COVID-19 has been shutting down meetings around the world, but without missing a beat, CAS members and staff worked to create a virtual Spring Meeting after the decisions were made to postpone CAS meetings and seminars, starting with March’s Ratemaking, Product and Modeling Seminar.
For this Spring Meeting, CAS members and speakers met the challenge of this pandemic to provide our members with the continuing education that they need. The virtual setup was quite an unusual experience for many, but the presenters adapted to offer their usual high-quality and informative sessions. The CAS even held a Spring Meeting reception! Actually, it was six simultaneous, virtual receptions via Microsoft Teams that were hosted by staff and members. Just like a real-time, in-person gathering, attendees could pop in and out of these receptions as they wished. They, of course, had to provide their own refreshments!
AR covers some of the many sessions held during the Spring Meeting and has thrown in a Reinsurance Seminar session report for good measure.
In this issue
Our cover and feature stories involve some emerging and groundbreaking topics. In our cover story, Annmarie Geddes Baribeau pins down expert opinions on the rather amorphous subject of social inflation — a topic whose impact remains to be seen. Our first feature story is the time-honored tradition of CAS election. This summer CAS Fellows will cast their votes on the slate of candidates and decide on granting CAS Associates the right to vote. In AR’s second feature story, CAS Fellow Mallika Bender and her coauthor Sara Teppema illustrate the concept of equity, thus widening the understanding of diversity and inclusion issues.
Remembering Mary and Tom
Also in this issue, we honor two members, Thomas J. Chisholm and Mary D. Miller, in the column “In Remembrance.” Please take some time to read about these two extraordinary people.
I hope you enjoy this issue of Actuarial Review.