Sun Life Financial

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Actuarial Graduate Program

What is the Actuarial Graduate Program?

Sun Life Financial has developed a supportive environment that gives aspiring actuaries the resources they need to be successful. Sun Life's Actuarial Development Program is a great way for you to:

Accelerate your leadership development

  • You'll learn directly from business leaders you work alongside and see how we lead as actuaries to help drive business success.
  • You'll participate in a rotational program and get the opportunity to experience different areas of our business.
  • Make an impact that matters in the real world

  • Here is your chance to work on real, challenging problems that have a direct impact on the results and success of both our company and our clients.
  • We will look to you to help solve problems that don't always have an easy or existing answer and require new and innovative solutions.
  • Collaborate with other high performers in a supportive team environment

  • We have a great team with diverse backgrounds and we continue to look for more great members.
  • You'll get support from colleagues who have gone through the program already; colleagues become friends and allies.
  • We work in a fun, open and collaborative environment.
  • Program requirements

    To participate in the Actuarial Development Program, you must:

  • Be working in a job recognized as an actuarial analyst position
  • Demonstrate the intention to enroll in the qualifying actuarial exam coursework
  • Maintain satisfactory progress toward completing the entire curriculum
  • Maintain satisfactory work performance
  • Preparing for the exams

    As an actuarial analyst in the program, you'll get the opportunity to rotate among different areas within Sun Life. This way, you'll gain exposure to different fields of actuarial work and find the area that's most interesting – and most suited – to you.

    The Actuarial Development Program will help you pass the actuarial exams and develop the skills necessary for success in the actuarial field. Jointly sponsored by the Society of Actuaries and the Canadian Institute of Actuaries, this is an intense series of exams that require dedication, commitment and the discipline to maximize study time. You'll receive time off from work to study, compensation incentives for passing exams and exam fee reimbursement.

    Student opportunities

    In addition to our full-time actuarial staff, we also provide opportunities for co-op and internships by offering roles that are geared towards students currently enrolled in a university program. You'll work on quality projects and gain valuable insight into the challenges and opportunities the actuarial profession can offer. Get a head start on your career – and start developing the skills you'll need before you graduate.

    Professional development

    Passing the exams is the foundation of your actuarial development, but that's just the beginning. Sun Life sponsors our actuarial staff to attend professional meetings, seminars, conferences and classes in order to support continued professional development and relationship building with actuaries from other companies. Sun Life values its employees' dedication to the profession.

    Actuarial student and new grad profiles

    Our students and new grads tell all about life in actuarial at Sun Life Financial:

    Logan Kowalchuk

    Senior Actuarial Analyst, Asset Liability Management

    Muhammad Ali Rizvi

    Associate Director, Life & Other Health Pricing & Profitability Management, Group Benefits Actuarial

    Sally Chan

    Assistant Vice-President, Canadian Actuarial Pricing