What is FEI Young Luminaries?

An exclusive one-year program for high-achieving young finance professionals. If selected, you will have access to top industry leaders who are passionate about helping the next generation of leaders grow and succeed.

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Mentorship

One on one meetings with FEI Canada members.

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FEI Young Luminaries Events

Meet industry leaders and network with FEI Canada mentors.

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FEI Member Events

Exclusive invitation to the 2020 FEI Canada Annual Conference in Banff, Alberta from June 3rd-5th and other events and experiences.

The Ultimate Mentoring Opportunity.

Having a mentor chosen for you doesn’t work. You need to have the freedom to choose, and so does the mentor. That’s why FEI Young Luminaries delivers high quality interaction with several potential mentors so that you can find someone you really click with.

Some of the FEI Canada members who will be mentoring young CPAs, include:

Calgary

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Gerhard S Barnard, CPA, CA, CMA
Chief Financial Officer & Vice President, Finance
Olympia Financial Group Inc.

Gerhard joined Olympia Financial Group Inc. in 2007 as CFO and Vice President, Finance. Prior to joining Olympia, Gerhard worked in South Africa in industries ranging from auditing, pathology, banking, shared services, pension fund administration and investment management as part of the senior management team.
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Gerhard S Barnard, CPA, CA, CMA
Chief Financial Officer & Vice President, Finance
Olympia Financial Group Inc.

Gerhard joined Olympia Financial Group Inc. in 2007 as CFO and Vice President, Finance. Prior to joining Olympia, Gerhard worked in South Africa in industries ranging from auditing, pathology, banking, shared services, pension fund administration and investment management as part of the senior management team.
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Laura Cillis, CPA, CA, ICD.D
Corporate Director
Crescent Point Energy & Western Forest Products

Laura Cillis joined the Board of Western Forest Products in March 2019. She also serves on the boards of Crescent Point Energy and Solium Capital. She was previously a member of the Board of Enbridge Income Fund Holding until its privatization in 2018. She has also held the roles of Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Calfrac Well Services Ltd., Chief Financial Officer of Canadian Energy Services L.P.
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Laura Cillis, CPA, CA, ICD.D
Corporate Director
Crescent Point Energy & Western Forest Products

Laura Cillis joined the Board of Western Forest Products in March 2019. She also serves on the boards of Crescent Point Energy and Solium Capital. She was previously a member of the Board of Enbridge Income Fund Holding until its privatization in 2018. She has also held the roles of Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Calfrac Well Services Ltd., Chief Financial Officer of Canadian Energy Services L.P.
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Murray Malley, CPA-CA, MBA Int’l Mgmt, ICD.D
President
HR-and Inc.

Murray founded HR-and, and developed a single log-in multi-currency database payroll, benefits and HRIS system. He has over 30 years of senior executive experience in the financial, technology, medical, aviation, manufacturing and distribution industries, and has served as Chairman of numerous non-for-profit, public and private companies.  Prior to founding HR-and Inc. Mr. Malley turned 14 companies around.
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Murray Malley, CPA-CA, MBA Int’l Mgmt, ICD.D
President
HR-and Inc.

Murray founded HR-and, and developed a single log-in multi-currency database payroll, benefits and HRIS system. He has over 30 years of senior executive experience in the financial, technology, medical, aviation, manufacturing and distribution industries, and has served as Chairman of numerous non-for-profit, public and private companies.  Prior to founding HR-and Inc. Mr. Malley turned 14 companies around.

Toronto

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Belinda Blades, CPA ,CA
Senior Finance Executive and Consultant

Belinda Blades is a Senior Finance Executive and Consultant. Belinda previously served as VP & Financial Controller and AVP & Controller at HOOPP (Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan). Belinda also held other senior finance roles such as Controller at Jameson Bank, AVP Finance & Controller at Chubb Insurance Company of Canada and Fund Controller at MDS Capital Inc.
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Belinda Blades, CPA ,CA
Senior Finance Executive and Consultant

Belinda Blades is a Senior Finance Executive and Consultant. Belinda previously served as VP & Financial Controller and AVP & Controller at HOOPP (Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan). Belinda also held other senior finance roles such as Controller at Jameson Bank, AVP Finance & Controller at Chubb Insurance Company of Canada and Fund Controller at MDS Capital Inc.
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Gord Nelson, CPA, CA
Chief Financial Officer
Cineplex Entertainment

Gord Nelson was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the predecessor to the Corporation in 2004 and continued in this role following the company’s conversion to the Corporation in 2011. Mr. Nelson oversees the finance, purchasing, communications, risk management and business development areas of the Corporation in addition to overseeing World Gaming. He is a member of the Finance and Audit Committee of the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care. Most recently, Mr. Nelson was named Canada’s CFO of the Year for 2016.
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Gord Nelson, CPA, CA
Chief Financial Officer
Cineplex Entertainment

Gord Nelson was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the predecessor to the Corporation in 2004 and continued in this role following the company’s conversion to the Corporation in 2011. Mr. Nelson oversees the finance, purchasing, communications, risk management and business development areas of the Corporation in addition to overseeing World Gaming. He is a member of the Finance and Audit Committee of the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care. Most recently, Mr. Nelson was named Canada’s CFO of the Year for 2016.
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Linda Sampson, CMA
Chief Financial Officer
Microsoft Canada

