Our speakers are experts at the cutting edge of their industry!

Keynote - Michelle Cederberg

For over 15 years, Certified Speaking Professional Michelle Cederberg has captivated audiences across North America with her empowering and humorous messages about how to set worthwhile goals, get energized for success, and live a Carpe Freakin’ Diem life.

An in-demand speaker, author, coach and consultant, she believes that personal and professional success is directly influenced by how well we harness the physical, mental and emotional capacity we each have within us. She helps people boost that capacity, so they gain clarity, build confidence, and create the discipline to do the freakin’ work.

She holds a Masters in Kinesiology, a BA in Psychology, a specialization in Health and Exercise Psychology, is a Certified Exercise Physiologist, a Certified Professional Co-Active Life Coach, and an ORSC-Trained Team Coach. She truly combines mind, body and practicality to empower change.
Michelle Cederberg

Session Speakers

Cathy Badry
Cathy Badry
BComm, CPB
CSB Creative Business Solutions
Managing Director/Business Advisor
Microsoft 365 Business: How to fully utilize it in your firm

Small businesses are the backbone of our nation, and they need the best support they can afford to help assure their success. By leveraging technology, something I am very passionate about, I want to help as many small businesses, including fellow accounting professionals, to achieve this success. As a University of Calgary Commerce graduate with a double major in Accounting & Finance and a minor in Computer Science, assisting small businesses in many varied aspects of their enterprises has been the foundation of my career.

I have robust business development and professional skills with certifications in QuickBooks Online (Advanced Certified ProAdvisor), Sage Business Cloud Accounting (Certified Advisor), Sage 50 (Certified User) & Xero as accounting software choices. For supporting software app integrations, I have certifications with Wagepoint (payroll), WayPay (business payment solutions), as well as five different certifications with Hubdoc (document collection and management). I am also proficient in many other app integrations that do not have formal certification programs. Leveraging technology is the key to success, and it works when appropriately utilized. Finding the right tool for your business brings us closer to achieving that success.

Through many years of experience, working in Internal Audit, completing Budget Development & Analysis, Financial Management and developing workflow efficiencies, my clients have seen the benefits of moving beyond compliance work in their financial records. Having accurate and timely financial information is one of the keys to a successful business. My clients achieve this success with the use of technology. Through our partnership, I aid them in meeting their goals by providing support and guidance wherever possible.

Every business deserves a fighting chance and partnering with a knowledgeable accounting professional increases their chances of success. I partner with firms who see the value in this relationship, and together we build successful businesses.

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Annie Barnwell
MSc., CCPE
EWI Works
Team Lead, Senior Ergonomist
The Importance of Good Work Design to Prevent Injury and Optimize Work

Annie Barnwell is a Senior Ergonomist and Team Lead at EWI Works International Inc. She has a BSc in Kinesiology and a MSc in Occupational Biomechanics. Annie is a Canadian Certified Professional Ergonomist and has been working as a Certified Professional Ergonomist for the last 17 years in Ontario, Michigan, Ohio, and Alberta. She brings passion and practical advice to her clients in a variety of sectors including manufacturing, energy, food processing, emergency services, transit, and office. Annie is excited to present to Canadian Bookkeepers to empower them to work without musculoskeletal discomfort.

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Danielle Gadoury
CPB
D  & D Professional Services
Bookkeeper/Owner
Sole Proprietor vs Incorporation

As owner of D & D Professional Services I am very passionate about helping people. This includes other bookkeepers and clients. Graduated St. Clair College with a Business Accounting certificate in 1988. Worked for many years as an employee in different industries in a bookkeeper/secretary position in various industries.

I am married with one adult son and one grandson. I enjoy baking and being the treasurer for my church. Am a proud to be a member of CPB. Possessing the CPB Designation while holding the Regional Network Chair for Windsor, ON is a great honour for me.

