Lies They Told Me about Being an Actuary and Other Tall Tales

On August 30, 70 people attended Lies They Told Me about Being an Actuary and Other Tall Tales, a joint networking event sponsored by the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (CIA) and the Actuarial Students’ National Association (ASNA).

Held at the Mill Street Brew Pub in Toronto’s historic Distillery District, FCIA Trevor Cartlidge, a senior consulting actuary at Willis Towers Watson, entertained the crowd with personal stories of screw-ups, dumb moves, and how misinformation changed his life.

The event, a mix of students and CIA members, was a great opportunity for networking and bringing together the actuaries of tomorrow with the actuaries of today. “It was really exciting to see so many actuaries and future actuaries come out,” said ASNA president Victor Wang. “We really attracted a diverse crowd, both of students from schools such as Western, York, Toronto, Waterloo, and more, as well as actuaries from a huge range of employers across the GTA [greater Toronto area].”

Students at the event welcomed the opportunity to make new contacts and hear Mr. Cartlidge’s perspective, the secrets to his success, and the essential toolkit for the actuary of the future. “The event was a welcome opportunity to connect with the Toronto actuarial community,” said Michal Malyska, a statistics specialist student at the University of Toronto. “It was also exciting to be able to explore the Distillery District during the event.”

“It was an excellent opportunity to bring current and future CIA members together in a relaxed atmosphere,” said Alicia Rollo, CIA director, education and professional development. “Trevor was highly entertaining while giving the actuarial students some important food for thought.”

Ms. Rollo adds that the CIA greatly values its close relationship with ASNA and that this could be an annual end-of-summer event in addition to the CIA’s regular sponsorship of the ASNA convention each January.

“We love how this event turned out, and look forward to collaborations with the CIA in the coming years,” added Haider Imam, ASNA president-elect.

Canadian Institute of Actuaries/Institut canadien des actuaires