Hiring announcement: Senior Finance Partners

24 June 2021

Since the new administrative operating model was approved last October, several new entities and roles have been introduced to the university community including the Senior Partner and Partner positions. Partners are integral to the new model. They provide strategic support, ensure that policy and strategy is applied appropriately and facilitate connection to services in the central functions. Finance, Procurement and Planning and the SET finance workstream are pleased to announce the appointments of the Senior Finance Partners. As all eight appointments are internal hires, we’re pleased to be advancing our existing, key talent within the organization.

  • Li-Kwong Cheah & Kemi Kufuor Boakye — Senior Finance Partners, College of Health Sciences
  • Christine Lee & Leonard Wong — Senior Finance Partners, College of Natural & Applied Sciences
  • Tony Kurian & Sara Horseman — Senior Finance Partners, College of Social Sciences & Humanities and Stand-alone Faculties: Augustana, Campus Saint-Jean, and Faculty of Native Studies
  • Leah Logan — Senior Finance Partner, Office of the Provost, Vice-President University Services and Finance, and Vice-President External Relations
  • Sylvia Fong-Wong — Senior Finance Partner, Vice-President Facilities & Operations and Vice-President Research and Innovation

Reporting to Chad Schulz, Director, Finance Partnerships, the Senior Finance Partners deliver financial advice, guidance, and solutions to academic and administrative leaders including College Deans, College General Managers, and Chiefs of Staff. The Senior Partners will draw on their deep understanding of the university, its operations, and its challenges to deliver appropriate financial solutions to their respective area(s). They will actively engage with colleagues in Shared Services and the Finance Centres of Expertise in order to deliver results focused financial solutions.

The Senior Finance Partners will begin their new roles between June 28 and July 5. Their first priority upon starting their new role will be to hire the finance partners which they will lead and manage. Finance Partners will be hired with representatives from the Faculty General Managers, and will be done in two phases, with 15 to 20 hired by the end of July and another 15 to 20 hired by the end of August.

Finance partner reporting structure

  • AVP FPP *university-level
    • Director Finance Partners *university-level
      • Senior Finance Partners *college/portfolio-level [Dotted-line report to College General Managers and VP Portfolios]
        • Finance Partners *faculty/unit-level [Dotted-line report to Faculty General Managers and Campus Managers]

Todd Gilchrist
Vice President (University Services and Finance)
Chair, Service Excellence Steering Committee (SESC)

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