Calgary's Best
Kept Secret

With over 40 years of experience in accounting, tax, and business advisory, Catalyst is dedicated to helping private businesses across Southern Alberta succeed. We understand that it takes hard work to build a thriving business and with our support you create the time you need to focus on your priorities, like managing and growing your business.

As trusted advisors, we provide individualized support to everyone who walks through our doors. Discover Calgary’s best kept secret and build your business with the very best financial team!

Allinial Global

Allinial Global is a recognized association of accounting and consulting firms providing global knowledge sharing. This partnership enhances our client services by giving us the knowledge and expertise of an international firm, but the personal approach you expect from a local, independent firm. It is our strong recommendation that you consider this ability when selecting your accounting and advisory firm.

Our Partners

Our Team

meet our team of professionals

  • Megan Brett, Senior Manager

    Megan Brett

    Senior Manager

    Assurance & Accounting

    Megan Brett, Senior Manager

    Megan Brett, CPA, CA

    Senior Manager

    Assurance & Accounting

    Megan has been with Catalyst since 2009 and is a part of our Assurance & Accounting group. Her client service focus includes tax compliance, financial reporting, and business consulting with specialized industry experience in Professional Corporations, including doctors and lawyers, and Not-for-Profit Organizations and PSAB. Megan is a member of the Catalyst Standards and Quality Control Committee, and Training Committee.

    Megan received her Bachelor's degree in Commerce specializing in Accounting in 2009 and received her CA designation in 2013 through the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. Megan is currently enrolled in the Emerging Leaders Academy at Upstream Academy and expects to graduate in May 2019. Currently, Megan is Treasurer for Between Friends and the Business and Professional Women's Club of Calgary. She also actively volunteers with Parkinson's Alberta and Between Friends throughout the year.

    Service Expertise

    • Financial reporting
    • Tax compliance
    • Business consulting

    Industry Expertise

    • Professional corporations
    • Not-for-profit organizations
    • PSAB

    Contact

    403-767-1529

    meganb@thecatalystgroup.ca

  • Jeff Jobson, Senior Manager

    Jeff Jobson

    Senior Manager

    Assurance & Accounting

    Jeff Jobson, Senior Manager

    Jeff Jobson, CPA, CA

    Senior Manager

    Assurance & Accounting

    Jeff has been with Catalyst since 2012 and is a Senior Manager in our Assurance & Accounting Services group. His client service focus includes tax compliance, assurance including audit and review, business consulting and financial reporting with specialized industry experience in Agriculture, Engineering, Construction and Professional Services.

    Jeff received his Bachelor's degree in Science and Bachelor's degree in Commerce from the University of Calgary. He was a linesman in the Western Hockey League from 2002 to 2012 which included assignments to the World Junior Championship in 2008 and 2010, as well as the 2010 Memorial Cup. Jeff is currently the Treasurer of the MS Society of Canada - Calgary Chapter since 2014.

    Service Expertise

    • Financial reporting
    • Assurance (audit and review)
    • Business consulting
    • Tax compliance

    Industry Expertise

    • Agriculture
    • Engineering
    • Construction
    • Professional services

    Contact

    403-750-5484

    jeffj@thecatalystgroup.ca

  • Lei Zuo, Tax Manager

    Lei Zuo

    Tax Manager

    Taxation Advisory

    Lei Zuo, Tax Manager

    Lei Zuo, CPA, CA, CGA

    Tax Manager

    Taxation Advisory

    Lei has been with Catalyst since 2012 as a Manager with our Taxation Advisory group. Her client service focus includes taxation of individuals and private corporations, specifically in the areas of mergers and acquisitions and corporate reorganizations.

    Lei obtained her CGA designation in 2007 and her CA designation in 2012. She has completed 3 years in the in-depth tax program in 2015.

    Service Expertise

    • Mergers and acquisitions
    • Corporate reorganizations

    Contact

    403-767-1514

    leiz@thecatalystgroup.ca

  • Katya Loree, Manager

    Katya Loree

    Manager

    Assurance & Accounting

    Katya Loree, Manager

    Katya Loree,

    Manager

    Assurance & Accounting

    Katya has been with Catalyst since 2008 and is a part of our Assurance & Accounting Services group. Her client services focus includes tax compliance and financial reporting with specialized industry experience in agriculture, agriculture support services, and investment portfolios.

    Katya received her Bachelor of Arts (Honors) degree in French and German Language from the University of Alberta. She received her University Certificate in Accounting from Athabasca University and is currently studying to enter the CPA program.

