Events & Webinars

February 18, 2021 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Eastern)

February APEX Webinar - Selecting Predictors in a Multi-Dimensional World

Thursday, February 18, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern (1:00 p.m. Central)

Registration is now open for the Pinnacle APEX Webinar, Selecting Predictors in a Multi-Dimensional World: Approaches to identifying the best candidate variables from a long list and reducing dimensionality.

Quality in, quality out. This Pinnacle APEX Webinar will discuss how to choose the best variables for use in a predictive model. Gaetan Veilleux and Joey Sveda will explore several different approaches. Additionally, they will discuss how to construct new and useful variables by combining the information contained in several variables into just one or two variables. For this, Gaetan and Joey will feature the principal components analysis method.

We encourage interaction with our presenters; please feel free to submit questions before the webinar to: We will address them during the presentation as time allows. You will also have the ability to submit questions in "real-time" during the session.

This webinar may qualify for up to one hour of continuing education.


Gaétan R. Veilleux, FCAS, MAAA, CSPA, is a senior consulting actuary with Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, working from Edmonds, Washington. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music performance from the University of Miami. He has been in the property/casualty insurance industry since 1989. Gaetan has considerable experience in all aspects of predictive modeling for both personal and commercial lines of insurance. He has been involved in this analytic work since 2001. His modeling efforts include pricing/ratemaking, underwriting scorecard, demand, claims analytic models, survey, territory rating/geospatial smoothing, econometric loss trend models and telematics and smart home analytics.

Joey Sveda, ACAS, MAAA, is an associate actuary with Pinnacle in the Bloomington, Illinois, office. He holds Bachelor of Business Administration degrees in actuarial science, risk management and mathematics from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He has worked in the property/casualty industry since 2018 and is an Associate of the CAS. Joey has experience in assignments involving Predictive Analytics, including personal lines pricing, retention modeling, and stochastic simulation.


Pinnacle Actuarial Resources offers webinars to provide relevant, thought-provoking and practical ideas and information on current issues in the insurance and financial services industries. Pinnacle's monthly APEX webinars are typically available on the third Thursday of each month at 2 p.m. ET free of charge. Participants may submit questions electronically during the sessions.

About Pinnacle
Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, Inc. is an independent actuarial and management consulting firm that’s large enough to provide a wealth of expertise and world-class solutions—yet small enough to be flexible, timely and cost-effective. Owned by our professional staff, Pinnacle ranks among the largest property-casualty actuarial firms in North America. Our Commitment Beyond Numbers philosophy is built on four foundational pillars, empathetic customer service, superior communication, expertise and better business decisions, that guide us to find the right solutions for our clients.


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