Actuarial Foundation of Canada Congratulates Award Winner

Franco Quan with Al Edwards of the AFC.

The Actuarial Foundation of Canada (AFC) is pleased to congratulate the winner of the Hugh G. White Memorial Scholarship for 2013: Franco Quan, an outstanding student from the London Central Secondary School in Ontario. Franco was presented with the award by Al Edwards, Vice-chair of the AFC, at the high school’s graduation ceremony in October.

Franco’s passion for mathematics started at an early age. Over the years he has received a number of science and math awards, beginning with a Certificate of Merit in the Scientific Journey – Pathways to Discovery contest in Grade 5. His love of sports has led him to see the great potential for using data management and statistical analysis to derive information and make predictions about his favourite athletic events.

This year Franco is continuing his math studies at the University of Waterloo. Although it is still early for him to make any career decisions, he has expressed an interest in pursuing opportunities in computational mathematics, computer science, statistics, and actuarial science. A co-op term in one of these fields would provide him with useful insight for making future career decisions.

Although Franco has worked hard on his studies and achieved a great deal of academic success, he still has found time to volunteer. For three summers from 2010–2012, he enjoyed applying his knowledge of computer science at the Bit by Bit Computer Camp held at Western University.

When not studying, working or volunteering, Franco enjoys reading fantasy and science fiction, playing chess and video games, and going to the park with friends.

He reflects many of the qualities that the late Hugh White, a former Secretary-Treasurer of the CIA and a former Director of the AFC, held dear: a passion for mathematics, excellence, and education, and a desire to give back to the community. Congratulations Franco, and best wishes for your future endeavours.

Note: the Hugh G. White Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to the students at the London Central Secondary School and the Erin District High School with the highest mathematics mark from among the graduating class members who have applied and been accepted into a Canadian university program leading to a degree in actuarial science, mathematics, statistics, or computer science. For more information about the scholarship and previous winners, please visit the AFC’s website at

Canadian Institute of Actuaries/Institut canadien des actuaires