Juliet is an author, speaker, business owner, and accounting professional whose personal mission is to educate and empower those around her. Juliet is the founder of AIS Solutions, and the co-founder of Kninja Knetwork. She has been awarded many industry accolades including Global Firm of the Future, Bookkeeping Firm of the Year, Top 50 Women in Accounting, Top 100 Proadvisor in North America and the Trailblazer Award in Canada.
National Leader, Cloud Accounting Services Grant Thornton LLP Canada
Martha is the leader of Grant Thornton’s cloud accounting services group, and she focuses on excellence in client delivery through modern technology platforms. She brings her experience of working with small and large clients across a number of sectors, and love of technology to provide valuable and data driven client insights.
Financial Controller Business Sherpa Group Inc.
Brandon Brown, CPA candidate, is the Controller and accounting team lead at Business Sherpa Group. Brandon is energized by organizations who embrace innovation and is well versed in digitizing organizations finance functions by leveraging technology to find efficiencies in workflows and effectively provide organizations with timely and accurate financial reports.
Global Accountant Leader Intuit QuickBooks
Ted Callahan leads the Accountant Segment at Intuit. His team focuses on creating a strong partnership with accounting professionals to help grow their practice, scale their impact for clients, and fuel their clients' success in new and innovative ways. Ted leads a team that develops accountant experiences based in product innovation and technology, as well as forming programs and services that solve the unique challenges faced in this profession. His areas of focus include QuickBooks Online Accountant and the Global QuickBooks ProAdvisor Program.
Owner Brad Celmainis Accounting Solutions
Brad Celmainis is President of Brad Celmainis Accounting Solutions in Calgary, AB. A former CPA of 28 years, he has 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.
"Dragon", CBC's Dragons' DenGeneral Partner, District Ventures Capital
Best known to Canadians as a star of CBC’s award-winning series Dragons’ Den, Arlene Dickinson is one of Canada’s most renowned independent marketing communications entrepreneurs. She is the CEO of Venture Communications and the general partner of District Ventures Capital, a venture fund that helps market, fund, and grow entrepreneurs as well as entrepreneurial companies in the food and health space.
QuickBooks ProAdvisor and Trainer Art of Accounting
Gisele is Chief Critical Thinker at The Art of Accounting, a firm located in Burlington, Ontario, specializing in accounting processes and automation using QBO and other apps (Dext, Plooto and/or Veem), for seamless end-to-end workflows.
Vice President Partnerships Lightspeed HQ
Peter Dougherty leads Business Development and Partnerships at Lightspeed, a global commerce platform empowering high-performing SMBs. Never shy to tackle challenges, Peter has helped grow Lightspeed from start-up status and played a key role in launching Lightspeed Restaurant in the Americas, rebuilding core components of the GTM teams and most recently, turning Partnerships into one of the fastest growing groups in the business.
Director of Sales Intuit QuickBooks
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. Drysdale is also responsible for supporting the Canada Field, Services, Service Delivery, and Inside Sales teams.
Drysdale is a tenured executive leader with more than 20 years of technology industry experience across SMB, consumer, and enterprise segments, with a breadth of functional knowledge spanning across sales, marketing, operations, and services.
National Leader, Client Accounting and Bookkeeping Services MNP
Shayne is a partner and business advisor with MNP’s Private Enterprise Services team in Saskatoon, in addition to being MNP's National Leader for Client Accounting and Bookkeeping Services. Shayne works with small- to medium-sized owner-managed businesses, delivering customized advice and solutions to help them achieve their goals.
CPA, CMA, Senior Manager Elevate by Welch LLP
Sean Duffy is the Senior Manager at Elevate by Welch, with more than 10 years of accounting & finance experience. Sean is one of the very few cloud-based accountants who have an in-depth knowledge of Quickbooks Online as well as desktop applications. His familiarity with these cutting-edge technologies allows his clients to benefit from a more streamlined process while still maintaining secure data backups and information security protocols.
Solutions Architect Intuit QuickBooks
A Certified Professional Bookkeeper with CPB Canada, Tania has over 20 years of bookkeeping experience, with a niche in the legal industry. She has successfully transitioned her own practice to the cloud and has seen the benefits of value pricing her services and automation. As a Solutions Architect at Intuit Canada, she is passionate about helping customers with onboarding and removing barriers to their growth through education.
Senior Manager Virtus Group
Jeremy Hubick is a Senior Manager for our Comprehensive Accounting Solutions (CAS) team in the Regina office. Jeremy joined Virtus Group in April 2019 after spending 15 years in the construction and financial services industries. The CAS team brings something different to clients where hiring a full-time person to complete necessary transactional requirements and provide management reports to support business decisions may not be justifiable.
Managing Lead Digital Main Street
As the Managing Lead at Digital Main Street, Darryl has extensive experience working with public and private partnerships, developing programming focused on technology adoption, as well as community building and planning. Digital Main Street exists to help promote and create healthier, sustainable and economically thriving main street communities and business improvement areas through the adoption of digital tools and technologies.
