Emileah leads the ShopHERE Powered by Google program at Digital Main Street, and has a mission to help as many small businesses and artists sell online as possible. She has years of marketing and sales experience, and her work primarily focuses on empowering leaders and their teams to differentiate themselves and drive measurable results.
As a CPA and CMA, Kirsha has years of experience integrating the moving parts within a business to create a recession-proof foundation, operate with reduced risk, increase cash flow, and set up effective systems and procedures. She is also a contributor to “Entrepreneur Magazine” and has been featured on “Thrive Global,” “Authority Magazine” and American Express for her insights and experiences.
Brad Celmainis is president of Brad Celmainis Accounting Solutions in Calgary, AB. A former CPA for 28 years, he spent over twenty years in the industry in assorted executive and senior management roles before starting his consulting business in 2013. Brad specializes in cloud accounting processes, conversions, and training in QuickBooks products. He is also the host of “Get Intuit,” a community for accounting professionals and co-host of the “Friday Night Live” podcast for accounting professionals.
Gary Drysdale is Director of Sales at Intuit Canada, where he leads the Canadian Sales organization for the Small Business and Self-Employed Group, as well as Sales supporting the ProConnect Group. Gary is a tenured executive leader with more than 20 years of technology industry experience across SMB, consumer, and enterprise segments.
As a Solutions Architect at Intuit Canada, Tania is passionate about helping customers with onboarding and removing barriers to their growth through education. She is a Certified Professional Bookkeeper with CPB Canada and has 20 years of bookkeeping experience. Tania successfully transitioned her practice to the cloud and saw the benefits of value pricing her services and automation firsthand.
Cam Garrant is the VP of Marketing at Knowify, the cloud-based software enabling SMB construction companies around the world to take greater control over their projects and financials. Cam has nearly 10 years of experience helping high-growth vertical-SaaS organizations reach their SMB audiences.
Head of Marketing, Accountant and Advisor Group |
Damien is passionate about helping accountants and bookkeepers have a lasting impact on their small business clients. He's worked with hundreds of firms around the world to help evolve their business models for great growth and profitability. He speaks to accountants and bookkeepers on cloud technology, service definition and pricing, and marketing.
Kevan is an Account Executive at Beanworks. He enjoys helping accounting teams better understand their AP workflow while minimizing the time spent on the process. In his spare time, Kevan plays bass for a metal band and is passionate about sports.
Zuri Harris is a partnerships lead at FundThrough. She works with financial professionals like bookkeepers and accountants to understand the trends and challenges they have with their clients’ cash flow and with growing their own practices. Before joining FundThrough, Zuri was also a bookkeeper for several non-profits.
Three years ago, Jason Hastie, CPA, CA launched TenjaGo, a cloud-based bookkeeping and accounting practice that is growing rapidly in Canada and recently expanded to the US. He is a technology geek, author of “The Dollar Code,” and lead singer of Jason Hastie and The Alibi, a band with three Top 50 hits in Canada.
DJ Hedspin is a world-class DJ who has been globetrotting for over a decade. His mix shows, edits, and remixes have been played in clubs and airwaves around the world including, “Toronto's Flow 93.5,” “LA's Power 106,” “Sirius XM” and “BBC Radio One.” In 2011, he won the Red Bull Music 3style World Championship proving he is one of the best party DJs on the planet. During a live showcase, DJ Hedspin flexes musicality, technicality, and aggressive delivery to keep the crowd moving.
Principal Professional Services Consultant |
Ingrid is an experienced leader who has the ability to identify, develop, and implement successful business strategies. While at Deloitte, she learned the do’s and don'ts of onboarding, and is well-versed in improving onboarding workflows.
Kayla Isabelle is the CEO at Startup Canada, which connects Canada’s entrepreneurs with the tools, community, and support they need to start and build their businesses. Kayla has dedicated her career to supporting entrepreneurs, and is passionate about leveraging the power of storytelling in the business community, particularly for women entrepreneurs as the host of the Startup Women Podcast. She is also the Founding Executive Director of the Innovators and Entrepreneurs Foundation, Past-president of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Ottawa Chapter, Board Member at StartUP Sault Ste. Marie, and a former Board Member of the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS).
