John Hanson Memorial Prize

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In 1985 a prize was established by members of the CCA Board and CCA members in memory of John Hanson and his contributions to actuarial literature. The John Hanson Memorial Prize is considered on an annual basis and when awarded is for the best paper on an employee benefits topic. Anywhere from zero to three prizes may be awarded each year. A long-time Treasurer of the CCA, Mr. Hanson's papers on pension funding and accounting set the standard for this important topic.

The author need not apply to be considered for the prize and need not be a member of the CCA. The prize consists of a cash award, waiver to the Annual Meeting where the award is presented, and a plaque. The amount of the cash award is determined by the annual income on the John Hanson Fund established by John Hanson's friends, family and business associates.

The winning paper is nominated by the Hanson Prize Committee and ratified by the AERF Committee of The Actuarial Foundation. Papers are judged on appropriateness of subject material, timeliness of topic, originality and practical application to employee benefits. Eligible papers must have been published within the past two years. Papers should be submitted to the CCA office by mail or email to Those submitted by June 1st are considered for presentation at the upcoming annual meeting.

If no paper is found suitable in a year, no award is made.

The origin of this award is described in The Proceedings, Volume XXXV, pg. 772.

Hanson Prizes Awarded to Date

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2015 - Jonathan Barry Forman & Michael J. Sabin
"Tontine Pensions"

2014 - Stéphane Levert
"Sustainability of the Canadian Health Care System and Impact of the 2014 Revision to the Canada Health Transfer"

2012 - James Pierlot & Faisal Siddiqi
"Legal for Life: Why Canadians Need a Lifetime Retirement Saving Limit"

2010 - David M. MacLennan
"Benefit Adjustments for Multiple Annuity Starting Dates"

2009 - Jeremy Gold & Gordon Latter
"The Case for Marking Public Pension Plan Liabilities to Market"

2009 - Jonathan Barry Forman & Yung-Ping (Bing) Chen
"Optimal Retirement Age - Retirement 20/20: Changing the Signals"

2008 - Aaron Meder & Renato Staub
"Linking Pension Liabilities to Assets"

2007 - Donald E. Fuerst
"Risk Allocation in Retirement Plans: A Better Solution"

2006 - Jeremy Gold
"Retirement Benefits, Economics and Accounting: Moral Hazard and Frail Benefit Designs"

2004 - Edward E. Burrows
"Fixing the Pension Plan Funding Rules"

2004 - Tony Day
"Financial Economics and Actuarial Practice"

2001 - Robert L. Brown
"Impacts on Economic Security Programs of Rapidly Shifting Demographics"

2000 - Robert J. Rietz
"Early Retirement Subsidies - A Plan Whose Time Has Passed?"

1992 - E. Paul Barnhart
"1991 Long Term Care Continuance Tables"

1991 - Daniel F. McGinn
"Multiemployer Retirement Plans in the 1990s"

1987 - William H. Blake
"1985 Disability Study"