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My business career was most recently advising pension funds and university endowment funds on investment, working in a global consulting firm. In earlier years I was providing advice on more traditional actuarial issues.
Comments made by the leader of the global consulting firm on my retirement, included "Bruce would represent all of the attributes of the 'trusted advisor', a level of relationship to which all professional service firms would have their consultants aspire" and "It is Bruce's informal role in the development and mentoring of our people that arguably has been of the greatest value to our firm in the latter part of his career". These comments encouraged me to consider tutoring, particularly in topics I have a passion for.
In my three years recently tutoring at Macquarie University in Demographic Fundamentals and Consumer Demographics, I particularly enjoyed helping students with the more challenging aspects of these courses. Some students found that the mathematics and critical thinking components required some individual tutoring, which I happily provided.
I am a patient listener, seeking to find exactly where a student is at in a course and how I can best build their understanding and watch their capabilities grow to find solutions for themselves – the ultimate joy of teaching! I have enjoyed working side by side with people of many cultural backgrounds, in both business and educational settings.
I have continued to keep up with the latest technology in all aspects of my work. I have recently taken a course in Learning to Teach Online. My time tutoring at Macquarie University involved several online systems for delivering lectures, interacting with students and recording marks. I am really looking forward to tutoring students around the world at a time when the need is so great everywhere.
I have spent 3 years as a face to face teacher and tutor at Macquarie University in Population Studies subjects. This included individual consulting sessions with students on request.
While tutoring at Macquarie, I completed a certificate course in Foundations of Learning and Teaching. I have also studied online teaching methods through the University of New South Wales.
I recently built a pro-bono online course in Demography as an exhibit of my online teaching technology skills and my approach to introducing students to a new undergraduate course.
Actuarial mathematics (probability and life table functions), Finance, Investment Management, Demography, Population Studies, Human Geography
From: Head of Business at Mercer, November 2009 Subject: Bruce To all our Australian and New Zealand IC staff: With over 40 years in the superannuation and investment industry, and following the last 12 years' loyal service with Mercer and its predecessor organisations, Bruce Gregor has announced his intention to retire in mid 2010. Bruce has played a key role in the success of Mercer's investment consulting business in Australia, leading some of our most demanding client relationships, and in advancing our reputation in the endowment and foundation sector. In addition, his research in the private equity space has been critical to our ability to offer a truly comprehensive investment advisory service to clients in this market. Bruce's contribution to the superannuation industry and actuarial profession over his career must also be recognised including his involvement in the development of the investment strategy covenants of the SIS Act, arguably one of the most important factors in the success of the Australian superannuation system and the innovation we have seen in the institutional investment industry in the past decade. There are however two aspects of Bruce's professional life that I particularly want to highlight. The first is his unerring commitment to our clients. He has forged strong client relationships over the years based on a reputation for delivering high quality, honest, and value-adding advice. To many of these clients, there's no doubt Bruce would represent all of the attributes of the "trusted advisor", a level of relationship to which all professional service firms would have their consultants aspire. Consistent with his dedication to clients and his professionalism, Bruce has carried out detailed planning to ensure client transitions to new consultants in the coming six months are successful. But it's Bruce's informal role in the development and mentoring of our people that arguably has been of the greatest value to our firm in the latter part of his career. He is always generous with his time and has gone out of his way to help newcomers to our business at all levels understand what it takes to be an investment consultant. He is a source of wise counsel for us all. For all of this we owe Bruce a significant debt of gratitude. Mercer Darling Park Tower 3, 201 Sussex Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Certificate in Finance & Investment – Institute of Actuaries(UK)
Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia
Certificate for Foundations in Teaching & Learning Macquarie University
Certificate in Learning to Teach Online University of New South Wales