Jon Olsen, Finance Expert in Calgary, AB, Canada
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Jon Olsen

Verified Expert  in Finance

Finance Expert

Calgary, AB, Canada
Toptal Member Since
April 12, 2021

Jon is a dynamic leader, professional, and multi-field expert. He's passionate about finding solutions to problems and focusing on ones that others have deemed unsolvable. He grasps concepts quickly and enjoys expanding his areas of expertise with each new project. Jon enjoys freelancing as it provides him with a means to establish long-lasting relationships with clients both by providing top-notch services and expertise and becoming an integral personality within their team.

Career Highlights

Business Process Expert
Olsen Consulting
Volker Stevin Contracting
Corporate Controller
Victory Rig Equipment Corporation

Education Highlights

Bachelor of Commerce Degree
University of Calgary

Certification Highlights

CFA Institute
CGA Alberta

Case Studies

Work Experience

Business Process Expert

2015 - PRESENT
Olsen Consulting
  • Eliminated five FTE positions through automation. Enhanced job functions for 20 other positions through business process improvement initiatives.
  • Helped a client realize 200% ROI on their investment in me over four years.
  • Became an integral and highly valued member of the client's team in both the front and back offices.
  • Provided detailed analysis on mergers and acquisition targets and presented to the executive team.
Focus areas: Systems, Automation, Business Process Optimization


2012 - 2015
Volker Stevin Contracting
  • Conducted M&A analysis and gave recommendations to the executive team.
  • Spearheaded the client's "raise the bar" initiative resulting in vast improvements to staff capabilities at the parent company and its four subsidiaries.
  • Provided detailed analysis on all aspects of the company's operations and identified opportunities for improvement across all business segments.
Focus areas: Accounting, Audits, Analysis, IT, Excel VBA, Reporting, BI Reporting

Finance Manager | Canada

2009 - 2012
General Electric
  • Managed budgets, strategic plans, audits, and year-end and month-end financial statements.
  • Implemented strict internal controls adopted throughout North American operations.
  • Led frequent lunch and learn meetings for 100+ employees on adopting digital technology.
Focus areas: Analysis, Management, IT, Project Management, M&A Reporting

Corporate Controller

2007 - 2009
Victory Rig Equipment Corporation
  • Provided valuation analysis on the sale of our company to an acquirer.
  • Managed a team of ten employees in accounting and operations. Led to 50% reduction in inventories, average 20 day decrease in AR aging, and adoption of technology throughout the organization.
  • Helped negotiate the terms of a $50 million sale of manufactured equipment to international buyers.
Focus areas: M&A Modeling, Accounting, Analysis, Cash Flow Analysis

Financial Analyst

2006 - 2007
  • Oversaw the management of $100+ million projects. Provided support to operations and accounting staff regarding project profitability and recommended improvements.
  • Introduced automation to most aspects of the financial analysis function in each department.
  • Created a number of spreadsheets that replaced all previous sheets and resulted in vastly improved efficiency in the finance and operations departments.
Focus areas: Finance, Accounting, Excel VBA, Analysis, Operations


2005 - 2006
BDO Canada
  • Developed Excel models using Solver to optimize tax strategies for professional corporations.
  • Audited and provided tax guidance for small to medium-sized businesses.
  • Engaged in discussions internal to the organization related to advanced tax and auditing topics.
Focus areas: Accounting, Finance, Tax Audits, Excel VBA, Excel 2007
2001 - 2005

Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Finance

University of Calgary - Calgary, AB



CFA Institute



CGA Alberta


Valuation, Capital Budgeting, Accounting, Financial Modeling, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Revenue & Expense Projections, Financial System Implementation, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), M&A Modeling, M&A Reporting, CFO, Controller, Forecasting, Internal Financial Reporting

Output Software

Office 365, Excel 2007, AutoCAD Civil 3D

Data & Analysis Software


Industry Expertise

Technology, Pensions

Geographic Expertise



Excel 365, Microsoft Power BI, Power Query, Excel VBA, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Analysis, Modeling, Finance, Ethics, Foreign Exchange, Auditing, Tax Audits, Automation, Business Process Optimization, Cash Flow Analysis, Market Research & Analysis, Interim CFO, Contract Negotiation, Financial Analysis, Operations, Management, IT, Project Management, Audits, Reporting, BI Reporting, Process Design, Complex Account Reconciliations, GAAP, IFRS Financial Reporting, Budget Modeling, Chart of Accounts, Cost Accounting, Internal Control, Process Mapping, Business Planning, Post-merger Integration, Financial Controls & Processes, Systems, Python 3, Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Azure, IT Security, Forensic Accounting, Acquisitions, Manufacturing, Networking

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