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Ken Goldstein
BA CEd CPBA DISC Certified
The Goldstein Group (Alberta) Inc
President
Creating a Baseline of Understanding for People and Client Management

Ken is a Certified Professional Behavioural Analyst (CPBA), and DISC Certified. A strategist, a communicator, workshop facilitator and speaker. He uses Behavioural Profile Assessments, as a tool to create a baseline for understanding of oneself and those they work with, staff and clients. This leads to better recruitment, retention, more effective communication and a positive work culture. Understanding helps to foster respect for one another and the ability to work together toward shared outcomes.

Dave Greene
Dave Greene
CPB, MCSE, MCT
K2E Canada Inc.
Instructor
Implementing Security and Privacy Policies

Dave started out in the office equipment field when the switch from the IBM Selectric typewriter to the desktop PC began. He quickly learned that to provide the best customer experience he had to teach clients how to use this new technology and began offering training as part of the package.

Dave obtained his Microsoft Certifications (Systems Engineer – MCSE and Trainer – MCT) to expand his knowledge and deliver recognized courses to the clients of his consulting business and expanded into Accounting systems with the Certified Professional Bookkeeper (CPB) designation and certification from Sage, Intuit and others.

He currently resides, with his wife and two cats, beside a pond in farm country on the southern edge of St. John’s. An avid motorcyclist he enjoys exploring the roads and communities of rural Newfoundland.

Tanya Hilts
Tanya Hilts
CPB, CPC, AIA
Cloud Business Services
Creative Director
Adding Value to Bookkeeping Services - Part 1 - Communication

As the founder of Cloud Business Services and Tanya's Bookkeepers' Bootcamp, Tanya has a passion for streamlining processes and increasing efficiency and client outcomes. Tanya has many accolades and certifications that have catapulted her to a top industry thought leader and industry mentor. Tanya's passion is helping to guide and shape tomorrow's entrepreneurs, SMB's and accounting professionals alike. Tanya is a sitting board member of CPB Canada and a member of the Intuit Trainer Writer Network.

Rinette Lagace
Rinette Lagace
CPB
NET Bookkeeping
Owner
Top 10 Cash Management Tips to Grow your Business

With over 25 years of bookkeeping experience, from non-profits to large corporations, there is no substitute for experience. Bookkeeping processes can be specialized and may vary by business. Therefore, Rinette has reinvented her business to support businesses with the many available 'cloud-based' software options available to businesses today. Being able to bring together ways to maintain essential business operations with reliable apps, simplifies processes and eliminates waste = money savings for the client & rich reporting options.
With her experience, she has written a best-selling book called; ""The Courageous Entrepreneur"" in which she focuses upon areas that affect cash flow for businesses through sharing of real life stories of how simple day to day issues affected a business positively or negatively and strategies to overcome or avoid these issues.
My whole goal with NET Bookkeeping is to support businesses to be successful. When my clients, are successful, only then can I consider myself successful.
What does success look like for me? This can be as simple as implementing systems to allow better reporting, letting them know of potential concerns as they arise which they may not be aware of, or letting them know where or who they should go for more information, being able to advise of options they may not be aware of, or perhaps suggesting using ""tried and true"" apps to better support where a business struggles, or perhaps just being able to provide detailed financials so they can apply for funding to grow and expand. One of my favorite wins is to be able to provide strategies and tips of where they can save money or areas with the potential to make money!

Melissa Lenos
Melissa Lenos
CPB, PCP
King Bussines Solution Centre
Professional Bookkeeper
Investment Bookkeeping

In 2009, I followed my dream and started a bookkeeping firm called King Accounting Solutions, it has grown to more than just bookkeeping and now includes a Human Resources division and we now go by King Business Solutions. My love for numbers and order started long before 2009, when I was very young, working with my mom to complete the GST returns for my Dad’s custom cabinet business. After completing my administration diploma at Grant MacEwan, I started working at a small CA firm in Edmonton. Receiving on-the-job training and completing evening courses at NAIT allowed me to complete all the pre-requisites for the CA program. Under my mentor’s supervision I was able to do everything from personal income taxes, corporate income taxes and audits.

But my love was still with the bookkeeping side and helping clients during the year and decided to go out on my own to do just that. I have completed my bookkeeping certification and now I am a Certified Professional Bookkeeper (CPB). In 2020 I decided to start my Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) and completed that certification and now have my Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) designation.

