Introduce Yourself - Steve O'Grady

Steve O’Grady

1. Why did you become an actuary?

At the time it was the only job to do with a math degree.

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

Some think I’m an actor. Others think I do something very boring at an insurance company.

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

I can honestly say that I have never been inspired by anyone. I have never had a mentor.

4. What do you enjoy most about your job?

Driving to work.

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

Blues musician.

6. What are your hobbies?

Playing jazz piano, golf, crossword puzzles.

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

Music: jazz/blues.

Book: The Art of Always Being Right.

Movie: The Maltese Falcon.

8. Where is your dream vacation destination?

North Vancouver.

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

I fill in surveys better than anyone else I know.

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

Oscar Peterson. I want to play jazz piano like he did.

Steve O’Grady is a senior consulting actuary at Westcoast Actuaries.


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