Author Archives: Jenny Okonkwo

About Jenny Okonkwo

A MESSAGE TO VICE PRESIDENTS IN FINANCE You know how you are continuously frustrated with trying to balance external compliance requirements with supporting the business internally? I solve this. I do this by using my natural talent for detecting and eliminating waste, duplication, inefficiencies. Documenting procedures, streamlining business processes to help define and clarify roles and responsibilities. Automating manual outdated systems, designing and implementing new ways of working, analysing business data to improve decision making. I help companies develop and improve the internal controls over their financial reporting by assisting in the delivery of Sarbanes Oxley (SOX 404) readiness programs. This allows focus to be placed on compliance and knowing that internal business is taken care of, helping to minimize financial risk to maximize commercial opportunity. Even though I am an accountant by trade, I’ll always be a problem solver at heart, which is shown here. I’m always looking for a new problem to solve, so if you’ve got a doozy you need a hand with, feel free to contact me directly at 647 838 9606 or drop me a line at I have also helped local business entrepreneurs and sole proprietors prepare their voluntary disclosure applications, computerize their manual accounting systems, remove their record-keeping backlogs, automate their processes using both cloud based and desktop accounting solutions, prepare their personal and corporate tax returns. Join my LinkedIn Group now to brainstorm and collaborate from any of these perspectives. Connect with me on Twitter and Linkedin.

5 Ways Your Projects Could Fail and How to Avoid Them

Many of us have experienced first-hand how certain issues can negatively impact project decision-making. Below are some tried and tested tips on how to address them.  1: Lack of group cohesion This is often demonstrated by differing or overlapping agendas … Continue reading

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FP&A and Business Process Outsourcing

Can the Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A) Function be outsourced? Written by Jenny Okonkwo The views expressed in this article are those of the author only. According to research outlined in a White Paper “FP&A outsourcing will become an increasingly … Continue reading

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Consultants

Written by Jenny Okonkwo As we look back over the past 12 months, we can acknowledge the widely predicted continuing increase in short-term, assignment-based contract work in both large and small organizations as they struggle to adapt to the changing global economy. In my experience, … Continue reading

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Should you accept a gift from a family member?

Written by Jenny Okonkwo Remember when we were children, our parents always taught us not to accept gifts from strangers? Well, it may be worthwhile considering this advice when it comes to family members as well! Referring to Tony Wilson’s recent Globe and … Continue reading

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Is your Networking ‘not working’? Useful Job-Search Tips

Written by Jenny Okonkwo Job seeking is widely recognized as one of the top 5 most stressful activities – alongside other life changing-events such as planning a wedding, moving house, etc. As human beings we strive to avoid having to … Continue reading

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7 Reasons to Hire A Tax Preparer

Written by Jenny Okonkwo Seven key reasons why owner managed businesses (OMBs) should consider forming a long-term partnering relationship with a dedicated tax preparer instead of “walking-in” to a “shoe-box” accountant for their T1 General return: 1) Incomplete Business Records … Continue reading

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The Paperless Home Office

Written by Jenny Okonkwo Record-keeping, the ‘bug-bear’ of the owner-managed business, becomes critical in the period leading up to the preparation of your corporate income tax return. Incomplete, or missing records, can lead to under-recovery of business expenses, unnecessarily increasing … Continue reading

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Create A Plan To Accomplish What You Want; Act (and Improve) On It Every Day

Written by Eric Leaman “He who fails to plan is planning to fail.” – Winston Churchill I know Churchill’s quote has become a bit clichéd (‘failing to plan is planning to fail.’) but the thing about clichés … they are … Continue reading

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Commit to Accomplishing What You Want

Written by Eric Leaman   “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” – Henry Ford  The things you will achieve in life are those things that are well-defined, and to which you are truly and completely … Continue reading

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What makes a successful Finance business partner?

Is ‘business partnering’ a consciously chosen career path, or more like an area you fall into? When considering a Finance career, I knew I wanted to be a ‘management accountant’. This included providing superior financial decision support to leadership teams in both Commercial and Operations. Continue reading

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