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Alumni profile: Mike Kennedy

Audit Manager, Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness

Mike Kennedy: Alumni profile Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m an energetic, community-minded and (arguably) innovative Chartered Accountant – but not in the innovative way that might land some accountants in jail. I’m passionate about localized economy (particularly food systems), social enterprise, volunteerism and leading an active lifestyle. I currently serve as Chair of the Board of the East Coast Music Association, Secretary of the Associated Alumni of Acadia University, Co-Founder and Co-Dean of the Halifax Awesome Foundation, and Treasurer of the Nova Scotia Heartland Tour.


When did you work for Deloitte? What was your title and role in the firm?
I worked with Deloitte from 2005 to 2010, beginning my career in the CA stream of Assurance and Advisory in Calgary. I moved to the Halifax practice in 2008, where I worked as a senior auditor in the Private company services practice, and ultimately made the jump to serve as a consultant in the Strategy & operations group.

Success is a relative term, but I’d attribute some of my accomplishments to consumption of a significant amount of coffee, a healthy lifestyle and a simple passion for community and learning.

What was the highlight of your career experience with Deloitte?
I had a lot of fun at Deloitte, so there are almost too many to name. Passing the UFE (on the second try) was certainly a highlight, as was working on a number of meaningful projects with local charities and non-profits such as YWCA, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the United Way. I had the opportunity to join a Sarbanes-Oxley engagement in Beijing, which afforded me the opportunity to experience an amazing culture, travel briefly in the region, and belt out karaoke with Canadian pride with one of my clients. The most memorable moment certainly would have been my Olympic experience – the opportunity to carry the Olympic Torch in Rothesay, N.B., and attend the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.

Which organization did you join after you left Deloitte?
I joined Cancer Care Nova Scotia to work on an eight-month project to look at psychosocial needs of cancer patients, working to ensure that referral pathways were available to meet physical, practical and social requirements of cancer patients.

What do you do now? What is the best part of your current role?
I currently work as an Audit Manager in the Internal Audit Centre of the Province, with a primary focus on the Department of Health and Wellness. The best part of my current role is the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of government and our incredibly complex health system – and doing what I can to create a shift toward a more patient-centred, prevention-focused system by more actively addressing the social determinants of health.

How would you describe the secret of your success?
Success is a relative term, but I’d attribute some of my accomplishments to consumption of a significant amount of coffee, a healthy lifestyle and a simple passion for community and learning.

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Published Spring 2012