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Alumni profile: Norm Williams

CFO, Rambler Metals and Mining plc

Norm Williams: Alumni profile

Tell us a little about yourself.
I grew up in the community of Bay Bulls, just outside St. John’s, N.L. I completed a Bachelor of Commerce at Memorial University, and then joined Deloitte, where I obtained my CA designation in 2001.

When did you work for Deloitte? What was your role in the firm?
I joined as a CA student in September 1998. In December 2005, I left the firm. At that point, I was a senior manager in the Audit practice.


What was the highlight of your career experience with Deloitte?
One highlight was being mentored by the professionals within the firm. But the absolute highlight was walking in the front door of the Deloitte office on “marks day” and having my colleagues and friends celebrate with me when I passed the UFE. Two other significant highlights were achieving the senior manager position, and being seconded to Perth, Australia, in 2003.

Which organization did you join after you left Deloitte?
I joined the St. John’s Port Authority as Manager, Finance and Administration.

Most of my best friends are current and former colleagues from Deloitte. All those long hours of work and study provide ample opportunity to develop lasting relationships.

What do you do now? What is the best part of your current role?
I am currently the Chief Financial Officer of Rambler Metals and Mining plc. The best part of my current role is watching a company grow from the ground up. Since I joined Rambler in 2008, the company has moved from a pure exploration project into construction, development, and now production. I feel grateful for this opportunity, as it is one that not too many individuals have a chance to experience. With the growth we have seen at Rambler, there are many challenges that ultimately lead to decisions that I feel proud to be a part of. I look forward to many more years in this exciting industry.

How would you describe the secret of your success?
Hard work, determination and taking risks. After working hard to attain my bachelor’s degree and my professional designation, I found Deloitte to be a demanding environment, and I had to work hard there. After a few years, the itch came and I took my first leap – to the Port Authority – after which I took another leap to the mining industry. Both leaps were risky, in that I was leaving something I knew well for something I did not. But, each time, I felt I could tackle what laid ahead. So far, taking these risks has worked out.

Have you stayed connected with former Deloitte colleagues? If so, how?
Absolutely. Most of my best friends are current and former colleagues from Deloitte. All those long hours of work and study provide ample opportunity to develop lasting relationships. We stay in contact through various social functions and sporting activities.

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Published Spring 2012