Dr. Bonnie Jeanne MacDonald

Director of Research for Financial Security, National Institute on Ageing

Bonnie-Jeanne MacDonald, PhD FCIA FSA, is the director of Financial Security Research at the National Institute on Ageing (NIA), Toronto Metropolitan University. She is also a fellow of the Society of Actuaries, a fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries, and the resident scholar at Eckler Ltd. Her research focuses on the financial and health aspects of Canada’s ageing population. Bringing together leading industry experts and building on academic best practices coupled with innovative ideas, her work aims to improve retirement financial security for Canadians through practical insights, industry innovations and government solutions. She has published numerous academic papers on a wide variety of topics relating to retirement financial security for Canadians. Her research contributions have received numerous awards and have been adopted by industry and government, in Canada and around the world. She is a prolific keynote speaker at industry and public policy engagements and a regular contributor to the Globe and Mail. A recipient of the 2001 Gold Medal in Actuarial Science at the University of Western Ontario, Bonnie-Jeanne received her FSA in 2004 and FCIA in 2019, and also holds a PhD in Actuarial Mathematics from Scotland’s Heriot-Watt University. In 2011, she was chosen one of Canada’s top young economists and attended the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany.