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 in 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 entreprenuers.
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!
Manager – Shadan Farasati, BTech, CPA, CGA received her bachelor of Technology in the accounting field in 2009 from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. While pursuing her degree, she also worked as an accountant in two computer software companies until she obtained a position in public practice in 2007. Since then, she has accumulated 10 years of public practice experience. In 2011, Shadan completed her CGA designation and has worked in a managerial capacity within public practice accounting, including experience in a small practice and a big four firm.
Shadan wishes to work in accounting as she believes there is so much to learn from business owners, the knowledge of which can in turn allow her to be of service to her clients. She joined Spurrell & Associates in October 2016. She thoroughly enjoys employment at Spurrell, precisely because the firm is underpinned by an environment of professionalism, which includes honesty, transparency and accountability. Shadan enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter and have recently started attending ballet classes.
Senior Associate – Vinu George, BBA graduated with a four-year Bachelor of Business Administration degree from NAIT. During his time at NAIT, he set a record for most number of clubs joined by a single person. When asked why he joined so many clubs, he states: “each of these clubs have executives that go above and beyond to teach new members about the great opportunities available to better themselves in different aspects of life”. He joined Spurrell & Associates as a junior associate in January 2017 and works both on the internal accounting and administration of the firm and external projects. About his position so far, he states: “it’s great working in the position that I am in since each day I am learning about opportunities that business owners can utilize to save money.” He is currently in his second module of the CPA professional education program.
Senior Associate – Denise Mitra joined Spurrell & Associates in March 2012 to assist with the administration aspect of the practice while being able to work from home. Denise has over 25 years of experience in administration in a medical office and a prominent tax law office. During her time at Spurrell & Associates, Denise has become a Certified Advanced QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor and is proficient in preparing corporate yearends, preparing personal taxes and supplying outsourcing services for our clients. In her spare time, Denise enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter and she is an active member in her church.
Associate – Ibtesam (Sam) Khan, B.Comm joined the team in January 2017 and obtained his Bachelor of Commerce shortly after from the University of Alberta. He is currently working towards obtaining his CPA designation. While not at the office, Sam enjoys exploring the outdoors and spending time with family. He is excited to be a part of the Spurrell and Associates team and looks forward to helping clients achieve their professional goals.
Senior Associate – Terri Dotzenroth joined the firm in November 2013. Terri is a Certified Advanced QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor. Terri brings with her over 15 years experience in health and pension benefit administration including plan implementation, data systems development and project administration.
Terri has always had strong attention to detail, and had an interest in helping people achieve their goals. Working at Spurrell & Associates has brought those together, where she enjoys supporting our clients and the team. Terri believes that continuing personal development and education is important. Working at Spurrell & Associates has opened the opportunity for Terri to work from home, while raising her three children. In addition to her active family, she has found the time to become a certified yoga instructor, certified life coach, along with a health and fitness coach. Terri continues to expand her interests, and is often found reading and participating in additional training and programs.
Associate – Tyson Makowichuk, BBA joined the firm in January 2017, he has a 4-year Bachelors of Business Administration with a major in accounting degree from N.A.I.T and is currently pursuing his CPA designation. His previous work experience consisted of working for the City of Edmonton, parks division, he worked downtown cleaning and maintaining various parks including city hall and Churchill square. Accounting was his first choice in school because he enjoys working as a team toward a common goal, and helping individuals and businesses manage and create wealth. He chose Spurrell & Associates because it is a small firm where you are working closely with your co-workers, and give financial advice in all aspects of the business cycle. In his spare time, he enjoys playing sports specifically hockey, and volleyball which currently plays in rec leagues for both. He also enjoys playing video games, and board games with friends.
Yahweh Matuguinas, B.Comm joined the firm in July 2016. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce with an accounting major and a diploma in Accounting and Strategic Measurement from Grant MacEwan University. He was a recipient of the Jason Lang Scholarship and a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. Before joining the team, Yahweh was a Logistics Manager and a bookkeeper. He believes that Spurrell & Associates’ ability to adapt to the changing technologies and its ability to inspire clients through meaningful advice is what made him join the team. In his free time, Yahweh likes to sing karaoke with his friends and family and loves cooking and learning new recipes.
Associate – Eryn Dearden, BA joined the firm in March 2017. In 2015, she received her four-year degree with distinction in English & Film Studies from the University of Alberta, and in 2017, she received her one-year diploma with honours in Computerized Payroll Accounting from the Academy of Learning. With all this knowledge and nearly a decade of customer service and retail management under her belt, she was determined to forge a path into the professional world and build the life she had always wanted.
A well-rounded team member with passions for words, numbers, computers, and visual media, Eryn is eager to learn more about the world of accounting every day and wants to help clients manage their needs effectively and creatively. She is especially excited about accounting’s future in the digital world, and is an advocate for web applications and cloud-based solutions. In her spare time, she creates online video, watches anime and movies, plays rhythm games, and answers to her cat’s every whim and desire.
Associate – Tony Duong joined the firm June 2017. Tony graduated with a Business Administration – Accounting Diploma at NAIT and planned to advance his career by pursuing his BBA. Tony enjoys working for Spurrell & Associates as he gets to learn about all areas of accounting from the CPAs as well as taking on different challenges regarding the internal projects of the firm. Tony enjoys travelling the world as well as spending time with his family in his spare time.