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Helping Canadian businesses beat the odds!

Josh Spurrell

Josh Spurrell

President

 Josh Spurrell, Mgmt, CPA, CA founded the firm in August 2011. Although, he began his business career as a construction contractor. Most accountants only experience running their own business after they complete a business degree and a professional accounting designation. Further, most accountants do not experience the challenges of running a non-accounting business. This allowed him to have the unique experience of being on “the other side of the accountant’s desk” and drives him to help other entrepreneurs.

Upon selling his business he attended Concordia University where he was the recipient of the Jimmy Condon athletic scholarship and the Concordia academic scholarship. In his final year at Concordia, he also led the winning team in the management simulation challenge of 4th-year business students and completed a management practicum with the City of Edmonton where he was charged with developing cost-effective environmental solutions for recreation facilities.

Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Management Josh has worked exclusively in public practice since 2008. He successfully wrote the Uniform Final Examination (UFE) into the Chartered Accountant profession in 2010, after passing each module of the Chartered Accountant School of Business program on the first attempt, in a compressed schedule. During his time in public practice, he has worked extensively with medical and construction professionals.

Josh is a Certified Advanced QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor and enjoys helping clients obtain reliable financial information through the implementation of modern accounting systems. He is also a firm believer that to maximize their chances of success, business owners should implement progressive tax strategies, formalize a business plan, and then put in place a system to analyze performance against that plan to ensure adjustments can be made before it’s too late!

Shadan Farasati

Shadan Farasati

Manager

My name is Shadan Farasati. I was born in Iran and moved to Canada in 1999, first settling in Vancouver and then relocating to Edmonton in 2011 alongside my husband. As you might imagine, moving to Canada was a challenge in its own, given the language and cultural barriers involved. That being said, after living in Canada for some 20 years now, I am also happy to call myself a proud Canadian. 

Moreover, I have a four-year-old daughter with whom, in addition to my husband, I spend the majority of my time outside of work.

I received my Bachelor of Technology in the field of Accounting in 2009 and later received my CGA designation in 2011. I have 12 years of experience in public practice, the majority of which has been spent in a managerial capacity within public practice, including both small practice and big accounting firms, e.g., (Grant Thornton & EY).

 Outside of work, I enjoy playing sports, in particular, squash and swimming. I am also a fervent fan of Pop music, including but not limited to, Persian, Spanish, and English variances. 

My career objective is sustained upon the principle of steady improvement in my line of work, such that I may and can become the best at what I do, in the process aiding my business firm to grow and succeed evermore. 

Lastly, I enjoy working at Spurrell and Associate because of the firm’s overall policy to provide unwavering help to small business owners, something to which Spurrell and Associate are passionately committed.

Denise Mitra

Denise Mitra

Senior Associate

My name is Denise Mitra.  I was born and raised in the west end of Edmonton where I still live with my husband and daughter.  Right after I finished high school, I started working as a receptionist in a medical office for a number of neurologists.  After many years there, I trained to become an EMT-A which I worked as for a couple of years.  I decided that being an EMT was not for me and found a job as an administrative assistant in a prominent tax law firm.   I worked as an assistant to 2 partners and various associates, provided payroll and payable services and worked as the office manager during my 12 years at that firm.  In 2008 my husband and I adopted our daughter and I took some time off to stay at home with her.  As my daughter got older, I did various jobs from my home and eventually found myself working with Josh at Spurrell & Associates in 2012.   Although I do not have any formal training in accounting, during my time at Spurrell & Associates, I have become a Certified Advanced QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor and I am proficient in preparing financial plans, business plans, yearends and providing outsourcing services for our corporate clients and preparing personal taxes. 

I originally started working with Josh at Spurrell & Associates because I was able to work from home and work around my daughter’s schedule.  I have enjoyed being a part of the growth of Spurrell & Associates and I have chosen to stay because I believe in our values.  One of the values is “continually learn, develop talent, and promote from within”.   Even though I don’t have the formal education in accounting, I have continued to learn through my time at Spurrell & Associates and have become a manager and work closely with two of our four teams.  I am looking forward to what the future holds for Spurrell & Associates and for me as an employee!

When I am not working at Spurrell & Associates, I love to be with my husband and my daughter.  We love to swim together, I enjoy reading and we enjoy being outside.  I also am an active member in my church and have held many leadership positions there.

