As a young child, Cheryl Slusarchuk often visited her father’s laboratory as he completed his PhD in civil engineering with a focus on permafrost.
Her memories of her father's time at Rutgers University in New York are vivid: the smell of the core samples from the earth, playing with the computer punch cards he used to run early programs. From that lab, she watched Apollo land on the moon on a small black & white TV as people around her celebrated.
Her mother, a Montessori teacher, engaged Cheryl in early preschool education, setting up reading challenges designed to spark an interest problem-solving.
“It was a very unique and curiosity-rich experience that is not available to everyone,” Cheryl recalls from her home today in Vancouver.
Since that time a lot has changed. Technology has embedded in all industries and careers and Cheryl is CEO of NumerixSQuant, an investment company that builds quantitative trading strategies grounded in science and driven by technology.
Once again, Cheryl feels lucky to find herself in this curiosity-rich environment.