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Cities and the brown-ocean effect

The inter-related and combined influences of climate and cities – temperature, moisture, infrastructure, and ultimately people – on urban extreme weather events needs to be better understood. This is especially so as many cities adapt too slowly to keep pace with our changing climate.

Climate-related scenario analysis for Canadian financial institutions

Climate-related financial risks have emerged as some of the most important topics among risk professionals. While plenty of material has been produced to provide essential learning about the sources and definitions of climate-related risk, a practical climate-risk exercise focused on the Canadian financial system was notably absent. The 2021 Bank of Canada (BoC)/Office of the Superintendent of...

Lower COVID-19 claim counts with higher claim amounts in the latest pandemic waves

Continuing the line of the Canadian Insurance Industry Monthly Aggregate Data Analysis series is the fifth report from the CIA, providing updated data to the end of December 2021. Using aggregate data collected from Canadian life insurance companies, the latest report shows that Canada has experienced five distinct waves of COVID-19 infections and deaths. Data is still being collected for the...

New guide offers strategies to reduce barriers for women in the actuarial profession

While some promising trends show that more women are bringing their skills and voices to the actuarial profession, the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (CIA) recognizes that there is still work to be done. To that end, the CIA is proud to release "Women in the Actuarial Profession – How to increase gender diversity, equity, and inclusion in the actuarial workplace" in alignment with International...

My gender + My skin color = ?

I cannot help but think about the meaning of being a black woman in corporate Canada. For years, I participated in women’s initiatives that were meant for us to openly discuss our challenges, insecurities, frustrations and aspirations. They provided us with a safe environment where we would unapologetically be ourselves. What happened in these meetings stayed in these meetings... Today, as we...

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