Tyson Makowichuk

Tyson Makowichuk

Senior Associate

My name is Tyson Makowichuk and I grew up in the small hamlet of Evansburg, growing up in a small town has its advantages. From growing up with the same group of tight knit friends, to spending every waking moment playing sports, I enjoyed growing up in a small town. I still play hockey and volleyball in Edmonton, it my other spare time I enjoy, playing video games, hanging out with my dogs, and spending countless hours crushing my friends and family at board games. An interesting fact about me is most of my friends today I met in preschool when I was 4 years old.

After graduating I tried my hand at many different jobs; machinist, weed control specialist, order picker, and carpenter. After trying many different jobs that involved me working with my hands, I decided I wanted to get a college education and applied to N.A.I.T to start my Bachelor of Business Administration with a focus in accounting.

I graduated from N.A.I.T in 2016, while working the summer for the City of Edmonton Parks division I got married to my girlfriend of 7 years. After returning from our honeymoon to the Philippines in December 2016 I applied for a job at Spurrell & Associates and started January of 2017. What attracted me to Spurrell & Associates was the fact they were a small business themselves that has leveraged real world experience into helping other people pursue their dreams. I would like to continue to build on my small business knowledge and find a career that challenges me, and I am passionate about.

Yahweh Matuguinas

Yahweh Matuguinas

Associate

Hi! My name is Yahweh Matuguinas. I immigrated to Canada in 2010 when I was 17 years old. As any other immigrants, I had to adapt to new culture, new language, new people, etc. That being said, I knew I can count on something that will not change everywhere I go: numbers! I know its very stereotypical for an asian kid to love math, but what can I say? I cant walk away from something I love to do! This is how I discovered accounting. I was amazed on how numbers can tell a story of a business without elaborate paragraphs and complicated words that are not even in my vocabulary.

I went to MacEwan University to pursue my commerce degree. Coming from a third world country, I realize that I cant pass any opportunity and I have to work hard if i want to achieve my goals. I took any job I could get: fast food crew, sales associate, even door to door insurance sales. I worked 30 hours a week while maintaining my good standing at school. I have a pretty unique name. By the way, it means god (pretty cool, right?). This pushed me to aim higher and make sure I do my best to deserve my name.

I found out about Spurrell & Associates through my friend. She always talked about how happy she was to work at the firm and this encouraged me to apply for the job in 2016. Working with my Spurrell family is what makes me excited to come to the office everyday. They also gave me the opportunity to advance further in my career by helping me get to the CPA program. With hardwork and dedication, I dream of being a CPA in the future.

Besides the people I work with, the values we share at Spurrell are what keeps me working hard for the company. WE GET THINGS DONE! I am committed that everything we do will help our clients beat the odds

Cole Corcoran

Cole Corcoran

Associate

I’ve had a pretty interesting path to my career at Spurrell & Associates. I‘ve done everything from parts sales at an R.V dealership, to supervising up to 40 employees at a lawn care company. My mom, dad & brother all had/have careers in the insurance industry, so I am the first one in my immediate family to stray from that. In my spare time, I enjoy playing board games & video games with my friends/family. I love technology and building/upgrading computers. 

Something that is unique about me is that I have an identical twin brother.

I went to school at Grant Macewan University and graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting major in June on 2017. From there I decided I wasn’t quite ready to start my career, so I booked a month and a half trip to Thailand with my girlfriend, Olivia. Upon returning, I set out to find a job with a company that would not only help me satisfy my career objectives, but also allow me to what a love – help clients succeed. During my time at Spurrell & Associates, I plan on completing the CPA program, and becoming a CPA, and helping countless small businesses along the way. 

The thing that really made this firm appeal to me was all of their world-class workstations. Not only did the top of the line technology make it easier for me as an employee, it made it easier for us to connect with our clients, which means they have a better chance to #BEATTHEODDS. One of the most satisfying things about my job is being able to see our client’s drastic improvements, month over month, with the assistance of our team.

