May 19, 2020

Top Canadian Jewellery Designers

Canadian jewellery
Canadian jewellery designer
Karen McClintock
Niki Kavakonis
Bizclik Editor
3 min
Top Canadian Jewellery Designers


When shopping for luxury jewellery there many designers across the globe to chose from. In an industry that is highly competitive, designers must come up with unique designs and ideas to stand out amongst the crowd. Whether promoting simple designs utilising Swarovski crystals or bringing luxury to the next level by using precious gems and luxury metals, these Canadian designers have a multitude of jewelry that will fulfill your every need.  

Niki Kavakonis Designs

Inspired by Canada itself, Niki Kavakonis is a truly authentic Canadian designer. Interested in art at an early age, Kavakonis’s jewellery creations convey her life’s passions. For Kavakonis, jewellery has always exemplified miniature sculptural qualities in which she emphasises in a multitude of her designs.

Tip of the Iceberg Ring

A ring that represents the wonder of the northern Canadian landscape, the Tip of the Iceberg ring is 18k white gold and features a 2.02 carat octahedral diamond mined from the Ekati mine in the Northwest Territories. Chosen for its desirable shape, the octahedral diamond is placed in an innovative setting, without prongs to hold the diamond in place, to create an illusion of a floating iceberg.  The ring has been recognised for its unique design and was on an exhibition tour titled ‘The Nature of Diamonds tour of North America’ from 2008-2010 in a palladium setting.

Reena Ahluwalia

A Toronto-based Canadian jewellery designer, Reena Ahluwalia gets design inspiration from her family’s Indian heritage and her passion for diamonds. Originally born in India, Ahluwalia’s relation to India helped begin her career, as jewellery is an “intrinsic part of everyday life in Indian culture”.  Cultivating a successful 15-year career, Ahluwalia’s interaction with the global diamond community has resulted in some fabulous luxury jewellery.

Stars of Africa

The Stars of Africa collection available at Royal Asscher, features floating diamonds in a fluid filled sapphire dome usually encased in luxury metals. Offering rings, pendants, cufflinks, necklaces and earrings, the Stars of Africa collection benefits Royal Asscher’s Africa-focused fundraising initiative, with goals to help improve Africa’s infrastructure by generating funding for healthcare, education and self sufficiency programs.

Karen McClintock

Inspired by fashion, nature and photographs, Karen McClintock’s pieces portray a variety of themes. Usually made with sterling silver, semi-precious stones, Swarvoski crystals, pearls and vintage coins, McClintock’s classic pieces represent beauty, charm and sophistication. Based in Ottawa, McClintock’s fashions are being recognised internationally; specifically she was offered a spot in the Oscar celebrity gifting suite for the prestigious event.

Tulip Drop Necklace and Earrings

Part of McClintock’s Spring 2012 collection, the Tulip Drop necklace and matching earrings bring sophistication to any outfit. A strand fine sterling chain, the necklace features a tulip bail and pewter Swarovski crystal pendant. The matching earrings feature pewter Swarovski crystals as well.

From extreme luxury to the sophisticated every day, Canadian designers are becoming globally known as some of the best. Whether inspired by their native surrounding, their ancestry or beautiful photographs, jewellery designers create some of the most beautiful pieces out of simple materials. 

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Jun 8, 2021

Six issues at the top of tax and finance leaders’ agenda

Kate Birch
4 min
As businesses accelerate their transformation journeys, tax leaders are under increasing pressure to add strategic value. Deloitte reveals six tax trends

New Deloitte research reveals that tax leaders are under increasing pressure to add strategic value as companies accelerate business model transformation, from undergoing digital transformations to rethinking their supply chains or investing in green initiatives.

According to Phil Mills, Deloitte Global Tax & Legal Leader, to “truly deliver value to the business, the tax function needs to rethink its resourcing model and transform its technology infrastructure to create capacity and control costs”.

And the good news, according to Mills, is that tax and business leaders have more options at their disposal to achieve this.

