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Les Brown

BA, GDBA, Cloud Technology Evangelist

  • Red Deer Alberta
  • 403-307-0791

executive summary

A graduate level business education and international business experience. Experience in all functional areas of business operations including Finance/Accounting, Human Resources, Operations Management, Information Technologies, & Marketing.  Strong ethics, ability to drive strategic vision and add value to the organization.  I endeavour to use leading edge technology whenever I can.

I am a life long learner and my learning program is extensive with both breadth and depth.

A large part of my career has been with smaller organizations that did not have large staff resources or a significant spectrum of professional accreditation;  i.e. many companies did not have an IT department so I stepped up.  My cross section skills would make me a modern version of a "Comptroller"  having a strong intersection of Accounting and IT skills.

My positions have always had a defined job description but I have often been called upon to carry out special projects that did not fit anywhere else in the organization.  This has resulted in my incredible diversity of learning and acquired skills which has been one of the most satisfying components of my career.

Work History

CamLea Holdings Inc.



First Line of Business:   Contract Term Positions Involving:

  • Accounting, Human Resources, Payroll, Policy & Procedures
  • Supervision of Office Support Staff
  • Manage Office Systems & Technology, and Supporting Contractors
  • Manage Rental Properties of the Owner
  • Month End & Year End Accounting / Audit Working Papers
  • Strategic Advisor to Clients
  • HRDC Work Share Program Administration.
  • Special Projects:  Build a Strategic Plan,  Office Move, Partnership Mediation, Source New Public Accountant, Inventory Management Project,  Term Commodity Pricing Agreement for Raw Materials, Set up several New Companies

Contracted to Four Companies averaging 16 months/contract plus many other one-time and short-term assignments.


Second Line of Business:   Contract Service Provider for Bell, Shaw Direct, & TELUS Satellite TV, Explornet Satellite, and WIMAX Tower Based Internet

  • Installation, Service, and Repair of Satellite Television/Internet Equipment
  • Consult Customers on Service Requirements and Alterations to their Home’s, gain approval for all work carried out.
  • Troubleshoot and diagnose a wide variety of customer equipment problems.
  • Sell additional services, Make equipment recommendations
  • Advise on alternative if not able to provide service
  • Manage back office, extensive record keeping and documentation
  • Prepare own payroll, CRA remittances, WCB submissions, Insurance Compliance, OH&S
  • Conduct Marketing
  • Use Unfamiliar Technology to Solve Unique Customer Situations
  • Be highly adaptable to ever changing and dynamic situations
  • Train New Installers

Collect Energy Services Inc


Operations/Financial Analyst

  • Due Diligence Review Team for California Acquisition
  • Accounting, Human Resources Admin, Payroll for California Ops.
  • Quarterly Travel to 3 California Branches
  • Implementation of Software for Management of Operations.
  • Shut down of Collicutt Energy Services operations acquired by Finning Canada
  • Accounting for complex disposal of assets and completion of work in progress at time of acquisition
  • Supervision of Payroll Department covering 700 employees in 3 provinces and 2 states
  • Oversight of legacy computer information systems to complete accounting records and close out of business.

Link for Collicutt Energy Services

Bell Canada - West


Senior Capital Analyst

  • Work with Project Management team to set-up CAPEX Projects
  • Administer CAPEX Work in Progress Spending
  • Set up completed projects as Fixed Assets
  • Research and Close Orphan Projects
  • Reconcile monthly CAPEX WIP Sub-ledger
  • Special Projects:  Floor Fire Warden Captain

Link for Bell Canada

Geophysical Service Inc.


Business Analyst

  • Coordinate International Staff Movements, and International Contractor & Supplier Liaison
  • International logistics coordination for 2 marine vessels
  • Processing of shipboard payroll for foreign contractors, wire transfer remittences
  • Business Strategy Research and Monitoring of Off Shore Regulatory Bodies
  • Driver of Annual Business Strategy Meetings in Houston
  • International Wire Transfer Administration
  • Competitor Analysis
  • Competitor Performance Benchmarking
  • Institute a Ship Board Inventory System for Tools and Commissary
  • Build Predictive Model
  • Travel and Work Permit Management
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Special Project:  Office Renovation, Computing Technology Upgrade,  Used Google notifications to track Offshore Petroleum Board Actions & Tenders

Link for Geophysical Services Inc.

