After spending more than 15 years in Europe, Wilson Balachandra (MAcc ’94) is pulling up stakes – and heading back to Canada. When he and his wife Agnes began pondering future directions, they considered other possibilities, but family ultimately tipped the scales. “It’s all about the baby!” Wilson happily explains, referring to daughter Sonja Mala, who arrived earlier this year.
"My career has been very linear in terms of working as a Chartered Accountant doing various forms of audit," admits Terrance (Terry) DeJong (BMath '85), "but it's been much more fortuitous in terms of geography. I've had some amazing opportunities to do interesting work and see the world at the same time." Since 2011 he has served as an Assistant Auditor General for the Government of Canada.
“There aren’t many more things I need to accomplish professionally in the tax and accounting arena,” says Michael (Mike) Dutot (BA ’79), who is set to retire from corporate life. “It’s time for new challenges – such as the lifelong pursuit of a lower golf handicap!”
Most SAF alumni want to stay connected to their classmates, but they may not know exactly how to do that, and making the effort to seek out other grads and coordinate events can be daunting. But still they feel that undeniable urge to re-ignite as professionals the sense of community, camaraderie, and intellectual stimulation they enjoyed as students. This is where the School of Accounting and Finance Alumni Association (SAF AA) comes in, says its new president, Jesse Waltman.