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Join us as we showcase an interactive panel discussion with Chartered Professional Accountants who will share how the designation has helped them carve their career pathways!

  • Network with designated CPAs, employer representatives and other business students
  • Learn about the various career options as a CPA
  • Understand the requirements of the CPA professional program


6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Registration
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Panel discussion
7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Networking


Tuesday, March 12
Hotel Arts (Spectrum 5)
119 12 Ave, Calgary



Thursday, March 14
Fairmont Hotel MacDonald (Empire Ballroom)
10065 100 Street NW


Salina DharamsiSalina Dharamsi, CPA, CA, MPAcc, CPHR, CSR-P

Salina received her Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting with a concentration in E-commerce, from the University of British Columbia in April of 2013. Afterwards, Salina pursued graduate studies at the Edwards School of Business in Saskatchewan where she received a Master of Professional Accounting degree in 2014. Salina wrote and successfully passed the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants Uniform Evaluation and became a Chartered Accountant in 2015. More recently, Salina qualified for earning the globally recognized CSR-P certification and became a Certified Sustainability Practitioner in 2017. She also wrote and passed the CPHR Canada National Knowledge Exam and became a CPHR in 2018. Professionally, Salina is the leader of PwC Canada's Campus Talent Acquisition function and is responsible for campus strategy, delivery, and onboarding for 950 hires a year. She previously worked in corporate finance, assurance, tax and learning and development.

Ryan GubicRyan Gubic CPA, CGA, CFP, PMP, MBA

Ryan has a passion for helping people, a drive to create value, and believes learning is a lifelong journey that is best shared with others. He has over 17 years of finance and accounting experience supporting various industries from oil and gas to financial services. He has supported companies such as Suncor, Shell, TransCanada, SAIT, PWC, and is the founder of MRG Wealth Management. He is married with 2 kids, loves the outdoors, and focuses on maintaining a balance between personal growth, family, and work.

Rashmeet PereiraRashmeet Pereira, CPA

Rashmeet Pereira obtained her Bachelors of Applied Business Administration – Accounting from Mount Royal University. She successfully obtained her designation in January 2018. She has been working with the Canada Revenue Agency for seven years and has obtained her CPA Designation while employed with the Agency. Through her seven years with the Agency, Rashmeet has held various positions such as Taxpayer Service Agent, Appeals Officer, and Income Tax Auditor. Aside from her regular duties as an Income Tax Auditor, Rashmeet is also a Brand Ambassador for the Agency and the current Chair of the Southern Alberta Tax Service Office Young Professionals Network (SATSO YPN) which is a committee within the Agency that focuses on employee career development and workplace wellness.

Jamie RuleJamie Rule, CPA, CA

Jamie is a Senior Manager with MNP’s Assurance Services team in Calgary. In this role, Jamie conducts audits, reviews, and other assurance services involving private and public companies. Jamie began working for PwC in the Calgary office where he obtained extensive experience managing clients in the mining and oil and gas sectors. Jamie has also obtained industry experience in his roles as Manager of Corporate Finance and Corporate Controller. Over the course of his career, he has gained a strong understanding of the issues facing the resource sector. In 2017, Jamie brought his expertise to MNP where, in addition to annual audits and quarterly reviews, he works with the client service teams on prospectuses, due diligence request and statutory fillings. Jamie Rule

Jamie also has an extensive background in professional sport. He has the following Weightlifting accomplishments and records:

  • National Masters Weightlifting total record holder
  • BC Masters Weightlifting record holder
  • 1st place in the Alberta Provincial Weightlifting Championship
  • 1st place in the Ogopogo Weightlifting Championship
  • 1st place in the National Masters Weightlifting Championship

Chioma UfodikeChioma Ufodike, CPA, CMA, MFAcc, CFE, CAMS

Chioma Ufodike is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over a decade of Forensic Financial Fraud Investigation experience, spanning across various industries.

Chioma specializes in providing investigative and forensic accounting services to a diverse client base. Chioma’s investigations have included such issues as employee theft, violations of corporate policies, trust account defalcations, asset misappropriation, procurement fraud, contract non-compliance, payroll fraud, lapping schemes, debit and credit card fraud, allegations of bribery and corruption, and Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing compliance investigations. Chioma also assists clients in identifying fraud vulnerabilities by conducting fraud risk assessments and remediating control issues relating to a fraud.

