Elizabeth Lund, GrDip 11, first heard about MTY Group while working for Deloitte at the beginning of her career.
Lund’s future employer was one of her audit clients where she developed a relationship with Eric Lefebvre, GrDip 01, who became MTY Group’s chief executive officer in November 2018.
“It was my first foray into the company and it was incredible to realize how many brands they owned,” Lund says. “This was a company that was just right here in my backyard in Ville Saint-Laurent.”
Little did Lund know she would eventually join the organization as its first director of financial reporting in April 2017. Today, her responsibilities include overseeing MTY Group’s external financial reports, determining appropriate accounting treatments and policy choices, and working on any complex or non-routine transactions, such as business acquisitions.
She notes that her newly created role is indicative of a company that has grown significantly since she first completed her audit.
“It’s an organization that is very energetic — it’s fast-paced,” Lund says. “I could just see the endless possibilities in the company and that’s what enticed me to work here. I’m obviously very happy to be part of the organization.”
As a Concordia graduate student, Lund met many individuals in her program who would go on to specialize in various facets of accounting. The experience helped her to establish a network of peers she still calls upon whenever she works on something that falls outside her comfort zone.
“Some went into business valuation and some became tax experts,” Lund says. “You have the same fundamental training — similar thought processes — and that’s what is really nice when you leave.”
At the time of her graduation, Lund couldn’t have guessed she would be working for a Canadian franchisor because it’s such a specific industry. She does, however, see a connection between what she is doing now and her first job.
“I started off working in a quick-service style restaurant for a franchisee,” Lund recalls. “It’s kind of full circle that I would end up working for the company that would own the rights.”
Her advice for students interested in financial reporting?
“Have a strong foundation of the accounting standards — it’s mission critical to go into this role,” she says.
“It’s a job that requires a lot of independent research and a strong desire to continuously learn. Standards continuously evolve and so can the expectations of your stakeholders and regulators.”