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December 2014

Introduce Yourself - Thomas Drolet

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Thomas Drolet

1. Why did you become an actuary?

Because I was good at math, and because my dad knew this he introduced me to the actuarial world. Without him I might not even know what an actuary is.

2. When you tell people you’re an actuary, what do they think you do?

I crunch numbers and analyze statistics. They think actuaries are boring math experts with no personality.

3. Who has inspired you the most during your career? Did you have a mentor in your early career?

My dad has always been my model and kind of a career mentor.

4. What do you enjoy most about your job?

It’s a blend of everything: technical skills, analytical skills, business skills, communication skills, and social skills. It’s a combination of all these skills that allow me to win more business and serve my clients better.

5. What career would you follow if you weren’t an actuary?

Probably finance or general accounting.

6. What are your hobbies?

Soccer, running, travelling, going out with friends, going to sports events.

7. What is your favourite music, book, and film?

Music: I like a bit of everything, but right now I like house music a lot.
Book: I am a big fan of Dan Brown’s books. As for business reading, my favorite book is Blue Ocean Strategy. It’s a marketing book that everyone should read. I also like Jack Welch’s autobiography: Jack, Straight from the Gut. He is the former CEO of General Electric.
Film: I like movies based on true stories and biographies. Lord of War is my favorite movie in this category. I also like comedies. The American Pie series or Wedding Crashers are my favorite comedies.

8. Where is your dream vacation destination?

It may sound funny but I would love to visit northern Canada and/or Alaska. I don’t mind cold weather.

9. What do you do better than anyone you know?

I am very good at bringing the best out of my colleagues. I help them shine and surpass themselves. It’s not always easy but I feel this is what I am the best at.

10. If you could be anybody else, alive or dead, who would it be, and why?

I would probably be a soccer player: Zinedine Zidane. What a player and a gentleman. This guy was truly an ambassador for soccer and a gentleman on and off the field. I followed him throughout his whole career and he always made me dream. Everything looked so easy for him.

Thomas Drolet works as an investment specialist in group savings and retirement at Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services.


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