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Keynote - Michelle Cederberg

Health and Productivity Expert, Speaker, Coach, Author
For over 17 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 bigger 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 get the discipline to create the life and career they want. And now she’s taking the virtual world by storm as well!

View her virtual speaker demo here: https://youtu.be/HQcbkhIcJAE

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 is the author of three books. Her new book The Success-Energy Equation, debuted as a bestseller in October 2020.
Michelle Cederberg

Session Speakers

John O’Rourke
John O’Rourke
JCOR Human Resource Services Inc.
Managing Partner
Building an Ethics Culture - A case study workshop

John O’Rourke is a recognized experienced Business Consulting professional who has developed his Leadership and Business Management skills over the past 40 + years. As well as owning his own firm he has taken ownership positions in a number of companies and has built his skills from those experiences.

More recently as the Managing Partner in the firm JCOR Human Resource Services Inc. he has provided a full range of Human Resource services as well as business support services to over 200 clients in a variety of industries. John developed his interviewing and Investigation skills while a Human Resource Professional and has conducted investigations related to fraud, harassment, discrimination and employee performance problems. Over the past number of years he has been an outside resource for investigations on behalf of the Certified Professional Bookkeepers, Canada.

John was a long term Instructor of Human Resource Management in the University of Calgary’s Continuing Education program and still provides Leadership Training and Management for a few of his long term clients.

John is a recognized trainer and has provided training to clients in Canada and abroad. He has developed and presented courses on Leadership, Interviewing and Investigation.

Further, John currently has served as a Director on the Board of Directors of a small oil and gas company and an international manufacturing company.

Kellie Parks
Kellie Parks
Chief in charge of distractions
Using Google to Vet Prospects, Onboard and Manage Your Client Boundaries and Collaborate on Workflows
Graceful ending - Disengaging clients

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
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 ask our team, processes are my jam.

Jaime Rein
Jaime Rein
Sage Software Canada
Global Product Manager, Sage Accounting
What’s new with Sage?

Jaime Rein is a Global Product Manager for Sage Accounting. Prior to joining Sage in 2017, Jaime ran her practice for 8 years and spoke across North America in industry conferences on building positive corporate culture and emerging technologies.

Andrew Seguin
Andrew Seguin
Seguin Financial
How to Maneuver eCommerce Bookkeeping

Andrew Seguin is the Founder of Seguin Financial, a bookkeeping and tax firm in Cornwall, Ontario. He started the firm in January 2018 and has quickly grown into a full team of 8 staff members working with clients across Canada, but primarily within Ontario. In the early stages of his business, Andrew quickly realized that the only way to scale his business and to provide the best value to his clients, he had to embrace and fully lean into cloud solutions utilizing the best of the best software on the market. He quickly cemented himself as a leader in the community winning multiple business awards and assisting business owners to finally understand the financial health of their business. With over 15 in-person workshops and over 40 webinars under his belt, Andrew brings his high energy and passion into workshops to provide a different spin on your typical workshop.

When he's not working on or in his business, Andrew is either working out in his custom-built gym in his garage or enjoying time with his friends and family playing video games or board games.

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 :)

Teresa Slack
Teresa Slack
Financly Inc
e-Commerce Demystified
Moving to Value Pricing - How to Make the Leap

Teresa offers her clients the benefit of 35 years of experience in accounting. She is not only knowledgeable in bookkeeping, but in accounting and system set up, business management, sales and marketing, customer service, staff training, policy and procedure, staff leadership and mentor-ship. Teresa has a passion for Shopify and Amazon Accounting and loves to help business owners and the accounting professionals that love them solve their Shopify and Amazon Accounting headaches. E-Commerce Bookkeeping is complex, Teresa teaches how to make it easier! With such a well-rounded business skill set, Teresa can help clients with more than just their bookkeeping but can consult on their business operation as a whole.

Connie Smith
Connie Smith
Financly Inc
e-Commerce Demystified

Connie is a master at financial record keeping and has 38 years of experience in bookkeeping, payroll, tax preparation, and extensive experience with purchasing and inventory control. Connie loves to solve problems and sort out messy books. Her passion for solving hard problems has led to creating processes that solve hard Shopify and Amazon Accounting challenges. Having run her own business for the past 20 years, Connie offers an intimate knowledge of the joys and challenges faced by small business owners in the pursuit of success and work-life balance. Clients not only benefit from her bookkeeping knowledge but can leverage her expertise and insights as a small business owner/entrepreneur.
Connie loves being able to take a mess of data, work with it, and hand back useful financial data to help my clients. When not working, she loves reading and hanging out at her dock.

