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December 2018

Actuaries of the Future, Now

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By Maryanne Bright

Having emerged as 2018’s most valuable university major, with a projected job growth rate of 22 percent by 2026 (according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics), it is no surprise that more and more students are choosing the rewarding, albeit challenging, career of actuary.

As proud supporters of the profession, seeing the growth and enthusiasm that surrounds the study of actuarial science inspires the CIA’s commitment to promoting the practice and its opportunities. Recognizing that the journey towards actuary starts young, actively engaging with students and graduates is an important part of the CIA’s mandate.

This year alone the CIA has participated in and facilitated several events and campaigns targeting Canada’s #FutureActuaries. In addition to our CIA-ASNA summer event in Montréal, we have visited universities, and reached out to high school students.  

#AskanActuary University Tour

#AskanActuary is the CIA’s annual two-month, multi-city tour visiting accredited and non-accredited universities across Canada to promote the actuarial profession to students and faculty.

Over 350 students attended the Q&A sessions with CIA staff actuaries Joseph Gabriel and Chris Fievoli to learn more about the profession, its challenges, and pathways for success.

“We experienced tremendous participation by students through significant attendance and numerous relevant questions,” says Joseph Gabriel, staff actuary, education. “It remains a pleasure and a privilege to meet the future of the profession.”

#AskanActuary at Concordia.


#AskanActuary at Laval.

Glenforest STEM Conference

The annual Glenforest STEM conference, held November 13 in Toronto, supports the advancement of students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Chris Fievoli, staff actuary, communications and public affairs, staffed the CIA booth, answering questions from high school students keen to know more about the profession.

“In the course of exposing students to the STEM topics, it’s important to ensure they know about actuarial science,” he says. “Our fear is that a lot of students who want to pursue a career in a math-related field—particularly those coming from outside major financial centres—will not know this is an option.”
Glenforest STEM Conference.


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Coming Up: 2019 ASNA “Actuary of the Future” Convention

Sponsored in part by the CIA, the Actuarial Students’ National Association (ANÉA–ASNA) Convention is the largest gathering of actuarial students, professionals, and academics in North America.

On January 18­–20, 2019 some of the industry’s best and brightest will be in Montréal for “Actuary of the Future”. Students will meet potential employers, connect with peers, and gain valuable professional insights.

Learn more about ASNA’s work at

A Strong Career Partner

As more millennials and Gen Zs take an active interest in pursuing a degree or career in actuarial science, the CIA will be there as their career partner. From providing resources that support the development from student to actuary, to ensuring their questions are always answered, we know investing in students is an investment in the future.

Maryanne Bright is the CIA’s marketing content writer.


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