BBA , 2000
BSc (Mathematics), 1998
Kelly Blankstein always loved numbers and math, and this led her, at 17, to begin her studies at Simon Fraser University where she went on to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in pure mathematics with a minor in psychology. Shortly after graduating, Kelly returned to SFU to obtain a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree with a focus in accounting.
While still a student, Kelly was recruited to article with KPMG in Vancouver, later obtaining her Chartered Accountant designation in 2000 after successfully obtaining honour roll standing on the final exams, granted to the top 10 students in the province.
After leaving KPMG, Kelly worked at CHC Helicopter as Corporate Controller, responsible for worldwide accounting for this multi-national organization.
Kelly currently works at Cadillac Fairview Corporation (“CF”), one of North America’s largest owners, operators and developers of commercial real estate with over $26B in assets. As Controller for the Western Canada Portfolio, she is responsible for the oversight of operational accounting and reporting, budgeting, cash management, capital spend management and business decision support for the largest CF portfolio. As part of the Western Portfolio senior management team, she has contributed to delivering higher-than-benchmark returns 4 years in a row.
In addition, Kelly implemented and oversees CF’s Enterprise Risk Management program where she develops metrics and analytics to track and monitor the Company’s risk profile. Using this insight, she works with the Executive Team and the Board to turn risk mitigation into strategic advantage for the organization.
In every year of her professional career, Kelly has been identified as an exceptional performer and has been quickly promoted in each of the organizations she has worked for. However, her most important accomplishment is her children, Charlie and Nolan.
- Written by the Faculty of Science