The CIA legacy awards celebrate volunteers who have reached milestones in their volunteer journey.
Chambers-Brown Legacy Award
This award recognizes the contributions of volunteers who have served 48 terms of service, named after Morris Chambers and Robert Brown, the first FCIAs to reach this milestone.
New in 2022, this award is granted to members who have completed at least 24 terms of service and have effected significant change for actuarial practice in Canada.
Award of Excellence
Reserved for those who have successfully completed 12 terms of service.
Award of Distinction
Granted to those who have successfully completed six terms of service.
Award of Honour
Given to volunteers who have successfully completed three terms of service.
Award of Merit
Established in 2021, this award is shared with those who have successfully completed their first term of service.
Lifetime Award 2022
The late Brian Burnell is a recipient of the Lifetime Award in recognition of his contribution of 32 terms of service to the CIA. Peers and employees regarded him as a compassionate and caring man who took the time to listen and present his arguments clearly. Brian was a particularly skilled actuary, with a diverse career that started in reinsurance. He transitioned to insurance, then to consulting, where he worked with pension plans, workers compensation, and actuarial evidence. It is in the actuarial evidence sector that he is considered by many to be a pioneer in applying actuarial science to the quantification of damages in personal injury cases. Brian had a keen passion for staying current and pursuing lifelong learning, part of which he achieved through his commitments to the CIA. Brian’s experiences with the CIA varied, starting in 1968 with the Committee on Qualifications and Conduct. He held various positions on the CIA Council, now the CIA Board, and closed his volunteer career in 2017 after a 12-year commitment to the Actuarial Evidence Committee. However, his contribution to the public interest didn’t stop with the CIA. Brian was an active Rotary Club member, had a close connection with his church, and involved himself with many other important community causes.
Jim joined the ranks as a volunteer early in his career with the ambition of giving back to the actuarial profession while growing his professional network. It’s because of his dedication to the profession, and his reputation for clearly articulating issues facing the profession, that he was elected as President of the CIA in 2011, then served as Chair of the Actuarial Standards Board. Later he was elected president of the Casualty Actuarial Society. As a CIA leader, Jim also made an impact internationally through the North American Actuarial Council (NAAC). Jim’s peers know him to be a first-class family man and a no-nonsense, but friendly and warm, individual who appreciates the opportunities he’s presented. One such opportunity was a visit to Mexico for an NAAC meeting, where he was immersed in the Benito Juárez Day celebrations, waving to the brass bands and citizens celebrating in the streets from his second-story balcony. Between trips to the golf course and admiring sports cars, Jim continues to take on roles within the Institute. Currently, he is applying his leadership and expertise to the bylaw review process, among other things.
Having started his volunteer involvement with the CIA while still writing his actuarial exams, Neville has contributed 32 terms of service over his career. In his very first role, Neville realized that volunteering was an opportunity to refresh his knowledge and collaborate with peers, so he decided to stay involved to support a profession that is critical to the financial well-being of the public. Neville is a person of high integrity and is well regarded by his peers for his sound judgment. He’s forged genuine friendships through his volunteer activities that involve international travel and regular virtual calls. Passionate about education and professional development, Neville has dedicated many hours to ensuring a modern and accessible education system is available for the Institute's current and future members. From his own experience he understood the challenges of studying irrelevant information for exams. Thus, he advocated for shorter, more relevant exams, and made inroads on what we now know as the University Accreditation Program. Neville’s outlook is one that accepts and encourages the advancement of actuarial practice. In all his contributions to the CIA, including during his presidency, he pushed for the CIA to move from an esoteric body to the professional and well-respected organization it is today.
David Oakden became involved with the CIA early in his career, motivated to establish an environment where P&C actuaries know they belong. Though quiet-mannered, he has established bonds with his peers through sharing his passion for strong actuarial practice, the game of squash, and his simple model for determining the probability of the Toronto Blue Jays making the playoffs. David, recognizing the professional and personal value of these connections, played a key role in establishing the Ontario Conference of Casualty Actuaries. With an exceptional ability to articulate, David is known to be rigorous and precise, and takes the time to instil these skills in those around him. This rigour served David well when writing the CIA’s first draft of the P&C Financial Reporting Standards . Despite being from a small practice area, David was elected to serve as President of the CIA in 2000. This accomplishment is true testament to the respect he’d earned from his peers for having great values and a passion for his profession. During his time in office, David worked diligently to introduce the framework for the organizational structure that the CIA operates within today.
