About GWL Realty Advisors

GWLRA is a leader in both the commercial and multi-residential real estate industries. Driven by our values of Integrity, Ambition, Creativity, and Empathy, our vision is to be a sustainable company known for exceptional real estate management, trusted advice, and outstanding service by consistently fulfilling our mission to deliver strong, long-term results for our clients. 

The Corporate Finance Department is a 26-person team under the leadership the Senior Director, Finance spanning multiple disciplines in the running of various facets of the finance operations of GWL Realty Advisors.  Included in this department are Corporate Financial Reporting, Banking and Treasury, National Accounts Payable, Transaction Services Processing.  All the teams support our 9 regional offices across the country, US owned subsidiaries of GWLRA, and the GWLRA Executive team.  We also provide reporting to many external stakeholders along with internal stakeholders Canada Life.   GWLRA has grown significantly in the past several years, including via expansion into the US. 
This position is in the GWLRA Winnipeg Office.  Reporting to the Senior Director, Finance, we are looking for a leader to join the organization and support the organization in the oversight of the Indirect Taxation (Commodity Taxes), Transactional Services, National Accounts Payable, Corporate Reporting.  The Director of Finance in this role will provide leadership and mentorship overseeing approximately 17 staff in total. This position will play a key role in assessing tax risk and will work with the Canada Life Commodity Tax team to ensure compliance across the organization.  Overseeing the Transactional Services and National Accounts Payables team will expose this role to transactions across the organization, allowing the individual to implement controls and process improvements and reduce risk of the organization.
Transaction Services
  • Oversight of the Transaction Services area that provides transactional processing of GWLRA Fee Revenue and GWLRA Property Expense allocations for compensation and overhead expenses
  • Oversight of the National Accounts payable team responsible for disbursement of property operating expenses, capital expenditures including development project costs
  • Document policies and procedures for the organization on matters related to various processes
Indirect Taxation
  • Review monthly, quarterly and annual Commodity Tax filings & Non-Resident Withholding tax filing
  • Management and oversight of staff directly involved with CRA reviews and audits
  • Review operating and corporate agreements to ensure compliance with relevant tax requirements of the organization
  • Maintain open lines of communication with Canada Life tax teams, working collaboratively to achieve compliance for the organization
  • Research areas of taxation and collaborate with various stakeholders to implement appropriate tax legislation and reporting
Leadership and Corporate Finance
  • Provide direction on day-to-day operations as needed
  • Provide guidance to Winnipeg, Regional Accounting and Business Staff operational matters
  • Assist in accounting research and development of accounting policies and procedures
  • Assist in the preparation and review of GWLRA Corporate Financial Statements and analysis
  • Implementation of new processes within Winnipeg and the Regional Offices
  • Where required, participate in GWLRA management meetings as needed on matters within the area of oversight 

  • Above average verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to manage and lead large teams
  • Ability to manage multiple, competing priorities
  • Ability to look at the big picture and apply technical knowledge to the business in complex organizational structures
  • Ability to teach knowledge to staff and guide interpretations
  • Research skills and familiarity with research tools to provide opinions on the application of commodity taxes
  • Technical knowledge of the Excise Tax Act
  • Ability to communicate technical information at a business user level

  • CPA designation
  • Experience in real estate considered an asset
  • Experience leading teams; previous experience overseeing operational teams an asset
  • Experience with interpretation and review of Commodity Tax filings
  • Experience in preparing accounting research and accounting position papers
  • Experience in dealing with CRA reviews and audits
  • 3 Paid Personal Days per year
  • 3 weeks of vacation per year
  • Flexible work environment with some ability to work from home
  • Flexible Benefits
  • Collaborative team environment

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GWL Realty Advisors is an equal opportunity employer. It prohibits discrimination based on age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and any other legally protected class in accordance with applicable federal, provincial and local laws. We are committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and accessible workplace. If you are contacted for an interview and require accommodation during the interviewing process, please let us know


This is a full time position

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