Edmonton and St. Albert
Bernard is a business-minded accountant with almost two decades of experience in well-established accounting firms. He has served clients in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors, for organizations of all sizes. Working closely with owner-managed businesses, public companies (through the Board of Directors), and private companies with venture capital and private equity investors, Bernard is an expert in business and financial advisory. He has comprehensive knowledge of internal controls and long-term financial planning.
Bernard’s services have included audit, review and compilation engagements, valuation of businesses, outsourced accounts, and Controller and CFO roles, among many other services. He is an accomplished speaker, having presented courses, speeches, and seminars to various audiences, including professional development courses for CPA Alberta. He serves on the Board of Directors for several locally-based enterprises.
Maryna Kirsten has nearly two decades of experience in public accounting. She is a trusted resource for owner-managed businesses, and entrepreneurs. Maryna has provided accounting, tax, assurance, and business advisory services to private sector clients in the oil and gas, construction, and real estate industries, both locally, and overseas.
With experience as an online facilitator for CASB courses, Maryna helps others develop financial literacy skills they can put to use. She works on personalized level so her clients visualize the bigger picture of their financial success. As an excellent communicator, Maryna delivers strategic tax planning, stakeholder management, and risk management in clear and understandable terms.
(780) 434-1771 ext 2
Mary is a senior accountant with Oikonomos, bringing nearly 25 years of accounting experience to the team. Mary’s parents immigrated to Canada from Macedonia shortly before she was born. Mary lives in Edmonton with her husband Brian, and her two children, Emma and Evan.
Who is your greatest role model?
My parents. They taught me the value of hard work, loyalty, honesty, and family. My dad was successful in the food industry because he was a people-person, and I picked up on that while working for him as a teenager. It’s why I chose to stay in public practice in accounting, despite other great offers; my greatest motivator is helping people.
What is the greatest challenge you’ve faced?
Seven years ago, I was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer. I was given 2-3 years to live. I could have curled up in a corner, but I stayed positive through it, and seven years later, I’m still here, still receiving treatment. I live for my kids and my family.
Where would you go if you could vacation anywhere?
Anywhere in the world to experience new cultures with my kids. And of course, I always love to go back home to Macedonia.
When did you get your first car?
Right about when I started as an accountant in 1995. It was a red Pontiac Sunfire!
Why did you become an accountant?
I was always interested in accounting, right from high school. I got 100% in an accounting course, and so it seemed like a natural option for post-secondary. I really wanted to help people, and this was a way I could do that.
How can one person make a difference in the world?
Donate your time and volunteer, be kind with your words – especially with all the judgement going on in the world. Compassion means treating others how you want to be treated. It’s basic human being stuff, but it’s so important. I like the quote from The Five Agreements: “Be impeccable with your words.”