Laura Neville

Laura Neville

Associate

Welcome! My name is Laura Neville. I was born in Edmonton and have lived here my whole life. Most of my early career was spent in customer service roles. In 2008, I decided to get university education in the field of Law and graduated in 2009 with the Legal assistant certificate. Despite my hard work and enthusiasm in the law field, I was not hired in a law firm, but instead hired by a multimillion-dollar company into an accounting role.  I loved the work so much that I decided to pursue an accounting diploma at MacEwan University part-time (while I worked full time). In 2015, I graduated with the accounting diploma and shortly after was hired by Spurrell & Associates CPAs. I then continued my education block transferring into the 3rd year Bachelor of Commerce Accounting Major. I am currently on the 4th year of the program, which will be completed in 2020.

What a lot of people don’t know about me is that I spent 3 years working at a drop zone packing parachutes for first jump students and earned my solo skydiving ticket and obtained over 100 jumps with the highest being at 35,000 feet.  One of the most important things I learned was how to read the winds.

Right now, I am excited about entering into the CPA program. I am so excited I get my transcript updated with CPA regularly. It is not so much the credentials that excite me but the knowledge that comes with the accounting cases and the result of being able to help people.

I value family and here I feel apart of a family. I want to work here because I believe that people are smarter working together than working alone and the screens the firm has makes it easy to collaborate and be transparent.

Look forward to helping you!

Mae Ona

Mae Ona

Associate

My two years of retail customer experience and three years of leadership skills helped me achieve major milestones. This year, I received my Bachelor of Business Administration Degree at Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT). I was on the Dean’s honour role for two years and part of the accounting club. During my studies, I was able to gain tax experience by volunteering to do taxes for the NAIT students, as well as, develop my networking skills with students and other CPA members. Currently, I am enrolled in the CPA program as a CPA Candidate working to achieve my designation. Communicating with other CPA’s inspired me to follow their path and begin my journey towards my designation as well.

The one thing that makes me unique is my passion for what I do. This all began when I started my martial arts journey in 2010.Where I learned the meaning of passion through experiencing my first class and being surrounded by black belts. I was recently promoted to 3rd Dan Black Belt at my Taekwondo school. I use my passion to achieve amazing milestones, such as working hard to achieving my BBA degree, first and second Dan black belts and being able to communicate and inspire others to follow their passion by sharing my experiences with others. My passion for martial arts has resulted in my ability to go above and beyond to help clients. As a result, I plan to achieve my CPA designation to continually help clients gain more confidence in understanding their business by having them trust in their accountant. Achieving my CPA will create a stronger trust relationship with clients. In addition, by achieving my CPA, I am able to share my knowledge with clients, so they have a stronger understanding about their business to develop and succeed. CPA is more than a designation, it is becoming more for clients to provide the upmost valuable service for them.

Why did I join Spurrell and Associates? Because of the firm’s mission. Spurrell and Associates goes above and beyond to help clients “beat the odds”. Spurrell and Associates CPA is more than analyzing numbers, the firm strives to help clients by understanding their business and use solutions that is fitted to their needs. We help them through their hardship of their business by working with the clients through any means of communication. Spurrell and Associates has built an environment with their clients where they are in a panic and they come to us for help and we guide them to the best solution for their company.

Zac Button

Zac Button

Associate

I joined Spurrell & Associates CPA in April 2018, while enrolled in my final year at MacEwan University in the Bachelor of Commerce program. Since then, I have been able to obtain my B.Comm degree and continue my education by enrolling and starting the CPA program in May 2019. While working towards my degree and now my CPA designation, I have been able to keep my passion for playing sports alive, both at the competitive level and recreational for the last 15 years. I believe that being able to maintain an outside passion and continue my growth of knowledge, through the pursuit of becoming a CPA, has allowed me to continuously improve the services I am able to provide our clients. It has allowed me to push myself and others to achieve the goals, whether easy or hard, that have been set. I believe this strong want to help others achieve their goals has provided me with the ability to give a positive outlook for our clients and deliver over and above. In the short time being here at Spurrell & Associates I have been able to experience that there are more people like me that want to help our clients in any way possible.

