Introduce Yourself - Fiona So


Fiona So


1. Why did you become an actuary?

My high school teacher and my father introduced me to the profession and after gaining experience in an actuarial department of an insurance company during high school co-op, I was hooked.

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

"Oh, like an accountant?"

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

Although I did not have a mentor, I am grateful my parents introduced me to the profession and encouraged me to pursue this career. I am also thankful for the continued support that my parents and husband have given me.

4. What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy being a part of a profession with specialized skill sets. Specifically, I enjoy working in my current role at the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI), in which I have the opportunity to meet many different actuaries and gain exposure to a wide variety of actuarial issues. Outside of my job, I also enjoy giving back to the actuarial community through volunteering for the CIA Property and Casualty Insurance Subcommittee of the Committee on Continuing Education.

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

Music teacher!

6. What are your hobbies?

Taking family vacations, spending time with my son (21 months), enjoying the Toronto harbourfront where we live.

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

I have too many! During my childhood, every movie I watched became my "all-time new favourite movie". Actuarial study manuals did not make my favourite list, unfortunately.

8. Where is your dream vacation destination?

I went on a Disney cruise with another actuarial family in May. It was a great chance to celebrate post-exam!

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

I have perfect pitch and can play back music that I hear! Not particularly helpful in career advancement though!

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

I would love to be my son for a day. He is a happy little guy and always full of laughter. His life is simple and carefree. Everything and everyone makes him smile.

Fiona So is an actuarial consultant in OSFI’s actuarial division.

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