Mark Ansems, CPA, CA
Mark received his CA designation in 1996. He provides project
management and consulting services for organizations of various sizes in
manufacturing, telecommunications, professional services and real estate
industries. Mark works directly with executive and key stakeholders on
complex enterprise scale projects such as information systems selections and
implementations, manufacturing plant consolidations, infrastructure builds, and
Ward Blatch, CA, MCSA
Ward provides computer
training, network support, and network evaluation to accounting firms, small
businesses, and professional organizations in Canada and the United States.
With over 20 years’ experience in public accounting and over 12 years in
networking offices ranging in size, 3 to 80 users, he understands the
frustrations and knows what is needed to make your computers and staff work
Rob Bourgeois, CPA,
Rob is the Director of Financial Accounting
with the NS Department of Finance and Treasury Board. He is responsible
for providing public sector financial accounting support to government
departments and overseeing the preparation of the Province’s Consolidated
Public Accounts. He has presented numerous public sector topics to
various groups within the Province. He has been with the Province of Nova
Scotia for over eight years and has extensive experience in the interpretation
and application of Public Sector Accounting Standards (PSAS). Prior to
joining the Province, Rob worked with KPMG in Halifax for years.
David Cameron, CPA, CA
David is a Tax Manager with Collins Barrow Nova Scotia Inc.
He has over eighteen years of experience in public accounting, and more
than thirteen years of experience as a full time tax practitioner.
He has also worked in industry for 2 ½ years, primarily in a
lead role as Director of Taxation for a large privately held corporate group focused on real estate
development and investments. He has a broad range of experience managing Canadian corporate, personal, and
trust taxation compliance and planning requirements for both
privately held and publicly traded companies.
Blair Cook CPA, CA CPA (Ill) MBA
Blair is a many-time corporate director, CFO, educator, innovator,
thought leader, presenter, and curiosity generalist. As an
academic-practitioner, he’s a perpetual learner who observes and experiments
with various financial and management theories in real world context.
He shares stories of his successes, failures, and lessons learned to all
those who share a passion for further developing their own financial leadership
qualities. His focus is on defining and developing a career path for
financial professionals aspiring to the Office of the CFO and the Board of
Directors. Blair has worked extensively with CPA Canada in recent years to
design, develop, and launch the professional certification program.
Wayne Crawley, FCPA,
Wayne is a business builder involved
with several private companies including Venor Talent Group, Sports
Entertainment Atlantic, Epix Engineering, Moore Executive Suites and others.
Wayne had a 20 year career with Emera Inc. and successfully completed Business
Development of over $1 billion in enterprise value. He has over 25 years of
international experience in business development, strategy, operations,
corporate effectiveness, audit and finance. Wayne has been active throughout
his career serving the community and currently serves on the Board of the
Halifax Convention Centre, Habitat for Humanity NS, Junior Achievement of Nova
Scotia and is an Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Canadian Military. He is
also a member of the executive for Young Presidents Organization (YPO Gold
Atlantic Chapter). Wayne was also recognized as Top 40 Under 40 in Canada in
Christine Doucet, LLB
Christine is a partner with the Halifax law firm of McGinty Doucet Walker
and practices primarily in the area of family law. She has a particular
interest in the financial aspects of separation and divorce as they relate to
the division of matrimonial property and determination of income for support
purposes. Christine is a trained collaborative family lawyer and
president of the Association of Collaborative Family Law Professionals of Nova
Scotia. She is a member of the executive committee of the Nova Scotia branch
of the Canadian Bar Association.
Maureen R Gillis,
Maureen facilitates adult
learning in topics related to leadership, success, and human behaviour. With formal training in adult
learning, professional training in human resources management, and with a
designation as a Chartered Professional Accountant, Maureen brings a
multi-disciplinary perspective to her interactive workshops. Her teaching
and facilitation work began early in her career. She has taught for
various universities and facilitated professional development sessions for
members of professional organizations. With nearly three decades of
leadership experience, she brings professional insight to her sessions,
offering a variety of approaches to accommodate the different needs of learners. During her career, Maureen has also
been active in volunteer roles as a coach and with organizations such as the
Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants Public Sector Accounting Board, the
Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nova Scotia, Junior Achievement of Nova
Scotia, the Financial Management Institute, the Chamber of Commerce, among
others. She also served as a volunteer financial advisor for an NGO in
Ghana, West Africa.