Founder and Business Development Director Run Veggie LLC
Run Veggie is a distribution company within the food industry, with a customer base that includes small- to large-sized businesses and organizations. As Business Development Director, Jermaine is responsible for helping to secure new business opportunities for the company. This entails meeting with potential leads to discuss how Run Veggie can solve problems in their business. His approach is to understand exactly what a business is doing and figure out how they can do it better through Run Veggie services.
Sales Manager Plooto
Tabish Khan translates the complexities of ever changing technology into its simplest form, creating a positive impact for customers. Tabish is currently a Sales Manager at Plooto and brings almost 10 years of experience and background in tech, working previously at CDW, Cisco Systems, Bell Canada, and ADP.
SMB Marketing Lead Google
As SMB Marketing Lead at Google Canada, Tristan is focused on helping small and medium sized businesses embrace the power of digital and succeed within Canada and abroad. Prior to joining Google, he spent six years in brand management at Procter & Gamble, working on some of P&G's most loved health care and beauty brands. With over eight years of brand building under his belt, Tristan is proud of his capacity for empathy, entrepreneurial spirit, and track-record of innovating to drive breakthrough results.
Solutions Architect Intuit QuickBooks
With over 20 years of information technology experience, Atiba Lewis joined Intuit over four years ago. As a solution architect on the QuickBooks Online platform, Atiba brings exceptional knowledge to help businesses bridge the gap between technology and accounting. In his current role, he 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.
Co-host Marketing Disrupted and The AI Effect
A go-to expert on technology, 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.
Vice President and Country Manager, Canada Intuit QuickBooks
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 Canada, he leads a team that’s passionate about powering prosperity for Canadians — and in turn, the country’s economy. David is driven to improve Canada’s position as a technology leader on the world stage.
Owner Graphictek Solutions
Steve is the owner of Graphictek Solutions, a commercial printer serving the food packaging industry. Steve has been in business since 1993, but has been operating printing presses since 1982. Having worked in the industry for over 30 years, Steve is able to leverage new technologies using classic printing techniques.
Solutions Architect Intuit QuickBooks
Robert has helped firms build and optimize infrastructure for over five years. He believes that with the right set of apps, workflows, and training, any firm can achieve their ultimate objectives.
CB and CPB Mulrooney and Associates
Through the experience of building, and continually adapting and future-focusing her business, Carrie can directly relate to small businesses no matter what stage they are at. With more than 23 years in the industry, she has a wealth of knowledge and expertise, offering a diverse perspective on traditional and virtual business operations.
Head of Revenue Shopify
Hailing from Toronto, Kyle has been building and rebuilding SaaS sales organizations for the last six years at Vision Critical, League, and most recently, Shopify. He spent the last 18 months building Shopify's point of sale revenue teams and now leads sales and partnerships for Canada across all Shopify product lines.
Vice President of Partnerships and Innovation FundThrough
Amanda Parker is the Vice President of Innovation at FundThrough, a leading invoice financing platform helping small businesses bridge cash flow gaps. Before leading new product development at FundThrough, she was a serial entrepreneur, having successfully sold two venture-backed technology companies where she worked and partnered with leading brands including Microsoft, 20th Century Fox, Pepsi, and Molson.
Happiness Expert and Bestselling Author The Book of Awesome
A Harvard MBA, New York Times bestselling author, award-winning blogger, and one of the most popular TED speakers in the world, Neil Pasricha is “a pied piper of happiness” who dazzles audiences with ideas that skyrocket happiness into the stratosphere. With infectious enthusiasm, heartfelt authenticity, and a “what works” authority, Pasricha draws on the latest research in happiness to increase individual performance and create a more positive and productive workplace.
Helina Patience, CPA, CMA is CEO of Entreflow Consulting Group, a Finance, HR and Marketing consulting firm specialising in high growth, tech startup and manufacturing industries. She has nearly 15 years experience in finance and HR from the UK, Ireland, India, and Canada. Helina managed HR and compensation for multi-national corporations before working as a Financial Analyst at Lululemon. She joined Entreflow five years ago to roll out Financial, HR, and Software consulting services to the existing Marketing services.
Account Executive Beanworks AP Automation
Tina is an Account Executive at Beanworks and has been with the company since 2018. She hosts weekly webinars and product demonstrations to help clients build positive ROI for AP Automation.
Senior Vice-President, National Affairs Canadian Federation of Independent Business
Corinne Pohlmann is SVP, National Affairs and Partnerships for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), a not-for-profit organization representing 95,000 small- and medium-sized business members across Canada. Corinne is based in Ottawa and is a member of CFIB’s senior management team, and is responsible for overseeing CFIB’s strategy on federal legislative issues and the Ottawa team. Corinne also manages the Atlantic Canada legislative team and is responsible for CFIB’s Savings and Partnerships department.
