Chantel CAMARA

BA, Mathematics (French Minor), Wilfred Laurier University
Valuation Specialist, Actuarial Development Program, Manulife Financial

When did your love of STEM begin?

Chantel: When I was younger, like elementary school, I liked more arts. I was good at Math, good at English. And then as I got to more to high school, I started to bend more interest towards sciences and mathematics. So what's interesting is when I was in high school I wanted to be an architect, so I took a lot of math courses, physics, and arts so it was a bit of everything, and then afterwards that didn't end up being what I wanted to do, I didn’t end up going in that direction. So I went to school just in general for a mathematics degree, just because I thought it would open a lot of opportunities in the future. So each step I didn’t a 100% know where I'd be in the end but it all helped me get to where I am today.

What is the best part of working in the field of STEM?

Chantel: What's interesting about it is the mathematics behind it. So putting numbers to real life situations. It's interesting to know that what you're doing is affecting people around you and protecting families to make sure that they have enough insurance to cover their losses if something sad in their lives were to happen. So I find that interesting. What I also enjoy about it is the interaction with people at my work. It's very easy going, you can walk up to someone, ask them a question, it's very interactive. You would think you'd work more individually but you actually work as a team. It's not so singled out as you would think.

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"I like digging in and figuring out why something isn’t working or if a number looks strange and it doesn’t make sense for the context, and coming up with a answer. It’s the result that is the most rewarding from it."

What advice would you give to young women considering a career in STEM?

Chantel: Advice I'd give to women taking that first step in their career would be to always be positive and kind of look forward, and just know that there’s going to be some rough points. But there's always a light at the end of the tunnel. It always works in the end because lots of things come from hard work sometimes.

I think it's important for women to pursue their interests because it just opens up so many doors. Don't let failing the first time prevent you from trying again. It's important to always keep trying because sometimes it can take a few tries before you can succeed and you can learn lessons along the way.

About the Calendar

The Calendar showcases twelve young women in different and exciting careers. There's many roads one can go down with a career in STEM, so we wanted to highlight the unique paths each of these women have taken to where they are today. Find out what they did with their STEM education!

Meet the Women

Eugenia Duodu

Eugenia Duodu

Chantel Camara

Chantel Camara

Erica Gibson

Erica Gibson

Nazra Noushad

Nazra Noushad

Mila Maric

Mila Maric

Richelle Rozanski

Richelle Rozanski

Jenan Abderrahman

Jenan Abderrahman

Karol Tinsley

Karol Tinsley

Emily Newton

Emily Newton

Cylita Guy

Cylita Guy

Maya Burhanpurkar

Maya Burhanpurkar

Natlia Malafeeva

Natlia Malafeeva

Find the Calendar

The calendar will be distributed through outreach events for young women in STEM or through various methods with our distribution partners listed below. You may also pick up a copy of the calendar at one of our distribution partner’s events. Browse through the calendar to find out if we’re at an event near you!

Current Distribution Partners:

Let’s Talk Science, Technovation Challenge in Canada, Techsploration, Kids Can Press, STEM Kids Rock, Nelson Canada, Girl Guides of Canada, St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School, Cogeco Peer 1, Women Unlimited Halifax Canadian Apprenticeship Forum, Ontario Science Centre, Toronto District School Board, Life Gears, BMO, CIBC, Deloitte, NRStor Inc., Ernst & Young LLP, RBC, Linamar, Move the Dial, Perimeter Institute.

We are currently taking distribution partners! If you are an organization who would like to distribute the calendar, please submit a request and we will get back to you!