As the Managing Lead of Digital Main Street, Darryl has extensive experience working within public and private partnerships to develop outcome-based programming focused on technology adoption for small businesses and community building. Through his work, Darryl has led multi-disciplinary teams and helped create award-winning, local economic development programs.
Peter Katz is a JUNO Award and Canadian Screen Award-nominated singer-songwriter who has spent the past 15 years touring internationally. To date, his music has been streamed over five million times and his music videos have over 20 million views on YouTube.
Gaël Kombe is a bilingual Senior Partner Success Consultant at Dext. Before joining Dext in October 2019, he worked at Intuit assisting partners as a SDM on Quickbooks Online. Gael is a product expert in both Dext Prepare and Dext Precision, and has helped countless partners maximize their growth by providing a high-quality onboarding and implementation experience.
Vice President, Corporate Development |
Steven is a cryptocurrency and blockchain professional who leads OTC Trading and Corporate Development at CoinSmart, a Canadian-based crypto asset trading platform with a global presence. Prior to joining CoinSmart, Steven spent over seven years working in traditional finance and has functional expertise in M&A, Capital Markets, Private Equity, Lending and Equity Research.
With over 20 years of information technology experience, Atiba brings extensive knowledge to help businesses bridge the gap between technology and accounting on the QuickBooks Online platform. He currently works with some of the largest accounting firms in Canada and covers all of Quebec in a bilingual capacity, developing and implementing workflows, integrations, and demystifying the Intuit application ecosystem for customers.
A go-to technology expert, Amber Mac helps companies and audiences stay ahead of the curve. She is an industry veteran, as well as a renowned journalist, moderator, entrepreneur, consultant, and bestselling author. Whatever the setting, Mac offers clarity of understanding and a passion for digital innovation in all forms.
As our resident Wagepoint Product Expert, Ryan applies his wealth of knowledge to create extraordinary learning experiences for our customers and partner community. He also helps us gain the competitive edge and optimizes our marketing and sales processes.
Vice President and Country Manager, Canada |
David Marquis is the Vice President and Country Manager of Intuit Canada. With more than 20 years of experience driving transformational growth for companies in North America, David is an accomplished technology leader. At Intuit, he leads a team that’s passionate about powering prosperity for Canadians — and in turn, the country’s economy.
Sam is a Senior Marketing Manager for the Digital Business at DocuSign focused on marketing, demand programs and partnerships for small businesses. She has previously worked in brand marketing and demand generation for companies like Salesforce, American Express, and Time Inc.
Riaz Meghji is a human connection keynote speaker and author of “Every Conversation Counts: The 5 Habits of Human Connection That Build Extraordinary Relationships.” He is also an accomplished broadcaster with 17 years of television experience. Throughout his career, he not only discovered the power of a candid conversation, but also how to put it into practice.
A product of Toronto’s DJ scene, DJ Mensa has become a bona fide staple in the city. He has spent years perfecting an alchemy of scratching and song selection that has kept him a crowd favourite. The demand for his sound has given him the opportunity to share stages with artists like Drake, The Weeknd, Lil’ Jon, Robin Thicke, Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest, Janelle Monae, Questlove, A-Trak, Wiz Khalifa, and more.
Kellie Parks, CPB believes cloud financial technology is key to organization. She is founder of Calmwaters Cloud Accounting, a proud member of the Intuit QuickBooks Trainer Writer Network, and host of Workflow Watering Hole, a group for accounting and technology professionals with a passion for process.
Helina has over 15 years of experience in finance and HR across many industries. After working as a financial analyst at Lululemon Athletica, she founded Entreflow Consulting Group, a cloud-accounting CPA public practice firm that accelerates small business growth through HR, accounting, and fractional CFO support. She is a QuickBooks Platinum Level ProAdvisor and a mentor for CPABC, Futurpreneur, and the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs.
