Speakers 2019

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Rev Up – Speakers 2019

Jean-Guy Talbot,

Jean-Guy’s ability to connect with his audience makes each delivery engaging as well as informative. Growing the practice from a one-person operation in his basement in 1987 to over 50 staff in six locations across Manitoba today, he has devoted a tremendous amount of time and energy researching the secrets of operating a better practice. Jean-Guy is passionate about sharing the knowledge and strategies that have been tested in his own practice.

Grant Kirkup, FCPA, FCGA

Grant Kirkup, FCPA, FCGA currently provides consulting to entrepreneurs.  Grant built an accounting firm in rural Manitoba from one part time employee to a team of 30.  He understands that the profitability of one’s practice is generally in direct relationship to one’s management ability.  Grant has worked in a wide variety of businesses with sales up to $60M, where he played a key role on the senior management team as well in the ownership group.  Grant was president of CGA Manitoba in 1992-93.  Seminar leader for CGA Canada, Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick and Ontario covering practice management topics with an emphasis on firm profitability.

Katie Griffin

Manager of Business Development & Events at Softrak Systems Inc.

The role of Business Development Manager provides Katie Griffin with the every day opportunity to speak with Finance Professionals who are shopping for the right accounting tools. With over 10 years of work in client acquisitions and client retention in the accounting software world, Katie has a strong understanding of the needs that accountants have, want and seek. Understanding how the finance professionals role is forever changing and that accountants are no longer solely responsible for just the debits and credits, Katie will share what it really means to have meaningful corporate insight, how to translate that beyond crunching numbers and which tools can enable finance professionals to do so.

Dr. Leigh Quesnel

President & Director of HQS Consulting Services and HQS Clinical Services

Dr. Leigh Quesnel is the President & Director of HQS Consulting Services Inc. and he has been a leading organizational consultant for well over 20 years.  He has worked with small and large organizations in both the public and private sector, nationally and internationally. His current areas of study and interest include the evolution of management practices, managing stress, workplace wellness, leadership, and motivation.  His work in organizations ranges from hands on consulting with senior management to the development of management and employee training programs.  Finally, Leigh has a Ph.D. in psychology and has lectured in the faculties of psychology and commerce at the universities of Manitoba and Winnipeg.


Kristine Tubiera

CEO of LMVA Consulting

With over seventeen years of experience as an association management professional in the accounting profession, Kristine Tubiera has a wealth of knowledge and experience in guiding practitioners. The majority of those years, she worked closely with small to mid-sized public accounting firms to understand their needs, created programs and services to support their practices, and helped practitioners understand their regulatory requirements. Kristine is passionate about supporting practitioners and is exceptional at organizing events. She is excited to be working with RêveNew Practice Management providing event management services for their inaugural event.

Wayne Lee

Peak Performance Expert


Wayne Lee is an award winning corporate hypnotist and performance coach who has presented to over 4000 audiences all over the globe for the past 20 years. Wayne’s unique combination of mental programming tools and comedy hypnosis turn average events into sensational experiences for all involved.
Don’t worry, individuals will not be embarrassed. It is clean, classy and tasteful.
Everyone will have a great time and the participants will become the heroes of the conference.