An Eckler Principal, Daniella leads our financial modelling and risk management group. She joined Eckler in 2003, after graduating from the University of Waterloo with an Honours Bachelor of Mathematics degree in Actuarial Science. She is a Fellow of both the Society of Actuaries and the Canadian Institute of Actuaries. She is also a Chartered Financial Analyst Institute charter holder. Daniella is bilingual, speaking Spanish as a second language.

Throughout her career at Eckler, Daniella has advised clients on actuarial matters relating to pension and benefits plans, investment strategy, and currently has a particular focus on financial modelling and pension risk transfer.  She has significant expertise with stochastic modelling through asset/liability studies for pension plans, stop-loss and reserving strategies for benefit plans and the modelling of financial outcomes for capital accumulation plans. Daniella’s experience also extends to the analysis of pension plan asset allocation, investment and manager structures, funding policy and risk management.

Areas of Expertise

  • Asset allocation
  • Financial modelling
  • Funding policy
  • Guided Outcomes
  • Investment policy
  • Jointly sponsored pension plans
  • Modelling for benefit plans
  • Not-for-profit
  • Pension plan design and valuation
  • Risk management
  • Risk transfer
  • Sustainability analysis

Professional Qualifications

Professional Qualifications
  • University of Waterloo – Honours Bachelor of Mathematics, Actuarial Science
  • Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (FCIA)
  • Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA)
  • Chartered Financial Analyst Institute Charterholder (CFA)
Professional Activities
  • Serves as a member of the CIA Designated Group on Pension Stochastic Models (Regarding Disclosure for Stochastic Models Used for The Purposes of Certification of Pension Plan Funding Requirements)

Thought Leadership

Daniella leads the preparation of Eckler’s Pension Risk Transfer Report. You can access the most recent reports below.

She also offers insights to industry publications and is a regular presenter at conferences and events.

How can pension plans position for potential deflationary or inflationary scenarios?
Canadian Investment Review – June 2020


Daniella also has an impressive background as an elite athlete. She represented Canada in various international competitions throughout North and South America and was a member of the Canadian women’s 4×100 relay team. At the University of Waterloo, she was the Canadian champion in the 60m dash, holds various records in sprint events, and was inducted into the University of Waterloo Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.

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