Vanessa Kanu


As Chief Financial Officer, Vanessa is responsible for Mitel’s global finance and investor relations. She has been a proven finance partner to Mitel’s business units and leaders around the world in providing financial planning and analysis, budgeting and forecasting, strategic decision support, and corporate performance reporting. An experienced finance leader, Vanessa’s acumen and strategic mindset have been instrumental in building Mitel’s financial foundation, driving profitability and guiding the direction of the company. She has additionally supported Mitel’s M&A activities, building required models for the due diligence process, and helping drive business strategy in both publicly and privately held operating models. She also played a critical role in Mitel’s 2010 IPO.

Vanessa has served in a number of leadership roles during her 15-year tenure at Mitel, most recently leading global teams as SVP of Finance. Previously, she held roles in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ assurance and business advisory practice. She is also a Chartered Accountant and Certified Public Accountant. Vanessa is a founding and active member of the Network of Black Business and Professional Women in Ottawa.

Vanessa holds a Bachelor of Science in International and Financial Economics from the University of Hull.

What makes Vanessa an expert?
2017 Top 40 Under 40 Ottawa Business Journal & Ottawa Chamber of Commerce. Mitel was acquired in 2018 by Searchlight Capital for $2 Billion

My Sessions

Breakout: Where will you be in 10 years: Creating a Generational Company that Can Grow, Scale and Adapt