    Service Expertise

    • Financial reporting
    • Tax compliance

    Industry Expertise

    • Agriculture
    • Investment portfolios

    Contact

    403-767-1523

    katyal@thecatalystgroup.ca

  • Curtis Van Son, Manager

    Curtis Van Son

    Manager

    Assurance & Accounting

    Curtis Van Son, Manager

    Curtis Van Son, CPA, CA

    Manager

    Assurance & Accounting

    Curtis has been with Catalyst since 2014 and is a part of our assurance and accounting services group. His client services focus includes tax compliance, business consulting and financial reporting with specialized industry experience in Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Professional services. Moreover, his duties with the firm extend to being a member of the firms standards committee with a focus on accounting standards for private enterprise as well as a trainer with the firms new hire program. Prior to his time with Catalyst Curtis worked in a similar capacity with a firm in Edmonton where he successfully passed the Uniform Final Exam in 2012. In his spare time, he involved with the Calgary Sports and Social Club and coaches senior high school boys in basketball and soccer.

    Service Expertise

    • Financial reporting
    • Tax compliance
    • Business consulting

    Industry Expertise

    • Engineering
    • Procurement
    • Construction
    • Professional services

    Contact

    403-767-1537

    curtisv@thecatalystgroup.ca

  • Robin Butler, Manager

    Robin Butler

    Manager

    Assurance & Accounting

    Robin Butler, Manager

    Robin Butler, CPA, CA

    Manager

    Assurance & Accounting

    Robin has been with Catalyst since 2012 and is a part of our Assurance & Accounting Services group. Her client services focus includes business consulting and financial reporting with specialized industry experience in owner managed businesses and small to medium sized Not-for-Profit organizations.

    Robin received her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops. In 2013, she graduated from the CASB program.

    Service Expertise

    • Financial reporting
    • Business consulting

    Industry Expertise

    • Not-for-Profit Organizations

    Contact

    403-767-1546

    robinb@thecatalystgroup.ca

  • Christopher Skwarek, Manager

    Christopher Skwarek

    Manager

    Assurance & Accounting

    Christopher Skwarek, Manager

    Christopher Skwarek, CPA, CA

    Manager

    Assurance & Accounting

    Chris has been with Catalyst since 2015 and is a Supervisor in our Assurance & Accounting Services group. His client service focus includes financial reporting, tax compliance and business consulting with specialized industry experience in Professional corporations, such as doctors, dentists, and lawyers, and owner managed businesses.

    Chris graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Management degree. He received his CA designation through CASB in 2011.

    Service Expertise

    • Financial reporting
    • Tax compliance
    • Business consulting

    Industry Expertise

    • Professional corporations
    • Owner managed businesses

    Contact

    403-750-7682

    christophers@thecatalystgroup.ca

  • Matthew McCombe, Senior Tax Accountant

    Matthew McCombe

    Senior Tax Accountant

    Taxation Advisory

    Matthew McCombe, Senior Tax Accountant

    Matthew McCombe, CPA

    Senior Tax Accountant

    Taxation Advisory

    Matthew has been with Catalyst since 2013 and is a Senior Tax Accountant in our Taxation Advisory group. His client services focus includes financial reporting and tax compliance with specialized industry experience in Professional services.

    Matt graduated from Mount Royal University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He successfully passed the CFE of the CPA program in 2016 and received his designation in 2017.

    Service Expertise

    • Financial reporting
    • Tax compliance

    Industry Expertise

    • Professional services

    Contact

    403-750-7678

    matthewm@thecatalystgroup.ca

  • Nara Erdenebat, Senior Tax Accountant

    Nara Erdenebat

    Senior Tax Accountant

    Taxation Advisory

    Nara Erdenebat, Senior Tax Accountant

    Nara Erdenebat, CPA, CGA

    Senior Tax Accountant

    Taxation Advisory

    Nara has been with Catalyst since 2013 and is a Senior Tax Accountants in our Taxation Advisory group. Her client services focus includes financial reporting and tax compliance with specialized industry experience in Professional services, transportation and retail.

    Nara successfully obtained her CGA in 2016.

    Service Expertise

    Contact

  • Alissa Shiels, Supervisor

    Alissa Shiels

    Supervisor

    Assurance & Accounting

    Alissa Shiels, Supervisor

    Alissa Shiels, CPA

    Supervisor

    Assurance & Accounting

    Alissa has been with Catalyst since 2014 and is a Supervisor in Assurance & Accounting. Her client services focus includes financial reporting, tax compliance and business consulting with specialized industry experience in owner-managed businesses and not-for-profit organizations.

