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Hélène Pouliot and four new directors join CIA Board

The CIA is pleased to announce that five new members have been elected to the CIA Board, effective July 1, 2021:

President-Elect
Hélène Pouliot, FCIA

New Directors
Michel Dionne, FCIA
Naveed Irshad, FCIA
Ying (Daisy) Li, FCIA
Ashley Witts, FCIA

Hélène Pouliot will serve a one-year term as President-Elect, followed by a year as President, and a third year as Immediate Past President. In addition to her skills as a 30-year practitioner in life insurance, Hélène also holds a Gold Award for her contributions as a CIA volunteer – making her well versed in Institute goals and operations. As she assumes her role, her primary focus will be collaborating with other CIA leaders to support upcoming initiatives. “I believe we should pay particular attention to membership engagement, our stakeholders’ interest, and needs, as well as the advancement of the actuarial profession.” Her vision for the CIA includes an emphasis on outreach and external relations.

Elected for three-year terms, each Director brings with them a unique vision and breadth of knowledge.

Led by a strong desire to contribute to the Institute, actuarial community, and profession, Ying (Daisy) Li envisions the CIA as being a beacon guiding Canadian actuaries to serve the public interest to its fullest potential.

For fellow Director, Ashley Witts, his goals are driven by the notion that “younger members are the future of the profession, and to evolve, we must attract and retain the best.” To this end, Witts hopes to see the continued prioritization of education and professionalism opportunities.

As an international actuary, Naveed Irshad hopes to bring in best practices from around the world while continuing to innovate at home: “Other organizations are navigating the same issues, and it is important to learn from their successes and failures,” asserts Irshad. “I plan to focus on ensuring that the CIA is the preeminent actuarial organization in the world.”

As for long-time CIA volunteer Michel Dionne, his lens is squarely on preparing for and mitigating emerging risks. “The challenges faced by the CIA are evolving, and the CIA must constantly adapt.” This, he says, “is what creates a dynamic environment upon which the CIA can build the actuarial profession to become more and more relevant.”

“I believe we should pay particular attention to membership engagement, our stakeholders’ interest, and needs, as well as the advancement of the actuarial profession.”

President-Elect Hélène Pouliot, FCIA

As the Board continues with the collaborative task of advancing the profession and practicing actuaries, it looks forward to drawing on this wealth of expertise to help fulfil the Institute’s vision of financial security for Canadians.

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