Martin St Hilaire, Managing Partner of the firm is a qualified Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) member of the Institute of Canadian Chartered Accountants. Holding a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Laval University, Quebec, Canada. Martin has extensive experience in Accounting, Audit and Financial Management. He has previously worked for “big four” accounting firms in Canada (Arthur Andersen/Deloitte) and New Caledonia (KPMG). Martin has been a Vanuatu Resident since 2003 and he is currently the Chairman of the Vanuatu Financial Centre Association (www.fca.vu).
5 QUESTIONS TO GET TO KNOW MARTIN St HILAIRE BETTER
1. Where do you come from ?
Saint-Nicolas(village), Québec (province), Canada (pays)…
This is part of the metropolitan area around Quebec city. Quebec is the Capital city of Quebec province and the most francophone city of Canada. About 750,000 people live in that city. Winter are long and cold and that makes people that live in such environment people that live more inside the house than outside.
2. Why did you move to Port Vila ?
The adventure, the opportunity, the challenge… and I stayed because I love the country. I love the atmosphere, the climate, the nation and the population. The vibe of Port Vila, the diversity of culture, and language. The friendliness and kindness of the people, …
3. What are your favorite hobbies ?
These days I run a bit, I play squash and I play tennis with my kids. Also, I try to spend time with my kids during week-ends, playing card games, ping pong, chess, etc.
4. Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years ?
This is a difficult question. I hope I will be healthy and still have a lot of energy. I believe my future is highly link with Vanuatu future. I hope to be ale to have employee to take over my role in 10 years as I would like to slow down a bit then.
5. What do you like the most in Vanuatu ?
Port Vila is as multicultural and diverse as New York but it has the size of a village and this make this city unique in the whole world. I love the smile and the kindness of the Vanuatu. I love the mix between the tradition and the new world. The mix between the technology and the tradition, the unspoiled and underdevelopment with the development, the slowness and the quickness, some thing are done with urgency while other take ages. It is a really young country, with a young population and it has hope and energy and the future is ahead not behind.