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Staying on course.

GOLF CAN EASILY BECOME A PASSION, even an obsession, but for Dave Lafleur, CMA, golf is part of his daily life.

As the CFO of Golf Canada, a non-profit organization representing more than 350,000 golfers at 1,600 member clubs across the country, Lafleur looks after internal departments such as finance, human resources, legal, insurance and administration. He also helps manage two national open golf championships: the CN Canadian Women's Open and the RBC Canadian Open. The demands of his day-to-day responsibilities leave him little time to improve his own game on the "green."

Lafleur credits the CMA accreditation process for giving him the tools to contribute to various projects throughout his career as a CMA. When he worked as a junior accountant with Lennox Heating & Air Conditioning, he conducted a process-flow analysis of an air conditioner and participated in an activity-based cost analysis of the company's different customer groups. "These opportunities were only available to me because of my enrolment in the CMA program."

"These types of experiences have provided me with a core knowledge base that not only helped me earn the position at Golf Canada, but also allow me to play a key role in our organizational strategic planning process." Lafleur also credits his mentors as invaluable to his personal and professional development.

Lafleur has played on some of Canada's finest golf courses including St. George's in Etobicoke, Ont., and Shaughnessy in Vancouver, B.C. The perks don't end there.

"For the last few years, I have attended the British Open to co-ordinate a private charter that brings PGA Tour stars such as Mike Weir, Stephen Ames, Luke Donald and Camilo Villegas back to Canada to play in the RBC Canadian Open. I'm sure that not a lot of CFOs are tasked with that sort of activity among their many responsibilities."

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Arda Ocal is a Mississauga, Ont.-based freelance writer.

Dave Lafleur, CMA, has no time to "putt" around.

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Title Annotation:SPOTLIGHT; Dave Lafleur of Golf Canada
Author:Ocal, Arda
Publication:CMA Magazine (Mississauga)
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1CANA
Date:Mar 1, 2011
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