Event Speakers

Stephen Frank

OPENING REMARKS

President & CEO, CLHIA

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Stephen Frank is President and CEO of the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association.

Stephen brings over 20 years of successful public and private sector experience to his role. As President and CEO, he advocates on behalf of Canada’s life and health insurance sector for policies and perspectives that contribute to a sound, successful insurance system for the benefit of all Canadians. Stephen also sat on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Drug Insurance Pooling Corporation from 2013 to 2019.

Prior to joining CLHIA in March 2010, he held senior roles in global transaction banking and financial strategy at a major bank. Prior to that, he worked as an economist in the Financial Sector Policy branch at the Department of Finance in Ottawa.

Stephen has a master’s of finance degree from the University of Cambridge and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Queen’s University.

Denis Ricard

KEYNOTE

Chair of the Board, Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA)

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Denis Ricard, President and Chief Executive Officer of iA Financial Group, was elected Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA) in June 2023.

He has led iA Financial Group since September 2018. He is an engaged leader who values employee development in a learning, socially responsible organization. Mr. Ricard began his career at iA Financial Group in 1985, after completing his actuarial studies at Université Laval. Over the years, he has assumed positions of increasing responsibility in sectors ranging from actuarial to business development to corporate management. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (FCIA) and of the Society of Actuaries (FSA).

Fireside Chat

Deanne Gage

MODERATOR

Reporter, Globe Advisor at The Globe and Mail

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Deanne Gage is a reporter for Globe Advisor at The Globe and Mail. She has specialized in issues pertaining to financial advisors for more than two decades.

She is the former editor of FORUM and Advisor’s Edge magazines and has been the recipient of several business journalism awards during her tenure.

She was the Toronto Star’s Money Makeover columnist for five years. Her articles have also appeared in Morningstar.ca, Chatelaine, MoneySense, and Today’s Parent.

Denis Ricard

SPEAKER

Chair of the Board, Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA)

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Denis Ricard, President and Chief Executive Officer of iA Financial Group, was elected Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA) in June 2023.

He has led iA Financial Group since September 2018. He is an engaged leader who values employee development in a learning, socially responsible organization. Mr. Ricard began his career at iA Financial Group in 1985, after completing his actuarial studies at Université Laval. Over the years, he has assumed positions of increasing responsibility in sectors ranging from actuarial to business development to corporate management. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (FCIA) and of the Society of Actuaries (FSA).