When The Daily Courier catches up with David Bond, he’s about to head out to an Okanagan College Foundation event.
The managing partner of KPMG accountants and consultants in Kelowna is scheduled to present a $1,000 bursary to second-year accounting student Sarah Nieberle.
“Every year we hand out bursaries to Okanagan College students in Kelowna and Vernon,” said Bond. “The college selects the students, but we’ve specified it should go to an accounting student who deserves it and can use the money to further their education.”
It’s the kind of pay it forward mantra that’s a big part of KPMG’s corporate culture.
Bond started as an articling student at KPMG in Kamloops and worked there as a chartered accountant.
The chartered accountant designation has since been rolled into the chartered professional accountant title, along with certified management accountants and certified general accountants.
In 1997, Bond moved to KPMG in Kelowna as a senior chartered accountant and nine years later was promoted to partner.
Earlier this year he rose to managing partner in charge of the office with 30 staff.
“Sometimes the firm will transfer a managing partner from somewhere else or hire from outside,” said Bond. “But, as much as possible, KPMG promotes from within.”
The process for Bond’s ascension took a year.
His personality and skills as a accountant and as a leader in the office, the profession and community were all closely examined.
“The job of managing partner is much more than just the business of accounting,” said Bond. “It’s about getting the best out of people at both the office and in the community.”
As such, he’s constantly mentoring and training articling students and other accountants at the firm. In turn, he’s mentored by KPMG’s Western Canada managing partner, Austin Abas in Winnipeg.
“You can be a mentor and a mentee at the same time and mentors and mentees can be any age at any point in their career,” said Bond.
Bond’s practice in Kelowna is both accounting and auditing.
As such, he takes a holistic approach when helping a person, business or organization with its finances.
“There’s obviously some of the standard accounting work,” said Bond.
“But, we also offer a lot of practical advice in the form of business consulting, strategic planning, tax planning, help in exporting, growth strategies and help securing financing."
Bond likes the all-encompassing approach.
“The Kelowna practice helps mostly small, privately-owned businesses and entrepreneurs, so being able to look at the whole business or situation is ideal,” he said.
“By doing so, chartered professional accountants are always engaged, always learning and always challenged.”
Bond is currently president of the Kelowna Art Gallery board, on the UBC Okanagan Athletics Scholarship Breakfast Committee and a director with the Institute of Corporate Directors, which offers training and certification for people who serve on company and organization boards.