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Dear Colleagues,

This meeting is jointly hosted by IACA, PBSS, IAAHS, and IPEBLA - the International Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers Association.


For more informationabout the St. John’s Colloquium, please visit our website at:

The organizing committee has assembled a dynamic program featuring over 60 presentations by more than 90 speakers. This program will provide attendees with 15 hours of continuing professional development.

The meeting is being held in conjunction with the Canadian Institute of Actuaries’ (CIA) Annual Meeting with combined plenary sessions and many opportunities for networking with the CIA attendees. Our joint keynote speaker will be Michael Woodford, former CEO Olympus Corporation. Mr. Woodford will take attendees through the riveting experience of whistle blowing on his own company, and the lessons on governance and crisis management. An additional plenary session on Genomics has been added to the program featuring Dr. Pieter R. Cullis, Emile Stipp and Jacques Boudreau.

The meeting will be held in the picturesque town of St John's in Canada's province of Newfoundland and Labrador.  Sessions will be held in the Delta Hotel Conference Centre.

Early-bird registration closes on March 31st – Register Now!


Below is only a small sample of the sessions available to delegates:

International Association of Consulting Actuaries – IACA

  • Capital Issues in the Caribbean
  • Requirements for being an expert witness
  • The challenge of professionalism in a cross-disciplinary and international environment

International Actuarial Association Health Section – IAAHS

  • Genomics
  • The impact of Demand-driven Health Assessments on Customer Behaviour and Medical Insurance Claims
  • The evolution of Big Data

Pension, Benefits and Social Security Section – PBSS

  • Collective Defined Contribution – Torn Between 2 Lovers DB or DC
  • Dynamic investment strategies in defined contribution drawdown phase
  • Linking pensions to life expectancy

International Pension & Employee Benefits Lawyers Association – IPEBLA

  • Current Trends in Pension Investment, including ethical investing
  • Troubled Plans and Troubled Plan Sponsors - Legal, Actuarial and Regulatory Approaches
  • Pension and Benefit Litigation Trends

General Professional and Ethical Topics

  • Conflicts of Interest Actuarial and Legal Perspectives
  • Pension and Benefits Governance Panel
  • The challenge of professionalism in a cross-disciplinary and international environment

The full colloquium program is available online.


As part of your registration fees, attendees will take part in a welcome reception on Sunday evening, a Gala Dinner on Monday evening and the joint Pub Crawl - “Rally in the Alley” with CIA meeting attendees on Tuesday. This evening will feature local entertainment and cultural experiences, including an Irish Step Dance lesson from local dancers, a Newfoundland Sing-a-Long with song sheets, and a Newfoundland Screech-In. 


Overlooking historic St. John's harbour, the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland is the selected hotel for the Joint Colloquium room block.

You will also find details regarding bedroom accommodations and destination information on the website.

Please plan to join your Actuarial and Legal colleagues at this international meeting in St. John's.

We look forward to seeing you in St. John’s in June!

Adam Reese
Chair, Organizing Committee

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