James Seifried

Senior Accountant

What are you surprisingly good at?

I have a unique background in enterprise risk management and in the insurance industry where I have worked in various capacities, gaining expertise in risk management. On a personal level I spend my spare time building or upgrading desktop computers for myself, friends and family. I also enjoy getting out to play sports whenever possible, anything from team sports like soccer to individual sports like biking and golfing.

What are you most passionate about professionally and/or personally?

My friends and family are the most important thing to me and taking the time to get together to do things, whether it is visiting for dinner or a weekend barbeque. Professionally, I am passionate for driving change and making an impact on businesses from a strategic and operational perspective to manage risks that businesses face an both a usual basis and the extreme scenarios that a business needs to plan for.

What do you feel have been the most important successes in your life? What’s your biggest accomplishment?

In terms of personal accomplishments, I am most proud of my athletic achievements when I was younger and competed in Track and Cross-country racing. Professionally, I have had many milestones that have been meaningful to me, varying from obtaining my CPA designation and successful work projects such a developing a stress test scenario for a large insurance company to assist in guiding senior management’s strategic planning process.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

Telepathy would be my superpower of choice. The reason being that I think the most essential part of being human is communication and this power would allow me to gain a deeper understanding of others in knowing their thoughts and removing language barriers.

What’s important inside your community? Are you involved in any not-for-profit organizations?

My wife and I are both involved in supporting Hope House, a local not-for-profit organization in Guelph that serves the community to support those who are less fortunate.