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2013 - Guest Speakers


Ronald J. Baker started his CPA career in 1984 with KPMG’s Private Business Advisory Services in San Francisco. Today, he is the founder of VeraSage Institute, the leading think tank dedicated to educating professionals around the world. As a frequent speaker, writer, and educator, his work takes him around the world.


ED Kless

Ed Kless joined Sage North America in July of 2003 and is currently the senior director of partner development and strategy. He develops and delivers curriculum for Sage business partners on the art and practice of small business consulting including the Sage Consulting Academy, Business Strategy and Customer Experience Workshops. He also facilitates the Sage Leadership Academy, a year-long program designed to assist Sage Software partners develop a continuous process of improvement in their organizations and serves as liaison to the Sage Leadership Academy Alumni Association.




Steven Van Alstine

Steven Van Alstine is Vice-President of Education at the Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) and is considered one of Canada's foremost subject matter experts in Canadian payroll legislation, training and education. Steven oversees the CPA’s Certification program which have in excess of 12,000 individual course registrations per year with collectively over 10,000 Payroll Compliance Practitioner’s (PCP’s) and Certified Payroll Manager’s (CPM’s).




James Rhodes

James Rhodes started his career as a tax lawyer first clerking for the Tax Court of Canada (‘TCC’). He then continued on to work at KPMG, and then Department of Justice where he was counsel on over one hundred appeals. Following this he has worked at Miller Thomson LLP, and now operates as TaxationLawyers.




Jeff MacFarlane

Jeff has a Bachelor's degrees from the University of Ottawa (Social Sciences) and the University of Calgary (Commerce). After articling with Deloitte & Touche in the Calgary Owner Managed Enterprises office he received his designation as a Chartered Accountant in 1992. He then worked for five years for Chevron Canada Resources and another two for Northstar Energy (now Devon) mostly in the tax departments.



Silvia Jacinto

Silvia Jacinto joined Crowe Soberman’s Tax Group as a senior manager in 2011. Formerly, she worked for both global and regional professional service firms. Having practiced in different environments, and with clients from several industries, Silvia has insight into a wide range of subjects. Silvia is specifically knowledgeable of tax issues relating to real estate.




Frédéric Pansieri

Frédéric Pansieri is a director of Commodity Taxes, joining Crowe Soberman in 2006 from Symcor Inc. where for four years he was in charge of tax compliance. Though he came from industry, Frédéric is not a stranger to public practice and worked for a public accounting firm in Quebec where he managed corporate and personal income tax matters.





Charlene Hiebert is a Certified Professional Bookkeeper (CPB) and has been a member of IPBC since 2007. Char is a Bookkeepers Coach for passionate bookkeepers who want to run their business and live their life on their own terms. In addition to coaching self-employed bookkeepers to take their business to the next level, she provides bookkeeping services for A-list clients and is an Accounting Instructor at Robertson College in Winnipeg. Char has served over 100 bookkeeping clients since 2006. She choose bookkeeping because it allows her the flexible lifestyle she’s always dreamed of. You can find her on her blog at www.TheProfessionalBookkeeper.com.




Bruce Russell

Bruce Russell is a founder and President of Discovered Capital. Bruce is a strategic and creative problem-solver with over 20 years’ senior management experience in technology consulting, business organizations, sales and marketing. He has demonstrated a proficiency in leading organizations to effectively integrate people, process and technology.




Arun Pillai

Arun Pillai is a founder and Director of Engineering of Discovered Capital. Arun graduated from the University of Waterloo with an honours degree in computer engineering. He has held senior development positions with a number of leading international technology companies including ATI Technologies, Agfa Healthcare Inc., Trilogy Corporation and IBM.



Dave Derma has been with Service Canada since 1981 and is a Regional Business Expertise Consultant with Ontario Regional Headquarters.

Dave has assisted employers, employer reps, workers and worker reps with issues dealing with Employment Insurance Benefits.  He also provides expertise to employees and management within Service Canada.  Dave specializes on issues dealing with the Record of Employment and has provided advice and guidance to many employers and groups who deal directly with this form.   He also has worked on several national initiatives in regards to the implementation of ROE Web. 






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