Section Council members represent one of the largest leadership groups of the Society of Actuaries (SOA). Each of the SOA’s 20 sections are led by a council of 9–12 elected council members that help shape the activities and professional development programs within each professional Section. Generally, Section Council members serve a three-year term.
Each year, about one third of Section Council members complete their elected roles and new council members are elected. Section Council members are typically SOA members.
The Joint Risk Management Section is the one exception to this rule as it is jointly sponsored by the Casualty Actuarial Society, the Canadian Institute of Actuaries and the SOA. Members of all three organizations can run for Section Council and vote.
Running for a seat on a Section Council and volunteering with a Section are great ways to connect with colleagues who share your interests. It provides an opportunity for growth, collaboration, communication and leadership skills.
Currently the Section structure is under review and a community structure is being piloted. All Sections, including those in the pilot (Modeling, Technology, and Predictive Analytics and Futurism) will be holding Section elections in 2022. If the Section structure is revised, all Section Council members will have a role within the new structure.
Section Council members can choose from a variety of positions. They may serve as officers, manage publications, coordinate meeting sessions, conduct research, or coordinate the Section’s social media.
Section Council members participate in monthly council conference calls and may be asked to:
- Attend one or two face-to-face council meetings per year.
- Participate in webcasts that cover strategic and operational topics, and/or write an article or paper, make a presentation, organize continuing education meetings and events or lead a section research project group.
Section Council members are expected to provide thoughtful leadership to guide Sections. They encourage and support the career and personal development of individuals who are interested in the Section mission and goals. The Section Council members offer a keen eye towards education, collaboration, sharing resources, and networking. For additional information, view the position opportunities and criteria.
You must be an SOA member in good standing and a member of the Section for which you would like to run, except for the Joint Risk Management Section, as it is jointly sponsored by the Casualty Actuarial Society, the Canadian Institute of Actuaries and the SOA, and members from all three organizations can run for Section Council and vote. Here are the steps taken in the SOA Section election process.
- Complete the Expression of Interest form.
- Discuss your involvement and interest with current Section leaders who will contact you directly.
- If you are chosen to be on a Section ballot, a webcast will be held on Thursday, June 9, to explain the candidate process.
- Complete a candidate questionnaire and provide a photo to be posted on the SOA website.
- Results will be communicated via phone. If you cannot be reached by phone, the SOA will notify you by email.
- Elected Section Council members will be announced on the SOA website and take office at the end of the 2022 Annual Meeting.
It’s time to make your choices. Fellows and associates are eligible to vote. Voting is confidential and anonymous.
The 2022 Board and Section election will be open from August 22–September 9. Eligible voters receive ballots via email and votes are anonymous. Votes are counted by an independent vendor.
Keep these important dates in mind for this year’s election process.
May 31, 2022: Expression of Interest form due
June 9, 2022: Candidate webcast
June 23, 2022: Candidate questionnaire due
Mid to late July: Candidate information posted on SOA website
August 22–September 9, 2022: SOA Section election period
September 14–21, 2022: Election results announced
Post-Election (Date TBD): New Council Members Orientation webcast
October 26, 2022: Elected members take office
View past Section Council election candidates and results from 2021.