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Gordon Skillen

Gordon Skillen, CEO    
gordon@ihonest.com — 604-790-2548

Gordon Skillen started his entrepreneurial quest in the early 70's when he opened a specialty bookstore in his home town of Sudbury, Ontario at the age of 16. He moved to Vancouver a few years later and worked for some of the giants of the fast food industry before opening his first restaurant Burger Haven in New Westminster, BC and then quickly franchised numerous locations. He taught marketing on a shoestring budget to businesses all over BC through a Government of BC sponsored program. As a representative for Canada's largest hospitality association, the CRFA, he broke a 52 year sales record in his first month, and worked to train 15 other reps to achieve similar results. He is a self professed database guru and worked for many years as a business partner with an international CRM company. His sales and marketing consulting practice have allowed him the opportunity to work in a variety of industries, from hospitality to accounting.

In 2006, Gordon recognized that Canada needed a professional association for bookkeepers. His wife, Chris is a bookkeeper, and despite the fact that Canada already has three associations for bookkeepers, Gordon saw an opportunity to create something that truly helped the self employed bookkeeper to learn more and earn more. In only a few short years, his new association became the largest bookkeepers association in Canada, with over 800 members, meetings in over 23 cities, a certification exam, a members forum, national weekly and monthly webinars attended by over 300 bookkeepers and accountants, and most importantly, a retention rate averaging 90%. It is from his experience working with bookkeepers, that he came to realize that a service like iHonest was needed to protect the public.


Nathan Skillen

Nathan Skillen, Co-Founder    
nathan@ihonest.com

Nathan is an independent filmmaker, videographer and entrepreneur. Graduating from BCIT's Broadcast Television program, he's independently produced a diverse range of projects including short films, music videos, documentaries, promo and event videos. He has experience working in national television stations as well as working with independent producers and small businesses.

Always preferring the entrepreneurial route, he's lead projects and the production of films and is passionate about sharing people's stories.



Board of Advisors


Gary Jones

 

Gary Jones  

Gary Jones is a Financial Security Advisor with Freedom 55 Financial. Gary Jones focuses on doing full financial planning to ensure clients are covered for all aspects of their life and/or business.

Prior to being an Advisor Gary owned an online web hosting company which he grew to 10,000+ clients over a 9 year period. The keys to that growth was finding niche markets, social media marketing and educating my clients. Gary has a background in adult education and eLearning through experience as corporate computer trainer.

Gary is also the Co-Chair for the Surrey Relay for Life, Fundraising Director for the Cloverdale Skating Club and heavily involved in Rotary and Toastmasters in the Fraser Valley.


Kathryn Petersen

 

Kathryn Petersen, CGA

Ms. Kathryn Petersen is a proud member of the Certified General Accountants Association since 2006, and brings over 20 years financial industry experience in developing and implementing corporate and business unit strategy for business.

Ms. Petersen is the Chief Financial Officer, of HD Global Capital and its associated group of companies, a diverse real estate company that specializes in real estate investment and development projects throughout Canada.

Recent experience includes leading the corporate strategy review with various companies in the lower mainland which resulted in the business dramatically reconsidering its process, structure, organizational design and financial analysis methods.

Kathryn is an energetic professional who has vision. She thrives on challenge, the establishment and pursuit of realistic goals to frame long term successful growth.

Ms. Petersen currently leads a Finance & Administration Team and is responsible for assisting in the formulation of the company's short and long-term strategic plans. She oversees all financial, accounting, administration and compliance functions for the group of companies.

Her area of expertise includes investments, money management, financing, general taxation, complex business issues, and financial reporting. Kathryn has over seventeen (17) years of extensive experience in asset management and the real estate industry – and has played an integral part of various management teams that oversaw diverse real estate portfolios valued in the hundred's of millions consisting of multi-family residential, commercial, and retail holdings. In her career, she has held positions such as Vice President Finance & Administration, Chief Financial Officer and Controller while working with high net worth individuals and has been noted as a highly respected negotiator.

Her interests include travelling, sailing, home renovations and being a mentor.


David Liden

 

David Liden  

David is engaged in a general commercial and residential real estate and general corporate and commercial practice, and has a wide range of experience dealing with contracts, condominium projects and real estate development, business law, and conveyancing and mortgages. David's practice also includes wills and estates.

David worked as corporate counsel with the Vancouver office of Canadian Pacific Legal Services from 1983 to 1990, where he acted as chief British Columbia legal counsel for the real estate and private equity investments of the Canadian Pacific Limited Pension Trust Fund in the Province. He subsequently practised with Davis LLP, a major Vancouver law firm, from 1990 to 1993, and then as a sole practitioner from 1993 to 2004, and at DuMoulin Boskovich from 2004 to 2007 prior to joining Remedios & Company.


Deborah Reynolds

Deborah Reynolds  

Deborah Reynolds worked for fifteen years in law enforcement before taking an "about face". Her service with the Correctional Service of Canada included "life on the installment plan" working in an "all male" federal prison. Her reputation with international law enforcement personnel was gained as a tenacious Immigration Investigator. The highlights of her law enforcement career were the capture of one of "America's Most Wanted" and one of "Interpol's Most Wanted".

Deborah brings the same passion and drive to her business, About Face Image Consulting. She is a sought after International Motivational Speaker, Business Consultant and Image and Reputation Management Expert on such topics as Leadership, Change Management, Values and Character, Strategic Thinking, Emotional Intelligence and Team Communication and Performance Strategies. Deborah has consulted with such companies as Safeway, BC Hot House Foods, Halsall Engineering, The Canadian Bar Association, and the Pepsi Bottling Group.

A co-author of Inspired Style, and 'Wake Up…Live the Life You Love: Living in Clarity', along with Dr. Wayne Dyer and Anthony Robbins, Deborah enjoys writing and has been featured in The Globe and Mail, Progressive Choices Magazine, Scrivener Magazine, and other publications,. She is completing her own book, 'Getting You Noticed, Known and Remembered: Building Your Business Image From the Inside Out'. Deborah says, "It's important to create a good first impression, but it's essential to create a great lasting impression."


Pauline Tonkin

Pauline Tonkin  

Pauline Tonkin holds a Diploma in Marketing Communications and ran her own successful marketing company as a consultant for 12 years. She enjoyed finance in college and decided to pursue a career as a mortgage broker where she could continue her passion for helping people to find solutions and opportunities. Pauline joined the Mortgage Centre network in 2009 as an independent mortgage broker. She continues to provide education to consumers about mortgage financing through workshops and presentations and articles in various newsletters and blogs.

She is a graduate of BCIT (Marketing Dept), the Self-Employment Program for Douglas College and the UBC Sauder School of Business (Mortgage Broker Division). Pauline is an active member of various networking and real estate groups in the lower mainland, a proud member in good standing with CAAMP (Canadian Accredited Mortgage Professionals). She lives in the lower mainland with her husband and two children and volunteers her time to local sports (hockey, softball and soccer) and theatre (dance and performing arts).