This is Finance in 15, a podcast dedicated to educating senior finance leaders about transforming their finance functions. Join Adam Boutros, PwC Canada’s Future of Finance leader, as he sits down with PwC Canada leaders to discuss the importance of finance transformation in your organization, how to get started, and the best ways to see long term and lasting results.
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Regard sur le leader en finance moderne et son évolution
Dans cet épisode, l’animatrice invitée Dominique Fortier, directrice principale des services aux clients chez PwC Canada, continue d’explorer le leadership féminin au sein de la fonction finance. L’épisode met en lumière Maarika Paul, première vice-présidente et cheffe des opérations et de la direction financière de la Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, ainsi que Lisa To, cheffe de gestion financière et performance du Groupe Finance de la Banque de développement du Canada (BDC), afin d’imaginer ce que l'avenir réserve aux futurs leaders en finances. Quels sont les acquis nécessaires? Quelles sont les transformations à prévoir? Comment s’y prendre pour pallier à la pénurie de talents? 00:00- Dominique présente les invitées Maarika Paul et Lisa To00:55- Maarika et Lisa parlent respectivement de leurs rôles à la CDPQ et à la BDC.02:38- Les invitées traitent des acquis nécessaires pour être un bon leader en finance et l’évolution de la fonction.05:45- Maarika et Lisa proposent de rendre la fonction Finance indispensable aux processus décisionnels des hauts dirigeants d’affaires. 08:45- Maarika et Lisa expliquent de quelle manière les chefs des finances devraient gérer la pénurie de talents actuelle.11:59- Maarika décrit les deux types de leaders du futur. 13 :40- Dominique pose quelques questions en rafale afin de mieux connaître les deux invitées.
Mining for a single source of truth
In this episode guest host Marino Fremis sits down with Darren Millman, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Centerra Gold. Darren discusses Centerra Gold's recent technology & finance transformation journey as part of the company's efforts to streamline and consolidate their data. They also talk about how a single source of truth can help generate key insights about performance on environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters as well as how finance leaders can demonstrate clear return on investment from these projects.00:00- Marino’s introduction to Finance in 15 and guest Darren Millman, CFO at Centerra Gold00:57- Darren provides additional background on his role at Centerra Gold01:47- Darren explains the company’s recent technology transformation journey03:55- Darren discusses risk management during the transformation process05:03- Darren explains what informed decision making means to him and Centerra06:50- Darren explains the importance of making ESG-informed decisions 11:02- Darren discusses strategies for overcoming the challenge of understanding ROI in transformation journeys12:40- Darren summarizes the top three key learnings from the transformation journey15:00- Marino shares his closing thoughts and conclusions
Women in Finance: Making the most of a career in finance (a special Finance in 15 series)
In this episode, guest host Alaina Tennison, CFO at PwC Canada, kicks off a special series that explores leadership within the finance function. Featuring perspectives from some of today’s well respected female finance leaders, the special series explores strategies for navigating the ever-changing business landscape. To launch the series, Alaina sits down with Vanessa Kanu, CFO of TELUS International, to discuss her journey to becoming CFO at a global digital customer experience (CX) innovator and her advice for the next generation of finance leaders.
A CFO roadmap to a successful acquisition integration
In this episode, host Adam Boutros sits down with Louis Marcotte, EVP and CFO at Intact Financial Corporation, to discuss an area that's an ongoing opportunity and challenge for many CFOs, acquisitions and successful integration post-acquisition. They explore key strategies for approaching the M&A process, the importance of due diligence and planning, and other ways finance teams can support an organization's growth and value creation.
00:00- Adam’s introduction to Finance in 15 and guest Louis Marcotte, CFO of Intact Financial01:05- Louis provides more context about Intact Financial and his role at the company02:16- Louis shares a brief synopsis of his recent deal activities, and how he typically begins the acquisition process04:10- Louis expands on the importance of discipline and due diligence throughout the process06:53- Louis shares his perspective on the integration of people and culture once a company has been acquired08:32- Louis discusses the role of technology and data analytics during the acquisition process10:57- Louis offers his tips for ensuring increasing speed and efficiency13:21- Louis shares his advice and key focus areas for CFOs during the acquisition cycle14:30- Adam shares his closing thoughts and conclusions
How CFOs can rethink compliance as part of the finance transformation journey
In this episode, host Adam Boutros sits down with France-Anne Fortin, PwC Canada Partner, Risk Assurance Services, and Shawn Reain, PwC Tax Partner and Compliance Transformed leader. Shawn and France-Anne discuss how key trends in the regulatory space are impacting the CFO approach to risk management. They explore some of the compliance solutions that can help CFOs accelerate their transformation journeys and ways to ensure they’re agile enough to adapt to the ever-increasing reporting demands.
00:00- Adam’s introduction to Finance in 15 and guests Shawn Reain and France-Anne Fortin01:46- France-Anne explains where compliance fits into the finance transformation journey 03:37- Shawn and France-Anne share tips to help finance companies meet the ever-increasing reporting demands06:01- France-Anne offers advice to help finance leaders stay agile enough to keep up with regulatory changes07:29- France-Anne and Shawn share their perspectives on automation in the compliance process08:44- Shawn and France-Anne offer tips to help finance leaders establish compliance priorities for their teams11:56- France-Anne and Shawn share their thoughts on the top few areas companies should be focusing on when responding to compliance risk challenges overall 13:33- Adam shares his closing thoughts and conclusions
Reimagining the finance team of the future
In this episode, host Adam Boutros sits down with Jean McClellan, PwC Canada’s People and Transformation Leader. During their discussion, Jean offers insights into the evolving skills required by finance, including upskilling tips to retain and attract top finance talent. Jean also shares her perspectives on the future of hybrid work, as well as tangible recommendations for prioritizing well-being in a virtual work environment.
Show Notes: (As is)
00:00- Adam’s introduction to Finance in 15 and guest Jean McClellan
01:33- Jean shares her thoughts on the recent Canadian CFO insights report and the importance of remaining agile in this rapidly changing environment
02:48- Jean discusses successful upskilling practices she’s seen clients implement and the role of the CFO in upskilling
07:28- Jean shares her perspective on the concept of a hybrid work environment
10:58- Jeans offers tips for prioritizing well-being in a virtual work environment
12:25- Jean outlines the top three areas companies should be focusing on in response to workforce challenges
14:14- Adam shares his closing thoughts and conclusions
Adam does a great job telling the story of finance. Definitely subscribing!