Monday, August 13, 2012

2012 Actuarial Research Conference - Winnipeg

I was in Winnipeg on August 1-4 for the Actuarial Research Conference.  It was a great programme that filled 2 1/2 days (the abstracts can be found at ARC Program).  Apart from the talks and presentations, highlights included:

  • Catching up with our U of R interns and alum at Great West Life (GWL).  Shelby Herman and Lauren Mazurkewitz have just started their 16 month internship in May of 2012 and they seem to be settling in well and having a great experience with GWL.  Kali Spencer is a 2010 U of R GRad and recent ASA/ACIA who has followed up a GWL internship with a full time job on graduation.
  • A dinner on Thursday night celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Actuarial Program at University of Manitoba (at U of R we still have 88 years to go).  This was linked to the conference and held at U of M, but there were a lot of local actuaries from Winnipeg, including Shelby and Lauren who went as part of the GWL contingent.
  • A dinner at the Manitoba Club featuring very good entertainment in the form of jazz croonings from Sam Broverman (head of the Actuarial program at U of T).  I particularly enjoyed his take on "Accentuate the Positive" with new lyrics to fit the CIA's accreditation policy.
  • Catching up an net working with academic actuaries from across the US and Canada.

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