Dejan Ristic CPA CA, CPA (USA) – Partner & Executive Recruiter
Dejan started his career within the technology accounting and audit practice of Ernst & Young LLP, one of the big 4 professional service firms. His Ernst & Young experience consisted of extensive work with technology start-ups, entrepreneurial and public companies, and numerous high-profile consulting projects, and he was also a team leader on many public offerings on the Toronto Stock Exchange, generating over $150M in funding for clients, primarily for biotechnology and new economy companies. Departing Ernst & Young as manager in the technology practice, Dejan joined Nexia Biotechnologies, an emerging life science company, as Corporate Controller, where he was instrumental in its Initial Public Offering on the Toronto Stock Exchange, which raised over $40 million. At Nexia, Dejan was responsible for all aspects of public company financial reporting, as well as internal reporting, budgeting, forecasting, audit, taxation, treasury, legal matters, IT and other. Later, Dejan was the CFO at Radical Horizon, a new telecom venture. At Radical, Dejan managed all financial aspects of the company, including financing, financial reporting, completion of business plan and financial forecasts.
In 2004, subsequent to the sale of Radical Horizon, Dejan founded Exceleris. In addition, to managing all recruitment aspects of Exceleris, Dejan has consulted (as CFO or in similar roles) with a number of technology companies (both publicly traded and venture funded start-ups). Dejan is a CPA CA (formerly referred to as a Canadian Chartered Accountant) and a Certified Public Accountant in the U.S. He obtained a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting & Entrepreneurship from McGill University and a Diploma in Accountancy from Concordia University.
While his accounting, financial and reporting experience is valuable, it’s his passion for understanding the complex fit between candidates and opportunities that truly sets him apart, as well as his patience and dedication to finding the right person for every opportunity.
Dejan’s specialties include completion of mandates where others have failed, including complex, highly technical or demanding positions, positions requiring a quick turnaround, CFO search, external reporting, treasury, controllership and entrepreneurial management roles.
Lina Colalillo CPA CA, CPA (USA) – Partner & Executive Recruiter
Few accounting recruiters can approach the level of familiarity and understanding that Lina Colalillo brings to each Exceleris opportunity. With a resume that includes progressive career experience in a number of high-level positions, she’s uniquely qualified to understand the demands of virtually any financial and accounting opportunity. After articling at Ernst & Young, Lina was a Senior Financial Analyst at Future Electronics, one of the largest private companies in Canada, followed by progressive roles leading to the VP Finance & Corporate Controller at SR Telecom, a multi-national publicly listed company with operations all across the globe. Lina was also Director of Financial Reporting and Investor Relations at Teleglobe, a telecom carrier with over $1 billion in revenues, where she participated in its turnaround under hedge fund manager Cerberus Capital Management.
Lina has spearheaded the reporting and accounting aspects of many Canadian and U.S. public offerings and IPOs. In her career, Lina has worked on public offerings that raised over $500 million, and participated in several merger and acquisitions, including all aspects of post M&A integration, in France, Philippines, Chile, Mexico, USA and the UK. Lina also had extensive dealings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the Ontario Securities Commission (“OSC”) on complex accounting issues. She obtained her Chartered Accountancy designation, now known as CPA CA designation, at Concordia University and U.S. CPA designation from the University of Illinois in the USA. Lina graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and a Graduate Diploma in Accountancy from Concordia University. Subsequently, she was a professor at Concordia University CA program, teaching advanced topics in accounting.
As a partner since 2006, in addition to extensive industry experience, Lina really brings to Exceleris an unmatched skill when it comes to pairing talented candidates with the values of our clients. For her, a person’s energy, personality, values and expectations are just as essential as technical expertise.
Louise Boisclair – Senior Associate
Prior to joining the Exceleris team, Louise got what can only be considered a first-rate, real-world business education, having experienced life in a variety of companies – from large, publicly traded multi-national corporations to exciting start-up ventures. With an extensive knowledge of financial reporting, consolidation, and other general accounting skills, she brings substantial personal insight into every mandate she handles.
Beyond her familiarity with the various roles of accounting and taxation professionals, Louise also possesses a keen insight for the way personalities and qualifications come together, making her a priceless part of the Exceleris team of recruiters.
Natalia Tcheressova – Senior Recruiter
Prior to joining Exceleris, Natalia was a professional accountant with two large accounting firms, working with many public and SME companies. With this knowledge of financial reporting, operational accounting and taxation skills, she brings substantial personal insight and understanding into every placement opportunity from both the client and candidate side. Specialties include, internal audit, external reporting, taxation, financial analysis and controllership roles.
GHIZLANE CHEGDALI CPA CMA – SENIOR RECRUITER
Passionate about people and accounting, Ghizlane, has combined her two passions with the Exceleris recruitment team. Ghizlane is CPA CMA and has a Bachelor degree of Business Administration from HEC Montreal. Ghizlane has worked as a performance management consultant for several years for public and private companies in Quebec, and has an extensive experience in the field of management accounting, financial accounting, as well as taxation. With her leadership and entrepreneurial spirit, she has built excellent relationships with her clients and business partners. Her personalized approach and extensive market knowledge, allows her to understand the needs of her clients and candidates, and deliver quickly to meet their needs.
ALFONZA VACCARO – RESEARCH ANALYST
Alfonza brings to Exceleris her recruitment experience for managerial and mid-management positions within growing companies and SMEs. With the strong knowledge of candidates and companies, she brings substantial personal insight and understanding into every placement opportunity from both the client and candidate side. Specialties: Specialties include, accounting manager, assistant controller, internal audit, external reporting, taxation, financial analysis and controllership roles.