Zahra Kolia, CPA, CA (SA)

Zahra is the vice-president of finance at Vancouver-based Copperleaf Technologies Inc., which provides decision analytics software solutions to companies that manage critical infrastructure. With her strategic mindset, she has played a pivotal role in tripling the finance team in support of Copperleaf’s rapid growth.

Zahra obtained her designation in South Africa in 2018 and transferred from KPMG Cape Town to KPMG Vancouver that same year. She joined Copperleaf in 2019 and has already made an indelible mark on the company by leading its conversion to international financial reporting standards, implementing financial controls, and co-ordinating a multi-year external audit process—all of which enabled Copperleaf to finalize its IPO in only seven months. 

Zahra also champions ESG within the organization and leads several sustainability initiatives, including the integration of TCFD and UNGC principles into the company’s strategy and operations. Moreover, she is a driving force for cultural change, working on Copperleaf’s diversity, equity, and inclusion roadmap and overseeing employee learning opportunities and development funds as a member of its Grow with Copperleaf Committee. 

“In a short number of years, Zahra has distinguished herself through an exemplary work ethic and outstanding professional growth and collegiality. She has showcased her unique ability to expand beyond the finance team and make a meaningful impact throughout the organization.”

– Michael Calyniuk, FCPA, FCA, CITP, ICD.D, President, MEC Dynamics Inc. and Chair, Copperleaf Audit and Risk Committee