Mike is our Canadian and international tax expert and has a background in tax compliance and planning. Mike has worked with a variety of clients ranging from privately owned small business to large publicly traded companies across a wide range of industries. He specializes in the taxation of private companies, corporate restructuring, international tax and estate planning.
Mike obtained his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta and has worked for nearly a decade with KPMG LLP (an international accounting firm), spending time in their private company audit group as well as their tax group. Mike is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), qualifying as a Chartered Accountant (CA), and is currently in the process of obtaining the Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP) designation.
Mike has completed Parts I, II and III of CPA Canada’s In-Depth Tax course. Mike has lectured at the Canadian Petroleum Tax Society’s Taxation of Canadian Oil and Gas Companies course.
Ronnie provides Kent Accounting & Tax with a wealth of accounting and advisory experience across multiple industries.
Spending much of his professional career at a large firm, Ronnie was able to assist many of Canada’s premiere companies in taking their next step. It was then he realized that the potential of a thriving economy remains largely unserviced, namely startups and small-to-medium sized businesses. His belief is that by providing “Big Company” expertise and services at the grass roots level, Kent Accounting & Tax can help growing businesses realize their full potential.
Ronnie holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Alberta. Ronnie is also a Chartered Business Valuator, and a Chartered Accountant.
Kent is an enthusiastic, real-world oriented, Chartered Professional Accountant with extensive experience operating successful businesses in Alberta.
He started his first business, flooring installation company, at the young age of 19. After receiving a Bachelor of Commerce, with Distinction, from the University of Alberta, Kent realized that accounting is the language of business and enrolled in the Chartered Accounting School of Business where he obtained a Chartered Accountant designation.
Kent worked in medium to large accounting firms for nearly 7 years where he prepared countless tax returns and learned the myriad of rules and requirements of the CRA. Kent’s focus was privately held companies across Alberta where he assisted owners in finding optimal tax planning and ensuring all the necessary paperwork was filed with the federal and provincial tax authorities.
Wanting a new challenge, Kent left public accounting and became the Corporate Controller for an engineering firm with over 1,800 employees. As a member of the executive management team, Kent spent the next three years trying to navigate the turbulent economic waters of Alberta (2011-2013) and grow the company as it rebuilt from the retraction that occurred in 2008/09. During his time there, revenues grew 125% and profits grew exponentially. Kent learned many key aspects of what it takes to succeed in today’s world and how to properly structure teams, locations and when/how to make tough decisions. Thanks to the hard work of many people, the company was sold in 2014 for an exceptional sum.
Having learned a great deal of how to structure a company, how to grow revenues, how to find the staff to do the work, and finally how to sell a profitable business, Kent started his own practice in 2014. He now helps small business in Alberta utilize some of the key tactics larger companies employ in reaching success.
Kent spends most of his time taking care of bookkeeping and tax filings while assisting small business owners make the key decisions necessary to ensure their companies grow and thrive.
Volunteering and being an active member in the community is very important to Kent and he is a part of various annual community based initiatives meant to help those less advantaged. On a personal note, Kent enjoys squash, cycling, triathlons, fishing and spending time with his growing family.