Chioma holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology from the University of Toronto and a Master’s degree in Forensic Accounting from the School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto. In addition to her Chartered Professional Accountant designation, she is also a designated Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).

Jessa Aco-KuchmakJessa Aco-Kuchmak, CPA

Jessa is the Co-founder and Vice-President of Pontem Innovations, an Alberta start-up focused on bridging companies to data innovation.

A CPA and PMP candidate, Jessa has a diverse and non-traditional background. After completing a tax co-op and working in audit full-time at PwC, she became Head of the Continuous Improvement initiative at Gateway Mechanical, a large privately-owned mechanical projects and services company. In a year, she became the Manager of Operations, leading three teams: service, client care, and contracts. Jessa also consults for the World Bank’s International Development Association; evaluating development projects in some of the world’s poorest countries. Very recently, she launched Pontem Innovations.

Jessa’s wide range of experience fuels her passion for helping subject matter experts make data driven decisions and technology investments with clear ROIs. A proud Alberta School of Business graduate, she is also the current Business Alumni Association (BAA) President and have been on the board for the past four years.

Mark BasiMark Basi, CPA Candidate

Mark is a Staff Accountant at KRP LLP which is the largest, local, independent, full-service accounting firm in Alberta. He is a member of their Assurance & Advisory Services practice. He is actively involved in community organizations that prepare youth to become future leaders. He has a passion for business development and helping small businesses realize their potential. Mark actively donates his time to university students trying to enter the job market by helping them prepare for the recruitment cycle. He is a CPA Candidate who holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Commerce from MacEwan University.

Alex KozickiAlex Kozicki, CPA Candidate

Alex is member of Deloitte Edmonton’s Assurance practice. He is a part of a growing team that solves unique problems and focuses on providing advisory services to the finance function. He has a passion for enabling organizations to reach their full potential, as well as for understanding how significant technological advances are changing the way we live and do business. He is a current CPA Candidate who holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction as well as a Certificate in Leadership from the University of Alberta.

Sheila SmigarowskiSheila Smigarowski, CPA, CA, CIA, CRMA, A.C.C., CPCC

Prior to embracing the coaching profession, Sheila spent 25 years in risk management roles within regulated public and private companies and public practice; industries included hospitality, financial services, non-profit and charities, mining, construction, and water and power utilities. She has been accountable for internal audit, enterprise risk management, and Canadian public company certification requirements under National Instrument 52-109 (CSOX compliance program).

Sheila is an active volunteer, serving the Institute of Internal Auditors for 15 years in a variety of roles, the United Way in Saskatoon, the Sanford Housing Society, and McDougall House. Sheila serves as an Executive Coach, Consultant and Director.

Sheila became a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach in March 2017 and plans to apply for accreditation with the International Coaching Federation. She has been actively coaching leaders in a formal coaching capacity for the past few years and informally in leadership roles throughout her career.

Rizwan SulemanRizwan Suleman, MBA, CPA, CA, CMA, CITP

Rizwan is a NAIT instructor, teaching computer and accounting information systems courses. After graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce from the U of A in 1981, Rizwan joined Price Waterhouse (predecessor to PwC). At PwC he started in Audit, transferred to Small Business, and ultimately became a manager in Tax.

In 1987, Rizwan left to teach financial accounting and taxation at Lakeland College, Lloydminster. In 1995, Rizwan took up the challenge of leading the finance department of the newly formed Lloydminster Health District (LHD). At LHD, Rizwan also oversaw the consolidation and expansion of LHD’s computer information systems. During this time, he earned a Computer Science diploma from Lakeland College.

In 1999, Rizwan moved to Edmonton, where his accounting and information systems experience allowed him to work as a tax software developer with Intuit Canada and a systems implementation consultant with Sierra Systems.

In 2001, Rizwan joined Capital Health Authority, where he completed special accounting projects, helped implement modules of Oracle and other enterprise systems, and led the rollout of shared accounting services to other health care organizations.

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