Ruffneck Heaters


Credit Manager & Fixed Assets  

Primary responsibility for Invoicing and Collections Cycle  Back-up for A/P and Payroll

  • Dunn & Bradstreet Credit Management
  • Export Development Corp.  Receivables Management Program Administrator
  • Soft Collections & Working with Collections Agencies
  • Customer Credit Risk Assessment
  • Multi Currency: C$   US$ &  Euro Transactions,  Month End Currency Revaluations for Financial Reporting
  • Tracking and Bi-annual facility audit of Fixed Assets 
  • Adjustments of fixed assets on G/L
  • Super-User training on IFS for the AR Module of IFS
  • Special Projects:  
    • Fixed Asset Software Implementation & Set-up  
    • Calgary Corporate Challenge Team Mascot (Won Spirit Award 2003) 
    • Lease Administration of Surplus Office Space  Social Committee Member   OH&S Committee Member  
    • Employee / Management Relations Committee
    • Assisted in the development of early presence

Link for Roughneck Heaters

Prior Career


Real Estate Management & Development Industry

Real Estate Property Manager:  Vancouver & Calgary

Property Types:  Condominiums   Multi-Family Rental   Strip Commercial   Commercial Office  Mixed- Use Commercial/Residential Properties


  • Lease and By-law review and enforcement
  • Lease Payment / Condo Fee Collections
  • Commercial Tenant Operating Cost Adjustment Calculations
  • Utility and Property Tax Billing
  • Tenants & Owners Liaison
  • Property Budgets
  • Building Project Management
  • Emergency Situation Management
  • Builder Deficiencies - BC & Alberta New Home Warranty Administration 
  • Executive Directorship of Condo Boards
  • Condo Board Chair
  • Property Accounting
  • Some payroll administration
  • Building Trades & Staff Management
  • In-House IT Support (Hardware, Software, and Network) - most companies were fairly small  Basic Web Presence Website Maintenance

Companies Employed At:      Condex Property Management       Stataco Management Ltd.   Harlen Management Ltd.      Renoir Management Ltd.


Canadian Payroll Assn.


Payroll Compliance Practictioner

Level 1 of the Canadian Payroll Association Professional Certification Program

Have advance credit standing for 2 courses in the Certified Payroll Manager (Level 2)

Simon Fraser University


Graduate Diploma in Business Administration

An Online graduate level MBA type of  management program.  This program forms the first year of the SFU MBA and offers advanced standing into the SFU MBA program.

Graduate Level Courses Covered:   

Financial Accounting                    Managerial Accounting                 Corporate Finance       Marketing                                     Economics/Econometrics              Quantitative Analysis   Organizational Behaviour/HRM                                                         Strategic Management

SAIT Polytech


Diploma Courses in Business Admin

Continuing Education Courses, generally following a professional accounting designation syllabus.  Also included securities & investments, general management, & marketing.

University of Manitoba


BA - Advanced

Human Geography Major, Urban Studies Minor  Deans Honour Roll

Other Training


Business & Technical Training

  • Project Management Institute: Body of Knowledge  2010     Exam not written
  • CompTia: A+   Network+   Security +   Cloud Essentials     Exams not written
  • Microsoft Virtual Academy:   HTML5   CCS3   PHP   SQL  2013 - Present
  • Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations  NKE Exam Passed  2010
  • Shaw Academy:  Diploma in Social Media Marketing & Online Reputation Management 2015
  • Shaw Academy: Certificate in Social Media Marketing & Monetization In Progress
  • E-Careers: Certificate in Social Media Management  2015
  • Hootsuite Univeristy:  Certificate in Social Media   In Progress
  • Athabasca University:  Undergraduate Accounting, Computer & Business Management continuing Ed courses  1996 - 2000
  • Langara College:  Property Management & Computer Technology Continuing Ed Courses  1993 - 1994
  • U-Tube & Internet Based Video Training Tutorials:  SAP   SAP-HANA   SAP-HRM   SQL   Crystal Reports   Agile Project Management   2014 - Present
  • Knowledge Bureau of Canada:  2014 Income tax Update
  • ITI - Information Technology Institute Calgary Campus: 2000/2001                   Completed 2/3 of Web Technology Program prior to school going bankrupt as a result of the DotCom meltdown.  Covered HTML, Java, Flash, Apache, Visual Basic, Scripting, Web Site Optimization, SEO.   Unable to complete course as receiver was only offering at Toronto and Halifax locations.


