The Council of the International Actuarial Association (IAA) has approved the following individuals to serve as Officers of the IAA effective January 1, 2023 following a meeting held on 16 October 2022 in Montreal, Canada.
- President: Micheline Dionne (Canada)
- President-Elect: Charles Cowling (UK)
- Immediate Past President: Roseanne Harris (South Africa)
All terms of office are for one year ending on December 31, 2023
Ms. Dionne’s involvement in the work of the IAA started in 2009 as Council Delegate for the Canadian Institute of Actuaries. Most recently, she served as Chair of the Climate Risk Task Force and of the Resource and Environment Forum. In addition, she has served in various leadership roles on the Insurance Accounting Committee, the ISAP 4 Task Force, as a Delegate to the IFRS Advisory Council, and a Member of the Executive Committee. Her complete bio is available online.
Ms. Dionne offered these comments upon assuming the position of IAA President:
I am pleased to be able to contribute to a profession as dynamic as the actuarial profession. Over the next few years, we will face a number of challenges, including taking into account the uncertainty related to climate change, modelling new infections and their spread as well as their long-term health effects, the future of an economy more difficult to predict, and nature, which reminds us of the fundamental principles of preservation. None of these changes are linear but understanding them is tied to interpreting the messages that science sends us. We need to understand this science to better interpret it through all the volatility it encompasses and to be able propose concrete approaches to risk management. Our projection approach is science-based and takes into consideration the uncertainty associated with trends and natural fluctuations. This allows us to model the potential impact of the multiple decisions society will make. We can help identify the best decisions and suggest concrete actions to build a better future.
I want to thank all the associations and their members for their contributions and for inspiring me. With so many challenges, it’s important that we all work together. Compared with other professions, we are a small group and we cannot afford to work in silos. I encourage you to share your knowledge and explore new horizons. I wish everyone a productive year, great discussions, and progress in understanding the factors that are changing our lives and our planet.
In closing, I would like to thank my predecessors, Jan and Roseanne, for their outstanding leadership and commitment. I intend to build enthusiastically on the progress made before handing over to my successor, Charles Cowling, in 2024.