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Paula Smith

Paula Smith

As a partner at Ernst & Young, Paula has gained a broad base of retail experience, both in the specialty retail and general merchandise sectors, and with consumer product clients. Paula currently has market responsibilities for leading EY’s retail and consumer products practice in the Greater Toronto Area.

Paula has extensive experience working with private and public companies and providing IFRS and US financial accounting, reporting and advisory advice, particularly in the retail and life sciences sectors. Most recently she has taken multiple Canadian Reporting Issuers public in the US. She is knowledgeable in IFRS and US GAAP and has in-depth experience with internal controls over financial reporting requirements (SOX 404). She has over 20 years of experience with EY in Toronto, including a two-year secondment to the Canadian national audit practice and a three year secondment leading EY’s Human Resource team for its largest practice (responsible for performance management, compensation and recruiting).

Paula has experience in her not-for-profit role as a member of the Kingsway College School Finance Committee. She also has extensive experience in the boardroom through her public company portfolio, advising clients around governance and financial/business risks. Paula graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelor of Business Administration with Distinction and is a Chartered Accountant and U.S. CPA.

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