"Are Risks Still Risks, or Are They Now Opportunities?"

November 19, 2015 7:45 AM to 10:00 AMCasino Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Area of Interest: Pensions, Investments Format: In Person


November 19th, 2015


Buffet Breakfast/Registration:        7:45 am – 8:30 am

Presentations:                             8:30 am – 9:45 am

Q & A with the panel:                   9:45 am – 10:00 am

Session Description:

Historically, investors, including those involved in pension plans, have understood the relationship between risk and return, and have taken steps to attempt to minimize or even eliminate some of those risks.   However, some of the risks that investors have identified over time are seeing dramatic change as the global markets swing on a daily basis.   

Today, two particular risks are front and centre in many people’s thinking: Currency and Volatility

This session will explore the question:  Are risks still risks, or are they now opportunities?   We will dive into this question in depth as it relates to currency and volatility, featuring commentary by two experts that walk through this with their clients every day. Their presentation will include suggestions on what pension plan sponsors and administrators should be looking out for.

Please join us as Luc de la Durantaye and Benoit Labrosse share their thoughts on this topic.  There will be ample time at the end for questions, as we’re sure their presentation will generate some lively debate. 


Luc de la Durantaye, CFA
CIBC Asset Management
Managing Director, Head of Asset Allocation and Currency Management

Luc is leader of the Asset Allocation and Currency Management team. This team is composed of more than sixteen portfolio managers, analysts and traders and is responsible for strategic and tactical asset allocation, currency management and absolute return strategies. Luc is also an active member of CIBC Asset Management’s Investment Committee.

Luc brings with him nearly three decades of investment experience. In 1985, he began his career in Montreal as a financial analyst at a sell-side brokerage firm. He quickly moved to the investment management division of a large Canadian financial institution where he held positions of increasing importance that lead him to move to Toronto as the Managing Director of Asset Allocation where he was responsible for tactical asset allocation and currency management. After close to 7 years in Toronto, he moved back to Montreal assuming the responsibility of the asset allocation and currency group with CIBC Asset Management.

A native of Montreal, Luc holds a Bachelors in International Finance from École des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC Montreal). Luc is also a CFA charterholder.

Benoit Labrosse, FSA, CERA, EA
Morneau Shepell
Partner and Practice Leader, Asset & Risk Management

Benoit Labrosse is a Partner at Morneau Shepell and is responsible for the Asset & Risk Management consulting practice in Quebec, Ontario and Western Canada. Benoit brings over 22 years of risk management experience and has broad expertise in investment consulting and pension risk management/transfer.

Benoit has consulted with several sophisticated buyers on the topic of actuarial, governance, investments and financial risk management.  Throughout his career in both Canada and the United States, he has assisted dozens of plan sponsors in balancing cost and risk by developing and implementing pension journeys involving multiple right-risking strategies involving their investment, benefit and funding policies.

Benoit holds a B.Sc. in actuarial sciences from Laval University in Canada. In addition to having earned the Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst designation, he is an enrolled actuary under ERISA and a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries.


Fees and Registration
Membership Types Regular Price
Regular membership $30.00 CDN
Associate $30.00 CDN
Student $30.00 CDN
Non Member $45.00 CDN
Cancellation Policy