President and CEO statement: CFO Announcement

Posted On Thursday July 02, 2020

I am pleased to announce that Robert LeSage will be joining the College in the role of Vice President Corporate Services and CFO effective July 13, 2020.

Robert LeSage brings over 30 years of experience to the position. Prior to joining Keyano College, Robert began his working career when he left Red River Community College in Winnipeg, Manitoba to become a Programmer/Analyst in the Pulp and Paper Industry. While working in this industry Robert achieved his CGA designation. With this designation, he shifted from Programmer to Finance/Accounting and pursued increasing responsibilities in Pulp, Paper, Lumber, and Forestry, spending 20+ years in the industry working in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and BC.

In 2007, Robert would begin five years in the Oil & Gas industry. During this period, Robert held a number of senior financial positions. In 2012, he then moved to Northern Lakes College (NLC) as the Senior Director of Finance. The position offered interesting challenges with 14 OAG recommendations outstanding, and College three years behind in its financial reporting. Within 18 months of joining NLC, 13 of the 14 recommendations were satisfied and the financial reporting was up to date.

In 2014, Robert was promoted to Vice President Finance and CFO of College. He spent eight years working at NLC, where he received acknowledgement from both College President Rick Niedeg and MLA, Hector Goudreau for correcting the College’ financial problems. 

In February 2020, Robert joined MPI Group as Chief Financial Officer. MPI is group of Companies that include manufacturing, oil-field service and construction.

Robert holds CPA, CGA, and FCCA designations, and has a Master of Business Administration from Laurentian University.

Please join me in welcoming Robert to Keyano College.