Ashley Hallett

Controller, Canbriam Energy Inc.

Describe a typical day

As a lot of my job is related to financial reporting, my days can vary quite a bit depending on what time of the year it is and what reporting deadlines are coming up.

During year-end and quarterly reporting, my days consist of reviewing the key entries, reviewing the financial statements and drafting the wording in our Management Discussion and Analysis (MD&A). While drafting the MD&A, I work closely with other departments to ensure what we are communicating to our stakeholders is accurate and consistent with their knowledge.

The rest of my time is spent doing a wide variety of other things including managing the AP department, answering various questions from my direct reports, responding to various investor requests and dealing with anything finance related that comes my way.

 

Perks of your job and things you like about your current company.

There are so many great things about working at Canbriam; work-life balance, career growth, individual recognition and job satisfaction. The company has allowed me to realize the potential I have to grow and provided me the opportunities to do so. My job is enjoyable and challenging and I work with an amazing team of intelligent and talented people. The executives and management are down to earth, approachable and really do care about the employees of the company.

Proudest accomplishments both in and outside of work.

My proudest accomplishment at work would be my promotion to Controller. I really enjoy managing the financial reporting process and seeing it all come together while ensuring we are meeting our deadlines!

Personally, my proudest accomplishment is obtaining my Chartered Accountant designation.

Thoughts on the future of the industry as it relates to your field.

The good thing for me is that companies will always need accountants. There are reporting requirements and deadlines to be met, not to mention the ever changing accounting standards that we need to comply with. However, the last few years in this industry have been tough and a lot of people have lost their jobs (accountants included). I think that the companies who have made it through will continue to find new ways of doing things that save time as workloads increase but hiring freezes remain in effect. This provides a unique opportunity for financial reporting teams, as tasks become more automated, accountants can spend more time analyzing the data rather than compiling it.

Current community involvement efforts.

I am a big supporter of animal rescue organizations. My husband and I adopted our dog Onyx from Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS) and our dog Sophie from the Saskatoon SPCA. I have also recently started volunteering with AARCS and I attend their fundraisers when I can.

My company is also actively involved in the community. We recently volunteered with the Drop-In Centre, Calgary Food Bank and Habitat for Humanity.

Why YWE?

It is really great to connect with other professional women and hear about their careers and personal lives (and how they are making it all work!). Also YWE has great events!

What are you reading?

I am currently reading The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Imposter Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It by Valerie Young. I heard about this book from a speaker at a Women In Finance (now known as Women in Calgary Markets) Luncheon and the concept really stuck with me.