Michele Romanow, a “Dragon” on CBC’s hit show “Dragons’ Den,” is a serial entrepreneur who started six companies before her 35th birthday. Romanow is the co-founder and CEO of Canadian unicorn, Clearco, which has invested more than $3.2 billion into 7,000+ companies, making it the biggest e-commerce investor in the world. She also co-founded SnapSaves and Buytopia.ca.
Mysterion and Steffi Kay make up The Sentimentalists, a mentalist duo who have done it all in the world of mental magic. They appeared on the hit show “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” and successfully pulled the wool over the eyes of the Vegas icons, making them the first duo to do so. They are regular performers at the prestigious Magic Castle in Hollywood and have appeared on “America’s Got Talent,” “Canada’s Got Talent,” and “Australia’s Got Talent."
Head of Product, Accountant Ecosystem, Canada |
Graham Sharples is the Head of Product, Accountant Ecosystem for Intuit QuickBooks Canada. For over a decade, Graham Sharples has been working to help accounting pro’s and their clients prosper. A passionate advocate for accountants, bookkeepers, and tax preparers globally, Graham’s team continues to develop unique solutions that solve big problems through partnership with accounting professionals.
Teresa offers her clients the benefit of 35 years of experience in accounting. She is not only knowledgeable in bookkeeping, but in accounting and system set up, business management, sales and marketing, customer service, staff training, policy and procedure, staff leadership, and mentorship. Teresa also has a passion for Shopify and Amazon Accounting, and loves to help business owners and the accounting professionals solve their Shopify and Amazon Accounting headaches.
Andrew is Director of Product for Canada where he is focused on helping entrepreneurs — and the experts who serve them — prosper. Having grown up in a family of entrepreneurs, Andrew has spent much of his career working to solve the problems of small business owners as a startup founder and product leader.
Sean is the CEO of Treefrog Inc., a world-renowned digital transformation agency, along with LassoSoft Inc. and PerfectlySoft Inc. He also founded Treefrog Accelerator, which gives startups the tools and knowledge they need to scale their business. Sean serves in advisory roles for TEC Canada, Seneca College, Georgian College, and the Employer Leadership Council of York Region.
Puja Subrun is the Director of Marketing for QuickBooks Canada, leading a passionate group of marketers to support our mission to power prosperity for SMBs. Puja has 20+ years as a B2B marketing and transformation leader with a proven track record of leading high-performing teams to deliver critical business priorities and supporting our customers.
After years of working in environments where stress and burnout seemed like the only way to success, Trish suffered a shocking loss that made something much clearer — stress is unavoidable, but it doesn’t have to dictate our lives. As a speaker and mindfulness teacher, Trish has taught thousands of professionals how to become happier, more productive, more effective, and more successful without the busy badge of honour.
Allison Venditti is the founder of Moms at Work and My Parental Leave. She is an activist, HR professional, career coach, and thought leader in areas of women at work and parental leave. She was named one of Canada's top 50 changemakers by “The Globe and Mail” and regularly provides expert advice to companies, media, and individual coaching clients.
Andrew Wall, CPA, CMA is Managing Partner of CPA4IT, a Chartered Professional Accountancy serving the information technology, medical, and real estate industries. Andrew is also co-host of “Friday Night Live with Accountants,” a podcast for accounting professionals.
Brad is a manager at Avail CPA who specializes in online accounting, business advisory, and CFO services. He works closely with small business owners to create operational efficiencies. Brad is passionate about finding solutions for small business owners through cloud accounting. Using the power of financial technology, he streamlines the accounting function of a business.
Are you working on your business and trying to keep your kids alive at the same time? Join this meetup to discuss how to find a worklife balance that works for you — without any “lean in” or “scale and crush” lingo. We’ll discuss what works, what doesn’t, and how to change it up.
