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Anthony Ramos

Ramos works in value advisory at Deloitte and is currently pursuing a Chartered Business Valuator designation

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Anthony Ramos: “Accounting isn’t just numbers. I see the life narrative of a business behind those numbers.” (Photograph by Riley Smith)

Age 28 / Halifax
Senior associate at Deloitte 

Why accounting

At 18, Ramos left Rio de Janeiro to study English in Canada, with the end goal of studying law. “There’s a lot of corruption in Brazil,” he says. “I wanted to become a public lawyer to help those in need.” But law school turned out to be too much of a time and financial commitment, so he opted for economics, which is how he discovered accounting. “Non-accountants think accounting is just numbers, but I see the life narrative of a business behind t hose numbers.”

What he’s doing now

Ramos works in value advisory at Deloitte. He says coming to Canada alone with no ties taught him how to be resourceful. “When I find an issue, going to my manager is never my first choice. I try to come up with my own solution.” The CFE process was stressful, he says. “I have so much respect for anyone who succeeded before me.”

Where he sees himself in 10 years 

Ramos is currently pursuing a Chartered Business Valuator designation. His long-term goal: “I just want to be able to provide opportunities like the ones given to me.”

On the future of accounting 

Ramos has seen AI improve  audits and create fraud-detecting algorithms. He’s concerned  tech may eliminate traditional roles like bookkeeping. “Being  a CPA today isn’t about looking at spreadsheets. You have to think outside the box.”

Fun fact

Ramos spent six years in a military school in Rio de Janeiro, where he had to wear a uniform and march every day. “It taught me a lot about respect, discipline and hierarchy.”