Kevin Shearer is a results-oriented Senior Executive with more than 20 years of success across the financial services, manufacturing, wholesale/retail, and private equity industries. Leveraging extensive experience using numbers to make decisions and create action plans to keep businesses running healthy and profitably, he is a valuable asset for companies working on cost and expense management to boost profits, cash flow and governance, or compliance and audit issues.
His broad areas of expertise include dashboard reporting, financial analysis, risk assessment, forecasting, internal controls, system implementation, process improvement, and debt restructuring.
Throughout his career, Mr. Shearer has held leadership positions at companies including Jardine Lloyd Thompson Canada Inc. (JLT Canada), Aon Reed Stenhouse, Maple Leaf Foods, and Bombardier. As Director of Finance for JLT Canada from 2014 to 2016 and then as CFO from 2016 through 2017, he led the business advisory firm out of a cash crisis to create a $16M cash surplus within 18 months while also cleaning up the company’s auditing processes. This followed more than seven years as Director of Finance with Aon Reed Stenhouse, where he successfully reduced the audit timeframe for several companies from three months to three weeks to reduce cost and risk, designed new processes to strengthen internal controls, and performed strategic gap analysis as well as implementing KPI development and forecasting. He previously spent a year as Finance Supervisor for Maple Leaf Foods, where he led compliance and audit improvements and helped the planning and analysis group with monthly forecasts. This was preceded by five years as a Senior Financial Analyst and then Operations Finance Generalist with Bombardier, where he assisted the Director of Operations in managing a $142M budget, designed a forecast model that standardized the budget and forecasting process, and analyzed KPIs to find ways to improve performance through expenses and labor.
Kevin holds a BSc in Accounting from Cardiff University. He is a Board Member with JLT Canada.