Speaker Profiles

Sharon Barnes-Simmonds, CPA, CGA

Sharon Barnes-Simmonds, CPA, CGA

Director of Accounting

Toronto International Film Festival

Sharon is a Finance and Accounting Professional with many years’ experience in both the ‘for profit’ and ‘not for profit’ sectors. She holds the Canadian CPA-CGA designation and is a Fellow of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) UK. In addition, Sharon has an MBA from Manchester Business School (University of Wales) London UK. Her experiences span the shipping/transportation industry; government and entertainment sectors.

Sharon currently holds the position of Director, Accounting at the Toronto International Film Festival. TIFF delivers programming 365 days a year, in addition to the well-known 10-day film festival that takes place every September. She also held previous positions as Senior Accountant at Maersk Canada Inc. and Senior Financial Analyst at The Region of Peel.

An avid volunteer who strongly believes in giving back to her community, Sharon has held volunteer roles with Circle K International (College) and Kiwanis International and more recently with the United Achievers Community Services Inc. as well as PACE Canada and CPA Ontario.

She is also a Natural Health enthusiast and so in her limited spare time she carves out some time to do a blog on ‘Natural Remedies to Keep Healthy’.

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