Lisa MacLean – Principal, Toronto
Lisa brings more than 20 years of diverse finance executive experience in multiple sectors including manufacturing, distribution, logistics, trading, financial services and CPG. She thrives on collaborating with owner/operators, private equity sponsors and publicly owned fast-paced entrepreneurial organizations. Lisa has held executive and senior financial positions in Canada and Europe with ESKA Water, Maple Leaf Foods and British Petroleum. Lisa is growth orientated with an operational and strategic mindset, known for delivering results with urgency and driving businesses to succeed by pursuing excellence in the core areas of controllership, treasury and business planning.
Lisa’s expertise includes leading multi-disciplined teams to be best in class in their domain, be it Finance, Payroll, IT, Customer services, or HR and Admin. She has been responsible for financial & operational reporting, executive and board reporting, strategic planning, controls, risk management & insurance, budgeting & forecasting, contract management & negotiation, procurement, asset management, legal, facilitating M&A, corporate governance, Audit, Tax, software solutions, restructuring, and organizational efficiency.
Working with operations and sales using continuous improvement techniques and business process reviews. Lisa has reduced waste, lowered costs, increased performance and delivered process and labour efficiencies. She has set up reporting processes and developed simple, relevant KPI`s and standards to track performance and progress with realignment to further drive improvements in productivity, revenues and profitability.
Her rigorous cash flow management and forecasting, including sourcing and negotiating debt and grants, has enabled businesses to raise capital for expansion and M&A, and guided businesses through cash flow challenges. She has experience in accessing funds through ABL’s, LOC’s, government grants and loans, vendor negotiations and equity.
Lisa has a passion for fully utilizing and leveraging IT solutions to drive organizational efficiencies and deliver clear, accurate and timely information. She has lead and managed ERP projects, designed and implemented MIS (management information systems) and analytical solutions, and fully utilized KPI’s and dashboards. Lisa does not shy away from redesigning business processes and using SaaS (Software as a service) for automation of data processing for accounts payable, customer service and procurement. She has implemented robot technology for data processing in customers systems and AGV’s with WH control and management software.
Lisa holds her accounting designation with the Association of Chartered Certified accounts, and is a fellow of this association, FCCA.