Rob’s deep sense of responsibility to the actuarial profession drives him to contribute to an Institute that he recognizes is only as strong and visionary as the actuaries willing to contribute their time and talents. Rob has contributed to the CIA in many areas, including:
- • Serving as President of the CIA in 2015–16. A highlight of Rob’s year as President was work on increasing the professionalism of actuaries and how the profession serves the public.
- • Building the initial University Accreditation Program; and
- • Revising the CIA’s Continuing Professional Development Program to ensure actuaries are suitably qualified to perform actuarial work.
Rob continues to be active in the profession and chairs the Actuarial Foundation of Canada, the philanthropic arm of the profession. The AFC endeavours to improve financial literacy in youth and support students in careers in actuarial and mathematical sciences, with an emphasis on those who are less advantaged in life.
Rob retired in 2014 and is currently involved in array of volunteer activities where applies his experience and knowledge along with the time-management and listening skills he polished through his contributions to the Institute. Rob’s list of accomplishments is quite long, but at the top of the list is his family: he is a devoted husband and father of three, with four grandchildren.
Award of Excellence 2022
Passionate about the actuarial profession and her work, Hélène has long been involved with efforts to move the CIA forward. Her past areas of contribution include solvency standards for financial institutions, life insurance financial reporting, continuing education, risk management and capital requirements, public affairs, practice development, actuarial standards, and the CIA Board. This isn’t an exhaustive list; as Chair of the Enterprise Risk Management Applications Committee, Hélène played a crucial role in establishing ERM as its own practice area within the actuarial profession, a feat that required the use of her ability to influence others. This influence comes from developing a strong network of peers through volunteerism and valuing the power of listening to various opinions, even those of the opposing point of view. Hélène continues to be stimulated by giving back to the profession, being involved in standards development around IFRS 17 and CIA research on the impact of longevity on the Canadian economy.
Stephen Bonnar has been dedicated to the efforts of the CIA since the late eighties. Now a retired pension actuary, Stephen has contributed to every aspect of the Institute, including education, research, practice development, discipline, and governance. Stephen has a keen interest in groups that have a clear deliverable, such as research projects and task forces, and rarely hesitated to take on these roles benefiting his primary practice area. Stephen has made his mark on the profession. As Chair of the Task Force on Determination of Provisions for Adverse Deviations in Going Concern Valuations, he developed a paper that would guide both pension actuaries and pension regulators in the prudent funding of defined benefit pension plans. In his retirement, Stephen has been in pursuit of further education, both by acquiring an MA and PhD in economics and through his focus on research that explores the relationship between aging populations and investment returns, as well as how that relationship affects the funding of pension plans.
As a professor and researcher, Mathieu is dedicated to having a positive impact on the actuaries of tomorrow and the communities he’s involved in. He recognizes the need for relationships between academics and practice and uses volunteering to create bridges that promote a strong profession in Canada. With his long tenure at the University of Québec in Montréal, it is only natural that Mathieu has dedicated efforts to the advancement of the CIA through research and education. He is playing a pivotal role in the new education pathways, our new 100% Canadian route to become an FCIA, and has been involved in shaping education at the Associateship level which involves revising components of the University Accreditation Program. Mathieu’s time is also shared with the Actuarial Foundation of Canada, the philanthropic arm of the actuarial profession in Canada, where he helps to create brighter futures by chairing the Actuarial Research Internship Program Committee.
Tyrone, a recent retiree after 43 years with Canada Life, has volunteered with the CIA consistently over the last 20 years. Having mentored many actuarial students when the organization was known as London Life, Tyrone got involved with the CIA to work with leaders of the profession in educating and challenging up and coming actuaries on a larger scale. As a life actuary, Tyrone contributed a great deal to the evolution of the Canadian Asset Liability Method used for Canadian reporting, and this wasn’t without many challenges. Ty has formed many lasting relationships because of his involvement and is highly regarded for the contributions he has made to the Actuarial Standards Board (ASB) in one shape or form since 2009. Ty is enjoying his retirement and strives to find a healthy balance in the responsibilities of spoiling his six grandchildren and many pets.
A career consultant, William has been volunteering for the profession since 1973. He has applied a great deal of his energy to the public interest of Canadians through his work with the Social Security Committee, Environmental Liabilities Committee, tribunal panels, and during his retirement providing education and advice to foundations and endowments on the management of their funds. William prides himself on being open to the opportunities that present themselves, such as the opportunity to work with the Ontario government and draft a paper that would assist actuaries and others in creating and funding post-closure reclamation funds for mines through the Environmental Liabilities Committee. We appreciate everything William has shared and continues to share with the CIA. We are a stronger and more accountable profession thanks to his contributions.