Kirsten has over 30 years of experience in public practice and uses her knowledge to provide consulting and advisory services to SMPs.
Kirsten gained her experience in public practice as an assurance partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. She was responsible for providing guidance and advice to her many public and private companies operating in a variety of industries. Her clients included Air Canada, the Northwest Company and Winpak. Kirsten has a strong technical background and the ability to deal with complex matters.
Her technical knowledge is widespread as she has faced extensive assurance and accounting issues that practitioners face. 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 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.
Kirsten is actively involved in the CPA profession. She is a member of the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (AASB) Audits of Less Complex Entities Working Group. The LCE Working Group is exploring possible actions and alternative in setting future standards in the audit of simple entities. She is also a member of the CPA Canada PEG Task Force Committee providing guidance and recommendations to the authors of the PEG which in turn assists practitioners in conducting more effective and efficient engagements. She has participated in numerous AASB workshops to provide insights on matters of importance to SMPs.
Kirsten also instructs courses for CPA Manitoba, CPA Saskatchewan, CPA Alberta and CPA Nova Scotia. She has authored several courses for the CPA Canada Learning and Development Committee.
Kirsten volunteers her time in the community and has 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 involvement includes the co-chairing the Major Donor Division of United Way Annual Campaigns and Past President of Niakwa County Club as the first female president in the Club’s 90-year history.
Kirsten believes in making a difference and achieving results. She values strong relationships and the ability to adapt her approach to the specific circumstances. She communicates with transparency so there are no surprises and deadlines are met. Kirsten is committed to quality, integrity and efficiency in all that she does. And, she likes to have fun along the way.