“Welch has always encouraged internal development and innovation and retains an entrepreneurial spirit in its DNA – this positions the firm well as a market leader and as true strategic advisors to its client base.”
Chris has over twenty years of experience in accounting and financial management in various management roles and sectors.
Chris began his career as a student with Welch in 1998, and left the firm temporarily to take on roles with the Bank of Canada, the Department of Finance Canada and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). He served as Deputy Chief Financial Officer for IRCC as well as Chief Financial Officer for the Department of Finance.
Chris brings his public-sector experience to Welch’s Government Services business line. In addition to his background with Welch, his experience as a senior financial executive in complex and financially significant entities provides a unique perspective on approaches to financial management.
Chris graduated from the University of Waterloo in 2003 with a Masters in Accounting and successfully completed the Uniform Final Evaluation in the same year.
Joined Welch In
2019 (after working at the firm between 1999 and 2008)
B.A. Masters of Accounting (M.Acc) – University of Waterloo
Vintage Wings of Canada, Ottawa-Hospital Civic Auxiliary
Most of my spare time is spent catching up on reading that I’ve been putting off. Beyond that, it’s keeping up with my family.
Favorite books (or authors)
Currently - Principles, Ray Dalio. Anything by Paul Theroux, PJ O’Rourke, Alberto Manguel. Steve Rushin. Changes all the time.
Most memorable vacation
Paris, 2019 – for the French Open at Roland- Garros
Personal accomplishment/ most proud of?
My son, Sascha.
Favorite quote/ Words of Wisdom
Bobby Axelrod will sometimes offer some good food for thought.
“The greats never sacrifice the important for the urgent. They handle the immediate problem and still make sure to secure the future.” – Bobby Axelrod
My favourite business writer right now is Ray Dalio who wrote Principles.
“Don’t confuse the quality of someone’s circumstances with the quality of their approach to dealing with the circumstances. One can be good and the other bad.” – Ray Dalio