Introduce Yourself - David Ross

David Ross

1. Why did you become an actuary?

I wanted a career where I felt that if I worked hard I could achieve a lot.

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

Usually something related to risk and/or life expectancy.

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

Early on it was Byron Corner (an actuary) and later on it was Greg Boal (a non-actuary).

4. What do you enjoy most about your job?

I have worked in asset-liability management (ALM) and investments for about 20 years now and the best part is that I have to deal with something different every day. The markets are constantly changing, the liabilities are always a challenge to predict, and this means my work is never dull.

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


6. What are your hobbies?

In summer I do outdoor sports, in winter ice hockey, and we design and build projects on our lake house.

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

All forms of music, but lately I am leaning toward country. All book genres, but I am currently reading Lee Child’s Jack Reacher books. I enjoy a wide variety of film genres.

8. Where is your dream vacation destination?

Either to our lake house or Bermuda.

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

I’m not sure there is anything. I think you always need to feel that you can improve, innovate, and get better. That should be a lifelong ambition.

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

No one. It might be interesting to have lived in a different era, but I have no interest in being anyone other than myself.

David Ross is vice-president, investment strategy and ALM, at Resolution Life.

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Canadian Institute of Actuaries/Institut canadien des actuaires