Meet CPA Canada member Maureen Sullivan, CPA, CA, Maureen Sullivan Consulting

Learn about the career path of CPA Canada member Maureen Sullivan, principal at Maureen Sullivan Consulting.

Maureen Sullivan runs her own consulting practice, Maureen Sullivan Consulting, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She holds her CPA, CA designation and is an active member supporting the finance and accounting profession. Read about her experiences working in this industry for more than 20 years.

How did you get into the profession?

With an innate love of numbers and a natural curiosity about how any business works, accounting was a very natural fit for me. From my first accounting course in university, I knew that business was the right path for me and that the CA designation would be the best way for me to pursue that path.

What is the best part of your job?

I am very results-oriented, so seeing new programs or initiatives reap the planned rewards is very motivating. Also, seeing the pride in the team members who worked to accomplish the goal and the personal growth that team members often achieve by participating in new ideas and methods is very rewarding.

What is your biggest business or career accomplishment? What are you most proud of?

My biggest career accomplishment is making the leap from a strictly accounting role to moving into general management and strategy, which I find very rewarding.

What piece of advice would you give someone moving into the industry?

Learn the operations of the company inside-out. Cultivate relationships with the individuals running the various operating units. This network and knowledge of the business will lead to both success and enjoyment of your role. Get involved with a networking group outside of your organization to stay current and connected to your profession.

Describe yourself in three words.

Determined, adaptable, problem solver.

What are one or two important concepts or rules that have helped you succeed in your career?

One of the most important rules of business for me is being fair in business with all parties, peers, staff, supplier’s, colleagues, etc. The book Getting to Yes covers this topic very well. This approach will bring the most personal satisfaction and will result in you being given opportunities you wouldn’t have known were available.

If you had your career to do over again, is there anything you would change?

No, I feel there is value in embracing all of your experiences and continuing to set your path forward based on new learnings.