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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. 

R.F. (Rod) Cox, FCPB, ACC.DIR. - Chair 
Rod has over 30 years of accounting, financial and general business management experience and has been involved in a wide range of industries including forest products, logging, road maintenance and construction, retail/wholesale and media (radio, television and cablevision).
He has served as Vice-President, Finance for a large regional British Columbia media group, responsible for all accounting, information systems and financial reporting including external reporting to shareholders and regulatory bodies.
 
Rod currently provides Controller and consulting services to small and medium sized business and non-profits. He also assists new businesses get started with the long term in mind.
 
Rod is a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Bookkeepers of Canada. He holds a CPB, Certified Professional Bookkeeper designation and an Acc.Dir., Accredited Director designation.
 
Rod has served as Treasurer and President of the Terrace and District Chamber of Commerce and Vice-President of the Smithers District Chamber of Commerce. He is a Governor of the BC Chamber of Commerce and a past director of the BC Games Society, the Northern BC Winter Games Society and the Institute of Professional Bookkeepers of Canada. He is currently a director and Vice Chair of the Northern Savings Credit Union Board.

 

Tammatha Denyes, CPB - Board Member
Tammatha is the owner of TD Accounting Services, a Cloud Based Accounting practice physically located in Stirling Ontario. She has had the honor to service clients for the last 25 years not only in her local area but across Canada. With the advent and evolution of cloud accounting, she has re-structured her practice to embrace the new technology, and this has allowed her and her team to help SMB’s focus on building and growing their businesses by offering solutions to problems they encounter. In her spare time, she loves to golf, spend time with her family and expand her knowledge on the ever changing landscape of cloud accounting. 

 


Beverly Haggins, CPB 
- Secretary
I have a community college education enhanced by selected university courses.  My first full-time 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.


Colleen Hoggarth, FCPB - Board Member

Colleen has been in the bookkeeping industry for over 25 years, working in both public accounting and industry. In 2012, she purchased a bookkeeping business, Security House Accounting, which offers a full range of bookkeeping and tax services for small to medium businesses as well as individuals. Soon after, she joined the IPBC and earned her Certified Professional BookkeeperTM (CPBTM) designation. Security House Accounting has since grown to include twelve team members, of which three are CPB’s. In 2016 she was awarded IPBC’s prestigious Fellowship Award and is now an FCPBTM.

 

Colleen will be serving her third term as an IPBC Director. She is the current Chair of IPBC’s Accreditation and Compliance Committee, a member of the Ethics and Discipline Committee, and of the Governance Committee. Colleen was part of the Committee that chose the new IPBC CEO in 2017. 


 
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!

Kellie Parks, CPB - Board Member

Kellie is a relentless organizer and believes cloud financial technology is key to organization. An ardent devotee of cloud accounting programs, Kellie is passionate about introducing QBO and its app partner programs to accountants and their clients. She now spends much of her day educating accounting firms and small and medium businesses, but also loves keeping her head firmly in her bookkeeping clients’ day to day accounting needs. Kellie is a proud Certified Professional BookkeeperTM and member of the Intuit Trainer/Writer Network.

Kellie and her husband Jeff have 3 grown children and live with 2 awesome Aussies - the 4-legged kind - in a chronically-under-renovated cabin.  She is an avid runner, snow & water-skier and loves hard cover mystery novels.

 

Barbara B. Sanderson, CPB - Board Member
I was taught from an early age to help people and to give back to my community. My parents were excellent role models in this, and I followed in their footsteps when I was 14 by becoming a member of our family team that counted the collection at church once a month, and by singing in the church choir. I still do both, although regretfully, without my parents. The church secretary at the time, Mrs. Edna Clough, was another role model who gave me my first training in bookkeeping outside of school. All these great examples led me to serve on my parish council, first as the youth member, and twice more afterward as a regular member, as well as becoming one of the youth ministry leaders.

I have also served on my housing co-operative board of directors and served a seven-year term as the co-op treasurer. In addition, I serve pro bono as the treasurer for both an 18th-century re-enactment group and a cat club. I started my bookkeeping business in 1987 on the advice of my best friend after being disappointed by the limitations of being an employee, and although I’ve dipped my toe in the employee pool again a couple of times since (being tempted by customers with great job offers), it just isn’t for me.

I learned about the IPBC at one of Alan Salmon’s Accounting Technology Seminars and on his advice, joined the organization in 2008. I sat for my CPB exam in 2009, and currently, serve on the Awards Committee. I have a strong belief that the bookkeeping industry is badly in need of a standard to which its members can be held, and that the IPBC is the organization in the best position to set it. I would like to help achieve this goal as a member of the Board of Directors. I promise to work hard on behalf of the members!


Connie Sparks, CPB  - Treasurer

Alberta born and raised, Connie grew up in a business family and went on to own and operate several of her own businesses. This real-life experience makes Connie’s perspective unique and has been a benefit to hundreds of business owners and bookkeepers over her 21 years in this business. She has been a member of IPBC since 2007 and was CPB certified in 2009. Connie has played an active role in the Edmonton Community as the Regional Developer for over 4 years. She believes that both the business and bookkeeping industries need, and benefit from, a strong organization such as IPBC that is setting the standard for Bookkeepers today and in the future.

Connie will be serving her second term as an IPBC Director. She is the current Treasurer, Chair of IPBC’s Audit & Finance Committee, and a member of the Accreditation and Compliance Committee.


Marnie Stretch, CPB - Board Member

Marnie is a Certified Professional BookkeeperTM with her own successful bookkeeping and advisory business, which she started in 1991. She is an Advanced Certified Online ProAdvisor on both sides of the border and proud member of the Intuit Trainer/Writer Network. Marnie was named Canada’s Superstar Bookkeeper in 2013 and an Insightful Accountant Top 100 ProAdvisor in 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018. She was also recently named one of the 2018 Top Ten Canadian Bookkeeping Influencers in the Canadian Bookkeeping World.

Marnie loves presenting, educating, and troubleshooting. She’s a talented alchemist of apps and workflows, and with a background in media production, she’s especially intuitive to the needs of creative types and dynamic businesses. Having just completed a four-year part-time position at Northern Alberta Institute of Technology where she taught QuickBooks desktop, Marnie is excited to have been offered a position at Mohawk College, remotely facilitating a brand-new cloud accounting course that starts this fall. Students and customers love her energetic teaching style, impressive QuickBooks knowledge, and modern approach to accounting.

When she isn’t working in the cloud, Marnie spends time paddling kayaks with her fiancé, learning French, talking tech with her son, and composing photos in any device she’s got in hand. She’s a non-stop learner and, when time permits, likes to share the knowledge on her blog. Marnie currently divides her time between Alberta, Quebec, and conferences. You can follow her on Twitter @marniestretch.

  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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