Colin Sprake
Colin Sprake
Make Your Mark Training and Consulting
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.

Stacy Stanley Young
Stacy Stanley Young
Stanley Young Business Strategies
Owner/ Sr Bookkeeper
Panel: Stories of Reinvention

Stacy Stanley-Young is a twenty-six-year experienced bookkeeper and founder of Stanley Young Business Strategies. After working in corporate accounting for twenty years, she decided to strike out on her own and SYBS was born.

Over the past six years, her entrepreneurial efforts have met with a variety that was missing from her nine-to-five life. She has now worked with many different industries including medical, not-for-profit, construction, and film.

Stacy’s ongoing goal is to provide small businesses with professional corporate accounting services without the cost of a full-time CFO, and she delivers that through the powerhouse skill set she provides to each of her clients.

Her interests are particularly invested in the charity and not-for-profit world, and the consistently high-quality service she delivers is generating a glowing reputation in the industry.
She believes strongly in the three-legged stool philosophy: one leg is the client and their business, the next is the CPA, and the third is the bookkeeper, who keeps the relationship strong and steady.

Emily Steeves
Emily Steeves
Bookkeeping Support Manager
Tips for Growing and Managing a Fully Remote Business

I have been working as a bookkeeper for about 17 years, and in a remote capacity with LiveCA for almost 6, first as a bookkeeping associate, and then as the manager of our Bookkeeping Support team for the past year or so. When I’m not working I’m either rehearsing or playing shows with my two bands, or hanging out with my partner and our two dogs, a Great Dane named Benjamin and a chihuahua named Effie.

Taimoor Tariq
Taimoor Tariq
Sage Software Canada
Business Development Manager
Driving a data-driven culture

Taimoor manages and promotes Sage’s Accountant and Bookkeeper Channel. As an accountant himself, Taimoor brings with him the financial technology experience and accounting acumen to help firms automate accounting practices and enable them to deliver transformative experiences for their clients and teams. Before joining Sage, Taimoor also managed a small business financial services practice in Vancouver for over 5 years.

Steven Van Alstine
Steven Van Alstine
National Payroll Institute
Vice-President, Education
NPI - Demystifying Taxable Benefits
Payroll Issues & Updates 2022

Steven Van Alstine is the Vice-President, Professional Standards and Education at the National Payroll Institute and is considered one of Canada's foremost subject matter experts in Canadian payroll legislation, education and training.
Currently, Steven oversees the Institute’s Professional Accreditation and Learning and Professional Development teams. In his over 25 years with the Institute he has lead teams and initiatives that have resulted in highly respected professional development and innovative payroll designation learning through a state-of-the-art learning management platform and in-person, virtual and online program delivery.
Past contributions have included leading the Institute’s advocacy and government relations committees, supporting research leading to the redevelopment and ongoing augmentations to the payroll accreditation programs and participating in governance development and enhancements for the payroll profession.
Steven received his undergraduate degree in Political Science and History from Wilfrid Laurier University, holds the Institute’s CPM certification, and the CAE certification from the Canadian Society of Association Executives.

Amanda Whitney
Amanda Whitney
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.

Taunya Woods Richardson
Taunya Woods Richardson
Founder + CEO
The Wake Up Call (TM): Three Powerful Eye-Openers Every Bookkeeper Needs to See

Taunya Woods Richardson is a serial entrepreneur, financial strategist, and neuroeconomics expert who is applauded for her innovative and refreshingly pragmatic approach to inspiring money mastery among entrepreneurs. On stage, she’s a riveting, genuine, and unforgettable speaker, engaging audiences with a wide range of science-backed financial insights that offer a life-changing impact.

She's the creator and architect of the Cashflow Canvas and Money Mastery Matrix, and the founder and CEO of three fintech ventures, Epifany Financial Group, Nail the Numbers, and Champs of Change. Her 30+ years immersed in entrepreneurial finance has led her to work with federal banks, credit unions, NGOs, and universities to financially embolden thousands of entrepreneurs across North America.

Her insights and expertise on the topic have been featured in numerous media outlets including the National Post, Globe and Mail, Financial Post, Profit, CBC, CTV, and Global Television.