A results-driven CPA with extensive experience in Enterprise/Insurance Risk Management, Controls/Audit, Risk Finance, Actuarial Analysis, FP&A, Capital Project Accounting within GPG, retail, telecommunication and financial institution sectors.
An MBA with vision and leadership to develop and execute strategic and business agendas by effectively engaging all levels of business leaders and leading diversified teams to drive risk-informed decision making and continuous process improvements while training, coaching/developing others.
Professional Experience & Key Accomplishments
PepsiCo Canada - Beverages Head of Internal Audit/Risk Management
Mississauga ON August 2016 - Present
•Responsible for all aspects of finance and operations internal audit activities to assure strong control environment, including identifying emerging risks/opportunities, risk assessments, audit strategy, annual planning/testing, control efficiency evaluation and adequate remediation.
•Transformed traditional internal control practice and mindset by enhancing proportional ownership, building strong business partnership and delivering value-added results to support business goals.
•Led the team and business to achieve 13% improvement in Effective rating to 91% less than 12 months
•Drive stronger risk culture by orchestrating robust Enterprise Risk Management framework at our Beverage business including effective senior leadership onboarding, regular risk review process and reporting.
•Prepare and facilitate risk committee meetings and risk workshops to provide expertise and assistance in effectively assessing risks and developing mitigation strategy which will proactively address evolving business and significant changes
•Provides leadership in the development of audit plans, procedures and programs to evaluate the company’s risk/control maturity and capability
PepsiCo Canada - Foods Head of Risk Management
Mississauga ON September 2011 - August2016
•Managed all aspects of risk management strategies, including enterprise risk management, corporate insurance programs and insurance claims administration across PepsiCo Foods Canada (PFC).
•Built Strategic Risk Management framework and governance to effectively identify and proactively manage all areas of major risks (strategic, operating, finance, regulatory and emerging) based on calibrated company’s risk appetite, (recognized as the "Best Practice" by Global audit).
•Led LSS Greenbelt projects for Marketing, Operation and HR including resolution of $4.5MM supply chain opportunities by creating supplier risk management strategy, reengineering control process and policy with clearly assigned ownership; achieved 100% control sufficiency rated by Global audit.
•Worked closely with senior leadership team and area function leaders to conduct regular reviews on risk profile and effectiveness of mitigation plans and enable senior management to make better decisions on resource and funding allocations with 9% improvement in PFC risk score.
•Incorporated risk review and signoff to contract negotiation and renewal process to assure business partners understand and control key risks efficiently to minimize exposure to the company.
•Championed risk awareness culture and drive integration between strategic risk management and the businesses by leading risk management training, ERM workshops, projects and developing strong business network; effectively impacted a number of key strategic and resource decisions.
•Quarterbacked high profile projects involving external audits and recovered approx. 5 million dollars.
Wal-Mart Canada Corp Risk Finance Manager
Mississauga ON August 2008 – September 2011
•Led a multi-functional team to develop risk KPIs, reporting and internal financial allocation strategies for Walmart operations; presented variance/trend analysis to support effective business decisions that contributed to a saving of 5 million dollars within 18 months.
•Managed budget of 50 million, approved actuarial analyses, balancesheet reconciliations and financial charges; recommended proper reserve level to the CFO; highlighted the financial impact on the stores' P/L.
•Managed and responded to all audit requests from internal and external auditors
•In partnership with business owners to determine risk mitigation/control strategy for daily operations, logistics, construction projects and new business initiatives.
•Proposed and lead IT projects to improve process and productivity; created a simpler and faster IT solution for cross functional teams.
Rogers Communication Inc. Team Lead
Toronto ON August 2006– August 2008
•Led a team of analysts to review and approve major capital projects (up to $282-million) in Oracle for all business units, performance capitalization and month end entries.
•Developed financial analysis and developed action plan for the RCI building conversion project of $24-million and RBS conversion project of approx. $10 million.
•Liaised with external Oracle consultants to develop reports to analyze capital spending - by company, projects, expenditure type, or by accounts to meet different functional needs.
•Streamlined internal finance processes for month-end project accounting by creating automated project accounting entry template for business units. Helped the business understand the accounting impact of entries and enhanced the internal control process.
•Developed and conducted process and accounting training for Wireless, Cable, IT and Media business clients that improved invoice validation pass rate by 40% and significantly reduced project administration group and account payable group work load.
•Provided guidance to operational divisions to identify appropriate accounting treatments for complicated capital and operating projects: Wireless WOW project, Spectrum project, Cable visual voice mail project etc.
Sears Canada Financial Analyst
Toronto ON January 2005 – August 2006
•Worked with cross-functional teams to redefine activity-based cost allocation methods, to enhance financial reporting and tracking systems, and explain chargeback variance to senior directors.
•Prepared and presented strategic financial analysis for a $14-million network infrastructure conversion project and sale of Sears credit card division.
•Led team to develop and test an IT division business contingency plan, identifying critical users and potential workarounds.
•Streamlined capital spending request process and chargeback models, reducing workloads by 30%.
•Worked with controllers to develop and provide rationale for the 2006 annual corporate communication plan, worth $35-million.
•Participated in financial planning, monthly forecasting, budgeting and reporting for $109-million IT spending.
•Negotiated with supplier to control the variances for IT charges. Identified misallocation of funds that saved the company $3 million.
Fansdepot Inc. Financial Analyst (contract)
Richmond Hill, ON January 2004 – January 2005
•Developed and supervised corporate policy and procedures related to all accounting functions.
•Oversaw full cycle A/R and A/P; perform G/L account and multi-currency account analysis.
•Prepared month-end and year-end financial statements and management reports. Communicated financial information to teams and executives.
•Reformulated client account processes and paper flows to streamline accounting efforts, increasing reporting efficiency and accuracy.
Sun Life Financial Canada
Waterloo, ON Budget Manager (contract)
(Canadian IT/Mainframe Integration Program for Synergies) August 2002 – December 2003
•Managed $14-million mainframe integration budget and assisted integration team leader to monitor and control $83-million retail integration budget.
•Created financial models and processes to accurately control and report activity based costs.
•Uncovered $3.5-million cost variance.
•Streamlined resource management process to increase efficiency by more than 30%.
•Improved and implemented internal controls while coordinating multi-disciplinary teams to produce accurate and complete financial reports.
•Consolidated and validated data from several internal business systems, interpreting results for program manager.
•Key-Note Speaker at CPA Risk Management Symposium, 2016
•Speaker at Annual Enterprise Risk Management Conference, Toronto, 2013 and 2015
•Super Bravo Award, PepsiCo Foods Canada, 2013
•Opportunity for Improvement Award, Sears Canada, 2005
•Ontario Graduate Scholarship for excellence in graduate studies at Master's level, McMaster University, 2001-2002
Education and Professional Development
•Lean Six Sigma Leader (Greenbelt ) January 2015
•Member of the Risk and Insurance Management Society August 2008
•Charted Professional Accountant/ Certified Management Accountant June 2007
•Master of Business Administration, Finance; Minor in Accounting June 2002
McMaster University, Hamilton, ON