Frédéric Marier danced with the Montréal Danse company for over 10 years before deciding to make the transition into a second career with new challenges. After deciding to pursue business studies, he discovered a new passion for mathematics and finance, which he explored at Concordia University while earning a Bachelors of Commerce degree. Consistently at the top of his class, Frédéric was a member of The Golden Key Honors Society — reserved for the top 15% of academically-achieving students. He is also a beneficiary of the DTRC’s Anne M. Delicaet Bursary. Frédéric graduated in June 2013 and moved to Toronto to apply his new skill set in the field of Supply Chain Management. This field focuses on optimizing the value chain from suppliers to customers, and handles all aspects of production, including transportation, purchasing and manufacturing.
“The biggest challenge I faced during my transition were all the prerequisites I needed. It seemed almost impossible at first, but it turned out I was still quite good at mathematics! The most rewarding aspect was that this entire side of my intellect ‘exploded’. When I started university I found myself devouring all my text books — I just loved the math and statistics classes specifically. It was just so complex, challenging and stimulating. Very difficult sometimes, but in a very good way.”
In June, Frédéric will begin his graduate studies in the Masters of Management Analytics Program at Queen’s University’s School of Business.
“I think there is a link in how I process information, be it a choreographic system, mathematical system or even computer system. In my dance career I was working with new choreographers, and it was always a lot of new information to process, analyse and deliver expressively. The “data set” of choreography is so complex, because it balances artistry and emotion with logic and patterns.
When I was studying predictive modelling in statistics, it became clear that it was like choreographing data. You have a data set and you have to tell a story with it. How you treat the data is very much a creative process. I think when I found that out I knew that this is what I ought to do.”
Helping dancers make necessary transitions into, within, and from professional performing careers since 1985.