Rob Brown
Rob Brown was Professor of Actuarial Science at the University of Waterloo for 39 years and a past President of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries.

He is currently an expert advisor with, a comprehensive and non-partisan online resource designed to help journalists covering health policy issues in Canada.

Entries by Rob Brown

Why Australia's Pension Reform Won't Work for Ontario

(2) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 5:59 PM

In a recent nation-wide commentary, authors Charles Lammam and Stephen Kirchner of the Fraser Institute urge Ontario to adopt an Australian model of pension provision instead of expanding the Canada Pension Plan as proposed in the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan. This creates an interesting debate as...

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What I Learned About Our Healthcare System While Waiting for Hip Surgery

(31) Comments | Posted August 28, 2015 | 12:49 PM

I spent my life teaching actuarial science at a university. As a result, I calculated lots of numbers: averages, expected values, variances. But, they were only numbers. What I didn't see was the individual human story behind each calculation.

But now that I am the human face within one these...

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The Pros and Cons of an Expanded Canada Pension Plan

(16) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 5:37 PM

A new report came out this week that reiterates what we've heard from other sources a few times now: Canadians aren't saving nearly enough for retirement. The Deputy Chief Economist of the CIBC warns that without pension reform now, younger workers today will see a steep decline in...

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The Shocking Truth? More Health Care Doesn't Mean Better Health

(3) Comments | Posted September 11, 2012 | 7:44 AM

We have experienced remarkable improvements in life expectancy over the past 100 years. Reasons for this include: sanitary drinking water, pasteurized milk, safe sewage disposal, work safety, higher standards of living, better education and cures for, or immunization against, many communicable diseases (e.g., small pox, diphtheria).

Readers may question why...

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Expanding CPP Is Easier Said Than Done

(0) Comments | Posted July 4, 2011 | 12:45 PM

Had I suggested just 15 years ago that we should expand the Canada Pension Plan to provide larger benefits on a broader range of wages, I would have been laughed out of town.

Prior to 1998, the CPP was seen as leaning against death's door. Young Canadians were told to...

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