About the Company

ASK KSA helps practitioners in all areas of public practice by offering sensible advice and practical solutions allowing them to focus on what is important to them.

The public accounting profession is ever evolving. Assurance, accounting and quality management standards are constantly changing, and it is a challenge for practitioners in public practice to keep up. We are here to help.

ASK KSA believes small- to mid-sized public practitioners (SMPs) are critical to the profession and offer service and value to their clients in a different and unique way than the big firms. However, it can be difficult for these firms to keep up-to-date and remain onside with the many requirements of being in public practice. It is not possible to be an expert in every area and the ability to reach out to an advisor can make a difference.  This is why we founded ASK KSA. We recognized there was a gap in the profession related to supporting SMPs, and we wanted to fill it.

ASK KSA provides consulting and advisory services to help SMPs conduct effective and efficient engagements and meet the requirements of being in public practice. We offer practical guidance and advice SMPs need. We provide support in all areas from file efficiency reviews, practice inspection support to training and engagement quality control reviews. We support practitioners in a multitude of areas allowing them to focus on their clients. ASK KSA has an established and proven approach to help practitioners meet requirements, be efficient and minimize risk.

We believe it is critical for SMPs to be doing the right amount of work, at the right time allowing practitioners to spend more time with their clients, meeting their needs and delivering value.

WE HELP FIRMS SAVE TIME AND ACHIEVE PEACE OF MIND.

I was happy for the assistance and would have had no idea where to even start on my own. We now have a SQM designed and ready to be implemented! It was well worth the cost in the many hours it saved, and I am clear on what is needed moving forward.
Dean Jenkyns
Jenkyns Smith Chartered Professional Accountants LLP
This excellent workshop was an absolute time saver and allows me to continue concentrating on my work without stressing about getting it completed.
Todd Thornton
Thornton & Co.
I knew I was going to have trouble reading and interpreting the Standards and designing appropriate responses for implementation, but I was a little hesitant to pay for this workshop. I’m glad I did because it provided me with necessary understanding and implementation tools, and the cost was alleviated by opportunity cost analysis.
Ryan Rawluk
Rawluk & Robert Chartered Professional Accountants
ABOUT KIRSTEN S. ALBO, FCPA, FCA

Kirsten is known for her drive, passion and leadership. She is an innovative individual with a results-oriented approach and a dedication to excellence. Kirsten demonstrates professionalism that meets and exceeds expectations.

BACKGROUND

Kirsten has over 30 years of experience in public practice and uses her knowledge and expertise to provide practical solutions to help firms meet the requirements of being in public practice.

Kirsten gained her experience in public practice as an assurance partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. She was the partner on many public and private companies operating in a variety of industries. Her clients included Air Canada, Northwest Company and Winpak. Kirsten has a strong technical background and the ability to deal with complex matters. It is this experience she now brings to her clients.

She has in-depth technical knowledge as she has faced extensive assurance and accounting issues. There are very few issues she has not encountered. And, having been subject to many internal and external file inspections she knows the challenges SMPs can encounter and appreciates where they can save time without sacrificing quality. When resolving issues, Kirsten is known for her practical approach and ability to provide useful advice. She is a good sounding board and helps practitioners address risk and make practical business decisions.

PROFESSION INVOLVEMENT

Kirsten is actively involved in the CPA profession and providing guidance to standard setters. She knows that SMPs are critical to the profession and believes it is important the standard setters recognize this.

She is currently member of the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (AASB) Audits of Less Complex Entities Working Group. The AASB LCE Working Group is exploring possible actions and alternative in setting future standards in the audit of less complex entities. She was a member of the CPA Canada PEG Task Force Committee providing guidance and recommendations to the authors of the PEG. She has also been involved with CPA Manitoba on a variety of committees. She has also participated in numerous AASB workshops to provide insights on matters of importance to SMPs.

Kirsten is also involved in the educational aspect of the profession. She instructs CPD sessions for CPA BC, CPA Alberta, CPA Saskatchewan, CPA Manitoba and CPA Nova Scotia. She has also authored several verifiable CPD courses for the provincial CPA bodies. Her focus is on CPAs in public practice.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND PHILOSOPHY

Kirsten believes giving back is an important aspect of being a CPA and therefore participates with several community organizations.

Kirsten held many volunteer positions over the years. She is currently a member of the Board and Chair of the Audit Committee of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Vice-President and Chair of the Audit Committee of the Manitoba Centennial Centre Corporation Board. Past volunteer involvement includes the co-chairing the Major Donor Division of United Way Annual Campaigns for many years. She is also a Past President of Niakwa County Club, she was the Club’s the first female president in its 90-year history.

Kirsten believes in making a difference and achieving results. She is a strong communicator with proven skills. Kirsten values strong relationships and the ability to adapt her approach to suit the specific circumstances. She has a reputation for hard work, integrity and commitment in all that she does. And, she has fun along the way.

KIRSTEN’S PUBLIC PRACTICE EXPERIENCE COMBINED WITH HER ENTHUSIASM ALLOWS HER TO BE A KNOWLEDGEABLE AND PRACTICAL ADVISOR.

I was happy for the assistance and would have had no idea where to even start on my own. We now have a SQM designed and ready to be implemented! It was well worth the cost in the many hours it saved, and I am clear on what is needed moving forward.
Dean Jenkyns
Jenkyns Smith Chartered Professional Accountants LLP
This excellent workshop was an absolute time saver and allows me to continue concentrating on my work without stressing about getting it completed.
Todd Thornton
Thornton & Co.
I knew I was going to have trouble reading and interpreting the Standards and designing appropriate responses for implementation, but I was a little hesitant to pay for this workshop. I’m glad I did because it provided me with necessary understanding and implementation tools, and the cost was alleviated by opportunity cost analysis.
Ryan Rawluk
Rawluk & Robert Chartered Professional Accountants