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Dianne Mueller  FCPB - Chair of the Board

Being one of the founders of the association back in 2007 and serving on the original board until mid 2008, I am very proud of our growth to date. When I signed the incorporation papers to start IPBC my vision for the institute was for it to be a national association for professional bookkeepers to gain the respect of both the general business owners that we serve and the other accounting governing bodies within our industry.  While there is work still to do; we have come a long way in achieving this goal. IPBC has quickly become an organization that provides professional leadership relevant education and customized tools to bookkeepers in Canada. I believe IPBC must do more, to become the recognized professional body that governs our profession.

  Connie Sparks, CPB  - Treasurer

Connie grew up in a business family, grocery stores, she wasn’t taught to run a business but was taught to work harder than everyone else for less money. She started her first business at the age of 23 and learned some valuable lessons in that experience.  After management positions in other people’s business, a few more of her own ventures , she felt she was working too hard for too little money.
  Beverly Haggins, CPB - Secretary

I have a community college education enhanced by selected university courses.  My first fulltime position was in 1971 (back when we hand wrote in journals and ledgers).  Over the last 44 years I have worked in business as well as public accounting. The last 15 years I have been successfully self-employed, but am now retiring from active day-to-day work.  I am a certified member and Regional Developer with IPBC as well as being a confirmed member of APA&TC.

Laura Sellars, CPB - Board Member

Laura is the President of Taron Consulting, specializing in legal accounting, legal practice management and troubleshooting for the the legal industry. She has been in bookkeeping since 1991 and, began working with PCLaw in 2000. Laura certified with PCLaw in 2007. In 2010 she joined the IPBC and became a CPB certified in 2011. She is currently on the IPBC Education Committee reviewing and rewriting the CPB Exam.

Linda Vogel, CPB  - Board Member

Linda Vogel, CPB is the owner of Linda’s Bookkeeping & Consulting in Apple Hill, Ontario. Recently expanded by opening an office in Perth. Linda herself grew up outside of Ashton Ontario on a small hobby farm consisting of beef cows and chickens. Linda was an active 4-H member since the young age of 13, where she showed beef calves and took part in the life skills clubs. Once Linda had finished her years in 4-H she moved to Glengarry County where she married her husband Paul. She then began as a 4-H leader. Linda has 2 children that have been a big part of her life.

Rosemarie Lee   CPB - Board Member

I started my career as an assistant controller for a manufacturing company with 3000 employees; I then changed my path a little and headed the accounts receivable department of the largest children’s publishers in the UK at the time. I got married and had a family and took some time off to raise 3 children, when the youngest was a 1 year old we moved to Canada, and when the children were older, I resumed my career path.


Alan Salmon  FCPB - Board Member

Managing Director, K2E Canada Inc.

ALAN SALMON is recognized as Canada’s leading analyst in the area of accounting   technology. He has over 34 years of business, management systems, education and journalism experience. As the Managing Director of K2E Canada Inc. he is responsible for the Canadian operations of this international consulting group which provides professional development technology education for CAs, CPAs, accountants and bookkeepers across Canada and the US.


Colleen Hoggarth, FCPB - Board Member


After
working for more than 25 years in the bookkeeping field, in 2012 I purchased a bookkeeping business, Security House Accounting Services, and at the time researched the various bookkeeping organizations.  I felt that associating myself with the IPBC would give my clients surety in knowing I have the qualifications to provide accurate records for them.


Kerri Bouffard, CPB - Board Member

I started my career in bookkeeping in 1992 as the Business Manager for Canada’s largest privately owned summer camp for children. In this position – "everything” was in my job description and I loved it.  I remained in this position until 2003 when the owners sold the camp and on their recommendation, I started Add-Vantage Bookkeeping, with them being my first client in their new business venture.  
  Lin James, CPB - Board Member
 

I worked in public and private sector positions before starting my own business in 1994 and have accumulated extensive experience and knowledge of a variety of industries and businesses. This variety keeps me on my toes always finding solutions to various situations and/or customer needs I love it.

I am proud to display my CPB designation and would like to see it more widely recognized - identified - sought after by bookkeepers, business owners and accountants. A good bookkeeper needs to be current with tax legislation, business reporting requirements and knowledgeable about the process. It is not enough to say you are a bookkeeper, you need to prove it to the world and be proud. You need to be constantly educating yourself to be relevent and current. As bookkeepers, we are privy to some very private aspects of our customers’ lives which requires a great deal of trust and a confidentiality bond which we should never take for granted. We need to have the difficult conversations without emotion or blame. We are a part of their team.

I hope to share my experience and knowledge with the board so that we can continue the growth of this amazing organization, what it stands for and be the primary “go to” resource for anyone wanting a great bookkeeper!

  Galit Sugar, CPB - Board Member
 

I started my career as a bookkeeper 24 years ago working for a small accounting firm. My keen interest and passion for solving my client’s specific problems drove me to open my own practice.  In 2003 I opened “My bookkeeper.ca”, a bookkeeping firm which specializes in working with small to medium sized businesses. 

With the combined experience and knowledge of various software I become an expert bookkeeper and trainer.  I specialize in teaching business owners how to become proficient in the use of their own software & programs. My approach ensures that businesses receive individual attention and the programs and solutions chosen are the result of careful assessments that are tailored to their specific business needs.

I work with a variety of businesses over many industries.  I hold numerous certifications. I am a certified Sage Trainer and a gold level certified Sage 50-Cnd Accounting Consultant as well as a member of the Sage Accountant Network.  I am a QuickBooks Pro Advisor. I am an active member within several organizations and remain committed to education with the most up to date programs. My fresh outlook and outgoing personality are a welcome contribution to any team.

I hope to bring my passion and enthusiasm to the IPBC board. I am certain that with my analytical, outspoken and critical nature I will make a positive impact on the direction of the association.

   

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