Kathleen Thompson, FCIA

Kathleen Thompson, FCIA

Five Questions is a regular feature that explores the person behind the actuary, through his or her interests outside of the profession. Kathleen Thompson, vice-president, risk management at The Empire Life Insurance Company and Vice-chair of the Enterprise Risk Management Applications Committee, is a Fellow of the CIA. Her interests also include tole painting and gardening.  

1. How do you spend your free time?

I like spending my time tole painting, gardening, reading (I love mysteries), watching movies (James Bond and Harry Potter are a few of my favourites) or going for walks on our property.

2. What does your perfect day look like?

My perfect day would start with a leisurely breakfast of bacon and eggs, followed by a long walk on the property with my husband and dog. It would end with some kind of BBQ dinner and a movie.

3. If you won the lottery, what would you do?

I would pay off my mortgage and any other debts, and then I’d be off to Hawaii with my nieces—we have an ongoing joke about running away to Hawaii!

4. How would you like to be remembered?

I would like to be remembered as someone who took the time to share her knowledge with others, who was always willing to listen and learn, and was a good mentor and friend.

5. What is your favourite memory?

It is hard to pick one—my wedding day for sure—it was a bright sunny day in February and I was surrounded by family and friends. Others would be the multiple trips to Disney World in Florida with some combination of my mom, dad, sister, brother, nieces and nephew—I love Disney, especially Winnie the Pooh!

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