ERP & Accounting Systems

Extensive experience with the following Tier 2 ERP systems as a User, Super User or System Administrator.  Basic experience configuring MRP in a manufacturing environment.

MAPICS        IFS,    Visual Manufacturing     GP Dynamics    Pronto   Sage 300    JD Edwards              SAP at an Academic Level

Property Management Systems:    Yardi       Progress

Desktop Accounting Systems:  Sage 50    Quickbooks     Peachtree

Cloud Accounting:  Xero   Quickbooks Online   Wave    Connected ERP    


Full scope of Financial Accounting including:

Credit Management    Collections   A/R    A/P   Financial Reporting   Month-End,/Year-End   Audit Working Papers   Managerial Accounting   Project Accounting    Controls, Policies & Procedures    Account Reconciliations

Experience managing a small accounting & administrative department


Will have the Payroll Compliance Practitioners Certificate complete in 2015.  Active Canadian Payroll Association Membership

Past member of American Payroll Association

  • International Payroll Experience :   USA and other countries for Canadian Expats and Foreign citizens.  
  • Payroll Remittences to Canada, US, and other countries.  
  • Full Payroll Year End reconciliations     CRA -PIER Reviews  
  • Payroll Oversight of up to 600 employees in 3 Provinces and 2 countries

Payroll Systems:   ADP    Ceridian    In House payroll processing

Experience with several Time & Attendance Tracking Systems:

Kronos &Time Zone

MS Excel

Abel to use excel at extremely high levels.

Complex Functions  Statistical Functions   Formulas   Pivot Tables   Complex Data Sorting Macros.

Financial Analysis

Though understanding of financial statement analysis and benchmarking, some experience in financial modelling.

Financial Statement Ratios    ROI Analysis   NPV & IRR Analysis   Time Value of Money   Yield Calculations   Capital Budgeting & Investment

Human Resources Management

2 years HR Generalist Experience with smaller companies.  

  • Full Cycle Recruiting, Interviewing, Screening
  • Managing all HR functions including on-boarding and orientation
  • HSE Policy
  • Compensation Research
  • Employee Counsel
  • Employee Reviews
  • Dismissals
  • ROE Reporting
  • Complex Issues Investigation - Harassment,  Controlled Substances

HRIS/HRM experience in several ERP systems - Academic Experience in SAP HR module.  Also installed and configures smaller desktop HRIS systems that integrate with desktop accounting programs.

General Business Management

Experience in all areas of business operations management including Marketing, Administration Policy and Procedures, Information Technology Support, both Hardware and Software.

Information Tech - Software (MS Office)

Abel to use all components of the MS Office group of software at the 2013 version level.  

Basic Experience Advanced Components:     Visio    MS Project    Sharepoint   Access   InfoPath    OneNote     Publisher

Fully fluent with the MS Office 365 cloud version as well

Cloud Technologies

Familiarity with various cloud based technologies:   SaaS   IaaS   PaaS 

Administrator Experience Configuring:  SharePoint    DropBox   iCloud   OneDrive Enterprise

Cloud Versions of:  Office Software   Accounting Software    Collaborative Software   Project Software

Training:  CompTia      Cloud Essentials Course      VMWare Virtualization Software   

  • Functional Understanding of Cloud Service Level Agreements   

Online Brand Management

I have basic skills in Web Analytics, Online Marketing, and Online Reputation Management.  Covered the Basics of HTML5, CCS3, PHP, Google Analytics, and how to use all forms of Social Media to build your brand.

HTML Editors:   Hotdog   FreeWay Express  CoffeeCup

Website Builders:  NetObjets Fusion  iWeb   Frontpage   GoDaddy Site Builder

Blog Sites:  Blogger   Wordpress

Social Network Sites:  Facebook for Business  Twitter  Google+   LinkedIn  Pintrest  Meetup

professional ASSOCIATIONS

volunteer activities

Host Japanese English Language Students Each Summer

Past Board Chair of Condominium Home Owners Assn.

Canadian Youth Entrepreneur Mentor