Taking Parliament Hill By Storm
May 18, 2015Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Alliance’s Canadian Section Annual Meeting in Ottawa, Ontario. This year, for the first time ever, the CFA incorporated a “Day on the Hill” component into their meeting. And the results were nothing short of spectacular. Thirty-six CFA members, organized into delegations of 3-4 members each, swarmed Parliament Hill on Thursday afternoon. The groups met with more than 20 Members of Parliament (MPs), many of whom held key positions on the Insurance Caucus and Finance Ministry. The objective of the meetings was to increase awareness of Canadian fraternals and the good work they do in every province and territory. And, judging by the feedback from MPs, they accomplished our goals and then some. The frosting on the cake came later that afternoon when Peter Braid, an MP from the district where FaithLife Financial is headquartered, read an official statement in support of fraternals during that day’s Parliamentary “question and answer” period. [caption id="attachment_2518" align="aligncenter" width="300"] (L-R) Terry McGoldrick, Sons of Scotland; The Honourable Ralph Goodale, PC, MP; Doug Baker, TeachersLife; Tammy Barclay, Toronto Police Widows & Orphans Fund; Clayton Orne-Zaluski, Worden Actuarial & Benefits Consulting[/caption] Congratulations to the CFA members that participated in this event and laid the groundwork for an expanded advocacy program for Canadian fraternals in the future. Not to be outdone by the political portion of the program, the CFA Advisory Council put together an outstanding educational package for attendees, as well. The highlight, from my perspective, was a presentation by Jane Rooney, the Financial Literacy Leader of the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada. Jane identified some incredible opportunities for fraternals to partner with her agency in Canada – and pointed out several similar organizations in the U.S. – to enhance the financial literacy of their members, particularly younger consumers. The meeting also featured an address by Doug French of Ernst & Young (who should also be known as the funniest actuary in North America). Doug’s insights were worthy of a blog posting all their own – which I’ll share with you next week.