Seminar Leaders

Please see all of the seminar leader biographies below.

Kirsten S. Albo, BComm(Hons), FCPA, FCA

Kirsten is the President of ASK KSA Consulting Inc. which offers specialized consulting and advisory services to small to mid-sized public accounting firms to help ensure they are onside with required standards in the most efficient and effective manner possible. The company provides a multitude of services such as compliance and monitoring, file efficiency reviews and training to help these firms succeed.

Kirsten has over 28 years of diversified business experience. Most of her career was spent at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP where she was an assurance partner for public, private and NPO clients in a variety of industries. In this role she gained in-depth knowledge of accounting principles and Canadian assurance standards. She was known for her strong technical knowledge with the ability to apply it in a very practical manner. Kirsten is also a knowledgeable and skilled instructor having taught courses locally, nationally and internationally over the span of her career. Kirsten has also written and delivered specialized courses on various topics. Her varied background and exposure provides her with a unique aspect to business.

Brian Anderson, CPA, CA

Brian is a tax director with Deloitte & Touche LLP in Winnipeg and has lectured for CPA Manitoba (ICAM) in both Student Education and Professional Development for many years. His teaching experience and easy delivery style are highly rated by participants of his seminars.

Marie Antaya, CTDP

Marie is an international speaker, author of four books and educator in a variety of subjects including business communication. Marie has shared her expertise with clients in private, non-profit and public sector organizations leading numerous program and course development projects. Marie specializes in designing and delivering informative, practical workshops tailored to the audience's needs.

Kim Antonio, LLB

Kim has practiced family law for 10 years. She has represented clients in both the Court of Appeal and Court of Queen's Bench in Manitoba. Her practice includes a range of cases that have been resolved in either negotiated settlements or Court proceedings. Where there is a practical resolution, Kim assists her clients through the process. She encourages engaging experts such as accountants, certified business valuators, actuaries, psychologists and marriage therapists to assist clients to reach a reasonable settlement.

Dean Austin, M.Acc., FCPA, FCA

Dean is a partner at Scarrow & Donald, Chartered Professional Accountants, LLP. He provides a wide range of enterprises with assurance, accounting, tax and business advisory services. His professional service experiences include publicly and privately held enterprises in real estate, hospitality, mining, manufacturing and transportation sectors as well as not-for-profit organizations. He is a seminar leader for CPA Manitoba’s professional development program and a recipient of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba Early Achievement Award and CPA Manitoba Meritorious Service Award.

René Bertrand, BSc

René is the chief consulting officer at 3D Performance Consulting and an associate with rogen Si. René works in developing skills and mindset to help achieve high performance and full potential. He has worked with different levels of various organizations in North America. René holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) from Loyola University and various certifications supporting his work in three primary industries: financial services, professional services, communications and marketing.

Ward Blatch, CPA, CA, MCSA

Ward provides consulting and training services as a partner with K2E Canada throughout the United States and Canada. The professional development courses presented by Ward include cloud computing, business intelligence, security, technology updates, internal controls, paperless office, mobile office, Adobe Acrobat, Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook.

Ward obtained his CPA, CA designation while working at a Nova Scotia regional accounting firm before starting his own consulting and accounting practice. His practice provides accounting, tax, training, support and network evaluations for small businesses and not-for-profit organizations.

Vince Boschman, B.Comm. (Hons.), FCSI

Vince’s clients benefit from his ongoing professional development and comprehensive expertise in wealth management and financial planning. By meeting stringent standards for experience and accreditation, Vince is a licensed Portfolio Manager, allowing him to deliver the highest level of discretionary investment management advice to clients with sophisticated financial needs. Vince has completed the Professional Financial Planning course through the Canadian Securities Institute, achieved the Canadian Investment Management (CIM) designation and is options and derivatives licensed.

In addition to his Bachelor of Commerce Honours degree and his industry accreditations, Vince’s expertise and professionalism earned him the coveted Fellowship of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI).

Mark Brubacher, CPA, CGA

Mark is an Indirect Tax Senior Manager with MNP LLP in Winnipeg. He has been providing indirect tax advice on various GST/HST/PST and QST matters for many years. In Mark’s practice, he provides services to a wide spectrum of industries including but not limited to: real estate, manufacturing, retail, agriculture, not-for-profits, telecommunications, healthcare, financial services, and owner operated businesses. He has presented for various business associations, at annual tax updates and at the 2016 Prairie Provinces Tax Conference.

Johanna Caithness, BSc, BA, LLB

Johanna is a partner with Fillmore Riley LLP, who practices primarily in the areas of corporate and commercial law, taxation as well as wills and estates. She has published and presented numerous times on tax and wills and estate matters.

Greg Campeau, B.Comm

Since founding Campeau Learning in 1991, Greg has delivered over 2500 presentations and workshops throughout North America establishing a client list that that includes organizations such as … Lafarge, Telus, Finning, TD and Royal Banks, London Drugs, both Canadian and U.S. Federal Governments, BC Hydro, KPMG, Provincial Governments of Alberta and B.C.

Concurrently for thirteen years Greg instructed courses at BCIT (British Columbia Institute of Technology) the School of Business in both Human Resource and Marketing faculties.

Before becoming a professional facilitator / speaker, Greg obtained an Honors Bachelor of Commerce Degree. Greg then went on to spend over 15 years in international packaged goods corporations (Nestle, Nabisco and Cadbury’s) achieving increasingly senior management positions while creating an outstanding track record of consistent success. Twice Greg led corporate divisions from worst to first in terms of overall performance (revenue growth, market share and profit).

Greg Campeau is a learner and teacher of timeless truths that that enhance both personal and organizational success and stability in the “white water world” of the 21st Century.

Paul Carrick, MSW, RSW

Paul is a passionate and engaging facilitator who has been providing respectful workplace and conflict resolution training, facilitation, and consulting services for individuals and workplaces for over 20 years. He holds a master’s degree in clinical social work and diploma in Human Resources, which complements his extensive experience in the fields of mental health, trauma, and workplace conflict. He believes in the importance of authenticity, transparency, accountability and works with the inherent strengths of individuals and organizations as they navigate change. Paul educates in a wide range of public and private sectors, delivering practical, applicable information for participants mixed with a humorous and engaging presentation style.

Anny Chen

Anny is second-generation Chinese-Canadian, raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba in Treaty 1 Territory, and is a program coordinator in Community Service-Learning at the University of Manitoba. She has a background in adult education and community development, and has facilitated workshops and programs for youth, university students, newcomers and other community members on the topics of anti-oppression, community engagement, Indigenous and non-Indigenous relations-building and more. Named one of the CBC Manitoba’s “Future 40” in 2017, Anny has been recognized for her work on racial inclusion with 13 Fires Winnipeg and in supporting Indigenous media with Red Rising Magazine, and strongly believes in the importance of showing up and getting your hands dirty when it comes to building healthy, safe and inclusive communities.

