Ten years after graduating from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Dan Kriznic, currently the chief financial officer of Canada’s largest private education and training provider, Eminata Group, is proud to have been named one of Vancouver’s Top Forty under 40 for 2010.
Back when he was still studying for an accounting diploma at Kwantlen at the age of 19, Kriznic, a Langley resident, also had to work full-time at Deloitte & Touche LLP during the day to support his wife and daughter. Juggling work, school and family responsibilities, he chose to study at Kwantlen because its flexible course offerings allowed him to complete his credential. “The flexibility of commuting between the Langley, Surrey and Richmond campuses allowed me to continue with three evening courses each semester,” says Kriznic.
During his time at Kwantlen, Kriznic appreciated the guidance from his accounting faculty, who he credits for helping him build a fast-tracking career. “Kwantlen prepared me for the commitment and execution required to have a successful career in business. Some of the instructors, including David Sale and Clifton Philpott, were key drivers in my decision to become a chartered accountant.”
Recalling with vivid memories, Kriznic’s accounting faculty David Sale praises, “Dan was an outstanding student who consistently earned top grades. He was organized, motivated and had a great work ethic. I knew without a doubt that he was on his way to tremendous success.” Emphasizing Kwantlen’s approach in preparing its students for success in the real-world, Sale says, “Kwantlen faculty are professionals in their fields who not only teach from textbooks, but also from years of professional experience.”
Kriznic took the advice from his Kwantlen faculty and obtained his chartered accountant designation at age 25, which helped him quickly advance his career in the firm. In 2009, Kriznic joined Eminata Group as the CFO and he now manages 36 campuses and 1,100 employees across Canada.
Reflecting on his career, Kriznic, now 32, reveals his secret for success, “Hard work, dedication, commitment and perseverance are key to becoming successful in business. Not to mention being at the right place at the right time and exercising the opportunity when you feel it is the right thing to do.”
As the second largest business school in Western Canada, Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s School of Business is internationally accredited and offers bachelor's degrees in entrepreneurial leadership, accounting, information technology and human resources management. For more information about Kwantlen’s School of Business, visit: kwantlen.ca/business
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