Alumni profile: Clarence Mercer
Senior Manager, Tax, Deloitte Canada
Tell us a little about yourself.
I studied Economics at Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) and graduated with a B.A. in 1993. I joined Deloitte’s St. John’s office in 1997.
In 2000, I left the firm and, after a couple of short stops, joined Bell Aliant (formerly Aliant Inc.) in 2002 as a tax accountant, progressing to become Director of Corporate tax. In 2011, I left Bell Aliant to “come home” to Deloitte. I rejoined the firm in Saint John as a Senior Manager, Tax.
When did you work for Deloitte? What was your title and role in the firm?
I joined the firm in 1997 as a CA student. I was with the firm until 2000, first as a student and then as an Audit junior/senior in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
What was the highlight of your career experience with Deloitte?
To date, the highlights have been obtaining my CA designation in 1999 and, of course, returning to the firm in 2011. But the highlights chapter is still a work in progress, so check back again in 20 years!
The alumni program has been an excellent way for me to continually reflect on my connection to the firm, to stay in touch with former colleagues and to keep up to date during the decade that I was "on sabbatical."
Which organization did you join after you left Deloitte?
I joined the Woodward Group of Companies in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador.
What do you do now? What is the best part of your current role?
Tax, tax and more tax!
How would you describe the secret of your success?
I’d attribute my success to three things: hard work, determination and working with great co-workers and colleagues.
Did you stay connected with Deloitte after you left in 2000? If so, how?
For me, completing the CA program with Deloitte’s full support established a long-lasting personal connection to the firm. The alumni program has been an excellent way for me to continually reflect on that connection, to stay in touch with former colleagues, and to keep up to date on firm events during the decade that I was “on sabbatical.” That connection has been invaluable to me. After 10 years, I was able to return to Deloitte (though at a different office) and pick up some of those relationships where I had left off.
When you look back at your time with Deloitte, was there a relationship that had an impact on your career?
Definitely. In 1997, a Deloitte partner by the name of Lloyd Foote hired me as a CA student. At the time, it seemed I was not going to find the student placement I needed for my CA program because I hadn’t gone through the business school co-op program. Things didn’t look promising, but Lloyd changed that in an instant. He gave me an opportunity for which I will be forever grateful. Over the years, Lloyd and I became friends. Little did he know when he hired me in St. John’s in 1997 that we would later reconnect as colleagues in Saint John in 2011!