Five in five

Everyone at Baker Tilly Canada is committed to influencing tomorrow for our clients, our profession and our community, an objective that shapes our lives inside and outside the office. Get better acquainted with the experts behind this mission, and what drives them to excel. From their outlook on the industry to their passions to the wise words that inspired their professional development, the Five in five series gets to the heart of each expert’s story – in just five minutes.

Mary Massarella

“We are blessed to work in a profession that adapts fluidly to change while maintaining very high standards. I think our value proposition will only continue to grow in the future.”

Rock Lapalme

“As a profession, accounting and how accountants work will benefit profoundly from the trend toward greater automation and artificial intelligence applications.”

Terri Holowath

“I find it ironic how our profession often has a reputation for attracting those who are averse to change, when in reality we deal with it every day and in so many ways.”

Tammy Carlin

“The best advice I ever received did not come through words. It came by observing my longtime mentor in action. Following his lead, I prioritize respect, trust, care and empathy in serving clients and mentoring staff.”

Colin Duignam

“The breadth of knowledge and experience within our network is incredible. It’s inspiring and exciting to be part of an industry-leading collective.”

Bud Arnold

“Ultimately, focusing our efforts on what we do best enables us to help businesses and people grow.”

Kevin Shaw

“I feel privileged to be able to share my knowledge and the collective expertise of our team to help our clients realize their aspirations and objectives. That’s what really gets me out of bed each morning.”

Jarred Cohen

“I enjoy learning about clients’ and colleagues’ paths and how they achieved their success – discussing business trends, challenges they’ve encountered and where they see themselves in the future.”

Greg Sylvestre

“I’m inspired by clients who see opportunities and are willing to pursue them, with a clear sense of what can be achieved.”

Curtis van Son

“The benefit of the public practice world is that your career will take you wherever you are suited to be, which tends to be where your passions and interests lie.”

Scott Dupuis

“I enjoy seeing other members of our team grow… it’s a kind of mutual satisfaction, seeing our firm grow and our people grow.”

Denise Jones

“The pandemic has only highlighted what we can do with technology and collaboration.”

Mike McIsaac

“We believe in continual education and improvement of our processes. This ensures we are prepared to deliver the best results for our clients every time.”

Deepak Upadhyaya

“In all my work, I apply cross-functional knowledge from a technology, business and risk point of view.”

Janet Currie

“Accountants are human and we will make mistakes. It’s how we handle the mistakes that counts.”

John Oakey

"It is impossible to keep up to date on everything. That is why it’s extremely important to develop… a solid network of skilled, knowledgeable tax professionals."

Thomas Blonde

"Every firm in the network has complete autonomy. This includes decisions related to choosing clients, hiring employees and the size of each practice."

Chris Button

"With hundreds of partners and thousands of team members, Baker Tilly Canada has all the experience a client could ask for."

Rosa Maria Iuliano

"I am very much a people person. I like helping people… and I like the technical aspect of what we do."

Kenton Strachan

"My role allows me to participate in and influence every facet of the organization, which is an amazing opportunity."