Like many Cypher Environmental team members, Jamie Whitlaw has a strong appreciation for the outdoors. He loves to spend his free time hiking in Manitoba, Ontario, and even made a trip out to Arizona to experience some new terrain and enjoy nature.
This self-proclaimed math nerd’s second favourite pastime is researching stocks — it’s no wonder he loves his work! However, crunching numbers is not the only requirement of his job. There’s a lot of interpersonal communication with every area of the organization from sales, to accounting and production. Between dealing with banks, suppliers, receivables, and customers, Jamie is always making sure staff are hitting their numbers and submitting reports.
“I spend a lot of time in front of the computer, but I also spend a lot of time chatting with people to get information. It’s a nice mix.”
This social aspect of the Financial Controller position is one that Jamies loves. He says, without hesitation, that the best part of working at Cypher Environmental is the people.
“The company culture at Cypher Environmental is truly a team environment. That’s what drew me to the place.”
No matter where you go around the office you are going to find recycling bins, people collecting tabs, collecting donations, etc. Jamie says it’s nice to be in a place where people really care about the environment and other people. The big personalities and fun people make Cypher an energizing place to work.
“It’s a little different than most places. People are very helpful to one another. Everyone here really lives our tagline to ‘always do what’s right.’ I think that’s the type of people who are attracted to the company.”
Jamie’s journey to this position started after he took a break from work to spend time with family. After working in the industry, then for non-for-profits for many years, he started to ease back into work with contract work. Eventually, he came across Cypher Environmental and was immediately drawn in.
Jamie says being at Cypher Environmental reignited a spark. He enjoys how things move quickly, and how every day brings a new challenge. As a dynamic, young, company things change rapidly, which makes it hard to keep up with new developments, but that’s a good problem to have.
“For me, there is nothing better than when you get the job done. Whether it’s completing a financial statement or I’m working on a project and I complete it, there’s no better feeling than that. That’s what drives me.”
His vision for Cypher is continued growth. Not only in terms of sales dollars and profitability but also in what the company does for the environment and helping out communities. Having that as a focus is what makes Jamie proud to work for Cypher Environmental.
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