Fourth McMaster & Co-operators Problem-Solving Workshop

We are happy to announce the 4th McMaster/Co-operators Problem-Solving Workshop, which is jointly organized by the Department of Mathematics & Statistics at McMaster University (https://www.math.mcmaster.ca/) and Co-operators General Insurance Company (https://www.cooperators.ca/).

The Workshop will take place in-person (for the first time!) on Saturday, March 11th, 2023, and will gather representatives from industry, academic mathematicians, undergraduate and graduate students.

The main goal of this workshop is to provide the students with an experiential learning opportunity through a concrete real-world problem with real data, submitted by the insurance company. The participants will work individually or in study groups (up to 4 students) and will have the opportunity to learn and develop their interpersonal and technical skills (including data science, statistics, optimization, mathematical finance, programming, communication, etc.). This would also enable the industrial partner to connect with McMaster students. This workshop is also aimed to be an “incubator” of collaborations, that can lead to more long-term and impactful relationships between the participants and the industrial partner.

The three first editions of the Workshop resulted in many opportunities for the participants, such as full-time and part-time jobs, job shadowing, job interviews, and presentations to Co-operators managerial teams.

Moreover, Co-operators is currently hiring and actively looking for new talents (co-op and permanent positions) to join their forces for the Actuarial and Business Intelligence teams.

The problem description will be communicated soon, and the registration is open at this link

Here are the important dates and deadlines:

  • February 3rd, 2023: Registration opens
  • February 10th, 2023: Start of the qualification round
  • March 1st, 2023: End of Registration and qualification round
  • March 6th, 2023: Announcement of the finalists (Workshop participants)
  • March 11th, 2023: A full day workshop and networking event
  • By end of March 2023: Announcement of the winners and the prizes

And here are some of the prizes offered to the participants:

  • $2,000+ for the top groups
  • Invitation to present to Co-operators Business Intelligence & Actuarial teams
  • On-site Job Shadowing
  • Potential part-time opportunities
  • Door prizes, and more!

Please find attached the advertising poster and please feel free to promote this event. For further questions, please email us at: mcmaster_workshop@cooperators.ca

Looking forward to meeting you at the Workshop!

The Organizing committee

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Bernhard Banaschewski (1926-2022)

Dr. Bernhard Banaschewski, McKay Professor (Emeritus), passed away on October 31, 2022. He was born in Munich on March 22nd, 1926 and became a member of the Department in 1955.  Dr. Banaschewski played an influential role in the development of the Department having served as Department Chair twice, from 1961 to 1967 and from 1982 to 1987.  The following article from the Hamilton Spectator published on the occasion of the conferring of an honorary degree to Dr. Banaschewski by McMaster University in 2017 offers some details about his interesting and productive life.

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