2001-2002 Statistics and Actuarial Science Endowment Award

Andrew Loach

This award is presented to a student in the major/honor program with high academic standing.

"In Fall of 1998 I entered Simon Fraser University, having been accepted into the Mathematics Major program. Among the deciding factors which drew me here, so far from southwest Ontario where I'd been living for the past ten years, were SFU's well-developed co-op program and the existence of a program in actuarial science, which I had heard could be among the more practical applications of my mathematical talents."

"I think I've made the most of the opportunities offered, having changed my major to Actuarial Science once the major program came into existence, and having participated with quite positive results in the co-op program. In addition to these factors I was able to fit a year's exchange to the University of Oslo into my study schedule, and take up the sport of fencing in my spare time. With all I feel I've done, it is almost surprising that I will be graduating a mere four years after commencing my studies here."

"Currently I'm leading the Statistics and Actuarial Science Student Association here at SFU, and taking part in the publication of this year's issue of the annual magazine of the Actuarial Students' National Association, as well as completing the final courses required for my degree. After that, I expect to continue my actuarial studies through either the Society of Actuaries or the Casualty Actuarial Society, in order to eventually become a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries. Beyond that, I may also pursue further accreditation outside of North America. Of course, an immediate consequence of my plans is that I shall soon be seeking actuarial employment in order to support it, but I consider that a minor concern as the actuarial job market is still quite strong."