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 and remained a CA until 2020 (resigned in good standing). 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 was chosen to participate in Intuit’s “VIP Summit” program at the #QBConnect world conference in San Jose, California in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. He has attended QB Connect in Toronto and London as well and is a well known QuickBooks personality worldwide through social media. He had also been a guest on the popular “Cloud Accounting Podcast” with David Leary and Blake Oliver
Get Intuit , Canada’s fastest-growing QuickBooks Facebook community for accountants and bookkeepers
YYC Smallbiz , Organizer of the most popular small business Meetup group in Calgary
Calgary Accounting and Finance Network, the largest Calgary-centric accounting and finance group on LinkedIn
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