Blair Cook, CPA, CA, MBA

As an academic-practitioner, Blair is a perpetual learner who observes and experiments with various financial and management theories in real world context. He shares stories of his successes, failures and lessons learned to all those who share a passion for further developing their own financial leadership qualities. His focus is on defining and developing a career path for financial professionals aspiring to the Office of the CFO and the Board of Directors. Blair has worked extensively with CPA Canada in recent years to design, develop and launch the professional certification program.

Nora Christianson Fien, B.Sc., J.D.

Nora is an associate with Fillmore Riley LLP who practices primarily in the areas of taxation, corporate law, commercial law as well as wills and estates. She received her Juris Doctor from Robson Hall at the University of Manitoba in 2016. Prior to attending law school, Nora majored in Applied Mathematics at the University of Manitoba and earned her Bachelor of Science degree.

Cindy L. Desrochers, CPA, CA

Cindy is a senior manager in the PwC Canadian tax group and has 13 years of experience serving clients in the Winnipeg market. She provides Canadian tax services to a number of public and private clients. She has a broad range of experience in assisting clients with complex planning strategies and compliance issues across several different industries including the agriculture, manufacturing, retail, real estate and insurance sectors.

David Elrick, CPA, CA

David is a Tax Partner at BDO Canada LLP. He has experience providing corporate and personal tax planning strategies for family-owned businesses, entrepreneurs and large corporations. He specializes in advising clients undergoing an acquisition, disposition or restructuring of their business. His experience includes acquisition structuring, tax due diligence (both buy-side and sell-side), tax modeling, and post- acquisition services. David is experienced with teaching tax and has been a facilitator in CPA Canada’s in- depth tax course for the last 4 years.

Nicki Ferland

Nicki is a Two-Spirit Métis Sundancer from the Lorette and Îles-des-Chênes communities. She is the Indigenous coordinator in Community Service-Learning at the University of Manitoba. Her background is in human rights, Indigenous and anti-racist education, and Indigenous research. Nicki believes in giving back - she is an active volunteer with the Lorette Metis Local, Circles for Reconciliation, and Wahbung Abinoonjiiag, a family violence prevention centre in the North End. Nicki champions education that transforms society and contributes to social, economic and environmental justice. She has developed and delivered cultural awareness and diversity training for Manitoba Hydro, the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba and Fox Lake Cree Nation.

H. Michael Dolson

Mike practices in all areas of taxation law with an emphasis on corporate and international tax planning. Mike has advised on transactions ranging from reorganizations of owner-manager businesses to billion-dollar public corporation divestures. He has also provided opinions on a wide range of income tax and GST matters, including topics relating to cross-border structures, insurance arrangements, not-for-profit organizations, charities and municipalities.

Mike joined Felesky Flynn LLP as an articling student in 2009 upon completing his Bachelor of Laws Degree (with distinction) at the University of Western Ontario, where he received the Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP award in Tax Law, the Goodmans LLP Award in Taxation, the James G. McKee Taxation Award, the Insolvency Institute of Canada Bruce Leonard Prize in Insolvency Studies and the Law Society of Upper Canada Prize for academic standing. He has also completed his Master of Laws degree in United States taxation from New York University.

Mike is an avid writer and has presented for organizations including the Canadian Tax Foundation, the Canadian Bar Association, the Edmonton Tax Lawyers and Accountants Discussion Group and the Edmonton Tax Executive Community of Interest. In his free time, Mike is a sessional lecturer in corporate taxation at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Law.

Scott Erickson

Scott has worked across the spectrum of human resources since 1999. This has included teaching in the Conflict Resolution Studies program at the University of Winnipeg, providing psychotherapy to adults, families and children and offering consulting services to high-performance athletes and leaders in the business and non-profit sectors. Scott is a certified member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, a professional member of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Winnipeg. He also holds a Master of Education specializing in counselling from the University of Manitoba.

David Falk, MA

David is a Partner with Facilitated Solutions. He is a seasoned consultant, mediator and conflict management specialist who has been assisting organizations prevent, manage and resolve conflict since 1990. As an engaging facilitator who brings together practical wisdom, humour and real world examples, David will inspire you to consider new options and develop your skills to address challenging situations.

Adrian B. Frost, LLB

Adrian is a partner with Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP in Winnipeg. His practice focuses exclusively in the areas of labour relations, employment and human rights law. He acts as counsel and provides advice on all aspects of employment and collective bargaining relationships in a wide range of public and private sectors. Adrian is recognized as a leading lawyer in labour and employment law in the 2012-2016 editions of Best Lawyers in Canada and as a “Future Litigation Star” in the 2012-2016 editions of Benchmark Canada, the Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys. In 2013 he was selected as a Lexpert® Rising Star: Leading Lawyer Under 40 by Lexpert® Magazine.

Adrian is currently the Manitoba Director of the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE) and serves on the executive as Treasurer. He served as Co-Chair of the Manitoba Bar Association’s Labour and Employment subsection from 2009-2014. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Rainbow Stage Inc., a member of the Board of Directors of Small Scholars Inc. and a former President/Director of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra Inc. and the Winnipeg Youth Orchestras Inc.

He has been a cast member of many Manitoba Bar Association / Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre fundraising musical theatre productions (Chicago (2008), The Producers (2010), Legally Blonde (2013) and How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (2014) and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (2015), a helpful reminder that he should stick to the lawyering day job.

Carolyn Frost, LL, BA

Carolyn’s practice focuses on labour and employment, immigration and transportation law. She has appeared before all levels of Court in Manitoba and Federal Courts, the Manitoba Labour Board, Grievance Arbitrators, Workers Compensation Board and Canada Labour Code Adjudicators as well as a variety of administrative tribunals.

Dan Furlan, CHRP

Dan is a seasoned Human Resources professional with over 35 years of HR experience. He has been a manager, trainer and consultant in both public and private sectors, including manufacturing, finance, health care, the automotive and service industries and the non-profit sector. In addition to consulting, Dan is an active volunteer and has instructed in management and HR programs for Red River College and the University of Winnipeg.

Geoffrey A. Garland, CPA, CA

Geoff Garland is a tax partner at BDO Dunwoody LLP practicing in tax for over 15 years. With a broad experience with a variety of the firm’s clients he is knowledgeable regarding tax compliance and planning services for entrepreneurial-minded businesses. Over the years, Geoff has served clients in the automotive, agriculture, manufacturing and construction industries and works with them to spark new ideas and find innovative solutions. He regularly presents tax courses for the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, has authored paper for the Canadian Tax Foundation Prairie Tax Conference, the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accounts Annual National Tax Conference and presents to many of the firm’s clients and friends of the firm. In 2009, he was awarded the Early Achievement Award by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba for his distinguished professional achievements and volunteer service. Outside of BDO, Geoff has been involved with the Estate Planning Council of Winnipeg as Past President and volunteers time coaching kids sports.

