This senior audit manager makes sure it all adds up
Name: Paul Ciapanna Age: 28 Position: Senior manager, audit, KPMG LLP
Job description: As an audit manager, I am responsible for ensuring companies are reporting financial information in accordance with the applicable accounting standards. I work with clients on a daily basis and assist them with solving financial reporting questions. Is this the job you thought you’d be doing? Since high school I knew I wanted a career in something accounting/business-related, but I didn’t necessarily think I would be in audit at a public accounting firm. For most people growing up, the only auditors we know or hear about are ones from the CRA, so I can’t say it was high on my potential careers list. However, the experience, clients and fastpaced environment really make it appealing for me.
Advice to others on launching a career: Too many people start networking and building connections when they need something. From my experience, the best time to network is when you don’t need anything. This allows you to be genuine and get to know people as friends and not potential customers. Get out in the community as soon as possible as it will force you to learn new skills, introduce you to new people, take on leadership roles and mentor other individuals.
Roots: Homegrown! Born and raised in Stoney Creek, attended McMaster University. I completed a 12-month internship with KPMG in between my third and fourth year, was given an offer of employment on graduating and have been working there ever since. iPhone, Android or BB? Recently made the switch from BB to iPhone. Recent Tweet or FB update: Photos from the Arkells concert at
Networks: Member of Hamilton Hive and regular attendee of Hive-X, CIPBA Hamilton-Halton, OGGI, Knights of Columbus, Hamilton Yi-Fi network, CYO subcommittee. Favourite restaurant in the downtown: Too many to choose from, but a pokeh bowl or a charred chicken sandwich always hits the spot. Best feature of life in Hamilton: How someone can really make a difference, and the various channels available to support these initiatives. There are a lot of risk-takers here in Hamilton who cause us to question the norm and push the envelope in our community. This affects everything from how we navigate through the city to how we collaborate with people across multiple disciplines. There is this incredible sense of everyone working together for the greater good, regardless of their background, which is really refreshing. These new concepts and initiatives are showcasing what Hamilton has to offer and are putting us on the map. What would make Hamilton a better city? Right now we have a lot of momentum in new businesses starting up. In order to keep them going and continue to be sustainable, we need a better mix of more established corporations. There are still a lot of Hamiltonians commuting to Toronto and surrounding areas for better jobs and experience because the opportunities don’t exist here. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Quote: Age doesn’t matter unless you are cheese or wine. — Anonymous
Paul Ciapanna, 28, is a senior audit manager at KPMG.