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With one article everyday this week, this is one of five articles, featuring interviews with our Member Ambassadors.
Meet Faye Evangelista, CPA, CA, Manager, Marketing Finance at Aritzia
Where else has your CPA designation taken you?
I did the BComm program at UBC and a summer internship with PwC, eventually joining them full-time after graduation. Taking the public practice route opened many doors and granted me the early opportunity to gain insight into many different businesses around the world. International secondments were also the main reason I chose to work in public practice.
As soon as I wrote the final exam (now known as CFE), I transferred to our London, UK office. It was challenging and exciting to live in a high-profile city and work with the world’s largest companies. Most of my clients were in in the extractive industries so I was lucky to travel a lot for work to some exotic locations, such as Egypt, Mongolia, China, “The Loneliest Road” in Nevada, and The Channel Islands.
What made you transition from public practice into retail industry? How was the transition from mining to luxury retail?
Working in London expanded my client profile from mining to retail. I was able to work with Burberry at their iconic London headquarters. I got to see the designers first-hand, hear about new concepts and launches, and even bump into Christopher Bailey (former Chief Creative Officer and President of Burberry) in the elevators every once in a while! Fashion has always been a personal interest of mine, so combining it with my professional life was a perfect fit.
Can you share an interest outside of work that you are passionate about?
I am working towards playing on a competitive women’s ultimate frisbee team. Exercise is a big priority for me and I always make time to work out during the week to help with my cross-training, whether it is a lunchtime conditioning class at The SET at Aritzia or a spin class.
Looking ahead, what opportunities and challenges do you see for your industry?
Consumers are more and more interested in where the product comes from and where it goes. Sustainability, both within the supply chain as well as post-consumption, is a challenge many fashion companies are taking seriously. I am inspired by the responsibility companies and their clients are taking to minimize the environmental impact of fashion over it’s lifetime.
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