2004 Toronto

2004 Toronto


ASNA’s 2004 convention was held from January 9th to 11th at the Hilton in Toronto. The convention, finance and publicity committees did a great job organising this educational and fun weekend. More than 330 actuarial students from all across Canada attended the convention this year, as well as about 50 representatives from actuarial employers.

The convention’s theme this year was "Traditional & Emerging Actuarial Fields: A guide through the market". Students had the opportunity to hear speakers on a variety of topics along this them.

Schedule of 2004 Convention

Mike Lombardi
CIA President
Opening Speech

Malcolm Hamilton 
Speaker for semi-formal dinner

Thomas J. Walker 
Actuarial Work is Fun!

Steve Bonnar 
Towers Perrin
 Financial Economics and Pension Consulting

Bob Morand 
D.W. Simpson
How to Prepare, Interview and Land Your First Actuarial Job

Rahim Hirji 
Manulife Financial

John A. Barnett 
Sun Life Financial 
Sun Life and International Opportunities

Speakers (French)
Normand Gendron 
Actuarial Student Programs from an Employer's point of view

Éric D'Amours
Towers Perrin 
International Mergers and Acquisitions

Christian Rousseau 
Consulting and the Globalisation of Markets

Chantal Bray 
Principal Financial Group
2005 Exam System

The recipients of ASNA’s 2004 Canadian Involvement Award were also chosen and announced at the convention. The students chosen for this award were:

1st place: Ziad Semaan, Université du Québec à Montréal
2nd place: Diana Chisholm, University of Waterloo
3rd place: Évelyne Giguère, Concordia University

More information on ASNA's 2004 Canadian Involvement Award

The activities of the convention included a club night, a semi-formal dinner and a casino night, where a DVD player, a Sony Atrac CD player and a Sony Minidisc player were given away. Another lucky draw was made at the closing ceremony, and the winner was Baiyu Chen from Concordia.

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

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