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Speakers 2021

Jean-Guy Talbot, FCPA, FCGA

Founder & CEO of RêveNew Practice Management
Founder of Talbot & Associates

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 60 staff in seven 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.

Jean-Guy’s ability to connect with his audience allows each delivery to be engaging. He continues to be involved in the practice he started in 1987 to ensure he remains current with the daily management of the firm. This allows him to develop content that has been tested within his own practice. 

Jean-Guy has presented for the following organizations: 

  • CPA Manitoba 
  • CPA Ontario 
  • CPA NovaScotia 
  • AC Group 
  • Canadian Bookkeepers Association 
  • Association Success
  • Manitoba Chamber of Commerce 
  • Chambre de Commerce de St Boniface 
  • World Trade Centre 
  • Thomson Reuters 
  • Adagio 
  • TaxCycle 

Check out Jean-Guy Talbot FCPA, FCGA, YouTube channel dedicated to building a community around public practice management. Join the tribe as every 2 weeks he shares actionable knowledge and advice to run a healthier and more profitable accounting or bookkeeping firm. 

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.

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.

Howard Wirch, FCPA, FCGA

Howard Wirch, FCPA, FCGA

Bio coming soon

Crystal Buhler, CPA, CGA, CIRP, LIT

Crystal Buhler, CPA, CGA, CIRP, LIT

Licensed Insolvency Trustee
President of C. Buhler & Associates Ltd

Originally from Brandon, Manitoba, Crystal graduated with a Diploma in Business Administration from Assiniboine Community College, and a Bachelor of Accounting Science from the University of Calgary. After obtaining her Certified General Accountant (now Chartered Professional Accountant), Crystal obtained the Chartered Insolvency and Restructuring Professional (CIRP) designation and became a Licensed Insolvency Trustee (LIT) in 2011.

Throughout her career, she’s worked for a national firm and a family-owned boutique firm. In 2018 she opened C. Buhler & Associates Ltd. When she’s not busy with work, Crystal enjoys country life with her husband and 3 children, and 5 pets, including 3 horses.

Rémy Dogramaciyan

Rémy Dogramaciyan

Director of Marketing, RêveNew Practice Management
Director of Marketing, Talbot & Associates
Director of Marketing, Coffee Ring Marketing

Rémy believes good marketing should be smart, beautiful, and leave the intended audience in a good mood after viewing it. A 20/20 marketing visionary, he oversees and brings to life all of RPM’s branding and marketing and fosters the growing RPM YouTube channel.

Seamlessly able to meld extensive experience with an artistic eye, he catapults client’s marketing campaigns to new heights.

It takes a team to build an organization and 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.

She has 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.

Through her company, LMVA Consulting, Kristine acts as ReveNew Practice Management and Coffee Ring Marketing’s strategic partner, using project management and communication skills to move their initiatives and their client’s goals forward.

Focusing on building relationships, event management, and promotional strategy, she brings her clients to new levels of success. 


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.

Facilitator: Kristine Tubiera