In this session, Peter Chouinard, Burkland Associates Managing Director, consumer group, who serves as an interim CFO for Burkland clients, shares his approach to helping companies understand when and how to streamline the software tools they use.
Most companies have cobbled together a broad array of financial software systems to help manage their operations and automate accounting. This is particularly evident when it comes to a company’s payables. The resulting messy tech stack that, among other things, consists of bill payment systems, corporate card programs, PO systems, expense management platforms, and more, can actually slow companies down and stymie their plans for growth.
Whether you’re feeling the strain now, or planning ahead to when this siloed approach to software solutions becomes untenable, it’s a good time to have a look at how to build comprehensive solutions. In this session Peter will use spend management software as a case study, He’ll address some of the more complex concepts associated with non-payroll spend especially inventory management. Bring your questions and join us for a fun and informative session.
Peter Chouinard is the Managing Director of Burkland's consumer group and a consulting CFO, providing a range of CFO services for startups. For the last 25+ years, Peter has served in impactful leadership roles including CEO/President, Board Member, CFO and Head of Corporate Strategy. He’s a seasoned startup and middle-market leader in CPG and has leveraged his quantitative and technical skills to cross over and support both consumer technology and IoT clients as well. Prior to coming to Burkland Peter was the CEO of Devine Products, an exponential growth, consumer technology, product development company for Linde AG. Peter received an MS in Finance from Bentley University and both an MS in Accounting and a BBA from the Isenberg School at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Sonduren Fanarredha is the Director of Product Marketing at Airbase, responsible for Airbase’s go-to-market and product marketing strategy. He holds a Bachelor of Accounting (Honours) from Brock University and began his career working in various capacities across government and firms like the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), Gibb Widdis Chartered Accountants, and Wolseley Canada. This included experience in the preparation of business tax returns, preparing financial statements, and managing the balance sheet and P&L accounts. In addition to his experiences gained building his own small businesses he pivoted into marketing in the computer software industry and played pivotal roles for leading companies like Microsoft Canada, Intelex Technologies & Kira Systems.