This se­nior au­dit man­ager makes sure it all adds up

The Hamilton Spectator - - BUSINESS - If you know a Hamil­ton Pro­fes­sional who would make a good can­di­date for this pro­file se­ries, send an email to shen­der­son@thes­pec.com

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

FirstOn­tario Place.

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: pp­ci­a­panna@kpmg.ca Quote: Age doesn’t mat­ter un­less you are cheese or wine. — Anony­mous

JOHN RENNISON, THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

Paul Ci­a­panna, 28, is a se­nior au­dit man­ager at KPMG.

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