Greg Gartner, CA, MBA, LLB, QC

Every self-respecting Alberta company needs one and with Greg Gartner, Moodys Gartner has themselves a bona fide maverick. Greg thrives on finding new and innovative ways to make things happen. He sees problems as just something to figure out how to solve. The bigger they are the more interesting it is. He will find a way to close the deal and he will not stop until he has looked at things from every angle and found the right solution. This “there’s always a way” attitude is not surprising from a guy who used to be a professional barefoot water skier (in Edmonton?) and a roping-riding- rancher cowboy.

Areas of Expertise: Corporate Tax, Corporate Reorganizations, Mergers & Acquisitions/Divestitures, International Tax Planning

Jim Gaston, FCPA, FCA

Jim is a retired PwC partner after 25 years as a partner with the firm in a variety of senior roles. Throughout his career he has been involved with due diligence for acquisitions and all aspects of mergers and acquisitions leading assignments in this area for dozens of clients. His varied roles as a partner have involved him in risk management information technology and leading large audits.

Diane Gaudon, FCPA, FCGA

Diane has her own practice providing GST/HST/QST and provincial sales tax advice and training to businesses of all sizes across North America. Over the past 25 years, she has gained extensive accounting and taxation expertise spanning many industries. She is a popular speaker who frequently presents commodity tax related material to professional organizations. Diane has also authored numerous publications and courses. In addition, Diane was on the Ontario provincial government HST Implementation Committee.

Rob Gilfoyle

Rob has over 15 years of experience offering leadership training to public and private sector organizations, including Fortune 500 companies in North America, Asia, Europe and Africa.

Rob has developed particular expertise in providing leadership development programs to the professional service sector, including the accountancy, legal, management consulting and engineering professions. He regularly provides PD seminars to members of CPABC, CPA Alberta and CPA Saskatchewan.

Tom Gillespie, CPA, CA

Tom is a director and co-founder of Clearline Consulting CPA. He has over ten years of accounting and assurance experience having been the associate director of practice review with CPABC as well as a professional standards advisor. Prior to working with CPABC he was an audit manager with a major international accounting firm. Tom provides file compliance, monitoring, in-house training, audit planning and on-going consulting services to CPA firms and practitioners, helping them succeed and build thriving practices.

Bud Goff

Bud is a Manager in Deloitte’s US corporate tax practice in Winnipeg with five years of experience. His work focuses primarily the US corporate and cross border tax issues facing Canadian-based businesses. Bud received his law degree from the University of Minnesota and holds an LLM in US tax from the University of Miami.

Karen Granville, Hons. BMath

With a passion for order and organization, Karen loves to help people get organized and be more proficient both personally and professionally. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Mathematics degree in Operations Research and Combinatorics and Optimization from the University of Waterloo. She has several years of business experience with the oil industry and has lectured at a number educational institutions. Karen is a senior associate with K2E Canada Inc and has conducted over a hundred seminars for the CPA Associations across Canada. She has run her own training and consulting company for over 20 years.

Kenneth W. Grower, BA, FCPA, FCA, TEP

Kenneth was the Senior Tax Partner of BDO Dunwoody LLP in Manitoba. Ken continues to provide tax planning advice to clients of Pavilion Advisory Group Ltd. He is an accomplished speaker and has presented a large number of tax-related seminars. He is a Past Governor of the Canadian Tax Foundation and was one of the lecturers of the CICA In-Depth Tax Course - "Income Tax Practice" for 8 years. Ken has presented tax courses for the Manitoba and Saskatchewan Institutes for several years.

Paul Grower, BA (Hons), LLB

Paul is a partner with Fillmore Riley LLP who practices primarily in the area of tax dispute resolution and tax litigation. Paul has appeared before the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench and Court of Appeal, as well as the Tax Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal. He has published and presented numerous times on the topics of tax dispute and litigation to both the Canadian Tax Foundation and the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Jeff Harrison, CPA, CMA

Jeff Harrison has been an indirect tax practitioner for over 26 years. He currently resides in Regina, Saskatchewan as a partner with MNP LLP as part of their national indirect tax service line. He spent over 7 years as a GST auditor with the Canada Revenue Agency, starting when the GST was first introduced in 1991. He has spent the next 19 years in public practice working in some of the largest accounting firms specializing in indirect taxes including provincial sales tax.

Jeff is from Saskatchewan and serves clients of all types and sizes in most industry sectors including mining & energy, financial services, retail, manufacturing, non-profit/charity, among others. He is an experienced practitioner who can work with complex transactions and determine innovative and practical strategies to applying legislation. He serves clients throughout Saskatchewan as well as other parts of Canada. He is a frequent speaker, writer and presenter to many organizations over the years to promote a better understanding of the sales taxes.

Stuart Hartley, FCA, CA·IT

Stuart is the President of FocusROI Inc., a specialized consulting firm that provides value to professionals through, training, authoring, monitoring, risk management and internal auditing services. Stuart is the author of the CICA Professional Engagement Manual, the CICA Quality Assurance Manual and “Risk Management, primer for Directors of not for profit organizations”. He is a sought-after speaker and has written many articles.

Kari Hasselriis, CTDP

Kari is an associate of Eclectic Communications – a highly recognized training and consulting company specializing in communication development. Kari's work as an educator has been a passion for over 15 years. Her extensive experience includes instructing in a variety of formal classroom settings both locally and internationally, as well as offering private instruction at leading companies in Russia and Czech Republic. She has also participated in program and course development projects. Kari’s dedication has helped hundreds of people improve their language and communication skills. Her wealth of experience, coupled with her dynamic, energetic style makes her a popular and effective instructor.

Pat Hirst, B. Comm, CAE, CCR

Pat began her career in sales and marketing in the transportation sector. She then became a workplace mediator. She has taught negotiation with the University of Winnipeg and many organizations throughout Canada. Pat is the author of In a Perfect World: Interpersonal Skills for Life.

Brian Janzen, CPA, CA

Brian is a senior manager with Deloitte LLP in Winnipeg, specializing in areas such as tax planning for Canadian individuals and corporations, estate planning and planning relating to charitable giving. Brian has taught several courses for CPA Manitoba (ICAM) and has been a CICA in-depth tax course tutor for a number of years.

John Jeninga, BBA

John is currently a tax consultant with over 25 years of indirect tax experience. He provides a wide range of services for taxpayers. His expertise includes advising on the GST/HST and PST consequences of major transactions, such as capital acquisitions and real property transactions as well as reviewing and analyzing indirect tax issues for taxpayers.

Previously John was with MNP and PwC in their lndirect Tax Groups, providing advice, interpretations and solutions on GST/HST, PST and other indirect tax matters. He also provided assistance and representation for audits, assessments and appeals as well as technical writing on various GST/HST and PST topics.

