October 28, 2015 | version française

Prominent Financial Experts Address Delegates at IAA Meetings


The International Actuarial Association (IAA) held its Council and Committee meetings in Vancouver, Canada, from October 14–18 at the invitation of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries, one of its 67 Full Member associations.

An important aspect of these meetings included the keynote speeches by two distinguished leaders in the international financial community, Dr. Ira Kalish, Chief Global Economist at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd and Caterina Lindman, Actuary at Manulife Financial.

During the general lunch on October 16, Dr. Kalish provided a comprehensive update and insights on the global economy, particularly in China and the United States, including the challenges of big emerging markets, rates of inflation, economic recovery of the Eurozone, and risks and opportunities in the global economy.

At Council, Ms. Lindman discussed the development and rollout of the Actuaries Climate Index and the Actuaries Climate Risk Index whose goals are to create an objective index that measures changes in climate over recent decades in order to educate the insurance industry and the general public on the impact of climate change.

This collaboration supports several of the IAA’s strategic objectives including expanding the scientific knowledge and skills of the actuarial profession beyond the traditional areas of actuarial practice, providing a forum for discussion of global issues among actuaries and actuarial associations throughout the world, and improving recognition of the actuarial profession among other professionals and academics.

To learn more about the work of the IAA in this area, please contact the Supranational Relations Manager at the IAA Secretariat.