Class of 2008 | Faculty of Business and Information Technology
The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) thread weaves deeply through Sean's life. As a student in the Commerce program, the time his professors took to help him get to where he needed to be and the opportunities they gave him to work as a teaching assistant helped him to become a member of both the President's and the Dean's Honour Rolls.
He also credits the university's outstanding Accounting program and focus on hard work for ensuring that he was well prepared for the Uniform Final Evaluation, the challenging three-day national exam that was a prerequisite to becoming a Chartered Accountant (now Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant). As well, the friends Sean made at university have been a continuing source of collaboration and support in his career. And it's likely that attending classes in shorts and sandals during the winter months may have contributed to his current interest in rock climbing under tough conditions.
Sean even has that entrepreneurial drive that seems to be an innate quality of so many UOIT students and alumni. He's currently Manager, Global Transfer Pricing Services for KPMG, one of the largest professional services companies in the world. He was drawn to his profession because of its opportunities to work with international organizations. KPMG's transfer pricing group is currently at the forefront of worldwide discussions regarding tax transparency, base erosion and profit sharing – a hotly debated topic.
He is also a volunteer member of the young CPA advisory committee, which advises on the strategic priorities and key initiatives of CPA Ontario through the perspectives of its young members.
What Sean most enjoys about his career is also what he enjoys about UOIT: the opportunity to work with intelligent people on ambitious projects. As a member of the Alumni Association Council, which recently completed a five-year strategic plan, he looks forward to helping shape the future of the university and how alumni interact with it. That strong UOIT thread continues to weave through his life.