Meet Your UMAC Executives

Sergiu Buda - Co-President
Hey UMAC! Following my role as Third Year Representative this past year, I am beyond excited to be your Co-President for the 2017/2018 school year! Experiencing the numerous benefits and opportunities UMAC continuously provides to all students has been the largest influencing factor for our desire to give back and add value to the actuarial community at the U of M. Gabby and I are delighted to introduce some key initiatives that we believe will increase the probability of a phenomenal university experience, and maximize the number of memorable times!

If you have any questions about what we do, how we can help you, or why you should get involved, please feel free to shoot me a message at

On an unrelated note, any and all table tennis or squash related challenges are welcome and encouraged. Winners will be granted free UMAC memberships!

Gabby Lemire - Co-President
Hello UMAC! I am thrilled to be your Co-President for the 2017/2018 academic year! After spending last year on the executive team together, Serge and I saw the incredible value that UMAC brings to students. This year we want to continue to be a part of nurturing a supportive culture for actuarial students at the University of Manitoba. Whether you're at the beginning of your studies and want to meet some like-minded individuals, or you're in the final stretch of your degree and want help applying for full-time positions - we've got you covered. One of the initiatives we are most excited about is the addition of the new position “International Student Representative”. We are confident this will help bring the benefits of UMAC to a wider audience. If you want to know more about UMAC's initiatives or if you want to be a part of what UMAC is doing feel free to stop me in the halls or give me a shout at  

AJ Ferens - Secretary
Hey UMAC, I’m AJ and I will be your 2017/2018 secretary! As secretary, my initiatives and responsibilities include, but are not limited to - maintaining and designing the UMAC website to create a more user-friendly experience, improve communication between members through the calendar and email, and introducing online payment methods for registration and apparel. My initiatives are ultimately geared around keeping members in the loop about events, and making the year as easy and enjoyable as possible. Please feel free to stop me in the halls for any suggestions, questions, or just to chat, I’d love to get to know you!  

Melissa Hrichishen - Promotions Coordinator
Hey UMAC! My name is Melissa Hrichishen and I will be this year's Promotions Coordinator. My responsibilities include the organization of our premier event "What is an Actuary?" and the high school presentations. I look forward to meeting this year's members and encourage you to get involved in our fantastic club as much as possible. Feel free to contact me at any time with any questions, comments, or just to chat.  

Lorena Ardebol - ASNA Representitive
Hey UMAC! My name is Lorena Ardebol and I’m UMAC’s ASNA Representative for this upcoming year. I’m responsible for organizing and informing everyone about this year’s conference, which will be held in Ottawa! Outside of school, I enjoy the outdoors and travelling. I look forward to answering any questions you may have, whether it’s for ASNA or anything else. Feel free to stop me in the halls or give me a text!  

Fred Sackey - Communications Chair
Hi UMAC! My name is Fred Sackey and I will be your Communications Chair for this year. We have many events coming up in the next few months and I am looking forward to capturing all of these memories and sharing them with you as I write the Umactuary newsletters. As promised, the newsletter has received a nice upgrade and some new content I hope you will enjoy. Since the newsletter is solely for your benefit, I am always looking for feedback on how it can be improved so feel free to shoot me an email if you have any suggestions. Also, I will be helping with managing social media pages on Facebook and Instagram for UMAC to provide you with more frequent info on club activities. During these events, I am hoping to take a lot of pictures and also ask you to comment on your experience so don’t be shy if I approach you for an interview (don’t worry it'll be fun and light-hearted ). Thanks and have a wonderful semester!  

Vernisha Budhia - International Student Representative
Hi everyone! My name is Vernisha and I’m excited to be UMAC’s first International Student Representative. As International Student Representative, my main goal is to increase international student involvement. One way I plan to do this is by working with Ben Tallin to improve the mentorship program and increase international student involvement. In November, I will introduce a new social event which will double as another opportunity for mentees to connect with their mentors (there will be fun mentor-mentee team building activities). I will also write an article on Canadian Corporate culture and promote the actuarial program to the International College of Manitoba. I encourage everyone to get involved and take advantage of the networking opportunities and exam support UMAC offers, as well as the opportunities to meet other people in the program. If you ever have any questions or suggestions – feel free to stop me in the halls or email me!  

Alex Loscerbo - Treasurer
Hi UMAC! My name is Alex Loscerbo and I’m your 2017/2018 UMAC Treasurer. My job is to ensure that all club activities are sufficiently funded and to request and manage both CSA and corporate sponsorship. I will be continuing online payments for membership fees and other major events. A significant focus for this year will be the examination of UMAC spending with the goal of creating guidelines for sustainable budgeting.

If anyone has any questions feel free to contact me in person, at the UMAC office, or by email.

Ben Tallin - Special Events Coordinator
Hey UMAC! My name is Ben Tallin, and I am excited to introduce myself as your Special Events Coordinator. I see my most important responsibility in this role as offering you the support you need to be successful in university, so if you have any questions or need any help with school related issues please stop me in the halls, shoot me a text or drop me an email. This year I am working on bringing new programs to UMAC such as a winter mentorship program, an actuarial tutor registry, and some friendly competitions to spice up the mentorship program. On top of those, I will also be organizing some of the classic UMAC events of the past like the mentorship BBQ, speed interviews, and Interest Theory study sessions.

Outside of school, I love outdoor sports and I hope to spend as much of my free time this year skiing, sailing, canoeing and rock climbing as possible. I am looking forward to meeting many of you and getting to learn a little about you too.

I can feel that this is going to be a great year!