Reflecting the insights of global tax and finance executives at global companies, Deloitte’s Tax Operations in Focus study reveals the six issues at the top of tax and finance leaders’ agenda.

Trend 1: Businesses seek more strategic counsel from tax

Companies are being pushed to develop new digital products and distribution channels and accelerate sustainable transformation and this is taking them into uncharted tax territory. Tax leaders say their teams must have the resources and skills to give deeper advisory support on digital business models (65%), supply chain restructuring (49%) and sustainability (48%) over the next two years. This means redrawing the boundaries of what tax professionals focus on, and accelerating adoption of advanced technologies and lower-cost resourcing models to meet compliance requirements and free up time.

According to Joanne Walker, Group Tax Director, BT Group PLC, "There’s still a heavy compliance load today, but the vision for the future would be that much of that falls away, and tax people become subject matter experts who help program the machine, ensure quality control, and redirect their time to advisory activity.”

Trend 2: Tipping point for resourcing models

Business partnering demands in the tax department are on the rise, but 93% of tax leaders say their department’s budget is remaining flat or falling. To ensure that the tax function can redefine itself as a strategic function at the pace that is required, leaders are choosing to move increasing amounts of compliance and reporting to a combination of shared service centers, finance departments, and outsourcing providers that have invested in best-in-class technology.

Trend 3: Digital tax administration is moving faster than expected

in addition to the rising focus of the corporate tax department partnering with their business counterparts, transformative changes to the way companies share tax information with revenue authorities is also creating an imperative to modernize operations at a faster pace. Nine in 10 (92%) respondents say that shifting revenue authority demands on digital tax administration will have a moderate or high impact on tax operations and resources over the next five years—and several heads of tax said the trend is moving faster than expected.

"It’s really stepped up in the last couple of years," says Anna Elphick, VP Tax, Unilever. "Tax authorities don't just want a faster turnaround for compliance but access into a company’s systems. It's not unreasonable to think that in a much shorter time than we expect, compliance will be about companies reviewing a return that's been drafted by the tax authorities."

Trend 4: Data simplification and lower-cost resourcing are top priorities

Tax leaders said that simplifying data management (53%) and moving to lower-cost resourcing models (51%) must be prioritized if tax is to become more proactive at delivering strategic insights to the business. Many tax teams are ensuring that they have a seat at the table as ERP systems are overhauled, which is paying dividends: 56% of those that have introduced NextGen ERP systems are now highly effective at supporting the business with scenario-modeling insights. Only 35% of those with moderate to low use of NextGen ERP systems said the same.

At Stryker, “we automated the source P&L process for transfer pricing which took a huge burden off of the divisions," says David Furgason, Vice President Tax. "Then we created a transfer price database to deposit and retrieve data so we have limited impact on the divisions. We are moving to a single ERP platform which will help us make take the next step with robotics.”

Trend 5: Skillsets are shifting

Embedding a new data infrastructure and redesigning processes are critical for the future tax vision. Tax leaders are aligned — data skills (45%) and technology process experience (43%) are ‘must have’ skills in a tax department of the future, but more traditional tax specialist knowledge also remains key (40%). The trick to success will be in tax leaders facilitating the way these professionals, with their different backgrounds, can work together collectively to unlock lasting value.

Take Infineon Technologies, which formed a VAT technology and governance group "that has the right knowledge about how to change the system to ensure it generates the right reports", according to Matthias Schubert, Global Head of Tax. "Involving them early was key as we took a greenfield approach, so we could think about what the optimal processes would look like and how more intelligent systems could make an impact 

Trend 6: 2020 brought productivity improvements

Improved productivity (50%) and accelerating shifts to remote working (48%) were cited as the biggest operational benefits to emerge from COVID-19-driven disruption. But, as 78% of leaders now plan to embed either hybrid or fully remote models in the tax function long term, 34% say maintaining productivity benefits is a top concern. And, as leaders think about building their talent pipeline and strengthening advisory skill sets, 47% say they must prioritize new approaches to talent recognition and career development over the next two years, while 36% say new processes for involving tax in business strategy decisions must be established.

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