Prior to returning to public practice, John was a Senior Technical Analyst in the GST/HST Rulings division of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for almost 15 years, where he provided interpretations and rulings on various GST/HST issues. He also participated in the introduction and implementation of the GST, by serving as an instructor/facilitator a GST Introductory Legislation Course at the Red River Community College and presenting workshops and seminars for businesses, charities and not-for-profit organizations.

John received an Honours Bachelors degree Business Administration from the Richard lvey School of Business (University of Western Ontario), where he majored in accounting.

Dr. Vijay Jog

Vijay is the Chancellor Professor at the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University and a leading authority in corporate finance and performance. He is a chemical engineer with MBA and a Ph.D. in finance from McGill University. His expertise is in the area of corporate performance, corporate governance, taxation and the role of capital markets in financing the enterprises including initial public offerings. He is an active researcher and has received over a $1 million in research grants.

He is the author of textbooks, has published numerous articles in international journals and has won many national and international awards for his research and publications. He has also been awarded research achievement awards by Carleton and Professor of the Year awards by Sprott students. He was recently recognized as “Leaders in Management Education” in Canada by National Post and described as “Mr. Value Added” by Ottawa Citizen.

Vijay Jog consults extensively for many government departments, crown corporations, and private sector firms in Canada, U.S., Caribbean, Europe and South Africa. He is a frequently sought-after speaker and a session leader at many executive development seminars and annual gatherings/meeting organized by some of the leading professional organizations and companies.

David Jung

David has provided leadership for various non-profit organizations for over 25 years. He has a degree in philosophy, a diploma in counselling, as well as certifications in conflict resolution and mediation. In addition to training with ACHIEVE, David works in the field of mediation where he volunteers as a mediator for the court diversion program in Manitoba. In whatever role David finds himself, his passion for motivating people to continue on their personal journey of learning and growth shines through. David believes that no matter what our role is in the workplace, we can all continue to grow in our skills to improve our own life and to help improve the lives of others. As a trainer, he is known for his dynamic workshop facilitation that combines humour and real-world application.

Leilani Kagan, LLP

Leilani’s practice is focused on corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, with a primary focus on owner-manager taxation issues, corporate reorganizations, estate planning, trusts and commodity tax issues. Leilani’s practice includes charities and non-profit organizations.


Lexpert's Leading Lawyers Under 40

University of Manitoba Gold Medalist, 1995

Completed Part I, II & III of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants In-Depth Tax Course LEGAL


Sessional lecturer in Robson Hall Law School, University of Manitoba

Learning Group Facilitator for The Centre for Professional Legal Education program (CPLED) for the Law Society of Manitoba

Lecturer for Chartered Professional Accountants of Manitoba Professional Development

Other Speaking Engagements

Numerous journal articles, periodicals, lectures and presentations on tax-related matters, including for the Canadian Tax Foundation Prairie Provinces Tax Conference and Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, the Manitoba, Canada section of the Lex Mundi Tax Rulings Global Practice Guide, financial advisors, banks and credit unions and local and

Community Involvement

President and Director of The Dream Factory Foundation

Vice-Chair and Director of The Helen Betty Osborne Memorial Fund

United Way Major Donor Cabinet

Member of the "Y" Sports dinner Committee in support of the JCC Rady Centre

Bradley Keefe, CPA, CA

Bradley is a Senior Manager with Fort Group Chartered Professional Accountants Inc. (Fort Group) specializing in financial statement audit of not-for-profit and public-sector organizations. Prior to joining Fort Group, Bradley worked at the Office of the Auditor General of Manitoba for 15 years and was responsible for the audit of the Government of Manitoba’s Summary Financial Statements from 2012 to 2016. Bradley is an experienced facilitator and session leader with the CPA Western School of Business and CPA Canada.

Bradley is the recipient of the CPA Manitoba Early Achievement Award and the 2016 KBH Outstanding Facilitator Award provided by the CPA Western School of Business.

Brett Knowles

Brett is a long-time thought leader in the performance measurement space. Over the last thirty years he has worked with Drs. Kaplan and Norton and has had clients referenced in each of their books.

Brett has assisted over 3,000 organizations from around the world and in all sectors from AT&T to Zeneca, the IRS to the City of Kingston. His clients have had as many as 250,000 employees and as few as 5. He is the co-founder of the first Balanced Scorecard application, has developed numerous measurement concepts around intangible assets, and has served on countless editorial boards and conference constructs.

Brett's clients have been profiled in Harvard Business Review, Fortune, and Forbes. There are over 20 business school cases covering the success of his clients. Three of Brett's clients have been placed on the Balanced Scorecard Hall of Fame by Drs. Kaplan and Norton.

Brett is supported by an international team of experts with executive backgrounds from many sectors and functional areas.

Cindy Kottoor, CPA, CA

Cindy Kottoor, as President and Founder of Neverest, designs, develops and delivers customized training for individuals within corporations, the public sector, professional institutes and public accounting firms, covering a variety of disciplines, including accounting & finance, risk management, internal audit and external audit.

Cindy was previously an Audit & Assurance Manager at Deloitte where she specialized in the financial services industry. She was Vice-President, Efficiency Services, for AuditWatch Inc., a US based training and consulting firm, where she focused primarily on designing and delivering training courses to meet the training needs of public accounting firms. Cindy was a Senior Manager for the Internal Audit Services department of RBC Financial Group, leading the Quality Assurance function for the internal audit group. Most recently, Cindy was an Associate Director at Protiviti, where she specialized in risk management and corporate governance, by providing internal audit and business risk consulting services to her clients.

Cindy is a Chartered Professional Accountant, and a graduate of the University of Waterloo, Honours Bachelor of Arts – Accounting and a Master of Accounting.

Cindy has authored articles, moderated webinars, and authored courses for CPA Canada, including the “Auditing Refresher” and the “Risk Assessment Workshop for Small and Medium-Sized Business”. She is also the co-author of the CPA Ontario “Internal Control Guide” and the CPA Canada guide, “Audits of Not-for-Profit Organizations: Risk Assessment under Canadian Auditing Standards”.

Cindy is a member of the Risk & Audit Committee for the Ontario March of Dimes. She is also an active member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), was a member of the Education and Nominating Committees, is an IIA Quality Assurance Validator and is a speaker at Toronto Chapter events. In 2011, Cindy received the CPA Ontario (formerly ICAO) Award of Distinction and was identified as a “Super CA” by CA Magazine.

John F. Kelly, FCPA, FCA

John is a partner with Scarrow & Donald in Winnipeg. John's clients include public companies, owner-managed enterprises and not-for-profit associations. He was a member of the Auditing Standards Board for four years and was Chair of its Western Section.

Perry Kiefer, CPA, CA

Perry joined Felesky Flynn LLP as a consultant in 2011 and he practices in all areas of personal and corporate taxation with a focus on matters affecting owner managed enterprises and their shareholders, such as tax optimization strategies for corporations and their executives, corporate reorganizations and the implementation of effective estate planning strategies.

