UPDATE:We are pleased to inform you that the registration deadline has been extended. The qualification-round data and instructions will be emailed to you upon registration.

Problem solving workshop

The Second McMaster & Co-operators e-Workshop edition is jointly organized by the Department of Mathematics & Statistics at McMaster University (https://www.math.mcmaster.ca/) and The Co-operators General Insurance Company (https://www.cooperators.ca/), and will take place on Saturday, March 13th, 2021 online.

The workshop will gather representatives from industry, academic mathematicians, undergraduate and graduate students.

This year, we are introducing a new concept: the piscine competition!

The Piscine is the final trial during the e-workshop. It is not a swimming trial (Piscine is the French word for “swimming pool”) but a deep dive into the code pool that will let us pick the winners among the most motivated and the most eligible candidates.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to come online and spend the entire day coding your heart out with several other candidates all hoping to earn the same prize: to be seen as a talent by The Co-operators. Many students consider it to be one of the highlights of their student life: everyone around you shares a similar passion for coding and is facing the exact same dilemmas at the same time.

The main goal of this Piscine workshop is to provide the students with an experiential learning opportunity through a concrete real-world problem 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.

Moreover, The Co-operators is currently hiring and actively looking for new talents to join their forces for the Actuarial and Business Intelligence teams.

For further questions, please email us at: workshopmaccoop@gmail.com

The Organizing committee



  • February 5th, 2021: Registration opens
  • February 19th, 2021: Registration deadline and start of the qualification round
  • March 13th, 2021 (Pi-day-1): A full day e-workshop online
  • April 1st, 2021: Announcement of the winners and the prizes


  • $ 1000x(π -1) total for the top groups
  • Invitation to present the results to the Co-operators managerial team
  • Job Shadowing
  • Aesthetic signed one-pager presentation of your solution for your next job interview
  • Door prizes, and more

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