Prize Solution Ends First Year of CIA Classroom Project

From left: Valerie Nelson, Li Li Lin, Aravinth Jebanesan, and Monique Lewis.

The Back 2 School program was initiated by the CIA during its 50th anniversary year to help spread knowledge and awareness of the actuarial profession among high school students. In response we had members volunteer from across Canada to present to more than 1,000 high school math students about what it is that actuaries do. We would like to thank all those who took the time to connect with local high schools and make the presentations.

The program was a great success and the feedback we received was very positive. Our volunteer actuaries enjoyed the opportunity to potentially inspire a new set of future financial professionals, and young people and teachers benefited from a chance to ask questions and learn about the career options available. Consequently Back 2 School is due to continue in the next academic year.

As part of the initiative, we developed the Million Dollar Problem contest for students, who could compete for the prize of an iPad Air. We received 24 entries from high schools and other institutions, and 20 people solved the problem. Aravinth Jebanesan, a grade 11 student from L’Amoreaux Collegiate Institute in Scarborough, ON, took home the prize. He was inspired to enter by a presentation from CIA Associate Li Li Lin, and joined her, teacher Monique Lewis, and principal Valerie Nelson at the presentation of his iPad.

Canadian Institute of Actuaries/Institut canadien des actuaires