Meet Maria Radic
Bringing our finance skills to the 2010 Winter Games
As most of us watch the preparations for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games from the sidelines, Deloitte’s Maria Radic is right in the middle of the action, bringing her finance skills to the 2010 Winter Games. After working on a project in Germany for 18 months, Maria was ready to come home to Vancouver when she heard about opportunities for Deloitte’s finance colleagues to work with the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC). She jumped at the chance to be part of the 2010 Winter Games.
“I knew this would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and so I jumped at it,” says Maria, a manager in Deloitte’s Financial Advisory group. She put her name forward, and was later asked to interview with VANOC. While wrapping up her assignment in Germany, Maria got the call that the opportunity was hers. “I was thrilled. I just couldn’t believe that I had been chosen and that I would be representing our firm at VANOC,” she says.
Applying her finance skills
Maria returned to Vancouver in November 2008. In December, she became part of the VANOC team. She works within the finance division as revenue manager, where she is responsible for handling various revenue streams related to transportation, government contributions and Cultural Olympiad. It’s quite an undertaking, considering that each of these revenue streams are in the millions of dollars. But with eight years’ experience in public accounting, Maria is more than up to the challenge.
What is she doing behind the scenes at VANOC? She is assisting in the development and administration of policies, procedures and controls relating to certain revenue activities, ensuring that accurate and current revenue forecasts are maintained when circumstances change, and making sure that accurate reporting and information is maintained within VANOC financial systems for revenue streams. In addition, Maria is supervising members of the accounts receivable (A/R) team. Perhaps most importantly, she’s enjoying the work. “There is a great culture here. Everyone is very passionate about the 2010 Winter Games and thrilled at playing a part in bringing it to Canada.”
Being at the centre of it all
As a Vancouver native, Maria remembers how excited she felt when the city won the bid to host the 2010 Winter Games in 2003. Little did she know then that she would play a role in the operation of the Games. “I love that I’m at the centre of it all and that I have the inside scoop on what’s going on,” she says with a laugh.
Maria has had a chance to check out many of the venues for the 2010 Winter Games. She has attended and volunteered at some of the sporting events that were held in January and February 2009 for the purpose of testing the facilities, personnel and operations prior to the 2010 Winter Games.
No matter what part of the actual 2010 Winter Games Maria gets to experience, she admits that she is elated to have the chance to work for VANOC. “I’m thrilled to have this opportunity, and I’m so grateful that Deloitte sees the value in allowing its people to pursue these opportunities. I’m learning so much. And after the Games are over, I’ll be able to share what I’ve learned with both colleagues and clients.”