Kyla Kramps, CPA, CA, CBV

Kyla is a Director at St. Boniface General hospital focusing on financial planning and business intelligence. Prior to obtaining her role at the hospital, Kyla lead PwC Winnipeg's Valuation, Modelling and Disputes practice. In that role, Kyla practiced in business valuations for tax and estate planning, disputes, financial statements and mergers and acquisitions. Kyla also practiced in the areas of business interruption for insurance claims, economic impact assessment studies, forensic services, financial analysis and litigation support. Kyla is published on the subject of valuations in The Journal of Business Valuation. Kyla is a graduate of the University of Manitoba and was the Canadian gold medalist on the entrance exam to become a CBV.

Howie Kroon, CPA, CA

Howie is currently working as a management consultant providing strategic, operational, financial and business coaching to CEO’s and their executive teams. He has a strong skill set in assisting clients with difficult situations. Previously, he was the CEO/President of Palliser Lumber Sales in Calgary. During his tenure; Palliser was recognized for six consecutive years as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies.

Michael Labun

Mike has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Certificate in Conflict Resolution. He has over twenty years of experience as a leader in the mediation and conflict resolution field. Mike believes that education and training is largely about giving hope - people often come to a training to address a situation and they want to leave with a plan to change it. In addition to facilitating workshops, he is a Mediator and works as one of ACHIEVE’s Training and Development Specialist.

Mike is the author or editor of many of ACHIEVE workshops including Emotional Intelligence and Mediation. As a trainer, he uses his experiences working in a manufacturing environment, inner-city drop-in, boys camp and as a mediator to illustrate the material. Mike has an interactive and engaging style that easily motivates participants to incorporate workshop material into their own environments.

Colin Lane, CPA, CA

Colin is a senior manager in the PwC Canadian tax group in the Winnipeg office, where he’s been assisting public and private corporate clients for the past six years. Colin focuses on helping his clients with a variety of tax planning, structuring and compliance matters. Colin has worked with both start-up and mature companies in a broad range of industries, including construction, media, IT, manufacturing, private equity, mining, and agriculture.

Andrea Legary, P. Eng, MBA

As a Manager within the Deloitte R&D and Government Incentives team, Andrea advises organizations on government grants and incentives, including Canada's Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) program across industries including Aerospace, Manufacturing, Mining, Plant Science and TMT. Andrea joined Deloitte in 2014 after nearly a decade of working in Winnipeg’s aerospace and defense industry on advanced engineering programs for customers including NASA, CSA, and Lockheed Martin.

Monique Levesque-Pharoah Monique is the owner of Unique Communications & Training. A highly experienced presenter and facilitator, Monique uses her energetic approach and real-life workplace situations to bring training alive. Participants regularly comment on her ability to make training fun and meaningful.

Monique holds a Certificate in Human Resources Management (Honours) and has professional experience in employee development, communication & leadership as well as conflict resolution.

She was a selected profile leader in the book, Why Winnipeg? A Profile of Community Leadership with Leadership Winnipeg in June 2015. She is a Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce Ambassador and a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Levesque-Pharoah is a “working ambassador” for the organization of over 350,000 members. She works with the Board to develop, support and modify the policies and procedures that guide Toastmasters International in fulfilling its mission.

Mariska Loeppky, CPA, CA

Mariska is Director, Tax and Estate Planning, in the Advanced Financial Planning department of Investors Group. Mariska obtained her Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) degree from the University of Manitoba in 2002. After graduation, Mariska joined a public accounting firm that focused on serving mid-market and owner-managed businesses. In January of 2005, she obtained her Chartered Accountant Designation. Mariska spent the next ten years providing business and tax advice for a number of mid- size and larger owner-managed groups of companies in a variety of industries.

Mariska completed Part I, II and III of the CICA In-Depth Tax Course Program (2004-2007) and attended the CICA Corporate Reorganization and Advanced Owner-Manager Planning courses in 2010 and 2011. Mariska is a member of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Manitoba and served as member of the ICAM Tax Committee from 2008 until 2014. Mariska is also a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation and is a Trust & Estate Practitioner, as certified by the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (“STEP”). In 2017, Mariska obtained her Certified Financial Planner designation. Mariska lives in Niverville, Manitoba with her husband and two young daughters.

Wendy Loewen

Wendy is a former teacher and director of a health and social services program. She has bachelor’s degrees in both Psychology and Education. In addition, she is certified as a level 1 and 2 Myers- Briggs Trait Inventory administrator. Wendy believes that learning is a dynamic and life-long endeavor and with commitment, guidance and individualized support, this process should be enjoyable and motivating. In addition to facilitating workshops, she serves as ACHIEVE’s Training and Development Specialist and is the author of many of our workshops including Respectful Workplace, Assertive Communication and Stress Management. Wendy is an engaging presenter who delivers material in a format that maximizes the learning potential for all participants.

Dustin Mansfield, CPA, CA

Dustin is a partner in BDO’s Brandon office, with over 10 years of professional experience providing specialty tax services to individuals and private corporations.

Dustin has provided tax reorganization and planning services to clients in a wide range of industries, including agriculture, oil & gas, automotive, retail and hospitality. He has successfully assisted a number of clients with estate and business succession planning.

Dustin is a member of BDO’s Agricultural specialty group. He is involved in the community through his membership with the Canadian Tax Foundation. Dustin co-authored a paper and was a presenter for the Canadian Tax Foundation on the taxation of farmers in 2016.

Shari Mann, CPA, CA

Shari has been involved in authoring and presenting professional development courses in financial reporting and assurance for over 15 years. Complementary activities include providing consulting services to small and medium-sized accounting firms and lecturing at the University of Waterloo. Shari’s prior experience includes 10 years in public practice, both in Canada and New Zealand.

Arun K. Mathur, CPA, CA, LPA

Arun is the Executive Director at UltimQuest Knowledge Inc. and Partner at Gerald Duthie & Co. LLP, Chartered Professional Accountants. He has extensive consulting, auditing and internal control evaluation experience in the Public, Corporate and Not-For-Profit sectors. He began delivering training at Clarkson Gordon’s (now EY) Toronto office and at several universities and colleges in Ontario. Today, he delivers live and online training on Improving Governance in the Public, Corporate and Not-For-Profit sectors, Business Ethics, Internal Control, Fraud Prevention, Risk Management, Financial Management and Public Speaking. He delivers training across the country through CPA British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, PEI, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador and Bermuda. He serves on the board at Health Force Ontario Marketing and Recruitment Agency and chairs its Finance and Audit Committee. Visit for more information.

