Meet Our Accounting Services Team
Michelle Burge, BBA, CPA, CA
“I feel very privileged to have the opportunity to assist our clients each day to accomplish their business goals and overcome their unique challenges. It is very rewarding to play a part in our clients’ business success and growth.”
Michelle first joined MRSB Group as a university student in 1991. After completing her studies the same year, she began a full-time accounting role. By 1994 she had obtained her Chartered Professional Accountant designation and in 1999 became a partner. Michelle has more than 20 years’ experience in public accounting and oversees MRSB Group’s accounting and auditing functions. She is also responsible for professional practice standards and technology within the firm. Michelle has considerable experience in audit and assurance engagements with private sector companies, municipalities, cooperatives, credit unions and not-for-profit organizations. She also provides tax planning and financial advisory services to clients. Michelle is involved with several community initiatives in Prince Edward Island. She is currently the Chair of the Board for Junior Achievement PEI, and is also the Chair of the Practice Inspection Committee for the Instititute of Chartered Accountants of PEI. Each summer she takes part in the annual St. Peter’s Blueberry Festival as an Event Chair. Michelle and her husband live in Morell and enjoy boating and motorcycling.
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Karen Zakem, CPA (Montana)
“Over the years I have had the privilege to work with a number of clients in many different industries. This has allowed me to expand my knowledge base to best serve my clients. I look forward to continuing to work with existing clients and welcome the opportunity to meet and work with new ones.”
Karen has been part of the MRSB team since she moved from Toronto to Prince Edward Island in 1995, starting her career as an accounting technician. She has managed MRSB Bookkeeping & Reporting since 2005 and as of 2013 Karen manages MRSB Accounting & Audit. She performs a variety of services for clients including the review of government remittances, review of financial statements, preparation of billings, staff performance reviews and organization of training courses. Karen strives to continually expand her professional knowledge so she may provide a high level of service to clients. Karen has three teenage children, Rachel, Mark and Colin and has been married since 1994. She likes to read, listen to all kinds of music and spend time with her family.
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Jaclyn Waite, BBA, CPA, CA
“I have been fortunate to work closely with clients in all sectors, and look forward to building strong relationships into the future. I enjoy seeing MRSB’s clients succeed, and feel privileged to work with such a diverse range of companies. It is a pleasure to collaborate with a positive team of professionals every day.”
Jaclyn first joined the team as a co-op student in 2004. After completing a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from the University of Prince Edward Island in 2005 she went on to receive her Chartered Professional Accountant designation in 2007. As an Audit Manager, Jaclyn performs audit engagements, both independently and as part of a team, for clients. She has prepared proposals, analyzed financial reports and prepared corporate tax returns for both private and not-for-profit organizations. Jaclyn also completes review and compilation engagements and GST/PST remittances for clients, always with an eye to detail and with the aim of achieving optimal and beneficial outcomes. As part of her role, Jaclyn mentors CPA students who are new to the profession and also trains incoming team members. In her free time Jaclyn enjoys reading, travel, boating, motorcycling and spending time with family and friends.
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Chris MacPhee, CPA, CA
“One of my favorite parts of this career is getting to meet new people and building long lasting relationships with them.”
A native of eastern Prince Edward Island, Chris has recently joined MRSB after spending several years in the accounting industry in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Chris has over 10 years’ experience in accounting and auditing services, having served a wide variety of clients, including private companies in the agriculture industry, not for profit organizations and registered charities. As a manager within the MRSB accounting team, Chris provides a variety of services related to year end reporting and minimizing taxes for owner managed corporations and their shareholders. Chris received his Chartered Professional Accountant designation in 2009 and has also instructed professional development courses at the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Nova Scotia from 2015 to 2017. Chris and his wife have three daughters and he enjoys spending lots of time with his family as well as playing golf and hockey in his spare time.
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