About Rob

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A native of Acton, Ontario, and a graduate of Acton District High School and Sheridan College, Rob is a Certified Management Accountant with 20+ years’ experience as a Controller at companies involved in manufacturing, distribution, asset management and contract research. He is currently involved as a consultant for challenges facing all levels of corporate management.

On a personal level, the following are of note:

In high school, a love of foreign languages began, especially for French, and reading, writing and listening are still in practice. A certificate of proficiency in Spanish has been obtained from the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, and a rudimentary understanding of German is also present. His wife is trying to instil the subtleties of Mandarin into him, but there is still a way to go!

In the course of his work, he has met and succeeded at many diverse challenges, in both public and privately-owned companies:

  • intense involvement with multiple corporate acquisitions, reorganizations, divestitures, new financing arrangements and downsizings (at the investigative, due diligence and decision-making levels)
  • dealing with lawyers, accountants and other professionals in multiple jurisdictions in all respects with the above
  • implementation, improvement and repair of information and ERP systems on multiple platforms
  • dealing with audits and investigations by various taxation authorities, and proving the company case in all related issues arising from them
  • successful turnarounds of business operations in several business cycles
  • working not just in Canadian-owned operations, but also for ones owned by American, British and Japanese public companies

He has also been on the board of several nonprofit organizations, including:

He is married, and lives in Markham, Ontario.

Personal synopsis

Date of birth xii MCMLIII
Star sign
Chinese zodiac animal 木蛇
Birthstone Turquoise
Birth flower Narcissus
Patron saints Charles de Foucauld, Eligius
Angelic governor Adnachiel
Allergies None known
Handedness Right
Spouse 1 x ♀ (♈, 火羊)
Siblings 2 x ♂, 2 x ♀ (1 † )
Superstitious Not especially
Coffee Bold, cream only
Tea Orange pekoe (with milk), Oolong (without)
Sweet or savoury? Both
Beer IPA, Guinness
Wine Côtes du Rhône, Beaujolais
Firewater Calvados, Armagnac
Cuisine English, Italian, Cantonese, Indian
Radio stations CBC Radio 1/2, Espace Musique, NPR, Jazz.fm
Favourite colour Khaki
Rock, paper, scissors? Paper
Muppets Oscar, Moishe Oofnik
Instrument The wild beast of the orchestra
Glass half… Full
Desert island? Books (history/biography/BD), Music (Wagner, Vigneault, Stompin’ Tom)

Favourite sayings

« Voici mon secret. Il est très simple : on ne voit bien qu’avec le cœur. L’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux. »
—Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Le Petit Prince

“Alea jacta est.”
—Julius Caesar, 49 BC

“Ars longa, vita brevis.” (“Ὁ βίος βραχύς, ἡ δὲ τέχνη μακρή.”)
—Hippocrates, Aphorismi

« Fais ce que dois. »
Le Devoir

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