Kyle McMurtry, CPA, CA

Kyle is a partner with the Grant Thornton Tax Group in Winnipeg. He oversees the preparation of Canadian tax returns and filings for clients, both large and small, profit and not-for-profit, corporate, partnership, trust and individuals. Kyle’s focus is always in understanding the client, their business and their objectives to provide the most relevant advice possible. Kyle also acts as a tutor in the delivery of CPA Canada’s Advanced Tax Issues for the Owner Managed Business Course and has been a presenter at many industry events around Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Ricki Miles

Ricki is a Microsoft Certified Trainer with over 20 years of experience in consulting, planning, and delivering group and executive one-on-one training and support in the corporate computer field. She has taught extensively in Winnipeg, across Canada and in many cities in the USA.

Peter Moreira, CPA, CGA

Peter Moreira has over 15 years of professional experience in financial management, economic development, business consulting, planning and teaching. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) graduate degree, and a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) undergraduate degree. Managing clients and developing effective relationships has been a big part of his career that started during his time with RBC Royal Bank, continued during his role in economic development with the Province of Manitoba Government, to his current business consulting practice, Peter Moreira, CPA. His ability to provide advice and planning to businesses and organizations in a wide variety of industries comes from this previous experience, along with the experience gained in a previous role working in a CFO capacity with the Province of Manitoba Government as an Assistant Deputy Minister. In addition to his consulting practice, Peter shares his knowledge and experience as a Professor with the University of Winnipeg, in the Faculty of Business and Economics.

In addition to helping clients realize success, Peter is actively involved in the Portuguese Community of Winnipeg, serving as a Treasurer in one of their non-profit, cultural organizations. He has also been a musician for 30 years and loves sharing his craft with his family and friends. As well, being the father of three children keeps him both busy and grounded to what is truly important in life.

Dr. Jim Murray

Jim is CEO of Optimal Solutions International. He has taught accounting professionals through five provincial institutes since 1982. He is the architect of several advanced residential executive programs for CPAs. Jim holds four degrees, has authored three best-selling books and has provided strategic counsel to over 600 organizations during his career. His courses, based largely on personal experiences, have been formally recognized for excellence in the design and delivery of life-long learning.

Hugh Neilson, FCPA, FCA, TEP

Hugh is an independent contractor to Kingston Ross Pasnak LLP, where he is a Director, Taxation Services. He is also an independent contractor to Video News Inc. where he is a member of the Editorial Board of Video Tax News, appearing regularly in their monthly video and newsletter. Hugh has over 25 years of public practice experience, focusing on income tax services for individuals and owner-managed private corporations. He is an author, mentor and instructor in the provincial Continuing Professional Education programs in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, has presented at the CPA Canada National Conference on Income Tax and The One conference, the Canadian Tax Foundation’s Prairie Provinces Tax Conference, the Banff Small Practitioners Forum and CPA Forum North. Since April 2013, he has served as a Director and the Treasurer, of the Centre for Public Legal Education of Alberta. Hugh is the 2014 recipient of CPA Canada’s Award for Excellence in Income Tax.

Victor G. Neufeld, CPA, CA, CA·IFA, CFE

Victor has worked on a variety of criminal, civil and regulatory matters for various public- sector bodies, municipal and national police forces, Canadian and international regulatory agencies and senior law firms. These services were initially provided while he was an employee of an international CA firm from 1984 to 1988 and since 1988 they have been provided through his own companies, either on a direct engagement basis or in alliance with other Canadian and international forensic accounting firms. He has investigated the following areas:

  • Fraud and secret commissions Including appointment by Special Prosecutors to provide exclusive forensic accounting services relating to complex commodity futures trading matters, as part of one of the largest fraud investigations ever conducted by the RCMP “D” Division Commercial Crime Section
  • Money-laundering and other proceeds of crime matters: Including appointment to provide exclusive forensic accounting services to the RCMP “D” Division Integrated Proceeds of Crime Unit
  • Areas of potential economic crime, fraud and corruption: Including theft, businesses in financial difficulties, financial reporting matters, shareholder disputes, conflict of interest, security controls assessment, obtaining credit by false pretence, fidelity bond claims, travel and expense claims, compliance with franchise agreements, securities trading activities in managed accounts, commodity futures trading analysis, estate disputes and the identification of hidden assets and income
  • Regulatory reviews:
    • Including detailed audits and reviews of non-governmental organizations to identify risk areas and potential non-compliance with federal and provincial contribution agreements relating to Health, Child & Family Services, and other services
    • Conducting reviews, audits or financial investigations for the Manitoba Chief Electoral Officer, Manitoba Securities Commission, Manitoba Health, Manitoba Family Services, Crown Corporations and NPOs
    • Performing operational reviews to improve the compliance functions of various federal and provincial government agencies
    • Developing various educational and regulatory guides for the Winnipeg Commodity Exchange (WCE), performance of operational control reviews of their futures commission merchants, and reviews of certain market disruptions
    • Conducting an extensive operational review on behalf of the Canadian Grain Commission concerning the WCE and the Winnipeg Commodity Clearing Ltd. to evaluate and compare their systems to relevant international standards, and
    • Conducting special corporate income tax audits, training auditors and assisting with policy development for the Inland Revenue Department of a Caribbean nation.

Victor has testified in Manitoba on a number of these matters, at both the Provincial Court and the Court of Queen’s Bench. He also provides, or has provided, audit, accounting, income tax planning, management and controllership services to various entities.

Lukas Neville, Ph. D.

Lukas Neville is an assistant professor of organizational behaviour at the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba. He holds a Ph.D. from the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University. Lukas teaches in the B.Comm, MBA and Executive Education programs at the Asper School, and has facilitated training and workshops for audiences in a range of industries, including telecommunications, health care, and financial services. Lukas’ research and teaching interests relate to helping individuals, organizations and teams recover from conflict and workplace transgressions. His most recent research, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, relates to forgiveness in the workplace, and his previous research has been published in journals in the fields of management and organizational psychology. His teaching has been recognized with a range of awards, including the Reg Litz MBA Luminary Teaching Award, the Associates Achievement Award for Teaching, the University of Manitoba Merit Award for Teaching and the Golden Shovel.

Bridget Noonan, CPA, CA

Bridget is the Director and Co-Founder of Clearline Consulting. She holds a professional standards adviser role at CPABC where she continues to support and assist practitioners through the application of professional standards. Bridget provides consulting services to small and mid-size firms in areas of regulatory and standards compliance, monitoring, in-house training and efficiency projects.

Jim Otar, CFP, BSc, MEng

Jim holds a Bachelor of Applied Sciences degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Engineering degree from the University of Toronto. After spending several years in engineering and investing for his own account, he started his financial planning career in 1995.

He is the author of several books and has contributed content for Canadian Securities Institute courses on distribution planning. He has written over a hundred articles and portfolio reviews for various magazines on retirement planning since 1996. Jim is an independent financial advisor and gives workshops on non-Gaussian advanced retirement planning across the country.