My team and I work with clients to ensure that their bookkeeping is up to date and all government deadlines are met so no unnecessary interest or penalties are incurred. To help our clients grow their business, we also work with their other advisors, accountants, financial advisors and lawyers. I am very proud of the growth of King Business Solutions over the past years.

With a team of 12 bookkeepers, we rely on our checklists and workflow to ensure that all our work is completed effectively, efficiently and on-time.

Being involved in the local community is a passion and I currently sit on our local Downtown Business Association board as-Treasurer as well as sitting on the HR and By-laws committee. During COVID this board has advocated for the businesses and individuals in our downtown and we have grown and learned so much over the year.

When I am not working, I love to travel, so you may get an email from me while I am on holidays – which could be with family in Holland, or in Arizona, playing golf.

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Sherri-lee Mathers
CPB, AIA
Balsam Way
Founder
Adding Value to Bookkeeping Services - Part 2 - How to Tame & Train your Data to Delight

Sherri-Lee is the founder of Balsam Way Bookkeeping & Business Solutions, is a Certified Professional Bookkeeper, Advanced Cert Quickbooks Online ProAdvisor, Member Intuit Trainer Writer Network, and has been named 4 years in a row to Insightful Accountants Top 100 ProAdvisors.

Kellie Parks
Kellie Parks
CPB
Calmwaters
CEO
Using Google to Vet Prospects, Onboard and Manage Your Client Boundaries and Collaborate on Workflows

Kellie is a relentless organizer and believes cloud financial technology is key to organization.
She is an ardent devotee of online accounting platforms and loves all the apps that create a robust cloud accounting ecosystem. She adopted cloud financial technology for her own business in 2009 using Freshbooks for invoicing. And then QBO in 2012, as soon as it came to Canada and happily migrated all of her clients to it.

Kellie loves introducing QBO and the app partner programs to accountants and their clients. She now spends much of her day educating Accounting Firms and SMBs but loves keeping her head firmly in her bookkeeping client's day-to-day accounting needs as well. Cloud accounting technology has made it possible for Kellie to enjoy working from out-of-country locations for most of the winter and maintain her coaching and bookkeeping business seamlessly.

Kellie and her husband Jeff, a Fly Fishing Guide have 3 grown kids and live with 2 unruly Australian Shepherds in a 100-year-old lakeside cabin (that is chronically under renovation).
She is an avid runner, water & snow skier, and live music fan.

Kellie is a proud member of the Intuit International Trainer Writer Network and the FreshBooks Accountant Council.

Victoria Peters
Victoria Peters
ENVOLTA Inc.
Chief Operations Officer
Processes, Principles & Performance

I fell into accounting because of an amazing teacher in high school and incredible co-op work experiences. I went on to the Financial Management program at B.C.I.T. and an Advanced Certificate in Accounting from the I.C.A. of B.C. That is a nice way to say I have been in this industry for a very long time - think leather-bound ledger books you will be where I started.

Currently, I am responsible for the operations at Envolta. We are a 95% virtual team of 40 spread across Canada. If you as our team processes are my jam.

Richelle Skrilec
Richelle Skrilec
Business Admin - Management
Blue Shadow Solutions Inc
Founder and CEO
"Take a Swing" at Bookkeeping for Construction and Trades Clients

I'm a natural-born "PJ-preneur" (aka business owner who works at home in her PJs most of the time) and I am passionate about helping clients learn how to run their businesses more efficiently and profitably. I've been self-employed most of my adult life and currently run a successful QuickBooks training and management consulting business, a Canada-wide fundraising website, and an industrial waterjet cutting & metal fabrication business (with my hubby). I have worked with clients in a variety of industries, including retail, non-profit, professional services, and more, but I especially love working with construction and trades clients.

