Back to School Becomes Annual Project

Last year, the CIA ran the Back to School project as a special 50th Anniversary venture to help spread knowledge and awareness of the actuarial profession among high school students. CIA members from across Canada volunteered to make presentations to high school math students. The results were so good that we decided to make the project part of the CIA’s annual plan.

Last year, 18 members made 28 presentations to a total audience of 1,100 students. The presentations ranged from small groups in classrooms to auditoriums with over 100 students. There was a problem solving contest, The Million Dollar Problem, and 24 students completed the calculations and entered the contest to win an iPad.

Once again we are asking interested members to get involved by contacting the head of a high school mathematics department and offer to speak to a grade 10–12 class. This could be the school that your own child attends, another one in your community, or maybe the high school you attended, especially if you grew up in a remote area where actuaries do not traditionally work.

The Institute has a Back to School package to help volunteers deliver a consistent message. The package includes a guide on how to arrange a visit, a PowerPoint presentation, short clips from movies that help introduce broad topic areas for discussion to a teen audience. As well, there is a new Million Dollar Problem contest, with this year’s prize being an iPad Air 2.

For more information or to get involved in the 2016 Back to School Project, please contact Eric Mastropietro at

Canadian Institute of Actuaries/Institut canadien des actuaires