Welcome to Statistics and Actuarial Science

The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science is a top-tier academic unit among statistical and actuarial science globally. Our community is engaged in topics such as actuarial science, biostatistics, data science, quantitative finance, statistics, & statistics-computing. Our department is home to more than 60 full-time faculty researching diverse and exciting areas, over 1000 undergraduate students from around the world, and more than 175 graduate students in master, doctoral, and professional programs.


Congratulations to Cecilia Cotton and Jordan Hamilton, recipients of the 2024 Distinguished Teacher Awards from Waterloo’s Centre for Teaching Excellence. Since 1975, the award has been given annually to four exemplary instructors from across the university who have a “record of excellent teaching over an extended period at Waterloo, usually at least five years.”

Read the full article on the Faculty of Mathematics website.

Qiuqi Wang

The Statistical Society of Canada (SSC) citation reads: "The Pierre Robillard Award is awarded annually by the SSC to recognize the best Ph.D. thesis in probability or statistics defended at a Canadian university during the previous year.

Qiuqi Wang is the 2024 winner of the Pierre Robillard Award of the Statistical Society of Canada. Qiuqi’s thesis, entitled "Characterizing, optimizing and backtesting metrics of risk", was written while he was a doctoral student at the University of Waterloo working under the supervision of Ruodu Wang."

Read the full article on the SSC website.

Two professors from the Faculty of Mathematics have been named NSERC Canada Research Chairs. Ruodu Wang, professor of actuarial science and quantitative finance, has been named a Tier 1 NSERC CRC in Quantitative Risk Management, and Aukosh Jagannath, assistant professor of statistics and actuarial science, has been named a Tier 2 NSERC CRC in Mathematical Foundations of Data Science.

Continue reading on the Faculty of Math website.


The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science is delighted to announce that it is hosting a conference to celebrate the remarkable contributions of Jerry Lawless and Mary Thompson to the fields of life history analysis and survey sampling methodology. An exciting program of speakers has been lined up for what promising to be a stimulating and enjoyable two days of talks by leading researchers including collaborators, friends and former students of Mary and Jerry.

A banquet will be held on the evening of the 28th. 

Organizing Committee

Richard Cook (Chair)

Joel Dubin

Pengfei Li

Peijun Sang

Changbao Wu

Yeying Zhu

Email sasevent@uwaterloo.ca for any general event inquiries.

Friday, May 31, 2024 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

Master of Actuarial Science (MActSc) 15th Anniversary Event

The Master of Actuarial Science (MActSc) program is celebrating its 15th anniversary. Join us at Federation Hall on Friday, May 31st, for a cocktail reception and dinner. Everyone is welcome!

Early bird tickets: $55 per person (rate available until April 19th)
Regular ticket: $65 per person