Karen Samons

Karen Samons

Associate

Hi, my name is Karen Samons. My journey to working with Spurrell and Associates has been a long and winding road. Let me back up and share that with. I have always loved being around people my entire life. Running through the neighborhood yards with all the kids in the area was an everyday experience. Growing up on an acreage was hard sometimes for an extrovert like me.  I thrive with human connection. Going to the same school, Namao, for kindergarten to grade 9 with all the same kids could be limiting when you love meeting new people. Thanksfully I had tons of cousins to hang out with too. As a teenager, I loved babysitting. You could say I started working for myself quite young. Whenever our family was at a party or get together and there was a baby there, you’d find me holding her and playing with the other children too. I have always loved that human interaction no matter the age. I baby sat all the way through university. This passion of being with people led me to becoming a teacher. After completing a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta, I went on to teach several years as an early childhood teacher up to the junior high level. Wherever the school needed me, is where I taught. Through my teaching years, I met and married my husband, Trevor.

After having our first child, I knew I didn’t want to rush back to teaching and leave my son with someone else for childcare. I tried, but everyday it was hard. I wanted to be home with him and so the entrepreneurial journey twists continued. In the meantime, Trevor and I tried our hand at owning and operating a few traditional businesses, only to find out they weren’t exactly the right fit. Did we ever learn a lot.  Years later I opened a dayhome after having our second child. I ran the dayhome for 5 years and in that time had our third child. Here is where my journey gets even more twisty. Once I closed the dayhome when our youngest was 2 years old, I knew I just had to do more with my skills and with my time. What could I do from home that would allow me to be with my kids? It may be unusual, but I wanted to learn more especially about something I didn’t know much about. I’m unique that way. At 39 years old and having been done with formal education for nearly 20 years, I decided to go back to school to take some business courses. I enrolled at NAIT, primarily in the online course delivery programs. I am currently taking my last course to complete a marketing diploma in business administration. I have loved almost every course, as hard as it’s all been. In the middle of this round of secondary schooling, in 2018, my husband and I decided to start our own official business called Inspired Method Marketing, a digital marketing company. Soon after, we met Josh Spurrell by hiring him as our accountant for our new business. What we found was even more valuable, a like-minded person who also wanted to help businesses grow and stay in business. We quickly bonded together to create a new path, business coaching. Today we are working together to help businesses around the world beat the odds by staying in business and thriving.

Trevor Samons

Trevor Samons

Associate

My greatest accomplishment is being married to my lovely wife for over 20 years and having the privilege of co-creating three amazing children with her. They are my everything and the reason why I work so hard to help business owners grow their companies.

My very first job was delivering the Edmonton Sun newspaper as a teen. If you’ve never had the opportunity to deliver newspapers, I can tell you from experience that it is a great training ground for becoming an entrepreneur. The conditions are never perfect, you have to get up earlier than all of your friends, you have to work weekends and the most important lesson…you can’t do it alone. On more than one occasion, mom and dad had to provide emergency support when it was -25 and snowing.

I earned my diploma in sales and marketing in 1999 which fueled my passion for business. Together, Karen and I started several home-based businesses during our 20 years which taught us what it takes to build a successful business and more importantly, we learned from the many mistakes along the way.

As strange as it may sound, I achieved my Red Seal Electrician Journeyman certificate and held many supervisory positions, building many notable projects throughout Alberta. I was able to hone my skills as a leader, teacher, mentor and manager during my 13 years in the electrical trade.

My passion for helping small businesses to beat the odds really took root during the economic collapse of 2008-2009. Seeing so many businesses close, people losing jobs pushed me to learn how to take advantage of the online opportunities and leverage them to help businesses avoid unnecessary closure. Partnering with Josh from Spurrell and Associates was a natural transition from our digital agency, Inspired Method that we started in 2018.

I am a huge music fan and I enjoy singing and playing instruments. A goal when I reach my business goals is to sing and play cover tunes on the beach in Maui.

Until then, I am committed to helping Canadian businesses beat the odds of 50% failure by implementing proven business and marketing strategies. It is my firm belief that business failure is 90% preventable and our work with Spurrell and Associates for the next several years will help numerous businesses #BEATTHEODDS.

The reason I decided to join Spurrell and Associates is because our goals are aligned. Helping Canadian Businesses Beat The Odds isn’t just a slogan, it’s a mission with a purpose.

There is a human cost to business failure. Families lose jobs, homes and belongings. Marriages break up due to financial pressure, worst of all, people make the choice to end it all when businesses fail. If we can use our collective knowledge and expertise to help one more business beat the odds, then our mission is a success.

Don’t become a statistic, contact [email protected] to book a free consultation and learn how we can help you to #BEATTHEODDS.

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