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A Letter from the President

Hello everyone and welcome to the Actuarial Students’ National Association website!

We are a student organization, established with the primary purpose of providing professional and peer support to all the students in the Canadian actuarial community. Since ANÉA-ASNA was founded 26 years ago, the association has steadily grown to be the largest organization of actuarial students in North America with regards to the number of member universities and sponsors, and most importantly, student engagement. We have taken big leaps towards achieving our objective of assisting fellow actuarial students and have established a respected brand within the Canadian actuarial community.

The magnanimous support and aid from the Canadian Institute of Actuaries and all of our other sponsors makes the functioning of this organization smooth and efficient. We have recently entered into a joint venture with the Canadian Institute of Actuaries to ensure their continued partnership in implementing new initiatives by ANÉA-ASNA, with the purpose of providing ever increasing levels of support to all of our members nationwide. This relationship has been nurtured with the CIA with strong amity for the past two decades and with the 50th anniversary of the CIA being celebrated this year, we hope to strengthen the bond for years to come.

As we take on the challenges of providing guidance to our members amidst rapidly changing educational and exam requirements, and in accordance with the needs and expectations of employers, I invite you, as an aspiring actuarial student, to be part of this association. You will be challenged to develop as a professional and as a leader, all while building your network.

I hope to see you at our annual convention to be held at Niagara Falls from January 8th to January 10th, 2016. Be a part of the largest actuarial gathering for students in North America; where professional networking, peer engagement and discussion of the vital issues faced by our industry all happen under one roof.

I wish everyone best of luck until we meet! Should you have any questions about the organization or would like to talk about the field itself, I am always available via e-mail at


