Mandy Cheung, CPA
Senior Accountant, KPMG, and Recent Graduate
"Remember—you will always keep learning. My experience has allowed me to grow deeply as a professional, and I can see the difference in the “me” now from the “me” I was a few years ago coming out of UBC with a bachelor’s degree."
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Cheryl Yue, CPA, CA
True Calling Media Inc.
"I wasn't a numbers person, didn't really like math. But then I started exploring it. I realized it was really about analyzing what the numbers tell you. The story they tell you about the business."
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Ray Walia, CPA, CMA
Ray Walia outlines how Launch Academy helps early-stage technology start-ups grow through world-class education and mentorship in the winter 2016 issue of HRMA’s PeopleTalk magazine. Ray's organization connects entrepreneurs with resources to start and grow their business. Learn more about Ray...
Bryan Sommer, CPA, CA, CFP, CIM
“I’ve always been interested in financial literacy,” he says. “My father worked in the finance industry, and I grew up reading books like The Wealthy Barber. A career in finance was a natural path, and it has become a great way for me to give back.”
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Sepand Jazzi, CPA, CMA
“As a mentor, I’m able to help aspiring CPAs, supporting them and providing them with insight that will be useful throughout their careers,” explains Sepand. “In addition, I have the opportunity to guide future CPAs through the standards they’re expected to uphold.”
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Bill Hallett, CPA, CA
True Calling Media Inc.
Bill Hallett's life has been anything but boring. This is the story of a man who followed his natural math talents only to find they would lead him down some exciting and unexpected avenues to become a CPA at the Vancouver Foundation.
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Sherry Tryssenaar, CPA, CMA
Although Sherry Tryssenaar admits to being a “serious” coffee addict, she says her decision to join Ten Peaks Coffee Company as CFO had more to do with a passion for new experiences than a passion for java.
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Stephen (Steve) Hunter, CPA, CMA
If there’s a common thread woven through Steve Hunter’s life, it’s a passion for community involvement—a passion that catalyzed his decision to return to his hometown of Powell River to pursue a career and raise a family.
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Issa Nakhleh, CPA, CGA
“I love the global aspect of my job. We’re a small company, but our reach is… everywhere.”
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Metrics Chartered Professional Accounting
“We had a lot of discussion about shaking things up—about advancing and improving the accounting experience. We want to challenge and disrupt the accounting model. We are always striving to improve processes and be ahead of the curve—it’s what drives us in our daily work, and it’s a huge part of our culture.”
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Al Esmail, CPA, CGA
“First off, you must be passionate about what you do,” says Al, who launched his own consulting practice, Advisory IS Solutions (AIS), in November 2011. “You’ll be taking a risk going out on your own, and you won’t be able to rely on a consistent income."
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Geeta Tucker, CPA
Geeta Tucker talks with host Bruce Sellery about her early aspirations at age 16, her business career path as a CPA, and her future prospects at 55 and beyond.
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Christian H. (Chris) Duff, CPA, CA, PhD
“I recognized the challenges BC faced in funding health care with an aging population,” he says. “By pursuing research in this area, I hoped to be able to contribute in some small way.”
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Ian Telfer, a CPA, FCA
“All the employees left,” Telfer said. “So I was in the office by myself and the loans were all due on December 31, 1999, and there was no solution in sight.” (Business in Vancouver)
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Derek Johnson, CPA, CMA
“I can’t put a price on the friendships I’ve made, the steps I’ve taken in my career—which are directly correlated to the skills and experiences I acquired through volunteering—or the feeling of pride I get from seeing the chapter succeed,” he says.”
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Carol Bellringer, FCPA, FCA
“This is my first experience on an international board,” Carol says, “and I’ve learned a great deal about how to govern while dealing with cultural diversity.”
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Fred Bouwman, CPA, CA
“It has definitely changed my priorities in life,” he says. “You can’t keep putting things off… sudden events such as illness can end all your future plans in the blink of an eye, and there is no do-over button to press.”
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Dru Narwani, CPA, CMA, FEA
“I didn’t deliberately seek out international postings,” Dru says, “but I did eagerly welcome opportunities as they presented themselves!”
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William (Bill) Rempel, CPA, CGA
“I have always found volunteering to be a very rewarding and growing experience,” he says. “It is a great opportunity to meet many amazing individuals and to better understand other points of view. Seldom are there only two sides of a coin when dealing with complex issues.”
Donna Cloutier, CPA, CA
“They are slowly rebuilding their homes,” Donna says of her family’s village. “The funds needed to rebuild aren’t coming fast enough, and finding shelter is challenging, but the Philippine people are the most resilient people you’ll ever meet.”
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Andrew (Sandy) Hilton, FCPA, FCA, PhD
“Helping a few self-declared ‘hopeless’ students pass a mid-term or final exam was very motivating. Then I fell into accounting...”
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Brian Blamey, CPA, CGA
“There were 20 of us, along with more than 10,000 other riders. It was deadly hot, with endless climbs, but it was an unforgettable experience.”
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Marnie Jepsen, CPA, CMA
“When I find a way to get some more money to the bottom line, that means more kids go to camp,” she says. “It means it means more kids can have childcare. It means we can offer more assistance.”
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Anson Lo, CPA, CMA
George Jacob, CPA, CGA