Actuaries and Students Team Up for Special Day

Potential actuaries have been given an insight into the profession thanks to a partnership between the CIA and a Québec youth initiative.

Earlier this month the Institute helped Jeunes Explorateurs d’un jour liaise with CIA members who were willing to invite students to spend a day with them in their offices.

Jeunes Explorateurs d’un jour enables Secondary IV and V and college-level students to explore occupations that may be of interest to them. These opportunities are available so that young people can learn about job perspectives, the environment in which they may eventually work, and the tasks professionals perform.

Once again, the annual event proved a great success: 15 high school students enjoyed a busy day discovering more about life as an actuary and what working in the profession might involve. However, nine young people from Montréal could not find a placement at local companies, and the organizers are hoping that next year more actuaries will volunteer so that every interested student can be accommodated.

The event is proving to be a great way to make students aware of actuarial science and what it can offer. In preparation for 2015, Québec actuaries are urged to learn more by visiting or e-mailing Jean-David Tremblay at

La Capitale was one of the companies that took part. Samuel Chrétien, a student at École secondaire La Camaradière, is pictured (second left) at its offices with, from left, Frédéric Joncas, actuarial services coordinator; Samuel Sauvageau, actuarial junior analyst; and Pier-Luc Boucher, development analyst.

Canadian Institute of Actuaries/Institut canadien des actuaires