A Principal in Eckler’s Toronto Financial Services practice, Josephine joined the firm in 2012. She has over 30 years of financial sector experience, having previously worked with two major Canadian insurance companies, a major public-sector pension plan and a major Canadian bank.

Her extensive experience includes various financial aspects of insurance and pension operations, with a focus on asset-liability management, risk management, product design and development, financial reporting and governance. She has overseen the investment management of major pension and insurance funds with a particular emphasis on designing unique asset-liability linked portfolio structures and with material hedging programs.

Josephine currently serves as an Appointed Actuary for six Canadian life insurance companies. She also has expertise conducting independent peer reviews for life insurers, providing advice on mergers and acquisitions, ALM reviews for life insurance, property and casualty insurance and pension plans, advising financial institutions on implementing international financial reporting standards (IFRS), and financial modelling for pension plans and group insurance benefits.

A Fellow of both the Society of Actuaries and the Canadian Institute of Actuaries, Josephine is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Areas of Expertise

  • Governance
  • Investment consulting
  • Life Insurance – financial reporting and valuation
  • Life Insurance – mergers & acquisitions
  • Life Insurance – pricing
  • Life Insurance – risk management and capital management

Professional Qualifications

Professional Qualifications
  • B.Sc. (Honours, Biochemistry) Queens University
  • M.Sc. (Biochemistry), University of Toronto
  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
  • Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (FCIA)
  • Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA)
Professional Activities
  • Served as a member and chair of the Actuarial Standards Board
  • Served as a member of the board for the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (CIA) and the Society of Actuaries (SOA)
  • Served as president of the Toronto CFA Society
  • Served as secretary-treasurer of the CIA
  • Served as a member of Actuarial Standards Oversight Council
  • Served as chair of the Actuarial Foundation of Canada

Thought Leadership

Josephine regularly offers her insights to industry publications and conferences. She authored a three-part article on Liability Driven Investing for the Canadian Investment Review and previously served as a regular contributor to Benefits Canada in her capacity as a member of the expert advisory panel.

She regularly contributes articles to the Canadian Institute of Actuaries’ monthly (e)Bulletin, including this one on COVID-19 and actuarial standards.

Other insights:

Prominent Canadian Actuaries Contemplate Stress Testing in Light of COVID-19
SOA News Canada  – July 2020