Introduce Yourself - Geoffrey Hancock


Geoffrey Hancock

1. Why did you become an actuary?

I believe it is a higher calling since we devote our skills to design products and systems to protect people over long periods of time. I am incredibly proud of that responsibility.

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

Usually, figure out when people die, but more seriously, calculate premiums.

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

I have a few, but in terms of a fellow actuary: Shane Chalke. He really influenced how I thought about the insurance business and how I interact with clients. John Manistre has also been inspirational in thinking through tough problems.

4. What do you enjoy most about your job?

Working with clients on business issues.

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

Well, a professional skier of course! More realistically: a professor. I love teaching.

6. What are your hobbies?

Alpine skiing, long-distance running, and working with dogs.

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

Metal (lots to choose from!), The Golden Spruce, and Terminator 2. Lots of explanation behind those! T2 because I think James Cameron is a brilliant director and it was just so much fun to watch.

8. Where is your dream vacation destination?

A cold, snowy place where I can ski or enjoy the wonder of cold. The interior of British Columbia.

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

Translate difficult concepts between different constituencies—actuaries, senior management, investment professionals, accountants, etc.

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

Stuart Adamson, as I think he was a musical genius, but I think being Gauss would have been interesting.

Geoffrey Hancock is president and CEO of Caliper Ridge.

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