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Question: I run a trade association and we’ve recently had to go to the market to recruit a Director of Finance to look after all of our finance and administration functions of the association. I don’t have a finance background so I’m basically taking the advice of the outgoing incumbent (she’s retiring), in regards to the financial qualifications of the people we’re interviewing.

I’ve seen four people so far and out of that lot, there’s one person that I think might be an okay candidate for the job.…

10 Job Hunting Basics for CFOs

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Question: I’m a CPA CA with twenty years’ experience in food manufacturing. I’ve spent  the last ten years as VP Finance and CFO of a frozen food processor in Mississauga. My company was acquired six months ago by a private equity firm and so I decided back then that I should start looking at the market.

I’ve contacted some recruiters and I’ve sent my resume in on a few different CFO and VP Finance jobs that I saw advertised on Indeed Jobs and LinkedIn but I haven’t gotten any traction out of my  job hunting efforts yet.…

Rolling the Dice on a CFO Hire

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Question: I’m the CEO of a family owned, $50mm electrical contractor in Scarborough. Our CFO decided to move on unexpectedly and we’ve been conducting a search to replace him over the past two months. I’ve tapped into my network and have seen a number of potential candidates, some of which were okay and some of which were obviously not suitable for the job. I haven’t felt strongly enough about any of them to pull the trigger.…