I’m based in KPMG in Canada; I am currently a Governance, Risk and Controls professional within the Risk and Compliance Advisory service group. I been lucky enough to work in a few different departments; I worked in External Audit for five years, where I focused on manufacturing, retail and mining. After that I transferred to Advisory where I had a large client portfolio, but latterly focused particularly on telcos and financial institutions. One of my biggest projects was leading a team with 40 staff helping an organization with a Sarbanes-Oxley issue.
More recently, the economy has definitely been a catalyst for organizations to become more proactive and organized in their risk management approaches. From my perspective, this means that potential clients are more prepared for the next level of corporate governance and enterprise risk management discussions. It has also led to conversations with potential new clients and extending KPMG’s mandate with existing clients. Like everyone I’m looking forward to the end of the downturn, but I’m hoping we’ll emerge a little more effective in understanding the economy and its impacts on the highs and lows that companies experience.
What I really like about my work is that I can work with a variety of organizations. My role is always changing with the evolution of market demands, regulator requirements and the challenges companies face.
I also take part in KPMG volunteer days, and I get much out of my work with the Mentoring Partnership. This primarily helps new immigrants to Canada, who have professional qualifications in their own country which are not necessarily recognized here. We help them get over both the cultural and the professional barriers. For example I helped a woman from the Philippines, with a CPA and an MBA, try to find her way in the Canadian business arena.
I have recently returned from a year’s maternity leave to raise my second child. KPMG has been really supportive in enabling me to structure my hours and work locations so I can spend time with the family. My core working group members are all at similar stages in life so we spend time together outside work and this helps with both work and family. I also took a career break for five months in Barcelona while my husband completed his MBA. It’s great that KPMG can be flexible like this.