The business professional for the month of January is Al Kamdar!
Al studied at the British Columbia Institute of Technology for Computer Systems and Financial Management and pursued a CMA designation in 1988. After gaining experiences from various organizations and industries, he now works at Metal Mountain Resources Inc. as the CFO. Below were his past experiences:
Continental Grain Company (Canada) Limited
1987 – 1996
Senior Accountant/Information Systems Manager
Industry – Agriculture
TROY Group, Inc
1996 – 2005
Dryco Building Supplies
2005 – 2008
Chief Financial Officer
What is it about the industry you’re in that interests you?
Mining is one of Canada’s most important economic sectors and a major job creator. Generally mining offers the highest wages and salaries of all industrial sectors. Mining is unpredictable and exciting as many factors impact the growth such as commodity prices, foreign exchange, geology, etc.
How did you get your start with Continental Grain Company (Canada) Limited?
I was hired directly from BCIT as Intermediate Accountant after completing my double diploma in Financial Management and Computer Systems. I progressively increased responsibilities in finance, accounting, administration and informations systems over the twelve year period.
What are the most important skills you learned in post-secondary that have carried over to your career?
People skills and having a great attitude.
What advice would you offer someone considering to pursue a career as a CPA?
Make sure you build authentic relationships. Your ability to communicate and develop rapport with peers, mentors, customers, bosses and office staff will have a major impact on your career growth.