Caleb Franz KOUAHOU


En résumé

* 18-year manufacturing, Hi-Tech and Not-for-Profit Finance/Accounting leadership. English/French, I Traveled to 56 countries for audit, training, project roll-out, business reviews, team building, market development and long-term assignments.
* Quality, integrity, reliability and happiness describe my leadership style.
* I led projects to open new markets, launched an industrial plant and resolved tax & regulatory disputes.
* I'm experienced in strategic planning, management and financial reporting.
* Bachelor (Accounting), Graduate (International Finance) and Diploma (Professional Accounting Practice).

Mes compétences :
Contrôle interne
Contrôle de gestion


  • Tri-Dim Filter Inc. - Director of Finance

    2016 - maintenant I develop the financial, HR ‎and tax strategies for the Canadian operations, get approval from the CEO and US headquarters and implement the business plans.

    I prepare the annual budget, monitor bottom line and cash-flow, analyse performance and handle critical deadlines.
    I manage general accounting, payroll, financial reporting, tax, inventory, product costing and margin analysis.
    I finalize month’s end, bank packages, oversee accounting staff and play a lead role in operational road map.
    I Handle the project to relocate our office from Montreal (QC) to Toronto (ON) and lead teams in both provinces.
  • Fibernetics Corp. - Finance Manager

    2015 - 2016 I manage the full-cycle accounting, budget preparation, tax filing, cash flow and consolidation for three companies.

     Manage the centralized accounting operations (A/P, A/R, Billing, Payroll & benefits, month-end reconciliation, general ledger maintenance, source deductions and government remittances for three business units located in three cities (Cambridge, ON; Calgary, AB and Montréal, QC).
     Manage tax audit exposure, mainly vendors’ tax number validation and HST/GST/QST/PST & source deductions calculation basis and remittance deadline.
     Handle accounting and billing systems’ migration project for the three companies. Accounting: from Quickbooks and Simply accounting to MS Dynamics GP. Billing: from Rudopi and VBAS to Freeside.
     Compare monthly financial results to budget and latest forecast and deliver the monthly variance reporting.
     Oversee accounts payable, accounts receivable, revenue accounting, payroll (outsourced) and prepare monthly consolidated financial statements and working papers for group review.
     Handle treasury functions including cash-flow analysis and forecast (with restricted funding), intercompany bank transfers and investment & capital lease management.
     Assist with the preparation of annual financial statements and tax return.
     Coordinate the recording of intercompany transactions, recharges and reconciliation.
     Coordinate the performance of five direct reports, working from three locations, including their hiring process, induction, mentoring & development, semi-annual target and performance reviews.
  • Habitat for Humanity Canada - Accounting Manager

    2012 - 2014 I was responsible for all accounting functions and managed the designated and unrestricted funds’ cash flow.

     Supervised a team of three direct reports (A/P, A/R and Affiliates accounting).
     Assisted the CFO with annual budget and quarterly forecast preparation.
     Designed financial reports using Excel pivot tables, vlookup functions and the financial reporter.
     Handled general accounting, bank reconciliation, government filings and year-end audit preparations.
     Processed the National Office payroll, administered the Organization's Benefits program and resolved discrepancies with insurance providers, handled source deductions and year-end submissions (T4).
     Reduced payroll processing time by 20%, saving $15,000 per year, by eliminating a part-time data entry position.
     Increased the net cash flow by $1.5 million by reducing outstanding receivables from 58 to 15 days, optimizing funds transferred between programs and recommending the investment of short-term surplus designated funds.
     Reviewed and processed travel expenses from Board members and senior management staff.
     Handled fund raising reporting using the Raisers’ Edge software and processed the reporting requirements of all grants and international programs (CIDA-DFAIT-DFATD, MasterCard Foundation, CMHC…)
     Tracked and coordinated staff vacations, sick leave and other staff absences
     Coordinated the national office’s property management, including dealing with the City (owner of building), contractors, cleaning and maintenance personnel, overseeing renovations and maintaining all the legal, security and insurance aspects of this property.
  • Chervin Manufacturing Canada Inc. - GENERAL ACCOUNTANT

    2011 - 2012 I was responsible for all financial activities and cost center allocation in this manufacturing group of four companies.

     Lead the budgeting process (including P&L statement, Balanced Score Card, cost center reporting & PowerPoint presentation) for the group of four companies, determined commissions and customer profitability.
     Supervised accounting, handled month-end reconciliations, closing entries and prepared financial statements.


    2007 - 2010 I managed the accounting, treasury and credit functions in addition to leading some key projects.

     Managed the accounting operations, budget, month-end closings and corporate annual reports.
     Supervised the SAP roll-out project, handled key deviations from business blueprint document, validated master data uploads and trained FI and CO modules’ users.
     Resolve a one-year cash flow need by negotiating quarterly cash facilities with two banks.
     Developed credit policy and gradually reduced DSO (day sales outstanding) from 92 to 25 days.
     Managed Outsourced functions (Collection, Maintenance, facility management, Cleaning and Payroll).

    2005 - 2007  Managed and delivered a range of assurance, risk management activities and audit assignments in 43 countries.
    Harmonization of Internal Controls procedures and Regulatory issues for 48 countries, under WHQ supervision.
    Head of Internal Audit & Risk Management with five (5) direct reports posted at clusters.
    IFRS and Salbanes Oxley compliances for ten (10) top countries.
  • DHL EXPRESS GHANA, ACCRA - Senior Financial analyst

    2001 - 2005  Handled multi-channel sales analysis, budget and quarterly forecast for a number of business units.
    Monthly Financial Reporting on SAP
    Consolidation of eighteen (18) legal entities.
    Analyses & Costing, Budgeting & Forecasting exercises.
    Annual business planning for the region.
  • DHL EXPRESS CAMEROUN, DOUALA - Accounting Manager

    1998 - 2001  Supervised all aspects of corporate accounting, AR, AP, cash, payroll, tax filings and bank reconciliation.
    Supervision comptabilité générale & Analytique.
    Reporting mensuel et clôture annuelle & Liasse fiscale.
    Optimisation fiscale et sociale.
    Facturation et contrôle qualité

    1997 - 1998 Process controls and sites audits.
    Treasury controls and bank reconciliation reviews.
    Capital expenditures and fundings compliances.
    Multi-currency transactions matching.

    1995 - 1997 Billing and collection.
    Query handling.
    Customer statements and reconciliations.


  • Conestoga College (Kitchener)

    Kitchener 2010 - 2011 CGA level 1-4
  • Conservatoire National Des Arts Et Métiers

  • Chartered Institute Of Management Accountants (London)

    London 1992 - 1992 Management accountancy in practice - UK case studies

    UK Management Accountancy Fundamentals
  • Ecole Normale Supérieure De L'Enseignement Technique ENSET (Douala)

    Douala 1988 - 1991 Comptabilité & Gestion

    Techniques Economiques de Gestion
  • Lycée Technique De Kumasi LTD (Douala)

    Douala 1985 - 1988 G3 - Techniques Commerciales

    G - Economie & Gestion
  • Lycee Bilingue De Buea (Buea)

    Buea 1981 - 1985 Option Bilingue