2020’s top 5 Seeing Beyond Risk podcasts

Since its launch in spring 2019, the Seeing Beyond Risk podcast has quickly become a favourite resource among members and a growing one for the public. In the last year, hosts and FCIAs Jill Harper, François Cloutier, Chris Fievoli, and Joseph Gabriel have interviewed top actuarial professionals on topics ranging from climate change and COVID-19 to volunteering at the CIA and autonomous vehicles.

Here’s a list of our top five English downloads from 2020 to keep you informed and entertained this holiday season:

  1. Interview with Riley Dirks, ACIA

Riley Dirks, ACIA, FSA, is a recent graduate from the University of Manitoba who achieved the unique accomplishment of completing all his actuarial exams while still at university. Riley also shares his personal strategies for success and unusual experience of entering the work force amid a pandemic.

2. Changes to commuted value standards

Gavin Benjamin, FCIA, discusses the changes to the commuted value standards, reasons for the revisions, and how they might affect pension plan members.

3. Aging and Long-Term Care in Canada, Part 2

Bonnie-Jeanne MacDonald, PhD, FCIA, FSA, Director of Financial Security Research at the National Institute on Ageing (NIA), tackles the hot button issue of long-term care, its projected cost, and the potential affect on both public finances and individual Canadians.

Listen to part 1 with Dr. Samir Sinha, Director of Health Policy Research at the NIA for more on the challenges a rapidly aging population presents and models of long-term care that improve health outcomes, quality of life, and dignity for older Canadians.

4. Impact of Population Aging on Pension Plan Finances in Canada

Find out how changes in demographics have the potential to affect investment returns with author of the research paper entitled “Impact of Population Aging on Pension Plan Finances in Canada,” Steve Bonnar, FCIA.

5. Contingent Pension Plans

Fellows Barbara Sanders and Barry Gros discuss their work published by the C.D. Howe Institute, dealing with the sustainability of contingent pension plans, and how a principles-based regulatory framework may be better suited to these types of arrangements.

Curious about which podcasts had the highest downloads in French? Click here to find out.

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