Allan Jenkins, CPA,
CA, CPA (Illinois)
Allan is a partner in
the Assurance Group of PwC, working in the Halifax office. Allan specializes in
working with public companies and large private companies. As the engagement
leader on various publicly listed and privately owned companies, Allan takes a
business-oriented approach to handling complex accounting and regulatory
issues. In addition to providing audit and assurance services, he offers advice
on implementing new accounting standards and assists with acquisitions and
divestitures. Allan has extensive experience with both Canadian and US listed
companies, including public equity and debt offerings. As PwC’s IFRS leader in
Nova Scotia, Allan has considerable experience in working with clients who are
reporting under IFRS.
Dan Jennings, CPA, CA, CBV, CF, Q.Arb
Dan is a partner with BDO, based in Halifax, NS. He leads
the firm’s Atlantic Valuation/M&A practice for small and mid-market
entrepreneurial businesses. Dan has presented to various groups in the
accounting, banking, legal and entrepreneurial sectors, and has provided expert
witness testimony in the NS, NB and NL courts, private arbitrations and the
federal Tax Court.
Doreen Malone, CPA, CA, CFP
Doreen is a senior private banker with BMO Private Banking with a background
in both the private and not for profit sectors. In her current role, she
provides integrated and customized financial solutions to a portfolio of
borrowing and non -borrowing Platinum Banking clients. She specializes in
working with financially successful Canadian families to help them achieve
their goals. Prior to joining BMO Private Banking, she was a Financial Planner
with Assante Capital Management and the General Manager of Neptune Theatre for
11 years. Previous to that she was the Director of Finance &
Operations for Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown and a Senior
Manager at Grant Thornton. Doreen is a graduate of St. Mary’s University
and of an Executive Leadership Course at Harvard University’s John Kennedy
School of Government.
Craig Maloney, MBA, CPA, CA, CBV
Craig is a Partner at MNP Chartered Accountants. Craig is
heavily involved in servicing owner-managed businesses and professionals.
He specializes in business valuation and providing strategic business advice
and corporate finance advice on M&A transactions, and has developed a
particular expertise in private company divestitures. He has industry and
functional experience in leveraged buy-outs, capital raising, divestitures and
acquisitions. Craig has also provided strategic advisory services and pricing
analysis for various companies. Craig has unique past experience working with a
private window and door manufacturing company in London, Ontario in both sales
and materials management roles. Prior to joining MNP, Craig worked for Deloitte
& Touche Corporate Finance and also worked for Ernst & Young in both
corporate finance and audit roles, both in Toronto, Ontario.
Susan McIsaac, FCPA, FCA
Susan is a partner in a general practice firm in Amherst. She is a
member of the Standards Committee of the AC Group of Independent Accounting
firms, and a past member of the Practice Review Committee and is a member
Practitioner’s Forum Committee of ICANS. Susan has instructed multiple PD
offerings for ICANS for many years.
Justin Melnyk, CPA,
Justin is a financial accountant with the NS Department of Finance and
Treasury Board. He is accountable to provide expert accounting advice and
consulting services on complex corporate accounting and financial issues to all
organizations within the consolidated entity, as well as sound financial
reporting which is compliant with generally accepted accounting principles
(GAAP). Since joining the Province in 2014, Justin has presented several Public
Sector Accounting Standard (PSAS) updates and/or refreshers to other
departmental management and has also been directly involved in any
communications between the Province and the Public Sector Accounting Board
(PSAB) regarding new and upcoming standards. Prior to this, Justin worked with
KPMG in Halifax for over 7 years; two of which were spent in Melbourne,
Australia on secondment.
Jennifer is a dynamic,
versatile financial professional with over 20 years of leadership
experience. Jen brings to the classroom a broad skill set and experience
in all key facets of an organization including operations management, strategic
planning, business development, finance, accounting, investor relations, human
resources, and project management. Jen has a passion for making finance more
attainable, whether it’s working to articulate strategy in a financial context
or bringing clarity to financial communication. Jen’s career epitomizes
the diverse experiences and roles that CPAs play in industry – from financial
to operational leadership.
M.Ed., CHRP, Certified Speaking Professional (CSP).
Eileen works with people to develop their ability to enhance
their full brain power at work so they can be fully engaged, measurably more
productive, and happier. As an expert on the brain at work, Eileen helps
key people learn faster, remember longer, turn stress into opportunity, improve
their relationships, and keep their brains in top condition. Her book - Get More Power
from Your Brain —
shows readers how to tune-up their most powerful asset. Her website www.eileenpease.com provides support to her clients who want to get the most power
from their precious brains.
Stephen Priddle, CPA, CA, CMA
Stephen worked with KPMG for five years, then moved to industry and has
worked for several companies, including public and private companies in the
high technology sector. During this time, he has obtained a wide range of
financial reporting, treasury management, merger & acquisition and other
business experience. He is currently the
Vice-President, Finance and Corporate Secretary of SureWx Inc. Stephen
has extensive experience in teaching professional development and other courses
for different provincial institutes and has taught at the University of Toronto
and Carleton University, as well as in the CMA and CGA programs.
