Introduce Yourself - Mo Chambers



Mo Chambers

1. Why did you become an actuary?

My father was an actuary and I seemed to have inherited his affinity for mathematics, so it seemed a natural thing to do.

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

Too often, if the response is not "What’s that?", they assume that I am sort of an accountant.

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

I'd have to say my father being an actuary inspired me, since that gave me idea of what an actuary did, and that may have led, as well, to both sons to becoming actuaries.

4. What do you enjoy most about your job?

Since I am now retired, I am enjoying travel, time with our grandchildren and the ability to sleep in (though I never take advantage of it).

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

I never really considered an alternative, though at age four I wanted to be a prince.

6. What are your hobbies?

I probably have too many hobbies. Skiing would be first on the list, though with age it is becoming more "iffy". I also collect books and stamps. Mary and I do a fair bit of travelling and photography.

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

I have a broad range of music preferences, from classical, through ragtime and traditional New Orleans jazz to big band (Miller, Goodman, Ellington, Basie, Herman, Kenton), and piano jazz (Oscar Peterson, Ahmad Jamal, Dave Brubeck). I am addicted to collecting books, but would be hard pressed to pick a favourite.

8. Where is your dream vacation destination?

I have travelled a lot lately, and would like soon to visit Myanmar and Antarctica.

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

I hope I am a good listener. I am definitely an expert at wasting time!

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

I have no aspirations to be anyone else, but I would very much like to be a younger version thereof.

Morris Chambers held many positions during his career, including serving as president of the CIA and International Actuarial Association.

Canadian Institute of Actuaries/Institut canadien des actuaires