Meet The 2019-2020 Executives
Angel Yang, President
Angel Yang is a fourth-year Actuarial Science and Statistics student at the University of Waterloo, and has passed 4 preliminary exams by her third year of study. Currently, Angel is interning at Munich Re, and in the past she had also worked at Sun Life, Northbridge, and Desjardins. After Angel's past roles as the VP Case Competition and President-elect, Angel is thrilled to further enrich students' ASNA experience this year.
Liddie-Beth Palmers, President-Elect
Liddie-Beth is a third-year student at the University of Waterloo majoring in Actuarial Science. She has passed 3 SOA preliminary exams and is currently working at Willis Towers Watson in their retirement consulting practice, with previous work experience at London Life Insurance.
Within ANÉA-ASNA, Liddie-Beth has served as the Director of Marketing on the 2019 Convention Committee, Head Delegate for the University of Waterloo, and as a volunteer. As this year’s President-Elect, she is excited to work on growing ANÉA-ASNA’s mentorship program, as well as increasing the presence of the organization on Canada’s east coast so that as many students as possible get to experience the many benefits that ANÉA-ASNA has to offer.
Line Shi, Vice President Administration
Line Shi is a fourth-year student studying Actuarial and Financial Mathematics program at McMaster University. She is also one of the co-presidents of McMaster Actuarial Society this year. After passed Exam P and FM, she has the experience working in Sun Life Financial and RBC Insurance as a co-op student.
Line starts her journey with ASNA in her second year. She attended both ASNA Convention 2018 and 2019, building a lot of precious connections with employers and students from other universities. That’s why she wants to introduce ASNA to more actuarial students in Canada and help them get ready for their future career. As the Vice President of Administration this year, she is excited to meet you all in ASNA 2020 convention!
Nicolaus Wong, Vice President Finance
Nicolaus Wong is a fourth-year student at Western University pursuing an Honours Specialization in Data Science and Actuarial Science. He recently switched from Carleton University where he founded the Carleton University Actuarial Science Club and served as it’s President and Vice-President. At Western, he is continuing his passion with the Actuarial and Statistical Undergraduate Association where he also serves as an executive. He passed Exam FM/2 after his first internship at Chubb and is focused on expanding his financial acumen after his internship at Deloitte in the summer of 2019.
This year, Nicolaus holds the positions of Head Delegate at Western and Vice President of Finance for ASNA. He is focused on helping the community more this year through both his positions. Besides his time with ASNA, he is also very friendly and loves to meet other people. Feel free to say hi if you see him around.
Gina Alfi Kirollos, Vice President Communications
Gina Alfi Kirollos is a third year Concordia University student majoring in Actuarial Mathematics with a minor in Finance. She will be completing her second work term in Winter as an intern within the actuarial department at Intact situated in Montreal. She attended her first ANÉA-ASNA convention in 2018 held at Ottawa, which made her want to be even more involved within the actuarial community. It then inspired her to apply for the Future Actuary position for the ANÉA-ASNA team. She enjoyed working with the actuarial students & community so much that she wanted to take on a bit more responsibilities this year, which is why she applied for the VP Communications position. She will also attempt to be more implicated with her school’s mathematics and statistics association once her work term is done.
Gina will hold the VP Communications position for the 2019-2020 ANÉA-ASNA convention, and will ensure the content quality and translation of all announcements, e-mails and newsletters. She also aspires to promote to the best of her abilities the prominence and online visibility of ’ANÉA-ASNA with the help of the brilliant and motivated 2019-2020 ’ANÉA-ASNA team.
Neil Zhang, Vice President Case Competition
Neil Zhang is a third-year student studying Financial Analysis and Risk Management at the University of Waterloo. He played an active role within the school committee, including event planner for Math Orientation Committee as well as sponsorship role for varies of Engineering Design Teams. After attending two conventions of ASNA, he has joined the ASNA Executive Team as Vice President Case Competition.
He has attended 2 conventions of ASNA, with first being ASNA 2017 in Toronto and second being ASNA 2018 in Ottawa. This year he will design the logistics for team selection and operation of the final stage of the case competition. He loves to meet other people, so feel free to say hi if you see him around.
Mikayla Skoczny, Vice President Ontario
Mikayla is a fourth-year student at Western University pursuing an Honors Specialization in Actuarial Sciences. She loves being involved and is passionate about helping to create a closely knit community of Actuarial Sciences students. She is currently the President of the Actuarial and Statistical Undergraduate Association at Western, formerly the VP Communications. She has written both Exam P and FM and will be sitting for Exam IFM in July 2019. She has completed an internship at TD Asset Management, working in the Toronto office in Investment Risk and is currently working in TDAM's Montreal office on the Asset Liability Matching (LDI) Team.
After working as Western's head delegate for the Montreal conference and attending Ottawa, she wanted to get more involved is extremely excited to assist the Executive Team as VP Ontario. She loves making new friends and would love for you to reach out to get to know her better! Her goal is to help make this year's conference another great success and to expand the outreach of ANEA-ASNA through new member universities and through the mentorship program.