Linda Sampson is CFO of Microsoft Canada. Linda’s responsibilities include providing financial leadership to the subsidiary and driving shareholder value. Prior to Microsoft, Linda has had over 18 years of experience in finance and accounting with Hewlett Packard and Hewlett Packard Enterprise subsidiaries in France, the UK and Canada.
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Linda Sampson, CMA
Chief Financial Officer
Microsoft Canada

Linda Sampson is CFO of Microsoft Canada. Linda’s responsibilities include providing financial leadership to the subsidiary and driving shareholder value. Prior to Microsoft, Linda has had over 18 years of experience in finance and accounting with Hewlett Packard and Hewlett Packard Enterprise subsidiaries in France, the UK and Canada.

Vancouver

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Marietjie Bower, CPA, CA, CMA
Finance Director, Retail
BC Liquor Distribution Branch

Marietjie Bower is the Finance Director, Retail at BC Liquor Distribution Branch. Marietjie also held a variety of other senior finance positions including Controller at Ontario Chiropractic Association, CFO at Financial Executives International Canada (FEI Canada) and VP and CFO at Commerx Corporation.
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Marietjie Bower, CPA, CA, CMA
Finance Director, Retail
BC Liquor Distribution Branch

Marietjie Bower is the Finance Director, Retail at BC Liquor Distribution Branch. Marietjie also held a variety of other senior finance positions including Controller at Ontario Chiropractic Association, CFO at Financial Executives International Canada (FEI Canada) and VP and CFO at Commerx Corporation.
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Issa Nakhleh, CPA, CA, CGA
Chief Financial Officer
Glance Technologies Inc.

Issa Nakhleh is CFO at Glance Technologies Inc. Issa has previously served as CFO of UrtheCast, where he helped grow the company from 15 employees to over 200 with offices worldwide, led equity and debt financings totaling over $250 million, taking UrtheCast from a small private company to a senior publicly traded company listed on the senior board of the TSX.
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Issa Nakhleh, CPA, CA, CGA
Chief Financial Officer
Glance Technologies Inc.

Issa Nakhleh is CFO at Glance Technologies Inc. Issa has previously served as CFO of UrtheCast, where he helped grow the company from 15 employees to over 200 with offices worldwide, led equity and debt financings totaling over $250 million, taking UrtheCast from a small private company to a senior publicly traded company listed on the senior board of the TSX.
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Jessica Jang, CPA, CA
Director, Corporate Finance
Amacon

Jessica Jang is the Director of Corporate Finance at Amacon. Previously, Jessica articled at BDO Canada LLP where she was exposed to a variety of clients in the municipal, not-for-profit, and real estate sectors. Jessica was also. The recipient of the Exemplary Young Professional Award in 2009 administered by the CA School of Business. Jessica currently serves as Treasurer on the FEI Canada Vancouver Chapter Board.
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Jessica Jang, CPA, CA
Director, Corporate Finance
Amacon

Jessica Jang is the Director of Corporate Finance at Amacon. Previously, Jessica articled at BDO Canada LLP where she was exposed to a variety of clients in the municipal, not-for-profit, and real estate sectors. Jessica was also. The recipient of the Exemplary Young Professional Award in 2009 administered by the CA School of Business. Jessica currently serves as Treasurer on the FEI Canada Vancouver Chapter Board.

List of Confirmed Mentors

List of 2019-2020 Mentees

What is FEI Canada?

Financial Executives International Canada (FEI Canada) is the leading voice and informed choice for senior financial executives across the country. With 12 chapters and 1,600+ members, FEI Canada provides professional development, networking opportunities, thought leadership and advocacy services to its members. The association membership consists of senior level financial executives spanning various industries, functions and disciplines, representing a significant number of Canada’s leading and most influential corporations. For more information, please visit www.feicanada.org or follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

What is Luminari?

Luminari is Canada’s largest digital CPA community in Canada with over 10,000 members. Luminari’s mission is to make CPA’s lives easier and their careers progress faster through hyper-relevant career opportunities including jobs, volunteer, education, events, mentoring, content and more. It’s free to sign up and takes less than 3 minutes.

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Application Timeline

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Apply

Apply to the FEI Young Luminaries program on the Luminari Jobs app here: Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver. Application deadline is September 23, 2019.

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Selection

Short-listed candidates will be chosen by September 30, 2019 and will be asked to complete one more step in the application process.

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Announcement

Final cohort of mentees will be notified by October 2019.

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Kick-Off Event

Kick-Off event will be held October 2019. Details to follow.

Eligibility

Mentees must be aspiring finance professionals between the ages of 25 and 35, located in Calgary, Greater Toronto or Vancouver area – there will be in-person events that require attendance.

Cost

Selected candidates will also be admitted into FEI Canada as new ‘Young Luminari Members’. A highly discounted membership fee of $575 will cover the 2019 FEI Canada Conference registration fee and event costs throughout the year. Note: Members will also receive an estimated 10+ hours of CPD hours throughout the program.

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