Fun facts: I love hot weather, sandy beaches, Netflix, tech, volleyball, fostering kittens, and my two amazing daughters! I've been very happily married to my hubby for 27 years (am I really THAT old???), and we're actively planning our move to Costa Rica where I'll continue to work pool-side :)

Colin Sprake
Colin Sprake
Make Your Mark Training and Consulting
CEO
How to Attract and Retain the BEST People

Colin Sprake is a global authority on spouse owned and operated companies. Having worked with his wife, Gabi for over 2 decades, he knows what It takes to have a successful business, marriage, and family life. He has truly figured out the secret to balancing It all.

Colin is a South African native and serial entrepreneur with decades of experience building multiple multi million-dollar businesses globally, In various Industries and economics. Colin founded Make Your Mark Training and Consulting In 2004 with a passion to assist spouse owned and operated businesses to realize their full revenue and profit potential and do it with heart, making a positive impression on those their business impacts: staff, colleagues, vendors, families, and the community. He is an absolute business genius and can assist you out of any challenge - his creativity is something to experience and witness!

Colin built Make Your Mark on the core values of Community of Trust, Respect the Individual, Integrity, Commitment to Excellence, Open to Possibilities, and Unconditional Gratitude. He also places people and planet over profits.

He is building the fastest growing community of spouse owned businesses from around the globe and wants the world to be live by 4 words - Love, Respect, Responsibility and Commitment.

He is one of two Canadians who are part of an Elite Group called the Transformational Leadership Council founded by Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup for the Soul series). He is a Wisdom Council member with the Evolutionary Business Council. Colin is also a #1 best-selling author presently with four #1 International Bestsellers and has co-authored books with Dan Kennedy & Brian Tracy. Colin has also won two Quilly Awards and has been inducted twice into the National Academy of Bestselling Authors In Hollywood.
Colin's articles and interviews have appeared in many local and International print media including The Globe and Mail, Vancouver Sun, Inc. Magazine, Seattle Times, and Reno Gazette. Colin has also appeared on many TV channels as a guest business expert: Global, MSNBC and CTV to mention a few.

He was featured in the movie, Finding Freedom In Your Second Fifty that has helped tens of thousands of people. Colin has also been blessed to be mentored by Sir Richard Branson and some of the Dragons and Sharks from entrepreneurial TV shows, Dragons' Den and Shark Tank. Some are now personal friends!

A highly sought-after keynote speaker and trainer, Colin guarantees his audience will walk way from his presentations, no matter how long or short, with practical tools and strategies they can use immediately In their life and business to achieve greater success and make a positive impact on the world. He also teaches that success Is attainable in both family and business without sacrificing one for the other.

Colin currently resides In White Rock, British Columbia, Canada, with his beautiful wife of 25-years and their two teenage daughters.

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Amanda Whitney
CFE
Young Associates
Senior Associate
How Safe Are Your Clients From You? Assessing Fraud Risk Within Your Practice

I have been a bookkeeper for over fifteen years, beginning as an actor doing it for work to support myself and eventually developing a full career. As of 2021, I became a Certified Fraud Examiner and hope to help organizations to assess their own risks and avoid many of the pitfalls that can lead to fraud.

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Heather Young
CPB
Young Associates
Principal
So, You’re Interested in Bookkeeping for Nonprofits?

Heather Clara Young, CPB (Principal, Young Associates) has worked in the field of arts management for over thirty years and as a bookkeeper for most of that time. Her experience includes leadership roles with arts and heritage service organizations, theatre and dance producing companies, facilities, festivals and community organizations. Young Associates, founded in 1993, provides full-service bookkeeping as well as financial planning strategic planning, HR and data management services to not-for-profits and charities, with a special focus on the arts and culture sector. Heather teaches accounting and financial management in Humber College’s Arts Management program, and has taught for Humber’s Fundraising and Volunteer Management program and University of Toronto’s Arts Management program. She was the 2012 recipient of the Sandra Tulloch Award for Innovation in Arts and Culture, and a 2004 recipient of Humber College’s Continuing Education Award of Excellence for Outstanding Academic Contribution. Finance for the Arts in Canada (2005, 2022) is a unique self-study guide, reference source and textbook for the accounting and finance functions in cultural organizations.