Mary Kate is an actuary and Principal of Eckler Ltd. specializing in defined benefit (DB) actuarial consulting in the areas of pension valuation, modelling, and risk management. Her clients include multi-employer, large public sector, and single-employer pension plans. Since joining Eckler in 2002, Mary Kate has advised corporations, boards of directors, and boards of trustees on pension matters including all aspects of valuation, risk management and risk transfer, design, funding, and administration of pension programs.

Mary Kate is an expert in financial modelling and the development and delivery of real-time and other stochastic pension projection models, guiding pension plan clients through the review of their investment, benefits, and funding policies. Mary Kate is also a senior lead on Eckler’s Pension Risk Transfer team, the group responsible for advising Eckler’s consultants and clients across the country on risk transfer and liability hedging strategies.

She spent five years as a member of the CIA Committee on Pension Plan Financial Reporting (PPFRC), the committee responsible for making recommendations to the Actuarial Standards Board and Actuarial Guidance Council regarding professional standards and guidance for Canadian pension actuaries and, by extension, for defined benefit pension plans operating in Canada.

Mary Kate holds a Bachelor of Science, double major in Mathematics and Computer Science, from Acadia University. She is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (FCIA), a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) and is a CFA Charterholder.