As a Certified Management Accountant I started in the charitable sector in 1990 working at the YMCA of Greater Toronto and remained in the sector ever since. Over the years I have held many roles in the accounting world most recently as Director of Finance at Frontier College.
In addition to working in the sector I served on nonprofit boards, often as Treasurer, for a number of years. Between board and work experience I have been involved with organizations with budgets ranging from under $100,000 dollars to over $100,000,000 dollars and in sectors including, social services, international development, health, environmental, cultural/heritage and employment.
In recent years I have become involved with social accounting researchers at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE/University of Toronto) in applying social accounting concepts in the sector that can help organizations measure the impact they have on the communities they work with.
What Makes Eric Plato the Best Choice?
Throughout my career I have always enjoyed teaching and supporting staff in the area of financial management. I have delivered training to individuals, small staff groups and to larger groups of various nonprofit umbrella organizations. The format has ranged from one hour webinars to two day hands on training. Topics include best practices in budgeting, demystifying the audited financial statements, internal controls in a one person shop, how to spot signs of financial trouble, measuring what really counts, among others. In all cases my goal has been to deliver information in a way which makes participants feel more confident and comfortable about finances in their organization.