Siddhesh Pawar

President, Actuarial Students’ National Association

A Message from the CIA President

I attended ASNA during my last year in University. Excellent networking opportunity! Highly recommended!
Ricky Chu, Actuarial Associate, Individual Insurance Valuation; Manulife Financial
The ASNA Convention in Quebec City in 2010 was a great opportunity for us at Sun Life to meet the actuaries of the tomorrow. We were able to share the Sun Life story with a diverse range of strong candidates during thecareer fair and are looking forward to returning to ASNA in 2011.
Martin Reeves, FSA, FCIA, AVP, Fixed Annuity Business; Sun Life Financial
ASNA does an excellent job at providing a collegial and friendly conference where credentialed actuaries, actuarial students, employers and those seeking employment can share experiences and network.
Stephen Camilli, FSA, Vice President, Actuarial Publications and Content; ACTEX Publications
L’ANÉA parvient d’une excellente façon à offrir un congrès collégial et sympathique permettant à des actuaires qualifiés, à des étudiants en actuariat, à des employeurs et à des personnes à la recherche d’un emploi de partager des expériences et de faire du réseautage.
Stephen Camilli, FSA, vice-président, publications et contenu actuariels, ACTEX Publications
La société Munich Re est impliquée auprès de l’ANÉA depuis de nombreuses années et est toujours impressionnée par le niveau de talent qui s’y trouve. L’ANÉA offre une remarquable occasion de réseautage tant aux étudiants qu’aux professionnels de l’industrie. Nous avons déjà hâte au congrès de l’an prochain!
Renée Walkom, spécialiste de la gestion des talents, Munich Re
ASNA 2015 Montreal was a valuable opportunity for our company to meet with some of the brightest up-and-coming Actuaries in Canada. This was a great chance for us to provide students with advice on the tools necessary to break into the market. We look forward to attending future ASNA conventions.
Adam Noreen, Recruiter, Entry-Level Actuarial Recruitment; DW Simpson
Le congrès de l’ANÉA 2015 à Montréal a offert à notre entreprise une précieuse occasion de faire connaissance avec les futurs actuaires les plus brillants du Canada. Il nous a donné la possibilité de fournir aux étudiants des conseils concernant les outils nécessaires pour percer dans le marché. Nous sommes enthousiastes à l’idée de prendre part aux futurs congrès de l’ANÉA.
Adam Noreen, recruteur, recrutement actuariel de premier échelon, DW Simpson
This was our 2nd year at ASNA and we continue to be impressed by how great of a conference the organizers put together! The presentations covered an extensive variety of topics and the students were some of the most qualified. We would recommend ASNA for all actuarial companies and students alike!
Michael Leggett and Emilia Witt, Actuarial Recruiter, Ezra Penland Actuarial Recruitment
C’était notre deuxième année de participation au congrès de l’ANÉA et nous sommes toujours impressionnés du niveau de qualité que les organisateurs ont réussi à atteindre! Les présentations ont abordé une grande variété de sujets et les étudiants étaient parmi les plus qualifiés. Nous recommandons l’ANÉA à la fois à toutes les firmes d’actuariat et aux étudiants!
Michael Leggett et Emilia Witt, recruteurs, Ezra Penland Actuarial Recruitment
The 2015 ASNA was conference was well attended and organized. Students were enthusiastic and asked insightful questions to the many participating employers about the profession and career opportunities. I felt students would benefit by attending the conference.
Rob Stapleford, President-elect; Canadian Institute of Actuaries
The ASNA convention is a wonderful opportunity for the CIA to connect with our actuarial professionals of the future. The convention is always well organized and 2015 was no exception. The ASNA executive team should be very proud of their accomplishments!
Alicia Rollo, Director, Membership, Education and Professional Development; Canadian Institute of Actuaries
Le congrès de l’ANÉA offre à l’ICA une occasion formidable d’entrer en contact avec les professionnels de l’avenir en actuariat. Le congrès est toujours bien organisé et celui de 2015 ne faisait pas exception. L’équipe de direction de l’ANÉA peut être très fière de ses réalisations!
Alicia Rollo, directrice, adhésion, éducation et perfectionnement professionnel, Institut canadien des actuaires
We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at the 2015 ASNA Convention. There were ample opportunities to network with the record number of attendees, especially during the Career Fair. Congratulations to the organizers on a successful conference – we are already making plans to attend in 2016!
Mike Boa, Chief Communications Officer, Casualty Actuarial Society
Nous avons adoré l’intégralité de notre expérience à l’occasion du congrès 2015 de l’ANÉA. Celui-ci nous a offert d’amples occasions de faire du réseautage avec le nombre record de participants, en particulier dans le cadre de la foire des carrières. Félicitations aux organisateurs pour ce congrès couronné de succès. Nous planifions déjà notre participation en 2016!
Mike Boa, directeur des communications, Casualty Actuarial Society
We were impressed with the many promising young people we met at the 2015 ASNA 3 day convention in January. It was a great opportunity to discuss the possible careers available in the different businesses of Optimum Group and to network with the next generation of actuaries. We found students attending the event to be curious, eager and highly motivated and we hope the information we provided on the various actuarial paths at Optimum has helped them in their career choices. We are looking forward to a continued relationship with ASNA.
Optimum Re
Nous avons été impressionnés par le nombre de jeunes gens prometteurs que nous avons rencontrés lors du congrès de trois jours de l’ANÉA tenu en janvier 2015. Celui-ci nous a offert une excellente occasion de discuter des possibilités de carrière offertes dans les diverses entreprises d’Optimum Group et de faire du réseautage avec les actuaires de la prochaine génération. Nous avons trouvé les étudiants qui prenaient part à l’événement curieux, avides et très motivés et nous espérons que les renseignements que nous leur avons transmis au sujet des divers cheminements actuariels chez Optimum les ont aidés dans leurs choix de carrière. Nous comptons poursuivre notre relation avec l’ANÉA.
Optimum Re
I was heartened by the high quality of attendees who were very knowledgeable, focused and eager to engage in conversation. At ASNA, the SOA sponsored a case study where teams were presented complex, real-life issues a chief actuary may face, e.g., grow sales of Product X profitability while maintaining risks within established margins, and prepare and make a presentation to the board. Observing the process, I saw team members fully engaged and competing with fierce determination.
Errol Cramer, SOA 2014-15 President, Chief Actuary at Allstate; Society of Actuaries
As a Diamond Sponsor, the Society of Actuaries held a case competition in which students had to apply knowledge of enterprise risk management and data analytics to solve issues for fictional company "Zen Life." In addition to demonstrating actuarial knowledge and skills, finalists had to find the courage to present their findings to attendees and judges! I was impressed with the networking skills of this generation of future actuaries who walked up to us with the poise and determination to introduce themselves and to find out more about the actuarial profession.
Emilie Bouchard, SOA Staff Fellow—Canadian Membership; Society of Actuaries
À titre de commanditaire de catégorie diamant, la Society of Actuaries a organisé un concours d’étude de cas dans le cadre duquel les étudiants devaient mettre en pratique leurs connaissances en gestion du risque d’entreprise et en analyse de données pour résoudre les problèmes de la « Zen Life », une entreprise fictive. En plus de faire la démonstration de leur savoir et de leurs compétences en matière d’actuariat, les finalistes ont dû trouver le courage de présenter leurs observations aux participants et aux juges! J’ai été impressionnée par les habiletés de réseautage de cette génération de futurs actuaires, qui se sont présentés à nous avec assurance et détermination et qui souhaitaient en savoir plus au sujet de la profession actuarielle.
Émilie Bouchard, Fellow attitrée à l’effectif canadien, Society of Actuaries

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