Craig Broughton CA, CFO tells how Adaptability and a Good Mentor Can Boost Your Career

Craig Broughton’s story is one of perseverance and determination. It demonstrates how being adaptable and forward thinking can allow you to make the jump from VP to the top finance job.   It also shows how putting the key people in place, not getting too comfortable and taking one step at a time can set you up for a truly successful finance career.

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Digging to the Top Finance Job: Ernest Cleave, CFO (Pt. 2)

What was it like to immigrate and enter the Canadian job market?
Before immigrating I had visited Canada and noticed that it is a real “live and let live” society  that feels safe and good for a family.   At the same time, anyone who has immigrated will identify the following conflicting mindset:  ”Do I leave behind my extended family, my hard work and my reputation to start over in a new place all for the promise of something that might be better?”   During the entire process my wife and I went from being successful professionals to an unknown quantity and that is scary.   The reality is that you enter the country and immediately are perceived as a rung below a similarly qualified local candidate with local credentials.   The Canadian market places significant stock in accreditation and designations and generally you need to have a local CA, CMA, CGA or another credential to be considered, especially at organizations with substantial and influential human resources departments.

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Digging to the Top Finance Job: Ernest Cleave, CFO (Pt. 1)

Although now settled in a leadership position at Cline Mining (a growing exploration miner), South African born Ernest’s  journey over the past 15 years has taken him around the world to settle in Canada, from CFO to a fresh start and back again, and across multiple sectors.  

What was your life like between the times you graduated and when you left PricewaterhouseCoopers in South Africa?
Well I had graduated with a B.Com majoring in computer science and decided to keep going and get my Bachelor of Accounting Science. My father encouraged me to either work in finance or accounting due to the diversity of opportunities and he nudged me in that direction.  To be fair, there were fewer opportunities in computer science at the time and I had to assess what was going to get me further along the path to a successful career.  PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) was my first choice and I jumped at a chance to work there.

My father encouraged me to either work in finance or accounting due to the diversity of opportunities and he nudged me in that direction.  To be fair, there were fewer opportunities in computer science

During my time at PWC I was exposed to various industries and sectors and was exposed to all levels of these organizations. This was a major benefit career-wise despite more lucrative opportunities being available in entry-level financial services and general management jobs.

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