Ryan Palmer, CPA, CA

Ryan is a Senior Manager in KPMG Winnipeg's Canadian Tax practice. Ryan's professional experience includes tax compliance, planning and reorganization services to clients in the Manufacturing and Construction, Real Estate and Land Development, Technology and NPO/Public Sector/Charities areas. His experience is comprehensive in focus and serves to provide his current and future clients with an efficient and effective approach to all areas of tax.

Ryan is a sessional instructor at the University of Manitoba and is a frequent speaker on matters relating to Canadian taxation, including professional development seminars delivered to CPA Manitoba members. Ryan also serves on the boards of several organizations, including the CPA Manitoba Foundation (as Secretary-Treasurer), Prairie Theatre Exchange (Treasurer), Community Financial Counselling Services (as Treasurer) and is a member of the CPA Manitoba Tax Committee and the Manitoba Chapter of the Canadian Tax Foundation Young Practitioner's group. Ryan is passionate about his community, education and local business.

Ryan is a graduate of the University of Manitoba's Asper School of Business, a Chartered Professional Accountant and has completed all levels of the CPA Canada In-depth Tax Courses.

Christine Paquette

As President of Bridge Dynamics, she specializes in working with individuals, groups and companies through her Develop Your Ideal Presence© Program. Within this integrated approach, she trains clients in identifying the specific elements of Presence that are key for their roles and relationships within their organization and industry. In the companion training, 9 to FINE(c), clients learn how to recognize their time vampires and energy drains that erode their flow and harmony in their lives. Christine is a dynamic, inspiring, heart-centered professional with over 25 years of experience as a successful business leader, entrepreneur, facilitator and coach. She has expertise in several sectors including public, private, commercial construction, environmental and not-for-profit. Christine is passionate about serving the highest story for individuals so that they have more freedom and clarity to choose the Way and How of moving forward in their professional and personal lives. Christine volunteers as a mentor with Futurpreneur Canada.

Eileen Pease, BA, B.Ed., M.Ed., CHRP

Eileen loves to work with you and your brain. She has 25 years of experience teaching Speed Reading and many courses related to thinking and interpersonal skills in the workplace. Recently she tapped into the most up-to-date knowledge on brain research to write a book called “Get More Power from Your Brain.” Eileen knows how to help you get the most value out of your own reading time, concentration, memory and thinking as well as that of your employees. Eileen also has a particular interest in mental health in the workplace. She has been certified by the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario branch, to teach their Mental Health Works programs. She knows that a psychologically healthy work environment supports employee engagement, worker health and well-being, recruitment and retention, productivity, effective risk management and corporate social responsibility.

Susan Portelance, CTDP

Susan is an associate and facilitator for Eclectic Communications. After many years in the corporate world she turned her love of language into a career as a writer, editor and trainer. As an editor, she works with her clients to craft effective communications – from newsletters and blogs to e-books and proposals. Susan brings to the classroom over 10 years of training experience and four years of Toastmasters participation where she has honed her public speaking and leadership skills.

Susan completed training in adult education, presentation skills and coaching skills and joined Eclectic in January 2013, quickly proving to be an exceptional presenter and facilitator.

Wendy (Phaneuf) Sikora

Wendy has over 20 years of experience in leadership development. Her comprehensive teaching style equips clients with workable techniques to positively impact performance, productivity and employee retention. In 1997, Wendy established The Training Source to improve the effectiveness of leaders and organizations. In private practice, she has worked with thousands of leaders across multiple sectors and industries and sustains a loyal client network representing diverse international and regional organizations. Wendy holds certificates in Human Resources Management and Management Studies from The University of Winnipeg. She has received the Manitoba Woman Entrepreneur of the Year award for her business achievements.

Scott Powell, CPA, CA

Scott is Managing Director of our Canadian operations. Now based in Vancouver, Scott spent most of his career in London, New York and Hong Kong. Scott has designed and delivered workshops for organizations as diverse as Accenture, Allied Irish Bank, AMEC, ATB Financial, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, JP Morgan, BC Ferries, Coast Capital Savings, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, ICBC, ING and CPA Canada.

Scott is a CPA, CA and a UK Chartered Accountant who holds an Honours degree in Politics/Economics from Trent University, Canada and a master’s degree in Economics from Cambridge University.

Steve Prentice

Steve has degrees in journalism and psychology and is a partner with The Bristall Group. He is a specialist in organizational psychology, with a focus on workplace productivity. He also works as a project manager and writer for a number of international clients and lectures for the Management Program at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

Stephen Priddle, CPA, CA, CMA

Stephen is the President and Founder of Practical PD. An engaging and experienced seminar leader and conference speaker, Stephen weaves practical tips together with stories from his business experience and input from participants. Seasoning the mix with a dose of accounting humour, he serves up useful and dynamic seminars. He is also the Vice-President, Finance, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of SureWx Inc. Stephen’s teaching experience includes presenting PD seminars for CPA programs and leading sessions in the new CPA PEP Program.

Stephen has over 30 years of varied business experience. After working with KPMG for five years, he moved into industry, where he has worked for public and private companies. He has gained a wide range of experience in financial reporting, treasury management, merger & acquisition and other business matters. He advises a number of businesses and not for profit organizations and sits on the Advisory Board of Valydate Corporation and on the Board of SureWx Inc. Stephen obtained his CPA, CA and CMA designations following graduation from Carleton University with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree.

Dean Schinkel, CPA, CA, CBV

Dean Schinkel is the Office Managing Partner for the Winnipeg office of Deloitte. Dean also leads the Merger and Acquisitions and Valuations practice for Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

He has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions from strategy to valuation, due diligence, deal structuring, negotiation and closing. He has worked with strategic buyers and sellers as well as financial investors such as private equity and venture capital funds.

Dean has completed valuations across a broad array of industries for shareholder planning, divestiture, tax and dispute situations. His valuation experience involves critically analyzing financial statements, assessing risk and alternatives and quantifying value drivers.

Sandra Scott

Sandra has diverse work experience which includes working in the field of addictions, managing disability appeals, and negotiating and settling litigated matters at mediations. Trained as a Therapist, she has a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. As a trainer and facilitator with ACHIEVE, Sandra is passionate about helping organizations focus on mental health and well-being in the workplace. She has an exceptional interest in conflict resolution, relationships and understanding perspective. Sandra views most situations from a systems lens whether she’s in a family or organizational setting. She is enthusiastic about learning and weaves humour and stories into her training, allowing participants to absorb and apply new material to all aspects of their lives.

Bill Richardson

Bill is a talented speaker with the rare combination of an extensive professional background and a natural ability to connect with people. Whether it’s a sold-out conference hall or an intimate retreat, his presentations bring even the most academic or abstract topic alive through storytelling, stimulating dialogue and interaction.

