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Westerner Exposition Association

Finance Manager

Canada-Alberta-Red Deer


Company Information

Westerner Park

Corporate Position Statement:  Westerner Park is Central Alberta’s largest tradeshow, agricultural, sports, entertainment and convention facility. A not-for-profit organization, supported by more than 150 volunteers, Westerner Park generates $150 million annually in economic activity; hosting over 1500 events and 1.5 million visitors each year.

Mission Statement:  To provide premier facilities and services for trade, agriculture, sports and entertainment, conferences and meetings, generating economic benefits for Central Alberta.

Vision Statement: Western Canada’s event centre...your home for celebration!

Brand Pillars:  

PROUD - Westerner Park has a deep sense of pride and spirit of accomplishment. Everyone who comes in contact with Westerner Park feels the vibrancy and excitement of an organization that believes that the hands of many can accomplish any task.

WELCOMING - At Westerner Park, we pride ourselves on running a large, busy enterprise with the same kind of down-home feel that’s true to our roots and reflects our uniquely Western hospitality; a warmth and approachability only we can deliver.

PRACTICAL - We are practical by nature; part of the discipline that has kept us strong for the last century. We are committed to creating sustainable environments and business models to ensure the long-term continuation of the organization and the land from which our spirit was born.

SERVICE ORIENTED - Westerner Park believes our primary responsibility is to create positive and memorable experiences for our guests. We are committed to delivering the highest level of Western hospitality in all levels of our organization.

Job Description



The Finance Manager is a vital member of the Westerner Park Leadership Team.  Under the direction of the Chief Executive Officer & General Manager, this position is responsible for a full range of general financial accounting services and ensuring compliance with all financial, regulatory and government legislation as they apply to Westerner Park.



Under the direction of the Chief Executive Officer & General Manager, the Finance Manager is responsible for:


Management & Administrative

·       Build and maintain effective business relationships with internal and external stakeholders, auditors and clients

·       Attend meetings and make appropriate presentations/reports as needed, including but not limited to: Finance, Investment & Audit Committee, Board of Directors, and Management regarding budget variance issues or other items as directed

·       Assist Management with formulation of its overall strategic direction

·       Researches and evaluates financial reporting systems, accounting and collection procedures and investment activities and recommends changes to procedures, systems, budgets and other financial controls

·       Responds to queries from both internal and external sources related to financial transactions and processes

·       Responsible for the coordination of the maintenance of the IT system with the contracted service provider

·       Responsible for reviewing and recommending hardware and software – tendering, quotes, budgets, etc.

·       Manage accounting and financial systems and maintain full and accurate accounting records, close periods, test updates, etc.

·       Review and monitoring of various activities to ensure continued compliance with corporate procedures, polices and internal controls

·       Ensure compliance with financial, regulatory and  government legislation as they apply to the Westerner Exposition


Accounting / Financial Analysis

·       Guide the strategy and build policies and processes as they relate to accounting functions and financial controls

·       Evaluate data, assist in review and coordinate the preparation of the annual operating budget

·       Prepare and circulate financial statements as required to meet Management, Finance, Investment & Audit Committee and Board of Directors deadlines

·       Interpret the company’s financial results to Management and act as expert for Management

·       Forecast cash positions, related to borrowing and investment opportunities to ensure sufficient funds are available to meet ongoing operational and capital needs

·       Review and determine appropriate investment of funds and foreign currency to mitigate risk in accordance with organizational policy while optimizing investment return

·       Responsible for overseeing banking activities and completing the bank reconciliation process

·       Prepare appropriate financial documents  and coordinate auditor functions

·       Responsible for the preparation, administration, tracking and reporting of grants under the direction of the Chief Executive Officer & General Manager

·       Journal entry review, posting and creation as required for accruals, month-end, financial statement preparation, etc.

·       Ongoing development and maintenance of the chart of accounts to meet current and future reporting needs of Management and Committees

·       Processing and coding of accounting transactions as needed for Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable and capital asset purchases

·       Recommend collection or payment solutions for issues relating to Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable

·       Complete year-end documentation



·       Cross-training of staff to ensure continued service delivery

·       Provide leadership by delegating tasks, responding to staff inquiries and providing overall direction and supervision to Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable staff (2.5) and evaluate performance



·       Deduction and remittance of Westerner Employee Association dues

·       Deduction and remittance of employee benefit program including group insurance, WCB, etc.

·       Accurate and timely processing of payroll for Administrative staff

·       Preparation and filing of CRA payroll remittances, T4 information, RRSP, etc.

·       Complete Record of Employment (ROE) for salaried employees

·       Process additional payroll in the absence of the Accounts Payable/Payroll Clerk



·       Liaison with Midway provider for Westerner Days – create ticket audit and prepare final settlement

·       Oversee the collection and balancing of funds from the Box Office, Casino and independent concessionaires for Westerner Days

·       Event settlement with clients



·       Finance Assistant - Level 1 - Accounts Receivable - Cash Management

·       Finance Assistant—Level 1 - Accounts Receivable

·       Finance Assistant - Level 1 - Accounts Payable - Payroll



·       Completion of a professional accounting designation and member of good standing with provincial CPA association 

·       Minimum of five (5) years relevant experience, including at least two (2) in a supervisory capacity

·       Excellent management/supervision skills

·       Proven competency with accounting software (preferably Great Plains) and Microsoft  Office

·       Excellent written and oral communication skills

·       Ability to manage time and prioritize tasks  with multiple competing deadlines

·       Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles and not for profit and charitable organizational requirements

·       Working knowledge of Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable and Payroll

·       Financial statement preparation



·       Professionalism and ethics

·       Client service orientation

·       Leadership courage

·       Self-awareness and management

·       Change agility

·       Honest and trustworthy

·       Relationship building

·       Analytical and critical thinking


SUBMIT RESUMES TO:           Ben Antifaiff, Chief Executive Officer

                                                Westerner Park


Contact Information

Westerner Exposition Association
Arts, entertainment and recreation
Ben Antifaiff
Posting Date: 20-Apr-2017Arts, entertainment and recreationAccounting and Finance Permanent, Full-Time Open 1 ASAP
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