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1 Influencing Public Policy Bob Howard President, CIA Canadian experience

2 2 Guiding Principle #1 – CIA  In carrying on its activities and programs, the Institute holds the duty of the profession to the public above the needs of the profession and its members. March 1993

3 3 Public Positions  History  Recently  Policy  Why?  So what?

4 4 Several years ago  Achieve consensus first  Never did  No public positions  Two approaches  Individual responsibility  Collective responsibility

5 5 Currently  New Policy in 2005  Respond to regulators  Issue public positions  Write op-ed pieces for newspapers

6 6 Consequences  Many public positions  Actively promote opinions  Sought by media and government  See > advocacywww.actuaries.ca

7 7 Policy on Public Positions  Definition  Process  Communication

8 8 Definition – Public Position  Establish and document views of CIA  Statement on an issue  Submission to an external audience  Not a press release  Communications based on public positions

9 9 Process 1 – Initiate  Decide to develop a public position  By President and Executive Director

10 10 Process 2 – Governing entity  Identified by President and ED  Normally Board or a Council  Has authority for public position

11 11 Process 3 – Drafting entity  Appointed by governing entity  Committee / task force / individual(s)  Drafts the public position

12 12 Process 4 – Authorizing Cttee  Appointed from governing entity by chairperson of governing entity  May not be on drafting entity  Responsible for release of public position

13 13 Process 5 – Draft  By drafting entity  Required to take into account all relevant practice areas  View with support

14 14 Process 6 – Review  By all members of governing entity  Comments to authorizing committee

15 15 Process 7 – Finalize  By authorizing committee along with drafting entity  No further interaction with governing entity

16 16 Process 8 – Distribute  By Secretariat

17 17 Process – Overview  A few days to a few months  Emphasis on speed, with checks  Members not consulted  Not all members happy with a public position

18 18 Urgent Response Team  Response needed in hours  Team appointed by Pres and ED  Authorized to develop response and speak for CIA  May follow-up with formal public position

19 19 Communication – Submission  Send letter  Post on website  Announce to members

20 20 Communication – Statement  Post on website  Notify members  Use as needed for external communication

21 21 Spokespeople  Individual(s) who speak for CIA on issue  Appointed by authorizing committee  Confirmed by Pres or Chair of governing entity  Spokesperson represents spirit and intent of public position

22 22 Recent Submissions  Quebec regulator  Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions  House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance  Manitoba Pension Commission  Accounting Standards Board

23 23 Recent Statements  Retooling Canada’s Ailing Pension System Now, for the Future  Pandemics  Health care

24 24 Why public positions?  Unique skills  Unique understanding  Good reputation and credibility  If we are silent, others will speak  Serve the public interest  Promote the profession

25 25 Why CIA’s Process?  Need for speed  Review by leaders

26 26 Call to action  Valuable advice to offer  Important issues being considered  Positive impact on our nations

27 27 Public Positions  Questions  Experiences  Intentions

28 28 Debate

29 29 Proposition Resolved, that it is in the public interest and essential for the credibility of the actuarial profession for the IAA to establish a robust set of model International Actuarial Standards of Practice to guide actuarial work under IFRS Phase 2 within 3 years.

30 30 Debaters For  Fred Rowley  Michael Pomery Against  Godfrey Perrott  Peter Doyle

31 31 Debating Rules  4 minutes remarks by each debater  3 minutes rebuttal by each side  1 minute for each question, 2 minutes response for each side  3 minutes summary by each side

32 32 Proposition Resolved, that it is in the public interest and essential for the credibility of the actuarial profession for the IAA to establish a robust set of model International Actuarial Standards of Practice to guide actuarial work under IFRS Phase 2 within 3 years.


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