Brad Celmainis, BComm, CA
Brad Celmainis graduated from the University of Calgary in 1990 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree (accounting major). He articled with KPMG and received his Chartered Accountant designation in 1992. All required exams were passed on first attempts.
Brad’s “sweet spot” has been privately held, owner-managed corporations from startups to established entities. Before starting his entrepreneurial journey in 2013 he worked in companies with annual revenues between $1 million – $200 million, most with multiple locations throughout Canada. Brad has been “in the trenches” at several organizations, guiding them with confidence through challenging financial times. This experience has helped him benefit his clients of all sizes.
Brad has the tools to look beyond the numbers; always looking for ways of adding value and strengthening relationships internal and external to the business. A well-known connector in the Calgary small business community, if he cannot find a solution to your problem, he will find someone who can.
Brad is a high-energy finance professional with a history of making things happen. He believes in two-way communication and treats people with respect. You always know where you stand with him. His approach fosters buy-in and loyalty. He has a good eye for talent and has built and mentored strong teams based on fit and technical ability.
A proud Calgarian, Brad has lived in the city since 1976 (outside of a four-year stint on the amazing island of Bermuda, but that’s another story).
Brad manages the Calgary Accounting and Finance Network, the largest Calgary-centric accounting and finance group on LinkedIn.
Brad is Co-Organizer of the most popular small business Meetup group in Calgary, the Calgary Business Professionals Group , and is host of the popular “Beer and Wings” networking event held the on last Wednesday of each month.
Brad is an active member of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and a regular at the popular “Business After Hours” and “Fast Growth Champions” events and an avid supporter of Small Business Week.
Brad’s personal passions include mountain biking, SCUBA diving and photography. Brad can often be seen riding his Vespa to and from networking events and client meetings in and around Calgary.
Direct Industry Experience: Offshore Investment Management, Residential Valuations, Residential Home Building, Woodworking Machinery Distribution, Wholesale Flooring Distribution, Audio Visual Equipment Sales, Service and Rentals, Hotel/Resort/Property Management and Roofing/Siding Material Distribution, Oil and Gas storage, rentals and fabrication, Coffee Roasting, Distribution and Retail, Organic Grain Processing, Photography and many more
Specialties: Process Improvement, IT Infrastructure Planning, ERP/CRM Conversion, Treasury and Cash Management, Working Capital Optimization, Bank, Auditor and Vendor Relations, Reporting Systems, KPI and Dashboards, Budgeting and Forecasting, Recruiting and Team-building, Credit and Collections, General Management, Project Management, #Social Media