Shaharyar Noordin, Vice President West
Shaharyar Noordin is in his final year of Actuarial Mathematics at the University of Manitoba, Asper School of Business. He is currently interning at Sun Life Financial in Toronto. His past work terms were at Wawanesa Insurance, Manulife, People Corporation, and Jubilee Insurance. He has passed Exams P and FM and is aspiring to become a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries. Outside of school and work, Shaharyar likes to work out and actively takes part in sports like soccer, ping pong, and golf.
This year will be Shaharyar's second year in the ASNA's executive team as the Vice President West. He is responsible to manage the head delegates and oversee student activities from the University of Manitoba, Regina, Calgary, and Simon Fraser. This year, his goal is to maximize student attendance for the Convention, Webinars, and Peer Mentorship program for the West. He is very passionate for providing mentorship to new students joining ASNA and is focused on enhancing the student experience of actuarial students across Canada. He looks forward to meeting you all at the ASNA's 2020 convention.
Marc Abou Jaoude, Vice President Quebec
Marc Abou Jaoude is in his third year at Concordia University in Actuarial Mathematics. He has passed two actuarial exams and is planning on writing a third one during the summer. He has been working for a year at Desjardins and has an internship at Co-Operators during the fall. This will be his second time attending ASNA but his first year as an executive. Through his role of promoting ASNA in all Quebec Universities, he is excited to be part of the team and looks forward to making ASNA 2020 an amazing experience for all students.
Matt Connolly, Vice President East
Matt Connolly is a third-year Actuarial Science student at the University of Prince Edward Island. He has joined ASNA in 2019 as both the VP East and UPEI’s Head Delegate. He has found a passion in Actuarial Science, through the new program established at UPEI.
This year Matt plans to help grow ASNA in the Eastern provinces. He hopes to encourage members of the Actuarial Science community at UPEI to become more involved and take advantage of what ASNA has to offer.
Meet The Convention Committee
Nikhil Kakadiya, Convention Chair
Nikhil is a second-year Economics student at the University of Waterloo with a great passion for the insurance industry and an actuarial career path. After handling the position of Director of Logistics and Finance at ASNA 2019 and Director of Sales at ASNA 2018, he is back for the third time as the Convention Chair.
He has attended 3 ASNA conventions, starting from 2017 to 2019. This year, he strives to bring all the enthusiasm he has for the actuarial community in leading his talented team and organizing the 2020 convention. He wishes to focus on furthering the convention by continuing and expanding on the success of ASNA 2019 Montreal Convention and bringing in new ideas for the next convention.
Mbabi Tema, Director of Sponsorship
Mbabi is a third-year student studying Mathematical Studies (Business Specialisation) at the University of Waterloo. She is thrilled to, once again, serve with the ASNA convention team as the Director of Sponsorship. Her hope for this year is to foster strong relationships with the ANÉA-ASNA sponsors. Mbabi has a passion for people, and most especially aspiring actuaries. Feel free to say hi when you see her at the convention!
Dawn Zhou, Director of Logistics & Finance
Dawn Zhou is a third-year student majoring in Actuarial Science at Western University. As a curious and driven individual, she seizes every learning opportunity there is to expand her horizons by being actively involved on campus and held an executive position.
Dawn values position that is challenging and pushes her to her limit. She attended her first convention in 2019 where she also volunteered, and this year she is excited to serve as the Director of Logistic and Finance on the Convention committee. As the Director of Logistic and Finance for 2019-2020, Dawn strives to utilize her relevant skills and experience to fulfill her responsibility and aim to deliver a well-organized convention 2020.
Academically, Dawn plans to write exam P and FM in August and September 2019.
Harsh Rughani, Director of Events
Harsh Rughani is a second-year student at the University of Toronto, pursuing a double major in Actuarial Science and Economics, alongside a minor in French. He will be completing his first Actuarial internship at the Munich Re Group in the summer of 2019. He has passed Exam P and is planning for Exam FM in June 2019.
Harsh had the pleasure to volunteer for both ASNA conventions, Ottawa in 2018 and Montréal in 2019 and is excited to serve as the Director of Events for ASNA 2020, as well as the Head Delegate for the University of Toronto. He will be coordinating the events for the upcoming convention and aims to ensure that Delegates have an amazing experience and are able to get the most out of the convention.
Aditi Kuwar, Director of Marketing
Aditi is a fourth-year student at the University of Waterloo joint-majoring In Statistics and Actuarial Science. She is completing her final work term at MunichRe in Toronto, after past co-ops at Ernst and Young in New York and BMO Insurance, SwissRe and Sun Life Financial in Canada. Aditi has been a University of Waterloo delegate for ASNA 2019, and has taken on the position of Director of Marketing for ASNA 2020 because she really enjoys being involved with the conference. This year, she intends on expanding ASNA’s outreach to new actuarial students and hopes to encourage them to attend the convention and further their actuarial careers.