Director of Marketing, Canada, Intuit QuickBooks
Opening keynote and Innovation Spotlights
June 1, 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM ET
Kick off QuickBooks Connect with Vice President and Country Manager of Canada, David Marquis, as he shares some of the latest small business trends and unpacks how QuickBooks aims to be the source of truth for small business. Then hear from Puja Subrun, Director of Marketing, and Andrew Smith, Director of Product, as they walk you through the latest QuickBooks tools.
Join Clearco Co-founder and CEO Michele Romanow in conversation with event host Amber Mac. Michele will share what she’s learned as one of Canada's most successful entrepreneurs. Hear her speak to the necessity of embracing change and how to encourage disruption to power your next.
JUNO-nominated musician and storyteller
Showing up wholeheartedly
June 1, 1:45 PM – 2:00 PM ET
Join Peter Katz as he reveals the most unexpected ways his music has helped him find his way out in the world. In doing so, he’ll remind you that we don't actually know the full impact of the work we're doing in the world — we don't control that part, we simply control how we show up.
More consumers than ever are turning to online shopping for greater convenience and variety. Join this session to learn the basics of how to quickly get started selling online, including how e-commerce has been redefined, what e-commerce platforms are available, choosing the right platform, steps to launching an online store, providing excellent customer service online, and more.
Are you new to QuickBooks Online or simply want to make sure you’re using QuickBooks products to the best of your ability? This session will uncover tools to help you run your business like the professional you are. Join and learn how to automate tasks, create transactions, use the mobile app to get things done on the road, and more.
Running your business with our app partners: FundThrough, Knowify, and Wagepoint
June 1, 2:15 PM – 3:00 PM ET
To run a business smoothly, you have to wear many different hats. Join a special demo session with our app partners FundThrough, Knowify, and Wagepoint as they walk you through how to make funding easier, run your business more efficiently as a contractor, and make payroll easier. That means less hats and more time for yourself. A live Q&A chat will be available to ask questions as you watch.
If you want to fly under the radar, consider living on page two of Google results. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a vital part of any marketing strategy — the more people who can find you through search engines, the more business you’ll receive. Join Sean as he explains what SEO is and how it can help increase your keyword ranking and amplify your marketing efforts. You’ll leave with a strong understanding of how to create an SEO strategy and which platforms will help you succeed. For the best viewing experience, some prior knowledge of the topic is recommended.
Understanding the vital differences between cash flow and profit: Eight steps to wealth in business
June 1, 3:15 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Take a closer look at new ways to multiply cash flow in your business. Join this session to learn why profits are not the same as cash flow, how to build a recession-proof business, and the importance of using the acid test for your business.
What's trending: The coolest QuickBooks Online features
June 1, 3:15 PM – 4:00 PM ET
If you know, you know. Join this session to discover the coolest QuickBooks features, all designed to make your life easier. You’ll learn about optimizing and categorizing your bank transactions, simplified shortcuts, and new app integrations. Stay tuned for a live Q&A at the end to get all your QuickBooks questions answered.
Join this session to learn how to get the most out of your marketing campaigns through automation. Sean Stephens will walk you through tips to define your audience, collect leads, develop content, measure success, and more.
Whether it’s tax season or a global pandemic, we’ll inevitably face stressful moments. Join this session to develop a mindset to not just survive, but thrive during challenging times. Join this experiential session to learn how mindfulness can reduce stress and anxiety, while increasing resilience, efficiency, and overall well being so you and your team can weather any storm.
Join The Sentimentalists for an interactive, mental magic experience. Currently on this season of “Canada’s Got Talent,” they’ve been bringing a 1930s vintage style to the art of mindreading since 2017. To prepare for this session, please bring a piece of paper, dark colored marker, and unique object — but keep it off camera! For the best experience, make sure your camera is turned on.
Space is limited, so this session is first come, first served. No registration is required.
Close out the day with an epic DJ battle between DJ Hedspin and DJ Mensa. Attendees will be able to give shoutouts and request music to play for a wildly interactive evening. Space is limited, so this session is first come, first served. No registration is required.
If you’re part of a large or national accounting firm and would like to connect with others in this space, join Bogdan Masala, leader of Intuit Canada’s National Account team for a “round-table” discussion about current industry topics.
