuary: Virtually Everywhere is the theme.

There will be 10 live sessions, 2 each day, from 30th November to 4th December. Most live sessions have already been determined. The remaining live sessions will be selected based on relevance to the theme with priority given to our Platinum Sponsors.

In addition, we will be uploading many recorded sessions to ActuView in the weeks preceding 30th November. All ideas are welcomed.

Proposed Topics include:
* CARICOM Past, Present & Future
* Presidents’ Town Hall
* The Impact of Covid-19
* Caribbean Economics
* Diversity of Thought
* IFRS 17
* Big Data and Analytics
* Climate Change
* Untraditional Actuaries
* Actuaries Giving Back
* The Dutch Pension Scheme
* Mental Health
Submissions:

Please send:

An abstract of less than 200 words accompanied by

Full names, email addresses and affiliations of presenter/co-presenters

Before 16th October 2020

to caa.secretariat@gmail.com


Other Webinars & Events

ActuView’s first online conference, aoc2020 on 24th and 25th September.

Tonya Manning, Joanne Meusz and Cathy Lyn speak at the latest Diversity Episode – the Power of Diversity of Thought … forging partnerships with actuaries – available on Friday, 25th.

If you’ve mislaid your ActuView code contact the CAA Secretariat and we’ll resend it.

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Best Regards,

Shubhash & Betty

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