Students Enjoy Quest into World of Actuarial Science

Students and actuaries enjoyed five days together at Western University.

An invitation to learn about actuarial science over five interesting days found a willing and eager audience among high school students.

Western University held the Actuarial Summer Quest to offer young people an insight into the profession and what it involves, inviting those with an A in grade 10 or 11 math to apply. Twenty students were selected to participate, and attended the university last month for a broad range of events.

The first three days included introductory sessions on actuarial mathematics and financial security, a students’ panel, a panel of actuaries discussing their careers, and lessons on developing communication skills. The following day was spent job-shadowing actuarial employees at London Life, and the event closed with a day of presentations in which each student gave a five-minute précis of what they learned at London Life. Janine Noorloos was delighted to be awarded an iPad for giving the best presentation.

Many participants clearly demonstrated that they had gathered a lot of information during their visit, and more than a few had good things to say about a potential actuarial career. The actuaries who took part included Chris Fievoli, Stephen Eadie, Kelley McKeating, and Alix Chisholm.

The Quest was supported by the CIA and Actuarial Foundation of Canada, besides London Life, and Western was very appreciative of the assistance provided by all three organizations. Plans to hold the event again are now underway.

CIA resident actuary Chris Fievoli was among those who gave the students an insight into the actuarial profession.

Canadian Institute of Actuaries/Institut canadien des actuaires