The daughter of a chartered accountant, Ann Patterson has always had a natural affinity for numbers. She was inspired by her father to pursue her talents, and has thrived in the financial industry ever since. With more than three decades of experience behind her, Ms. Patterson decided to open her own practice, where she serves as a freelance accountant. In her role, she oversees accounting functions, such as financial reporting mechanisms, policies and processes, and examines financial records and transactions. Ms. Patterson is also responsible for ensuring that employees adhere to industry standards, corporate rules and regulatory requirements, and recommending improvements to accounting systems and management practices. Further, she develops and maintains cost finding and reports on internal control procedures.
Prior to becoming a freelance accountant, Ms. Patterson served as an intermediate accountant for YMCA Canada, an accountant for the Canadian Bible Study, and an accounting manager for WoodGreen Community Services. Her past positions exposed her to all facets of the financial and accounting sectors, and she became well-versed in working with a diverse group of people. Ms. Patterson excelled at overseeing monthly financial statements, developing and implementing internal financial controls, providing analyses, and managing personnel. She attributes her success to hard work and dedication.
To prepare for her career, Ms. Patterson earned a Bachelor of Arts in commerce and economics from the University of Toronto, Scarborough, with honors, in 1979. She is also a chartered professional accountant and certified general accountant. Ms. Patterson remains on top of her field through her affiliations with the Canadian Association of Women Executives and Entrepreneurs, the Canadian Federation of University Women, and Financial Executives International Canada. She is also on the board of directors for the Times Change Women’s Employment Service, and is an honored member of The International Women’s Leadership Association.
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