CEO and Co-Founder Wagepoint
Shrad Rao is Wagepoint’s go-to market maverick. His passion and commitment to the company and its customers is evident. Some say he might be Batman–well, it’s really only him saying that so we don’t actually believe him–or do we? One thing that’s for sure, there are times when Shrad might be the one answering your call or responding to your support ticket.
Head of Industry, Canada Facebook and Instagram
Chris Saniga’s primary focus is in the financial services, telecommunications, entertainment, and ecommerce verticals. He leads industry teams of digital advisors that are partnering with Canada’s leading companies to drive business results through the Facebook family of apps and services. Before Facebook, Chris was a partner at Deloitte, focused on technology-enabled business transformation.
Head of Product, Accountant Ecosystem Intuit QuickBooks
Graham Sharples is the Head of Product, Accountant Ecosystem for Intuit QuickBooks Canada. Over twenty years, Graham Sharples has built a record of delivering delightful product solutions across a wide range of industries. A passionate advocate for accountants, bookkeepers, and tax preparers, Graham’s team continues their push to develop unique solutions that solve big problems through partnerships with accounting professionals like you.
Director of Product, Canada, Brazil and Mexico Intuit QuickBooks
Andrew is Director of Product for Canada, Brazil and Mexico at Intuit QuickBooks, where he leads national product teams focused on helping entrepreneurs—and the accountants who serve them—prosper. Having grown up in a family of entrepreneurs, Andrew has a passion for supporting small business and has spent much of his career working to solve the problems of small business owners as a B2B SaaS founder, investor, and advisor.
Founder and CEO Retail Bliss Consulting Inc.
Kristi Soomer is a business coach, podcast host and founder, and CEO of the multi-million dollar slow fashion brand, Encircled. A former management consultant turned fashion entrepreneur, she's passionate about helping small business owners align their business with their values. She works to help them find their purpose and execute goals that truly enable them to launch their dream business.
Head of Marketing Intuit QuickBooks
Puja Subrun is the Head of Marketing for Intuit QuickBooks Canada, supporting the company with its mission to power prosperity for small businesses across Canada and around the world.
Subrun is an innovative marketing and transformation leader with a proven track record in developing and executing strategy, solving complex problems, and delivering ROI and operational excellence in various industries. Puja is passionate about connecting with customers to guide and inspire her team to create unique solutions and messaging that best serve small businesses and accountants.
Having led Wagepoint’s customer service and marketing teams, Leena is uniquely suited in her role as CPO. Her vibrant and creative personality shines through in the product itself. When she’s not meticulously improving software, she’s crafting culinary masterpieces from all over the world. The results of both are outstanding.
President and CEO Artiffex Inc.
Guy Vadish began his career during the earliest days of Internet commercialization, marketing disruptive applications to Fortune 500 companies. Since then, he has spent over two decades successfully launching start-ups that combine the latest in technology with new business models to dramatically improve the way we work and live.
Steven Van Alstine
CPM, CAE, Vice President, Education, CPA Canadian Payroll Association
Steven Van Alstine is Vice President, Education, for the Canadian Payroll Association and is considered one of Canada's foremost subject matter experts in Canadian payroll legislation, training, and education. Currently, Steven oversees the Association’s Certification, Compliance Services and Programs, and Events and Regional Programs teams.
CPA, CITP, CSPM The Impactful Advisor
Geni Whitehouse, CPA, divides her time between working as a winery consultant at Brotemarkle, Davis & Co in the Napa Valley, working with Mentor Plus to drive the accounting profession forward, and writing, speaking, and tweeting at EvenANerd.com. Her mission in life is to make boring subjects interesting and she is seldom at a loss for topics.
She is a regular keynote presenter at CPA and Technology conferences around the country and has been named a Top 100 Influencer by Accounting Today, one of 25 Thought Leaders in Accounting, and one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Accounting by CPA Practice Advisor. She was a member of the TEDxNapaValley organizing committee and was the first speaker at their inaugural event.
Her book, "How to Make a Boring Subject Interesting: 52 ways even a nerd can be heard", is available on Amazon.com.
Accountant Baker Tilly SK LLP
Lenny Williams specializes in tax, advisory, and entrepreneurial services. He is also a co-founder and advisor at Accelerators Group, a boutique technology consulting firm designed to help start-up tech companies get to market faster. He is extremely passionate about helping entrepreneurs and small business owners be as efficient as possible in running their business to be able to scale.
Bookkeeper, CPB CFP Maven Bookkeeping Inc.
Tanis Young is the founder of Maven Bookkeeping Inc., located in Okotoks, AB. Her credentials include Certified Professional Bookkeeper (CPB), Certified Financial Planner (CFP), and Pro Advisor for QuickBooks Desktop and QuickBooks Online. Tanis has a passion for education, proudly wearing the “trainer” hat for QuickBooks Online and coaches accountants, bookkeepers, and small business owners across the country on the power of cloud accounting.
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