Partners

Our partners are each owners and directors in Fort Group Chartered Professional Accountants Inc., and work together to personally ensure that the service you receive is professional, prompt and tailored to your needs. Our partners possess unique skill sets as a result of the real life experiences they’ve had walking in your shoes, in senior or ownership positions within the private or public sector. Please refer to each individual’s partner profile below.

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Partner Aaron Pauls

Aaron Pauls B. Comm (Hons.), CPA, CA

Aaron Pauls was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba and earned his Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree in April of 2005 from the University of Manitoba, majoring in Accounting and Finance.

In July of 2007, Aaron became a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants by receiving his Chartered Accountant (CA) designation, placing on the national honor roll.

Aaron joined Fort Group in January of 2008 and was made a partner in 2014. In addition to working for Fort Group, Aaron is a board member and advisor to a leading Manitoba kitchen and bath manufacturer and solutions provider.

As a partner, Aaron primarily services small business clients in advisory and taxation across various business sectors including but not limited to manufacturing, construction, real estate, consulting and professional services. Aaron also services not-for-profits and First Nations in assurance, taxation and advisory. He has furthered his technical tax knowledge by completing the CICA Income Tax Practice Course and completing the CICA In-Depth Tax Course.

In 2014, Aaron was a recipient of the Early Achievement Award from The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba (now CPA Manitoba), honoring his significant career achievements within the first 10 years of achieving his CA designation.

 

 

Partner - Kevin Ploegman

Kevin Ploegman B. Comm (Hons.), CPA, CA

Kevin was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and grew up in North Kildonan. He earned his Bachelor of Physical Education Degree from the University of Manitoba in 1999 and his Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Degree from the University of Manitoba in 2002. In October 2004, Kevin became a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada by receiving his Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) designation.

Kevin became a partner at the Fort Group in 2015. He has 14 years of combined experience in both public accounting and industry, where he serviced private companies and not-for-profit organizations of all sizes. In 2011, Kevin completed the CICA In-Depth Tax Course to compliment his assurance and business advisory skills. Kevin has developed an exceptional toolkit to service all of the needs of small and medium sized owner-managed entities and not-for-profit organizations, and strives to provide the best service possible to all of his clients.

 

 

Partner - Brian Walker

Brian Walker, B. Comm (Hons.), CPA, CA

Brian Walker was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He is a graduate of River East Collegiate (2000) and earned his Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Degree from the University of Manitoba in 2005. In November, 2007, Brian became a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants by receiving his Chartered Accountant (CA) designation.

As a student, Brian articled with a local Winnipeg accounting firm where he serviced many private companies and not-for-profit organizations. Brian has been employed by Fort Group since January 2008, and became a partner in 2014.

Brian currently services small business clients in advisory and taxation, as well as not-for-profits and First Nations in assurance. Some of the private client industries he works with include professionals, trades and construction, transportation and real estate. He is also well studied in U.S. tax. Brian has furthered his technical tax knowledge by completing the CICA Income Tax Practice Course in November of 2010 and completing the CICA In-Depth Tax Course in the fall of 2015. He is also a member of the Estate Planning Council of Winnipeg.

 

 

Partner - Alex Yaworski

Alex Yaworski, B. Comm (Hons.), CMC, CA, CPA

Alex Yaworski was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He attended the University of Manitoba where he earned a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) degree. He later pursued further study in accounting and management, receiving his Certified Management Accounting (CMA) designation, followed by his Certified Management Consulting designation (CMC), placing third in Canada in the final qualifying examination for the CMC program. Alex has also pursued additional study in forensic auditing.

Alex has over 25 years of experience as an accountant and business advisor. He has worked in healthcare management for both Mount Carmel Clinic and the Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba.

Alex has had a long history with the firm going back to 1992 with its predecessor firm, Prychitko Kapitoler Burdey. Alex rejoined Fort Group in July 2008 and became a partner in the firm on January 1, 2010.

As a partner, Alex provides audit, tax, and management consulting services to a variety of clients in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. In CPA public practice, Alex has experience providing excellent service to a variety of clients including health care organizations, public foundations, social service agencies, retail businesses, construction companies, automobile dealerships, transportation companies, medical practices, professional associations/institutes, and First Nation governments. Alex is able to provide value added service to managers and owners in various organizations, having worked in industry himself.

 

Partner Aaron Pauls

Aaron Pauls B. Comm (Hons.), CPA, CA

Aaron gives and has given generously of his time and talents as a volunteer to many not-for-profit organizations, including Camp Nutimik, Rowandale Baptist Church and Springfield Heights Nursery School in various financial board roles.

When is he not in the office, Aaron enjoys spending time with his wife, Laura and their three boys. They are avid sports fans and attend Jets, Moose and Bomber games. Much of their summer is spent at Pinawa Lake sunbathing on the beach, cruising around in the boat or wakeboarding. In the winter, he prefers to be somewhere hot and tropical. Aaron’s family is very involved in the life of their church. His idea of a good time his getting together with friends, cracking open a craft beer and playing board games.

 

Partner - Kevin Ploegman

Kevin Ploegman B. Comm (Hons.), CPA, CA

Kevin gives generously of his time and talents as a volunteer to many not-for-profit organizations in the community and is a member of the Manitoba Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Finance Committee. He is the treasurer at Covenant Christian Reformed Church.

At home Kevin find his time filled by wrangling and wrestling his four energetic young children with his wife, Christy. With so many school and daycare events to attend, there is little time for much else, but Kevin finds time to coach his son’s soccer and hockey teams. Hockey is a big part of his life, and not only does he attend Winnipeg Jets hockey games, but he also hits the rink himself with his league team. Kevin enjoys travelling internationally, and warmly remembers trips to Murren, Switzerland and to Holland.

 

Partner - Brian Walker

Brian Walker, B. Comm (Hons.), CPA, CA

Brian gives generously of his time and talents as a volunteer to many not-for-profit organizations in the community and is particularly involved serving Athletics Manitoba as a member of the Board of Directors and as Treasurer.

In his spare time, Brian spends quality time with his wife, Darolyn and their two small children. They love to spend time outdoors, bike riding, skating and playing at the park. They are excited to spend many summers at their Lake Winnipeg cottage. Brian is an elite runner and placed first in the Manitoba Marathon in 2014 and first in the Half Marathon twice (2007, 2011). He usually leaves work in track pants and can be seen running around downtown Winnipeg in the early evening.

 

Partner Alex Yaworski

Alex Yaworski, B. Comm (Hons.), CMC, CA, CPA

As a volunteer, Alex continues to serve his community well. Alex is the Treasurer for the Winnipeg Folk Festival and also serves as Treasurer for N.E.E.D.S. Inc. Alex also is a member of the Rotary Club of Winnipeg-Transcona and served for four years as its Club Treasurer. Alex has also previously served as Board Chair of Women In Second Stage Housing (W.I.S.H.) Inc. and as a Board Member of Concordia Hospital.

Alex enjoys many activities outside of the office, and is careful to schedule bike rides, movies and dinner with his wife. Alex is particularly thankful for PVR technology as it allows him and his wife to catch up on their favorite televisions shows without watching commercials. They can be seen at car shows across Manitoba as Alex is an auto enthusiast. He owns two sports cars and a classic 1972 Chevy Super Cheyenne. He is an avid runner and strives to run one full and one half marathon each year.

 

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