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Being Social: It’s a Game Changer - Presentation & Photos Posted

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On November 15, 2012, PRACT and the SOA held a business workshop about social media.  Over 70 members and guests attended this event and learned some important tips on how to use social media tools such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Blogs and Facebook, to network with colleagues, clients and vendors.

Please see the Presentation Archives section for the slides, and our Online Photo Album for the event photos.


Being Social: It’s a Game Changer

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On November 15, 2012, the Society of Actuaries and the Pacific Rim Actuaries' Club of Toronto will be jointly holding a business workshop about social media

"Being Social: It's a Game Changer."

Social media is expected to become common in the business world and in this workshop you will learn how to use it to effectively network and communicate with colleagues, clients and vendors.  The workshop will feature three panelists and interactive discussions with the attendees.

Joseph De Dominicis, Staff Fellow, SOA, will moderate the workshop.  The three panelists are:
1. Lisamarie Lukas, Director of Communications, SOA
2. Kevin Pledge, CEO and Co-founder, Insight Decision Solutions
3. Becki Tobia, Manager & Actuarial Recruiter, DW Simpson

The workshop is free for current members of our Club and $20 for non-members.  In order to sign up for free, members must register by the early bird deadline of Monday, November 12, 2012 and complete a survey on their media use.  The surveys will be summarized anonymously.  University students can also sign up for free.  Members and students who register after the early bird deadline or do not complete their surveys are welcome to attend at a cost of $20.  The meeting will start at 5:30 pm at the Bay Adelaide Center (333 Bay Street, 46th floor) and there will be networking opportunities at 7:30 pm where a light meal and drinks will be served.  An early bird prize (Kobo Glo E-reader) will be drawn at around 8:30 pm.

Information and registration for the workshop can be obtained by clicking on the following link:

SOA - Society of Actuaries - Being Social: It’s a Game Changer

The survey that needs to be completed by all attendees can be obtained by clicking on the following link:

We hope to see you on November 15th!

Fall Dinner Meeting Wrap-up

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Approximately 70 people attended our Fall Dinner Meeting featuring Mr. David Oakden, Managing Director, Actuarial Division of OSFI.  The presentation slides and audio recording are posted in the "Presentation Archives" section.  In addition, photos from this event are posted in our "Online Photo Album".  Both sections may be accessed through the "Main Menu" on the left.

We look forward to seeing you at our next event!


Fall Dinner Meeting 2012

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Our fall dinner meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 25, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency on King in Toronto.  We are pleased to have Mr. David Oakden, Managing Director, Actuarial Division of OSFI, to be our guest speaker of this event.  The topic will be

"An Actuary's Experience from Working with the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS)"

The IAIS was established in 1994 and represents insurance regulators and supervisors of over 140 countries around the world. The IAIS issues global insurance principles, standards and guidance papers; provides training and support on issues related to insurance supervision and deals with financial stability issues related to insurance. Differences in insurance regulation from country to country are a major impediment to the globalization of insurance. This is now a major issue on the IAIS’s agenda and future changes will affect us all. David will share with us his involvement with the IAIS and how changing regulations may impact Canada and the Pacific Rim.

Please see the registration form for more details.

To qualify for the discounted early bird price and draw prize (ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity tablet - C$500 value), please register by September 20, 2012 (noon).

Please visit the link below for the online registration and payment page.



Eighth International Longevity Risk and Capital Markets Solutions Conference

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The University of Waterloo is hosting the 8th International Longevity Risk and Capital Market Solutions Conference from September 7-8, 2012.  The full conference program is available at the website

The organizers have offered PRACT members a 20% discount off the registration fee.

Highlights of this year's program include:

1. John Kiff from the International Monetary Fund will discuss the longevity-related materials in IMF’s 2012 Financial Stability Report, which has recently received considerable interest.

2. Executives from companies including Prudential, Sun Life Financial, Pacific Global Advisors and Deustche Bank will share their experience in pension de-risking solutions.

3. Professor Andrew Cairns, one of the founders of the famous CBD mortality model, will share his expertise in modeling and hedging longevity risk.

4. On top of 10 plenary talks, we have more than 40 breakout presentations on topics including risk management, pension, reverse mortgages, annuities, pricing, modeling, and economic analysis.

Registration is now open until August 31st and may be completed online here.

NOTE:  To receive the 20% discount, PRACT members must email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to receive a special promotion code to be entered when registering online.


Summer BBQ 2012

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Our summer BBQ has returned.  This year, our gathering will take place on July 28th, 2012.  Guests will enjoy fantastic food such as Hot dogs, Korean ribs, Salad, Fruits, Corn, Ice-cream, Pastries, Chow Mein, Fried Rice, Suckling Pig, BBQ pork, etc.  Our summer gathering is a great place to network in a casual atmosphere.  Please see registration form for more details.

Admission is free for members and university students (with valid ID), and $10 for non-members who register before the early bird deadline.

To register, simply email your registration details (event = BBQ, name, member or non-member, company, phone number) to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Register before July 25th to qualify for the early bird rate and door prizes.  Any payment can be made at door. Space is limited, so please register early.


Presentation Archives Updated

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Past presentations have been uploaded to our new Presentation Archives section.


PRACT Linkedin Group

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PRACT has created a new Linkedin Group to allow members and recent event attendees to network with each other and keep informed about upcoming PRACT events.  Note, only current PRACT members and recent event attendees are allowed to join this group.  Also, you must create a Linkedin profile.

To join this group, please click on the following link:


2012 Chinese New Year Meeting

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Our Chinese New Year Meeting will be held on Thursday, February 16, 2012, at the Metropolitan Hotel in Toronto.  We are pleased to invite Mr. K.C. Chan, VP and Actuary, Asia Desk of Sun Life Financial to discuss:

"China and India - the Biggest Insurance Market in the Making"

K.C. is currently involved in developing the insurance market in China and India.  Learn how an insurance company can grow by generating business in two of the world's fastest growing economies.  There will be time for questions and answers to get an in-depth picture of the insurance market in China and India.

Come and network with fellow members of the Club and enjoy a fabulous feast!  Numerous door prizes will be drawn, including the Early Bird Grand Prize - an iPad 2!

Please see the registration form for more details, including registration costs, the full menu, and our new flexible refund policy.

We have created an online payment system to streamline the payment process.  Please click the link:

The Early Bird registration deadline is Thursday, February 9th (for mail-in registrations), and 12 noon on Monday, February 13th for online registrations.

NOTE:  Due to popular demand, we have run out of parking passes.  If additional parking passes become available, they will continue to be allocated on a first-come first-serve basis based on registration date.  For those without free parking passes, we have negotiated a discounted rate at the hotel's parking lot ($6 for self-parking, $10 for valet).  Alternatively, if the hotel lot is full, you may park at the underground City Hall lot ($6 flat rate after 6pm)


Photo Album Update

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Our online photo album has been updated for 2011 events.  Please click on "Online Photo Album" on the left menu bar to view photos.


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Founded in 1993, Pacific Rim Actuaries' Club of Toronto was established for actuaries with an interest in the Asian Pacific region.

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