    Alissa graduated from MacEwan University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, majoring in Accounting. She successfully passed the CFE of the CPA program in 2015 and received her designation in 2016.

    Service Expertise

    Contact

  • Chelsey Davies, Supervisor

    Chelsey Davies

    Supervisor

    Assurance & Accounting

    Chelsey Davies, Supervisor

    Chelsey Davies, CPA

    Supervisor

    Assurance & Accounting

    Chelsey has been with Catalyst since 2012 and is a Supervisor in our Assurance & Accounting group. Her client services focus includes financial reporting and tax compliance with specialized industry experience in Agriculture and agriculture support services.

    Chelsey graduated from Mount Royal University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. She has successfully passed the CFE of the CPA program in 2016 and received her designation in 2017.

    Service Expertise

    Contact

  • James Luo, U.S. Tax Manager

    James Luo

    U.S. Tax Manager

    U.S. Tax Services

    James Luo, U.S. Tax Manager

    James Luo, CPA, CA, CPA (Mass, US)

    U.S. Tax Manager

    U.S. Tax Services

    James joined Catalyst in 2018 as a U.S. Tax Manager for U.S. Tax Services. James specializes in U.S. corporate tax, personal tax, cross-border taxation and expatriate tax. Prior to working at Catalyst, James also worked developing business setup and development in the U.S. for an investment company, and performed US tax compliance and planning services at various public accounting firms.

    Service Expertise

    • Corporate Tax
    • Personal Tax
    • Cross-border Taxation
    • Expatriate Tax 

    Contact

    403-767-1511

    JamesL@thecatalystgroup.ca

  • Candice McKay, President, Catalyst Financial Operations

    Candice McKay

    President, Catalyst Financial Operations

    Candice McKay, President, Catalyst Financial Operations

    Candice McKay, CPA, CA

    President, Catalyst Financial Operations

    Candice McKay joined the Catalyst Group in 2018 as the President of Catalyst Financial Operations. From basic accounting services to advanced financial management and advisory, Catalyst Financial Operations works with businesses where they are at.

    Candice develops sophisticated but easy to use tools, systems, and procedures to provide relevant, in-depth reporting to management, stakeholders, investors, and financial institutions. Prior to working at Catalyst she worked as the Chief Financial Officer for a ranch in Nanton, Alberta where she gained valuable experience in the agriculture sector.

    Service Expertise

    • Customized Projections
    • Financial and Non-Financial Management Reporting
    • Internal Control Implementation and Monitoring
    • Liaison for Financial Institutions
    • Efficiency Auditing

    Industry Expertise

    • Agriculture
    • Manufacturing

    Contact

    403-750-7676

    CandiceM@thecatalystgroup.ca

  • Tom Plett, Associate, Catalyst Financial Operations

    Tom Plett

    Associate, Catalyst Financial Operations

    Tom Plett, Associate, Catalyst Financial Operations

    Tom Plett, CPA, CA

    Associate, Catalyst Financial Operations

    Tom joined the Catalyst Group in 2018 as an Associate of Catalyst Financial Operations. His focus is on empowering business owners by providing the tools and strategies to drive their businesses forward.

    Prior to working at Catalyst, Tom worked as an international business strategist, focused on opening foreign market opportunities for an agri-business and as the Chief Financial Officer for a large-scale cattle feeding operation in southern Alberta, where he focused on business development, implementation of customized ERP software and financial modelling.

    Service Expertise

    • Performance Management
    • Cash Flow Management
    • Risk Management
    • Customized Reporting
    • Financial Modelling and Analytics
    • Business Plan Development

    Industry Expertise

    • Agriculture

    Contact

    403-750-1525

    TomP@thecatalystgroup.ca

  • Denise Knight, Manager

    Denise Knight

    Manager

    Denise Knight, Manager

    Denise Knight,

    Manager

    Denise has been a proud member of the Catalyst team since 2001. As a manager, she provides leadership to the Assurance and Accounting services group. Denise has considerable expertise in diverse industries and a focused interest in corporate tax. Denise thrives when helping clients achieve their business goals. Denise is active in her community and volunteers at the Airdrie BMX Club.

    Service Expertise

    • Financial reporting
    • Business consulting
    • Tax compliance

    Industry Expertise

    • Retail services
    • Construction
    • Professional services
    • Agriculture

    Contact

    403-750-7679

    denisek@thecatalystgroup.ca

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