Governor Jim Douglas will be awarded the Ordre national du Québec (the National Order of Quebec) during a ceremony at the National Assembly of Québec on Thursday, March 11. The Ordre national du Québec is the highest honor awarded by the government of Québec. Instituted in 1984, it consists of three grades – Grand Officer, Officer and Knight – and is presented to Quebecers for outstanding achievements and actions that support Québec, its language and culture. The Premier of Québec may recommend an eminent individual who is not a Québec resident to be awarded the Ordre. Governor Douglas will be awarded the Officer’s Insignia.Others who have received the Ordre include former French President Jacques Chirac, scientist and entrepreneur Francesco Bellini, hockey stars Mario Lemieux and Maurice “Rocket” Richard and singer Celine Dion. For more information about the Ordre national du Québec you can visit http://www.ordre-national.gouv.qc.ca/(link is external).Source: Governor’s office. 3.9.2010.###
Philip Shier has been elected chair of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority’s (EIOPA) pension stakeholder group, following the resignation of Benne van Popta.Aon Hewitt actuary Shier, who was appointed to the Occupational Pensions Stakeholder Group (OPSG) in 2011 and reappointed in 2013, will serve out the remainder of Van Popta’s two-and-a-half-year term.IPE understands that members of the OPSG elected him during the group’s first meeting of the year, held in EIOPA’s offices in Frankfurt on 9 March.Shier beat one other candidate to the position. He has previously been an outspoken supporter of the OPSG and warned that EIOPA’s stakeholder group would come to be dominated by insurance issues if the European Commission accepted proposals to merge the insurance group and its pensions counterpart.EIOPA chairman Gabriel Bernardino previously told IPE he was in favour of retaining the two groups focused on insurance and pensions matters, respectively.Van Popta resigned earlier this year to focus on his other responsibilities, which include chairing Dutch metal workers fund PMT and Detailhandel, the scheme for retail sector workers in the Netherlands.He was elected chair in October 2013, succeeding the OPSG’s inaugural chair Chris Verhaegen. Janwillem Bouma, director of the pensions office at Shell Netherlands, was named as his replacement in late January.In addition to serving on the OPSG, Shier has been president of the Society of Actuaries in Ireland and a member and later chairman of the Groupe Consultatif Actuariel Européen’s pensions committee.The organisation, now known as the Actuarial Association of Europe, elected Shier as its vice-chairman in 2014.OPSG members can only serve one term as chair of the group, and IPE understands Shier’s tenure would preclude him from seeking a full term in 2016.Shier was unavailable for comment at time of publication.
Rafael Nadal, one of the world’s most famous tennis players, has had an awkward moment at the entrance to the Paris Masters courts.A guard initially failed to recognise him and refused to allow him in.“Hello sir, have you got your pass?” the security guard asked the world’s number one tennis player, and a surprised Nadal responded: “I don’t have it with me.” The guard asked Nadal who he was and got the famous name in response.The Spaniard was then immediately allowed through to the training courts.The awkward moment was captured by French Canal+ Sport TV.Nadal later pulled out from the tournament with a knee injury before facing Serbian player Filip Krajinovic in the quarter-finals on Friday..In the finale of the Paris Masters on Sunday, American player Jack Sock won his first Masters 1000 title after beating qualifier Krajinovic.Nadal, 31, widely regarded as one of the greatest tennis players in history, has won 16 grand slams, two Olympic gold medals, and four Davis Cups with the Spanish national team.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram