Michael, a Manager at Clearline CPA, primarily focuses on audit and assurance services specifically related to private for-profit companies and not-for-profit organizations. He received his Bachelor of Commerce degree in 2014 from the University of Calgary and was designated as a CPA in 2017.
Prior to working at Clearline, Michael worked in the audit and assurance group at a large international accounting firm in Vancouver and a small local accounting firm in Vancouver.
Outside of work, Michael enjoys playing sports, traveling, or spending time with friends and family.
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I grew up in Tsawwassen, and was born with an entrepreneurial spirit, as everyone in the family helped grow the two garden centers my grandparents started. At a young age, I noticed any questions or help my family had or needed, their first call was their Chartered Accountant, and it was that realization that made me want to become one.
I knew what I wanted to become but how to get there was a looming question. I settled on BCIT to complete my Bachelor of Technology in Accounting, a choice I will never regret. I became highly involved in the institute and spent my last year as the president of the Student Association, an invaluable experience!
After three years gaining experience in public practice at a mid-size firm, I joined Clearline CPA. Clearline quickly felt like family as they cultivated a culture that was much like my personality: open, intuitive and caring. Clearline also did an amazing job of helping me celebrate when I received my designation in 2018.
When I am not work you will most likely find me somewhere in the lower mainland with my beloved dogs. If not there, you could also try my kitchen where I spend time trying new recipes, or a dance studio learning ballroom.
Kathleen joined Clearline Chartered Professional Accountants in January of 2016 as a co-op student and was hired upon completing her term. Currently, she is now an Assistant Manager with Clearline and is involved mostly in review and audit engagements for for-profit and not-for-profit entities. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Kathleen was one of the successful CFE writers in 2020 and is excited to see herself grow in her role.
Kathleen was born in the Philippines; however, her family immigrated to Canada early in her childhood and grew up in Richmond. Her family has always been business-oriented, so accounting was a natural choice for her. She is motivated by her successful entrepreneurial grandparents who started their own businesses despite their unfavourable circumstances.
Outside of the office, Kathleen enjoys travelling to tropical places. You can find her laying by the beach basking in the sun or swimming in the ocean. Where is your favourite tropical destination?
I was born and raised in the Greater Vancouver area, and my first love is playing sports: from running, to golf, to rugby, to hockey… you name it, I’ll play it!
My love for sports helped me to earn a scholarship to play hockey at Lindenwood University, where I played defense for three years. I enjoyed travelling across the US to remote places I would never go, even if it was on a bus.
I also loved the challenge of keeping up with my studies while keeping up with a hectic athletic schedule. While completing my Bachelor’s, I took a keen interest in business, and went on to earn a Master’s in Business Administration. I also worked as a staff accountant at the university’s accounting office.
I got designated as a CA, CPA in 2015, and just before I joined Clearline, I was leading assurance engagements for not-for-profit organizations and small businesses at a mid-sized accounting firm in the Tri-cities area. I’m looking forward to sharing my assurance experience with Team Clearline and guiding our assurance students in their field work.
Outside of the office, you can find me still living the hockey dream playing men’s league (Beer league) at a local arena, there’s still a chance right?
Dave J. Block joined Clearline Chartered Professional Accountants in May 2010. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in 2008 from Trinity Western University. After graduation, Dave worked with a mid-sized CA firm for two and a half years where he gained experience working with small-business and corporate tax clients, as well as various not-for-profit organizations.
Outside of the CPA, CA world, Dave enjoys traveling, camping, riding motorcycles, and adventuring with his family and friends.
Tom, a Principal at Clearline CPA, primarily focuses on the provision of assurance (audit and review engagement) services to companies in sectors such as manufacturing, construction, real estate, wealth management and financial services. Tom is passionate about assurance services and the benefits that these processes can provide to the organizations he works with. Originally from Ontario, he obtained his accounting designation while articling as an auditor at a mid-sized firm in Ottawa working with both private enterprises and not-for-profit organizations. Subsequently, Tom moved to Bermuda where he joined an international accounting firm in their investments and banking audit department. While in Bermuda, his focus was in auditing investment funds, banking organizations, and related service companies.
Tom is also a co-founder of Clearline Consulting which provides file monitoring, professional development, assurance planning and on-going consulting services to CPA firms and practitioners, helping them succeed and build thriving practices.
Tom is the Treasurer for Vancouver Adaptive Snow Sports which runs skiing and snowboarding programs for persons with a disability at Grouse, Seymour and Cypress Mountains. Outside of the office, Tom enjoys golfing, skiing and traveling with his family and friends.
Shane primarily focuses on income tax planning, reorganizations, and succession planning for Canadian owner-managed businesses in various industries.
He received his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Northern BC and obtained his CA designation in 2003. Shane started his accounting career in 2000 by working for a large international accounting firm for approximately ten years in their Prince George, Calgary, and Burnaby offices. He then worked an additional five years for a mid-sized accounting firm located in Surrey, before opening his own accounting and tax practice in Surrey which operated for four years. Now as Clearline CPA’s Tax Principal, Shane will be leading the further development of our in-depth tax department.
Outside of the office, he enjoys spending time with his wife, daughters, and Beagles.
Jeff is a principal in the Private Enterprise Group and focuses his expertise on providing accounting and tax advice to business owners, professionals and private companies. Jeff graduated from Trinity Western University and earned his Chartered Accountant designation in 2006. Jeff was one of the founding partners of Clearline, which started in 2009.
When not in the office, Jeff spends as much time outdoors as possible with his family and friends.
Bridget, a Principal at Clearline CPA, primarily focuses on the provision of assurance (audit and review engagement) services to not-for-profit organizations. Bridget is passionate about education and helping the organizations members, committees, directors and/or board members in the understanding of all matters related to the accounting and auditing processes. Bridget was with a mid-size firm in Vancouver for 12 years working with both public, private and not-for-profit organizations as a senior manager in the accounting and auditing department.
Bridget is also a co-founder of Clearline Consulting which provides file monitoring, professional development, assurance planning and on-going consulting services to CPA firms and practitioners, helping them succeed and build thriving practices.
Outside of the office, Bridget enjoy traveling and spending time with her family and friends.
Bilal, a Principal at Clearline Chartered Professional Accountants, primarily focuses on income tax and succession planning for Canadian owner-managed businesses in various industries. Bilal received his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Victoria and obtained his CA designation in 2005.
Prior to Clearline, he worked in the tax group of a large international accounting firm in Vancouver and a mid-sized accounting firm located in the Fraser Valley.
Outside of the office, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. He enjoys outdoor activities such as golf and spending time with his family and friends.
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Grishma joined Clearline in October 2019, after working for seven years as an accounting assistant in a small accounting firm. She holds a Bachelor of Business Studies degree from the University in Nepal where she grew up. Currently, she is enrolled in Post Degree Diploma in Accounting at Douglas College.
Outside of the office, Grishma loves dancing and participating in cultural dance programs. She also enjoys watching movies and spending outdoor in the summer with family and friends.
Jason was born in Korea, moved to Canada in 2007 and joined Clearline in October of 2019.
In 2013, Jason attended UBC, majoring in Asian Area Studies with a minor in International Relations. After developing a passion for business, Jason earned his Diploma in Accounting in 2020.
In his free time, Jason can be found writing songs and hanging out with friends.
Baljit Duhra-Johal joined Clearline Professional Accountants as a Senior Manager in October 2011. She has over 20 years of public practice experience with a focus on and a passion for serving Canadian owner-managed businesses. She provides all aspects of accounting and tax services to her clients. She has extensive experience in a variety of industries ranging from construction to incorporated professionals to investment holding companies. Her emphasis has always been on ensuring that a client’s needs are being met.
When Baljit is not in the office, you can find her driving her two sons from one activity to the next.
Born in Poland, and raised in Surrey. Kasia joined Clearline Chartered Professional Accountants, in 2017, as an office administrator.
Prior to her position with Clearline, she worked as a legal administrative receptionist/assistant for a personal injury law firm.
She has 9 years of office/administration experience, providing excellent support to Partners and Managers.
Kasia has proven to be indispensable in managing schedules and resources while innovating successful projects to improve office support.
When Kasia is not in the office, she is exploring the outdoors with her family and their little Yorkie, Julio.
Arwen joined Clearline Chartered Professional Accountants in January 2016 as the Operations Manager while Rachel was on maternity leave. After completing the Diploma in Accounting Program at UBC, she became part of Clearline’s accounting team. Arwen grew up on the North Shore, attended Queen’s University in Ontario and graduated with an honours degree in Political Science and History. She then moved to Banff, Alberta for the hiking and snowboarding, and worked with Parks Canada for four years. Upon returning to Vancouver, Arwen worked with an international recruiting firm before joining Clearline CPA. Outside of work, she enjoys travelling, fly-fishing, and camping.
Prakriti joined Clearline Chartered Professional Accountants in January 2019 as an Associate.
She obtained her Bachelor’s of Commerce Degree from Australian Catholic University in 2015 and soon after moved to Canada.
Prakriti has lived in 3 countries and 5 different cities before moving to the Lower Mainland.
She is currently working towards her CPA designation and looking forward to writing her CFE in September 2021.
During her free time, she enjoys dancing, reading, and trying new recipes in the kitchen.
Shehzel was raised in Surrey and obtained her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Business was a natural choice for Shehzel, as her whole family is business-oriented, and includes numerous accountants.
She started her career at Clearline Chartered Professional Accountants as a co-op student in 2016. She successfully wrote the CPA Common Final Exam in 2018 and has progressed her way to Tax Specialist. Shehzel has honed in on her specialty in tax by being enrolled in the CPA In-Depth Tax Program.
In her free time, Shehzel enjoys cooking and trying new recipes. She plans to travel Europe in the coming years.
AJ has had a keen business mind from a very early age. At age 10, he streamlined his paper route by establishing a business model and contracting out work to the other neighborhood kids. Later, in his early 20’s he started his own company. With such an early interest in business, it is no surprise AJ is currently pursuing his CPA designation. Born in Richmond, AJ obtained his undergraduate degree in Life Sciences at the University of British Columbia and his Diploma of Accounting at the Sauder School of Business. His work experience includes extensive customer service in the insurance and banking industries. Currently an Associate with Clearline CPA, AJ appreciates the attitude cultivated within the company. His primary focus at the moment is obtaining his designation and further developing as a professional. In his free time, AJ enjoys watching and playing basketball, hiking, reading and spending time with his niece and nephew.
Dan joined Clearline Chartered Professional Accountants in 2010 and obtained his CPA in 2014. He graduated from Trinity Western University with a Bachelor of Business Administration and served as President of the Student Business Association. Dan works out of Clearline’s downtown office where he provides assurance, taxation, and other professional services to public and private clients with operations in North and South America. Dan has experience with clients operating in a variety of industries including mineral property exploration, construction, real estate, hospitality, unions, and charities.
Viet has lived in Vancouver for most of his life, except for four years spent in Toronto to attend Ryerson University earning an undergraduate degree in Graphic Communications Management. The laid-back west coast lifestyle and family ties drew him back to Vancouver after graduation.
Prior to working at Clearline, he held roles as an estimator, production coordinator, and systems administrator at a small manufacturing company. While working full-time, he attended Langara College part-time to study accounting.
Immediately after successfully completing the CFE exam, Viet joined Clearline as a Staff Accountant in September 2017. Viet is now a Senior Accountant with Clearline and is involved in compilation and personal tax engagements. Viet enjoys training new team members and passing along his knowledge.
Outside the office, his young family keeps him very busy. In between soccer practices and bed time routines, you can find him at the gym, playing hockey or reading a book.
Simran joined Clearline CPA in May 2018 as a co-op student and was hired upon completing her Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Currently, Simran’s main focus is to obtain her CPA designation.
Since joining Clearline, Simran has gained an invaluable amount of knowledge and experience. She is able to apply this in her schoolwork as well as her everyday life. She is excited to continue her journey and grow with the company.
Outside of work, Simran is an avid traveler. She has crossed Italy, France, Germany and Spain off her bucket list, but hopes to explore more. She also enjoys reading a good book and spending time with family and friends.
Kris was born and grew up in the Lower Mainland.
She joined Clearline in 2018 through the acquisition of Santos & Co, where she worked for nearly 29 years as an Executive Assistant.
When Kris is not in the office, she loves reading and exploring the outdoors in the RV with her husband and their dog.
I grew up in Prince George, but I always knew I would move to the big city.
I did so at the age of 19 and studied Psychology at the University of British Columbia. After a few years working in the not-for-profit industry, getting married and having a family, I decided to return to school to pursue a career in accounting. I graduated with honours in 2019 with a BBA.
I started my journey with Clearline in September 2018 as a co-op student and I look forward to completing my CPA designation in early 2022.
When I’m not in the office I love to spend time hiking and snowshoeing with my husband and kids, or listening to audiobooks while I go for a run on the boardwalk in New West.
Born and raised in Surrey, Deepeka obtained her Bachelor of Technology in Accounting from BCIT in 2015. Prior to joining Clearline Chartered Professional Accountants, she worked as a bookkeeper for two small businesses and later became a junior accountant for a larger organization.
Knowing there was a lot more she wanted to learn, she decided to pursue public practice – which lead her to join Clearline in April 2017. Deepeka was one of Clearline’s successful CFE writers in 2018 and obtained her CPA designation in 2020. Currently, Deepeka is a Senior in the compilation world and is excited to see herself grow in her role.
Outside of the office, Deepeka tries spending as much time as possible outdoors, whether it be hiking, snowboarding, or just being a complete foodie.
Christina joined Clearline CPA in September 2018, freshly graduated from Kwantlen Polytechnic University with her Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting. Currently, she is in the process of completing her CPA designation and hopes to write the final examination in September 2021.
Christina’s passion for accounting did not sprout at a young age nor did she inherit it from her ancestors. She began to gain interest in the subject during her second year of post-secondary when her courses became more specific to the field.
Outside the office, Christina enjoys indulging in a delicious meal, exploring the beautiful outdoors and capturing the moment.
Alex Dundas, Senior Accountant at Clearline CPA, made his first step into business at age 14 when he started a small business protecting elm trees in Winnipeg from Dutch Elm Disease. Through community building and public outreach, Alex protected thousands of trees in Winnipeg’s urban forest. Leading this annual campaign, Alex saw the value of creating positive social and environmental impact through entrepreneurship.
Today, Alex primarily focuses on assurance services (audit and review engagements) and helping Clearline’s clients navigate technology change. Alex specializes in auditing, designing and implementing industry-leading cloud accounting systems that optimize precious time and resources. Through customized design, planning, analysis and instruction, Alex leverages his passion for change management to help Clearline’s clients adopt new technology and facilitate innovation.
Outside of the office, Alex plays Ultimate Frisbee, competes in triathlons and plans adventures into the wilderness whenever he can.
Gurbir joined the Clearline Chartered Professional Accountants team in January 2015. Born the eldest of three siblings and raised in Surrey, Gurbir was a hard-working student athlete growing up. After finishing high school, Gurbir decided to enroll at BCIT where he completed a Diploma in Technology and subsequently completed his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree.
Gurbir wrote and passed the CFE in September 2017 and received his designation in 2018. Currently, Gurbir is enrolled in the CPA In-Depth Tax Course, which he is expected to complete in 2021. Gurbir’s primary focus at Clearline is tax, which he uses to assist private enterprise clients.
Beyond his career, Gurbir is an avid traveler, having visited a good portion of Europe, South America and the USA. When Gurbir is not working, which is rare, you can find him playing sports or hanging out with friends and family.
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Now I am a CPA and mom and dad are so proud! But it was not always so, my youth was misspent earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts at York University in Toronto. My efforts were focused on revitalizing the theatre and, so I thought, improving mankind through art. That phase, known as the “arts years”, ended when I met Joanne Betzler on the best day of my life and started the “garden years”. For the next decade or so I worked with my mentor, John Zaplatynsky, at GardenWorks, where I learned how to run a business.
I left GardenWorks in 2001 to begin the “CPA years” and went off to work for Staley, Okada and partners, the prestigious chartered accountant firm that taught me my profession. I got to work with some of the finest professionals in the industry in Canada and was privileged to do so. It was not always great though, because there I met Jeff Block, my business partner.
It’s hard to imagine just how important your children can be and I am privileged to have the best four, all of whom have found marvellous partners and in one case have given Joanne and I two amazing grandchildren.
As a CPA I primarily focus on relieving my clients’ stress by helping to build a plan and implement a strategy that allows my client to focus on the things that matter most to them, like raising children almost as great as mine.
John graduated from the University of Montana’s School of Business in 1972. He obtained his CPA (US) designation in 1980 and his CA designation in 1983. He spent more than 11 years with the international firm of PriceWaterhouse (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers), in three different countries before establishing his own firm in 1989.
Rachel joined the Clearline Chartered Professional Accountants team in 2010 as a staff accountant. She received her Bachelor of Arts from UBC in 2007. Rachel joined Clearline because of the opportunity to work with a great, knowledgeable, dynamic team environment. She brings her outstanding organizational skills, creativity, and enthusiasm to the office. Rachel loves being outdoors and in her free time can be found at the park playing grass or beach volleyball till sun down.
Cindy Ieong joined Clearline Chartered Professional Accountants in February 2018. She currently leads Clearline’s CFO services for public companies. After getting a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia, she worked at a mid-sized CA firm in Vancouver where she provided assurance related services to a diverse portfolio of public clients. Outside of public practice, Cindy has started her own business and has worked in a municipal government. In her spare time, she avoids numbers. Cindy enjoys traveling and eating.
