Lunch with the Pros

Looking for ways to advance your career in business and accounting?

At the fall series of Lunch with the Pros, you’ll get to hear first-hand from a prominent CPA in your community who has pursued the entrepreneurial path in the emerging craft brewery industry. Like many CPAs, this entrepreneur has combined their personal interests with their business insight and technical experience to achieve successful business ventures. Hear how this professional navigated into this industry and how the CPA designation helped them succeed in their career.

You’ll also have the opportunity to network with other local CPAs from various sectors of business, who will share their personal career paths and how the CPA designation has positively impacted their careers. CPA Alberta representatives will also be available onsite to advise on CPA program options.

**This event is for those interested in learning about CPA program options. If you are a current CPA member interested in volunteering, please contact**


Thursday, October 19
The Fairmont Hotel Macdonald
10065-100 St NW

Registration/Networking: 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Lunch and Guest Speaker: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Cost: $10



Tuesday, October 24
Hotel Arts
119 12 Ave SW

Registration/Networking: 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Lunch and Guest Speaker: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Cost: $10

Keynote Speakers

Edmonton – Richard Iwaniuk FCPA, FCA

Blind Enthusiasm Brewery Company
Vice President, Finance and Business Operations

Richard brings enthusiasm to the finance and business operations of the Blind Enthusiasm Group of Companies. Currently, Richard supports multiple aspects of the brewing and restaurant operations, including the development and execution of key business, strategic, financial, and legal initiatives. He also does the books.

Born and raised in Edmonton, Richard has lived in St. Albert since 1992. A Chartered Accountant since 1993, Richard previously worked at internationally renowned video game developer BioWare where, during his 16-year tenure, grew from a studio of 80 developers to a multi-studio operation with over 1,000 employees worldwide. In 2008, Bio Ware was acquired by Electronic Arts, Inc.

Richard is a recipient of the Fellow of Chartered Accountants, Distinguished Service Award, and the Early Achievement Award from CPA Alberta, each of which recognize Chartered Professional Accountants who demonstrate excellence and accomplishment in their career and commitment and excellence in community and volunteer services. Richard currently volunteers for CPA Alberta, Trout Unlimited Canada, Canadian Financial Executives Research Foundation (CFERF), and the St. Albert Economic Development Advisory Board.

Calgary – Charlie Bredo CPA, CA

Troubled Monk Brewery

Charlie attended the University of Alberta (Bachelor of Commerce 2004) and obtained his Chartered Accountant designation through Deloitte in Calgary and Collins Barrow in Canmore.

After completing his CA designation, Charlie worked as the Vice President of Operations for Prestigious Properties, a real estate investment firm. There, Charlie oversaw accounting, finance, property management, and operations for assets throughout Western Canada, Ontario, and Texas. Excited for a new challenge, Charlie started Bow Valley Power, which retails electricity to homes and businesses throughout Alberta, while living in Canmore. Charlie expanded Bow Valley Power to customers in over 120 Albertan communities before selling it in June 2015.

In January 2013, Charlie relocated back to Red Deer, where he originally grew up, to be closer to family. Charlie co-founded Troubled Monk Brewery in 2015. Troubled Monk focuses on making hand-crafted beer, soda, and spirits. Troubled Monk beer is available throughout Alberta and the brewery is proud to have won awards at the local, national, and international levels. Charlie is on the Board of the Chamber of Commerce in Red Deer.

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