The University of Manitoba's Actuarial Program is one of the oldest and most successful in North America, having its birth in 1912 and graduating hundreds of actuaries over the years.
The establishment of the Warren Centre for Actuarial Studies and Research as a part of the Faculty of Management makes it possible to continue and enhance the tradition of excellence which has distinguished the university's actuarial program, while providing students with the educational breadth obtainable through access to business and management-oriented courses. The Warren Centre is the only Canadian actuarial program able to provide students with this powerful career advantage.
The Warren Centre was created in honour of Lloyd A. H. Warren, the founder of the actuarial program in Manitoba. Dr. Warren was born November 18, 1879 in Balderson, Ontario. He graduated from Queen's University in 1902 with a Master of Arts degree and obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1913. He joined the Faculty at the University of Manitoba in 1910 as an instructor of mathematics. His contribution to the University of Manitoba was recognized by promotions in rank and in 1931 he was appointed Professor of Mathematics. In 1935, Dr. Warren became the first Professor of Actuarial Science in Manitoba. Dr. Warren was also a Fellow of the American Institute of Actuaries (1935), Fellow of the Actuarial Society of America (1939), Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. As a consulting actuary Dr. Warren helped to establish the Pension Fund for teachers in Winnipeg schools.
Dr. Warren was a Past Member of the Assiniboine Lodge, A.F. and A.M. and a 32nd degree member of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonary. Dr. Warren's other main interest, apart from his work in education, was in the church. He filled many offices in St. Luke's Church and at the time of his death was a lay delegate to the General Synod of the Church of England in Canada.
He died in Winnipeg on October 7, 1949.
Being named a Centre of Actuarial Excellence was a milestone for the Warren Centre in 2009 and gives international recognition to the achievements of our students, faculty, alumni and supporters since the Centre’s inception nearly 100 years ago. The history of the Warren Centre has been documented in book form, titled Assessing the Risk: A History of Actuarial Science at the University of Manitoba.
Thanks to Murray Taylor for his generous personal donation that made this important project possible.
The Warren Centre is recognized by the Society of Actuaries as a Centre of Actuarial Excellence.