Priya Padmanabhan joined Clearline Chartered Professional Accountants in November 2012 and works out of the Surrey office. She obtained her CGA designation in 2009 and worked with a large accounting firm for four years where she gained extensive experience working with owner-managed companies. When work and family life permit, she enjoys reading and travelling.
Amber joined Clearline CPA in March 2016 shortly after completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting at Douglas College. Prior to working at Clearline Chartered Professional Accountants, she worked as a bookkeeper for a small business and volunteered for the CRA to complete personal income tax returns.
In December 2018, Amber was successful in passing the CPA common final exam and is looking forward to getting her letters in 2019. Amber grew up in Coquitlam and is technically the middle child of three, however, her older sibling is only older by 15 minutes. Outside of the office, you can find Amber hanging out with her friends, family or her beloved cat, Oliver. She also enjoys cooking and baking, and is often trying new recipes.
Reese, a Senior Accountant for the Firm, joined Clearline CPA in the fall of 2015 and primarily focuses on the provision of assurance and tax services to owner managed businesses and not-for-profit entities. When he isn’t working with clients or mentoring junior staff you can find him volunteering in local co-operative associations or hiking the coastal mountains.
Viktoriya joined the Clearline team after providing audit and assurance services for private and public companies with large international accounting firms in Canada and the UK. Most recently, she focused on helping clients grow their businesses and take care of their accounting and tax needs in Calgary, Alberta. After moving back to her home in Vancouver, she was excited to join the team at Clearline where the firm’s services and approach align so well with her long-term goals. She is passionate about ensuring that insightful and accurate tax planning opportunities are in place in order to minimize immediate and future tax liabilities. She is also a strong believer in enabling and working together with teams. Viktoriya will lead some of Clearline’s audit and CFO services for public companies. Originally from Kazakhstan, Viktoriya loves learning about culture through food. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, who she took on 19 plane rides before the age of one.
Born and raised in the Toronto area, to a father in finance and a mother in the airline industry, I developed a keen appreciation for both business and traveling from a young age. The first accounting course I ever took was in high school, and although it was only learning the basics, I was immediately hooked!
I attended Bishops University, just outside of Sherbrooke, QC, where I completed my B.B.A with a double major in Accounting and Economics. Upon finishing university, I returned home and started working for small public accounting firm in Oakville, ON. Over the following two years, the time I spent working for that firm really laid the ground work for my decision, and inspired me to pursue my CGA designation.
While having been born and raised in the Toronto area, the west coast always felt like a second home. Skiing has always been one of my biggest passions, and having had many ski vacations as a child from Whistler to Banff, and everywhere in between, the opportunity to move out west was one I could not pass up.
After spending four years in Kelowna, BC, and obtaining my CGA designation in May 2014, I made the move to Vancouver. Over the past 4 years I have been focusing on leading audit and assurance engagements in both the not-for-profit and private sectors.
Outside of the office you can find me skiing, hiking, playing soccer and travelling!
Richard, a Senior Manager at Clearline CPA, provides assurance (audit and review engagements) and business advisory services to businesses across a broad range of industries. He helps his clients, as well as his staff, define and achieve success through a deep understanding of their goals, gained through a relationship based on collaboration, trust, and integrity.
Before joining Clearline, Richard provided assurance and accounting services to public and private organizations since 2007, while at large and mid-sized public accounting firms both in Vancouver and Toronto.
Outside of the office, Richard enjoys playing tennis, hiking, biking and spending time with his family and friends.
I grew up in China and took a big leap by leaving home and coming to Canada on my own to study Business Administration with a specialization in Accounting. After graduation, I focused on the path to becoming an accountant and obtained my CPA, CGA designation.
I joined Clearline in August 2017. While I am fairly new to Clearline, I am no stranger to public accounting having worked for several years as a staff accountant in another public accounting firm. My role at Clearline is to provide guidance, direction, and clarity to the ever-growing, ever-expanding bookkeeping team. I enjoy training and helping new students learn the ropes of working in a professional environment. It makes me proud to know that these students will use the skills they learn with me to become better accountants.
I also love helping clients organize their business activities and interacting with them on a regular basis. Why? It’s very satisfying coming up with a solution for client challenges!
Outside of the office, you will find me at authentic spicy food restaurants. You will know it is me if you hear someone say: “Give me the spiciest item on your menu!”
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