Karl Schaub, PFP, CFP

Karl has been a financial service professional since 2006 and spent several years as a Financial Planner at RBC. With a BA in economics from the University of Manitoba, he is committed to ongoing education and holds his Professional Financial Planner (PFP) and Certified Financial Planning (CFP) designations. Karl develops and creates financial plans and strategies for clients that help them meet their goals. He also assists with client and portfolio management and works with clients to ensure they receive the service, advice and expertise they have come to expect.

Jeffrey D. Sherman, MBA, CIM, FCPA, FCA

Jeffrey is the CFO of Atrium Mortgage Investment Corporation. He has over 20 years of experience as a corporate director and executive in high tech, biotechnology, medical, financial and business services. He was an adjunct professor at York University for 15 years. He is a frequent course director and course author for many organizations including provincial bodies of Chartered Professional Accountants across Canada and the Law Society of Upper Canada. Jeffrey has authored many articles for a variety of magazines and has written over twenty books.

Ryan Standil

Ryan gives seminars to accountants and lawyers on the topic of effective written communication. His seminars provide concrete advice, leaving participants with steps for drafting e-mails and documents. Ryan attended the Ivey Business School for undergraduate and Western Law for law school. He worked at a corporate law firm in Toronto before founding his writing company, called Write to Excite.

Eric Stutzman

As Managing Director of ACHIEVE Centre for Leadership & Workplace Performance, Eric provides the overall direction for the development and delivery of ACHIEVE’s workshops and services. He has provided leadership in the field of conflict resolution and mediation since completing a degree in Sociology with a focus on mediation and peacemaking. Eric is a Chartered Mediator and currently President of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Manitoba. He has worked as an administrator, board chair, senior mediator, trainer and lead negotiator for other organizations in various parts of Canada. Eric believes that the best leaders and employees turn their minds first to listening with curiosity. He is the author of many of ACHIEVE’s workshops including Management and Supervision, Coaching Strategies for Leaders and Dealing with Difficult People. Eric is a gifted trainer who makes training material come alive for participants through humour and real-world application.

Michael Thompson, BBA, ACC

Mike is a highly experienced facilitator and coach who focuses on inspiring people to be their very best at all times. He works extensively with Emotional Intelligence and personality assessments. His passion for one-on-one coaching has led him to having an extensive coaching practice.

Yvonne Thompson (MA (Leadership), CPHR)

Yvonne is a master training and leadership consultant with other 30 years of experience. She has a unique ability to draw out the very best in each leader. She creates an amazing, safe space for leaders to explore and discover their greatness.

Yvonne lives in British Columbia and supports all client activities in both Canada and Europe.

David Trahair, CPA, CA

David is a financial trainer, national best-selling author and CPA Magazine columnist. His other books include Smoke and Mirrors: Financial Myths That Will Ruin Your Retirement Dreams; Enough Bull: How to Retire Well Without the Stock Market, Mutual Funds or Even an Investment Advisor; Crushing Debt: Why Canadians Should Drop Everything and Pay Off Debt; and Cash Cows, Pigs and Jackpots: The Simplest Personal Finance Strategy Ever.

He is known for his ability to explain the often-confusing world of personal finance in plain English. Canadians appreciate his no-nonsense style and the fact that his views are totally independent because he does not sell any financial products. He currently operates his own financial training firm and offers seminars on his books to organizations including CPA provincial institutes in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Bermuda.

Jason Treloar, CPA, CA

Jason is the leader of the Deloitte assurance advisory group based in Winnipeg that is dedicated to providing advice and support to finance teams on all aspects of the finance function. Jason have over 13 years of public accounting and advisory experience with Deloitte.

Through the advisory practice Jason has significant experience providing advice to CFO’s and finance teams on complex accounting matters, transactions advisory, as well as finance modernization initiatives. Jason has significant experience supporting clients on complex accounting and policy matters in multiple accounting frameworks including International Financial Reporting Standards.

Jason also has a broad base of experience serving public company, private company and public sector clients in an audit capacity. In addition to client roles, Jason is an experienced facilitator providing training sessions for Deloitte and CPA Manitoba.

Sheryl Troup, CPA, CA

Sheryl is a Director, Tax and Estate Planning, in the Advanced Financial Planning department of Investors Group. Sheryl obtained her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Winnipeg in 2000, her Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from the University of Manitoba in 2003, and her Chartered Accountant designation in 2006. Sheryl then completed the CICA InDepth tax program in 2009. Prior to working at Investors Group, she worked for a national accounting firm, where as a senior tax manager, she worked with owner- managed businesses, farms, and high net worth individuals in planning for various life- cycles of their businesses. At Investors Group, she is responsible for providing advanced tax and estate planning support to their extensive network of consultants throughout Canada.

Christa Walkden, CPA (ND), MST, TEP

As Founder and president of 49th Parallel Tax Services Inc., Christa navigates the ever-evolving U.S. tax laws for both American expatriates and Canadians who are working or investing south of the border. Throughout her career, Christa has provided expert counsel on U.S. tax matters, including estate planning, structuring and compliance and planning for personal, corporate and state income tax.

Christa is a seasoned public speaker and earned her Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation from the Minnesota State Board of Accountancy. She is currently licensed with the state of North Dakota. Most recently, Christa earned her Trust and Estate Practitioner designation (TEP) as an experienced practitioner.

Garrett Wasny, MA, CMC, CITP/FITP

Garrett is an award-winning professional development technologist and former Price Waterhouse management consultant. He's authored three books for publishers including McGraw Hill and John Wiley & Sons, has published over 100 articles in scores of leading business magazines and has delivered more than 1,000 seminars and webinars on Internet strategy to accounting practitioners and organizations worldwide. As full disclosure, please note Garrett is an independent Certified Management Consultant who provides objective information and is not affiliated with any company or technology reviewed in his presentations.

Jack Waterman, CPA, CA, CMA

Jack is a senior manager in the Grant Thornton tax group in Winnipeg. He specializes in personal and corporate tax preparation and planning, estate planning, corporate reorganizations and dealing with the Canada Revenue Agency. Jack has a significant amount of experience across a wide variety of industries including construction, real estate and manufacturing.

Marion Williams, FLMI

Marion has over 20 years of experience in business management solutions. She is a senior associate with K2E Canada Inc. and has conducted over a hundred seminars for CPA bodies across Canada. As the owner of a computer consulting company, Marion provides software training and develops databases. Marion teaches the Microsoft Office suite, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook, specializing in Access and Excel.

In addition, Marion designs, develops, tests and implements custom Access databases using VBA where necessary.

Chris Wyman

Chris is VP, Learning and Development with MDA Training Inc. Previously Chris held the role of Director of Internal Audit at a Canadian financial institution. Chris has experience with corporate governance, risk and compliance. He also has operational experience in commercial, private and retail banking.

Chris is a CPA (CMA). He is also a Certified Internal Auditor, a Certified Risk Management Assurance Professional and is accredited by the Institute of Internal Auditors to facilitate IIA Courses.