Jeremy Scott, LLB
Jeremy is the Senior Director of Taxation and Head of Tax for Sobey Inc.,
and it’s publicly traded parent company – Empire Company Limited. He is
responsible for the oversight of all aspects of tax compliance and
planning. Prior to accepting this role, Jeremy was the Director of
Commodity Tax for Sobey, dealing specifically with the Federal Goods and
Services Tax (GST and HST), Provincial Sales Tax, Excise Tax, Tobacco Tax, Fuel
Tax, and Gasoline Tax. Prior to joining Sobeys Jeremy was a senior manager in the Tax Group of Grant Thornton LLP in Halifax. He has written
articles for tax publications and has presented at a number of commodity
tax conferences, seminars and professional development workshops.
Christopher Sullivan, CPA, CA
Christopher has spent most of his 19-year accounting career as a tax
specialist with large international accounting firms where he served clients in
a wide range of industries. In 2015 Chris founded a boutique tax practice
focused on current and former business owners, estates and trusts, and immigrants
and emigrants. Chris has completed CPA Canada’s In-Depth Tax Course and CPA
Canada’s Advanced Tax Issues for the Owner-Managed Business. Chris has also
been a tutorial leader for CPA Canada’s In-Depth Tax Course and presented at
Canadian Tax Foundation events including the Atlantic Provinces Tax Conference.
Jon was recruited in 2012 by veteran Dynamic Learning teacher
Barry Boyce to continue his work training professionals to write clearly and
effectively. Jon has spoken about writing at the University of King’s
College and Dalhousie University, as well as to students across the province
via the Writers in the Schools program. He is the award-winning author of one
novel and two non-fiction books and has won three Atlantic Journalism Awards (silver).
He is a consultant for Pottersfield Press and an editor for the Canadian
Encyclopedia. He writes for Reader’s Digest, Canadian Geographic, Saltscapes,
the Chronicle Herald, Progress Magazine and many others. He also works as an
online, radio and TV journalist for CBC. Jon is a former vice-president of
the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia.
Lisa is a Partner with Uprise Consulting. She is a graduate of
Dalhousie University and has more than thirty years of experience working
within the areas of Training and Development, Management and Leadership
Coaching, Strategic Planning, Succession Planning and Talent Management.
As a former award winning national and international elite athlete and coach,
Lisa has been able to combine that insight and experience to drive performance
success within the business world. As a certified coach and graduate of
the Executive Leadership Training program with the University of Notre Dame,
she applies her varied experience in organizational and business strategy to
develop the leaders we need to support organizations who value their people
development and performance.
Chris is an assurance
principal with Grant Thornton's Halifax office with over 11 years of public
accounting experience. He is responsible for the provision of audit and
advisory services for a wide variety of the firm's clients, with emphasis on
not-for-profit organizations and pension plans.
Mara Vizzutti B.Ed,
Mara is a seasoned facilitator
and a certified executive coach. Originally from western Canada, Mara has been
working in the field of leadership development since 1996. For over 20 years,
she has been facilitating high caliber training to audiences of senior
executives, supervisors and front line employees in diverse industries. During
the course of her career, she has completed numerous training programs
including a Master’s degree in Organizational Development and Leadership.
Prior to her facilitation career, Mara enjoyed a successful career in sales and
management. Mara’s areas of expertise include: team building, leadership
development, transformational coaching and effective communication systems.
Mara works with organizations to improve engagement showing leaders how to
communicate effectively and successfully develop their future leaders.
She is committed to creating more collaborative, inspiring work environments
where people feel engaged. Her goal is to transform the process of business
communications and to facilitate collaboration and healthy relationships in the
Scott Weatherby, CPA, CA
Scott is the Chief Financial Officer and Corporate
Secretary of Newfoundland Capital Corporation Limited (TSX: NCC.A, NCC.B) which
operates Newcap Radio, one of Canada’s leading radio broadcasters with 95
licences across Canada, including the recent expansion into Toronto and
Vancouver as well as the local radio stations Q104 and Mix 96.5. He has
been with the Company for over 16 years and is responsible for public
reporting, corporate finance, treasury, corporate taxation and investor
relations. He is also a key member of the Company’s strategic M&A
team having been involved in numerous business acquisitions, divestitures
and a subsidiary's IPO. Prior to joining Newcap, Scott
spent ten years with Grant Thornton LLP, having various auditing and
advisory roles as well as spending three years in the Firm’s National Human
Resource Department with professional development, teaching and course