All while being entrepreneurial and adapting to disruption
by Alyana Versolatto
Julia Klann(MAcc’05)is one of the luckyfewwho knew exactly what they wanted to do aftergraduatingfromuniversity. Fromherco-opexperienceatBig 4 accounting firms, she developed an affinity forworking intax early on – Canadian tax that is. It was when she wassearching for her final co-op work termthat she came across arolefocusedon U.S.tax– a realm she wasn’tasfamiliar with. She made the leap, and from that moment on fell in love with U.S.tax and never looked back.
Klann finds her current roleasPartner, Eastern Canada Leader in U.S.Corporate Tax at Grant Thornton LLPbothchallengingand incrediblyrewarding.As someone who gets bored easily,sheenjoys how each daypresents a new opportunity. Whether it be workingwith differentindustries,clients,orbusiness objectives.Being a partner and strategically leading a practice also allows Klann to be an entrepreneurand make her own schedule.Planninga projectthat ends up savinga clienttax money or implementinga measurethat's more tax-efficientgivesherthegreatsatisfactionof helping someone.
The School ofAccounting and Financewas able to catch up withKlann thisfallfor an interview, and toalsohave her asapanelist atour recentWomen inAccounting and Finance:Global Summiton October 7.Here shesharedmore abouther leadership experiences and career journeyto fellow alums, as well as aspiring professionals.