Are you an accounting professional looking to reconnect with your peers or make new connections? Pop into this meetup hosted by Cheryl, Intuit’s Senior Community Manager to say hello, tell us how you’re doing, share a recent win, or ask questions of your peers.
Head of Product, Accountant Ecosystem, Canada, Intuit QuickBooks
June 2, 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM ET
Start day two with a welcome from Gary Drysdale, Director of Sales, as he talks about how accounting professionals support small business success and the different ways QuickBooks can help this community grow. Then, hear from the Head of Product for the Accountant Ecosystem, Graham Sharples, as he shares the latest features and tools designed to empower accounting professionals to scale their impact.
Building authentic relationships in a hybrid reality
June 2, 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM ET
Riaz Meghji, human connection expert and author of “Every Conversation Counts: The 5 Habits of Human Connection That Build Extraordinary Relationships,” on the virtual Main Stage. Learn how to spark authentic conversations that build meaningful and resilient relationships, and hear why it’s important in a hybrid reality.
Building app stacks to benefit your firm and clients
June 2, 2:15 PM – 3:00 PM ET
With today's cloud-connected accounting software, there are many app choices that benefit both firms and clients. In this session, we'll discuss how to automate and manage your business using apps that maximize efficiency and minimize effort for you and your firm. This session will walk you through actual apps that will benefit your firm and clients.
Demystify taxes, tags, and data imports in QuickBooks Online
June 2, 2:15 PM – 3:00 PM ET
Interested in joining a deep dive into QuickBooks Online? Attend this session to better understand the complexities and nuance of sales taxes, the functionality of tags, and why importing data is so important.
Head of Marketing, Accountant and Advisor Group, Intuit Australia
The controller: Practical steps toward advisory services
June 2, 2:15 PM – 3:00 PM ET
Advisory means different things to different people. Join this session to learn what advisory means for you and your services, what your role as the data controller entails, practical ways to bring advisory services to life at your firm, and steps to successfully transition into advisory with your clients.
There is nothing worse than working with an unprofitable client who you don’t like working with. Join this session to learn best practices to find and retain your best clients yet. You’ll discover how to better understand who you want to work with and the value you need to provide, strategies for finding and evaluating potential clients to ensure profitability, and ways to retain your clients with a mutually-beneficial relationship.
How to work smarter, not harder with our app partners: Beanworks by Quadient, Dext, DocuSign, and Ignition
June 2, 3:15 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Our app partners work hard so you don't have to. Join a special demo session with our app partners, Beanworks by Quadient, Dext, DocuSign, and Ignition as they take you through their products. They’ll demonstrate why adding them to your tech stack can help you and your clients get things done faster and easier. A live Q&A chat will be available to ask questions as you watch.
“All great changes are preceded by chaos.” This quote by Deepak Chopra summarizes what onboarding can feel like. During this session, learn how to reduce the chaos and create a workflow that makes onboarding work for you. You’ll explore onboarding do’s and don’ts, how to set yourself up for success prior to beginning the process, and how to keep everything on track.
Join this session to explore consumer behavior and why the accounting industry needs to adapt, how technology continues to play a key role in the future of accounting, and ways to prepare accounting firms for the next generation.
Vice President, Corporate Development, CoinSmart Inc.
Intro to crypto
June 2, 4:15 PM – 5:00 PM ET
This session will provide an introductory understanding of blockchain and cryptocurrency. You’ll learn why blockchain is important, receive an education on cryptocurrency as payment, and discover taxation considerations to keep top of mind.
JUNO-nominated musician and storyteller
The four foundational rituals
June 2, 4:15 PM – 5:00 PM ET
Peter Katz was often asked, "How do you consistently show up with such energy and dedication?" In response, he decided to reverse engineer that question and figure out the key ingredients — what he calls his four foundational rituals. Through stories and songs, Peter shares those powerful rituals as a way to stay on your path, while feeling meaningfully connected to both your work and the people in your life.
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