Maheema Keswani, Director of Operations
Maheema Keswani is a fourth-year student at the University of Waterloo. She has explored the actuarial field through co-ops in the actuarial consulting, direct insurance and reinsurance space. Her first ASNA convention in 2016 presented her with great exposure to the field and she aims to encourage other students to take advantage of the opportunities.
She joined the executive team to provide future attendees with valuable experience in the hopes of bettering the future of the actuarial industry. She encourages students to talk to as many professionals as possible as it opens the door to new possibilities.
A useful tip: If you struggle to start conversations, sign-up to be a volunteer! You’ll have people coming up to you and it’s an easier transition into a conversation.
Tiana Zhao, Director of Sales
Tiana is a second-year student at the University of Waterloo majoring in actuarial science and statistics. She has passed Exam FM and Exam P, and will be sitting on Exam IFM in November. She is involved in her school community as Vice President Academic of the Mathematics Society, website designer of the annual Quantify case competition as well as a CAS campus ambassador.
Tiana attended her first ANÉA-ASNA convention as a volunteer in Montreal in January 2019. This year, she is excited to serve as the Director of Sales of the Convention Committee. As Director of Sales, she oversees the setting up of the online registration process and in-person registration on the day of the event, ensuring it runs smoothly. She is also responsible for booking convention buses and maintaining communication with attendees in an appropriate manner.
Syed Ali Raza, Director of Design
Syed Ali Raza is a third-year student in Honours Mathematics at the University of Waterloo. He has passed SOA Exam P/1, while he will be writing his Exam FM/2 in June 2019 and Exam IFM/3 in Nov 2019.
He attended his first ASNA Convention in 2018 at Ottawa, where he worked as a Volunteer and a Photographer for the event. He had a great experience there and is ecstatic to be part of the ASNA Convention Committee for ASNA 2019-2020 as a Director of Design.
He is working at Travelers Canada this summer, and his hobbies include playing soccer, traveling and photography. He aims to make the most of his creativity and designing/editing skills for the Director of Design role. He can’t wait to get started!
Harry Qu, Director of Accommodation
Harry is a second-year statistics and actuarial science student at the University of Waterloo. He has passed exam P/1 and knows that there are many more to come! He loves working with highly-motivated people and he is passionate about helping other actuarial students in Canada. As Director of Accommodation, he hopes to ensure every guest of the 2020 Convention has a comfortable room to go back to after a long day of networking!
Kaylee Cohen, Webmaster
Kaylee is a second year Concordia University student majoring in Actuarial Mathematics with a minor in Finance. She will be the new President of MASSA, the Mathematics Actuarial and Statistics Student Association at Concordia. She is very passionate about MASSA and is very excited to see what the next year will bring. She also recently passed FM/2 in February and hopes to pass P/1 in July. After attending and volunteering at the ASNA Convention in 2019, Kaylee immediately knew she wanted to be involved in such an incredible association.
As Webmaster, Kaylee will be managing the ASNA website, keeping you all up to date with the latest news. She is looking forward to meeting all of you at the 2020 Convention. Kaylee loves to socialize and make new friends so don’t hesitate to add her on LinkedIn or say hi if ever you see her around!
Amine Ben Arous, Future Actuary
Amine Ben Arous is currently a second-year student majoring in Actuarial Mathematics at Concordia University. He is currently working at National Bank Insurance in the pricing department. Amine is also doing a research project entitled “Insurance strategies by derivative financial instruments: an approach by the artificial intelligence method” in collaboration with a TELUQ University professor. He will be interning with Sun Life in Toronto for the Winter 2020 semester. Amine passed Exam P/1 and will be sitting for Exam FM/2 in October 2019. He is also the Vice-President of Finance of MASSA, the Mathematics, Actuarial and Statistics Student Association of Concordia University.
After having an incredible experience at his first ASNA Convention in 2019, he decided to join the ANÉA-ASNA Convention Committee as Future Actuary. He will be in charge of content quality and translating all announcements, emails and newsletters. He really enjoys meeting new people so feel free to say hi if he is around!
Meet The Board of Directors
Haider Imam, Executive Director
Haider was the previous President of the Actuarial Student National Association for the 2018/19 term. He is a student at York University and will be graduating in Fall 2019, after which he will be working at Desjardins General Insurance Group as an Actuarial Analyst. During his free time, Haider enjoys bouldering and giving back to the actuarial student community.
Abina Premachandran, Convention Director
Abina is a graduate of the BMath/BBA Double Degree program offered jointly by the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University. As the Convention Chair for Montreal 2019, which was the biggest ASNA Convention thus far and has broken every record to date, she looks forward to sharing her experiences when advising the current ASNA 2020 team.
Abina has successfully obtained 5 SOA exams and is an actuarial analyst in the Health & Benefits consulting practice at Willis Towers Watson.
Victor Wang, Strategic Director
Victor Wang currently leads the Actuarial & Analytics team at PULA Advisors and serves on the Board of Directors at ANÉA-ASNA. Prior to PULA, he worked at Intact Financial Corporation and Cigna Corporation, working on car and home insurance and Obamacare, respectively. Victor received his bachelors from the University of Toronto and has published research on machine learning with the World Bank.