Nicholas Villas, CPA, Manager
Nicholas was born in Winnipeg, and moved to Ontario at a young age. He attended both the University of Western Ontario and Concordia University (John Molson School of Business) where he received his Bachelor of Commerce Degree in accounting. In September 2016 Nick became a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants Canada by receiving his Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) designation. He joined Fort Group in May 2013 and his experience focuses across various business sectors including private small business, not-for-profit organizations and First Nations.
Pauline Zhang, CPA, CGA, Senior Accountant
Pauline was born in China where she received her bachelor in accounting and financing. From 2013 to 2015 she took CGA program courses in Winnipeg, and recieved her CPA designation in March 2018. Before moving to Canada, Pauline was working in a leading global sourcing company, specializing in cross-category consumer hard goods, where she was one of the operation supervisors. She has also worked for PAL group, and Ernst and Young LLP. When she's not in the office, Pauline enjoys travelling, biking, jogging and cooking.
Joseph was born and raised in Winnipeg. He is currently working towards his Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Degree from the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba. Joseph is pursuing a double major in accounting and finance. He joined Fort Group, in 2015 as a co-op student and has returned each successive semester. In 2018 Joseph received his CPA designation.
Long Phan, Accountant
Long was born and raised in Hanoi, Vietnam. He came to Canada in 2009 to study as an international high school student. In 2016, he graduated from the University of Manitoba earning a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) degree from the Asper School of Business, majoring in Accounting and Finance. Long is currently enrolled in the Chartered Professional Accountant Program, and hopes to receive his CPA designation in 2019. When not at work, Long enjoys playing sports and working out.
Anton Rosenbaum, Accountant
Anton was born and raised in Winnipeg. In 2012 he graduated from Acadia University with a Bachelor of Business Administration and Spanish. After spending several years working in Calgary, Anton decided to return to school at the University of Windsor to complete his studies in the field of accounting in 2016. He is currently working towards completing his Chartered Professional Accountant designation.
Ben Vandenberg, Accountant
Ben was born in Calgary, Alberta and grew up in Winnipeg. He graduated from Calvin Christian Collegiate in 2012 and earned his Business Administration Diploma from Red River College in 2015. Ben is currently working toward his Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Manitoba Asper School of Business, majoring in accouting. He joined Fort Group in May 2016 as a co-op student returned for a second work term in January of 2017. Upon graduation, Ben intends to enroll in the Chartered Professional Accountant program and earn his CPA designation.
Derek McKnight, Accountant
Derek was born and raised in Winnipeg. For the past three years, he has attended Grande Prairie Regional College in the University Transfer-Bachelor of Commerce Program. He will be transferring to the University of Manitoba or University of Alberta to complete his Bachelor of Commerce Degree. Once graduated, Derek intends to enrol in the Chartered Professional Accountant Program.
Phuong Nguyen, Accountant
Phuong was born and raised in Hanoi, Vietnam and has been studying abroad in Canada as an international student since 2013. She is currently studying towards her Bachelor of Commerce degree at the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba, double-majoring in Accounting and Finance. Phuong joined Fort Group in 2016 as a co-op student and returned in January 2017 for a second work term. After her graduation, Phuong expects to enroll in the Chartered Professional Accountant program to earn her CPA designation.
Allison Prasol, Accountant
Allison was raised in Winnipeg and attended Red River College, receiving a Business Administration Diploma. She then transferred to the Asper School of Business and is studying for her Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Degree. She is on track to graduate in the fall of 2018, and aims to obtain a Chartered Professional Accountant Certification.
Chris Malkiewicz, Accountant
Chris was born and raised in Winnipeg, growing up playing soccer and Polish folk dancing, both of which he still does today. Chris is currently attending the University of Manitoba and will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in economics. Chris joined Fort Group in March 2018 on a part time basis and began working full time in May. After graduation, he plans to enroll in the Chartered Professional Accountant program and earn his CPA designation.
Jeannette Thiessen, Bookkeeper
Jeannette spent her early years on a farm in Rosenort. The remainder of her younger years were divided between Saskatchewan and Ontario as a pastor’s kid. Following Bible College, she and her husband had the privilege of spending eleven years in Burkina Faso, West Africa with their three young children.
Jeannette obtained an accounting diploma from Red River college and throughout her career has been involved in administration with bookkeeping sprinkled throughout. In the past few years, bookkeeping has become her focus.
Jeannette has been married to the love of her life and her best friend, Elmer, for 36 years. Her family is the joy of her life and she loves spending time with her two grandchildren, Matilda and Maverick! She also loves gardening, volunteering and is always looking for time to scrapbook!
Kim Westervelt, Bookkeeper
Kim grew up in Stonewall, Manitoba and moved to the city in 1999. In the early years, Kim received a certificate in bookkeeping and completed two years of the CGA Program. She has worked in payroll for a number of years and was the project leader for a Human Resources/Payroll System implementation at Palliser Furniture. In 2003, Kim became a stay-at-home mom, but was able to keep her skills refreshed while doing the books for her husband's company and their church. She is now looking forward to her full time role at Fort Group. Kim enjoys reading, gardening, camping and spending time with her family - especially her two grandsons.
Wanru Li, Bookkeeper
Wanru was born in China, where she has earned a Bachelor's Degree in Management. In 2012 she moved to Winnipeg and enrolled at Red River College where she received a Business Administration Diploma.
Wanru is currently enrolled in the Chartered Professional Account Program and hopes to receive her CPA designation in 2019.
Sara Rodrigues, Bookkeeper
Sara was born and raised in Brazil, but has always dreamed of living in another country. In 2012, Sara received her high school diploma, where she had a chance to improve her English. She moved back to Brazil to complete her Bachelor of Business Administration with a full tuition scholarship. She moved to Winnipeg in July of 2017 to study Applied Accounting at Red River College. Sara recently completed her certificate program and hopes to transfer her university credits to enroll in the Chartered Professional Accountant program to earn her CPA designation. Sara is proud to be following her dreams in spite of leaving her home in Brazil.
Kayla Jory, Executive Assistant
Kayla was born in Lethbridge, Alberta and moved to Winnipeg in elementary school. She received a Bachelor of Music Performance (Voice) Degree from the University of Manitoba. Following her graduation, Kayla worked for Pinnacle Staffing Solutions as the Office Administrator from 2003 – 2007. Kayla worked as a full-time home administrator and part time voice teacher after the birth of her son in 2008 and daughter in 2010, until joining the firm in 2016. Kayla has won many awards and scholarships for her singing, and finds time to keep her vocal cords ‘in shape’ in her spare time.
Lynn Krawchuk, Executive Assistant
Lynn spent most of her youth in rural Manitoba and now resides there with her husband and two children. Lynn has held roles of increasing seniority throughout a career spanning more than a decade in the life insurance industry. Her skills in "getting stuff done" and feisty personality have made her a great addition to the Fort Group Team.
Madeleine Kaletzke, Administrative Assistant
Madeleine was born and raised in Winnipeg. She has completed numerous courses throughout the years in computer programs, legal secretary, bookkeeping, interior design and French. Madeleine is the firms longest running employee, having joined Prychitko, Kapitoler; Burdey in 1987 as an administrative assistant providing reception, secretarial, bookkeeping and payroll services. Madeleine has two children and one grandchild. She enjoys gardening, Pilates and getting together with friends for wine and card making.