Meet the Team.

Who are we?

The HGA Group was born out of experience. By having all of our services and all of our experts under one roof, it allows us to know your business inside and out to give you the best advice possible.

CEO
James Cumming has taken on the role of CEO of the HGA Group. He is a business leader with a proven track record of developing strategy, and will be the Read More
James CummingCEO

James Cumming has taken on the role of CEO of the HGA Group. He is a business leader with a proven track record of developing strategy, and will be the energy behind the HGA team. He will bring the same commitment, energy and enthusiasm he has built his much respected reputation on. James has held the position of CEO with Creative Door Services, Courtenay Real Estate Services Inc., Princeton Developments Ltd. and Cormode & Dickson Construction 1983 Ltd. Most recently he held the position of CEO with the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce.

James was born and raised in Edmonton, and has spent his entire business career in the greater Edmonton area. He has been married to his wife Debbie for over 34 years and is the proud father of three children.

His talent for strategic planning and managing growth has also led to positions on the Board of Kaizen Synergies Inc. as well as key roles with leading organizations such as Junior Achievement, Northlands Park, the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, the Edmonton Construction Association, the Alberta Art Stabilization Fund, Norlien Foundation, Alberta Opportunity Corporation, and the Muscular Dystrophy Canada, to name a few.

Not only is James an experienced businessman, but he was recently a candidate for the Conservative Party of Canada in the 2015 federal election.
James is a graduate of NAIT’s Construction Engineering Technology Program, and a recipient of NAIT’s Alumni Award of Distinction as well as Top 50 Alumni for his many contributions to his profession and the community.

We are proud to have James as both the strategist for the HGA team and a key member of our group of advisors.

CA Managing Partner, HGA Chartered Accountants
John is an entrepreneur, keeping close watch on government news releases and market trends. With over 35 years’ experience providing audit, accounting, and income tax services to a wide range Read More
John Howard, CACA Managing Partner, HGA Chartered Accountants

John is an entrepreneur, keeping close watch on government news releases and market trends. With over 35 years’ experience providing audit, accounting, and income tax services to a wide range of clients, you can be assured that John’s leadership touches every client that comes through our door. In addition to his own ventures, John was a Business and Industry delegate at the Alberta Growth Summit and has sat on the Board of Directors and the Audit Committees of a number of significant public companies. He also sits on the Board of two Venture Capital Companies based in Edmonton.

CA Partner, HGA Chartered Accountants
Quentin is our go-to guy for reaching items on the top shelf. His top 3 loves are his family, a sunny windless golf course and his passion for numbers. He Read More
Quentin D. Gardiner, CACA Partner, HGA Chartered Accountants

Quentin is our go-to guy for reaching items on the top shelf. His top 3 loves are his family, a sunny windless golf course and his passion for numbers. He brings the third of these with him to the office every day and likes to get hands on with our clients businesses offering advice, support and knowledge on everything from buying or starting up to the day to day operations. When he is not at the office (which is rare) you can also find him getting involved in a variety of community organizations or at a board meeting for Elves Special Needs Society. With over 10 years of experience in public practice and a keen eye for detail you can relax knowing that Quentin has your best interests in mind every step of the way.

CA Partner, HGA Chartered Accountants
A frustrated Oilers fan waiting for the next big season! Shawn has a strong background providing accounting, tax and business advisory services to a wide range of businesses, individuals and Read More
Shawn G. Tully, CACA Partner, HGA Chartered Accountants

A frustrated Oilers fan waiting for the next big season! Shawn has a strong background providing accounting, tax and business advisory services to a wide range of businesses, individuals and organizations. Meetings with Shawn will leave you with a feeling of comprehension as he wants to make sure you understand what is being presented and creates an environment where you feel comfortable asking the questions you need to. Shawn loves music almost as much as hockey and tries to take his wife to all the shows he can while finding time between the office and the many community activities he is involved in.

Lawyer, HGA Law
After practicing for six years at a large national firm, Jason decided to seek the challenge of starting a new firm alongside his friends in the HGA Group. The culture Read More
Jason A. BanackLawyer, HGA Law

After practicing for six years at a large national firm, Jason decided to seek the challenge of starting a new firm alongside his friends in the HGA Group. The culture of this office appeals to his entrepreneurial spirit, and he enjoys being able to relate to the experiences of his clients who have started (or are planning to start) their own businesses. What he enjoys most about practicing law at HGA is collaborating with clients on how to achieve their strategic business objectives. There are few, if any, issues that arise in business that are strictly questions of law, and his philosophy in practice is to provide legal advice only after having an in-depth discussion of what issue the client is trying to address, and why he or she believes legal advice is required. This approach ensures that the service provided always matches the need, and that there is an opportunity to collaborate on an appropriate solution.

Associate, HGA Law
Melissa brings a wealth of experience and passion to the team. Her skill-set and experience allow us to work as an even more powerful group!
Melissa BanackAssociate, HGA Law

Melissa brings a wealth of experience and passion to the team. Her skill-set and experience allow us to work as an even more powerful group!

Counsel, HGA Law
Nancy brings over 32 years of civil litigation experience, resulting in the ability to provide common-sense, practical and responsive solutions to her clients’ mediation and litigation needs.  Her litigation background Read More
Nancy Cumming, Q.C.Counsel, HGA Law

Nancy brings over 32 years of civil litigation experience, resulting in the ability to provide common-sense, practical and responsive solutions to her clients’ mediation and litigation needs.  Her litigation background includes:

acting as a mediator in the areas of civil litigation, catastrophic personal injury,fatalities and wills and estates
representing litigation clients in the areas of personal injury, property and cargo losses, products liability, fire and flood losses, wills and estates, contractual, commercial and shareholder  disputes.

Nancy has considerable trial experience in the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta and the Court of Appeal of Alberta. She has also participated extensively in alternate dispute resolution including mediations and judicial dispute resolutions. She also believes strongly in giving back to the community. She has sat on and chaired many Boards including Muscular Dystrophy Canada, Chrysalis Society, ABC Headstart, Brain Care Centre, Glenrose Hospital Foundation and the City of Edmonton Advisory Board for Services for Persons with Disabilities.

Nancy received her Queen’s Counsel appointment in 2012 and was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her contributions to Canada.

Paralegal, HGA Law
Amy joins the HGA Law team with ten years of experience as a paralegal. Originally from Nova Scotia, she spends her time doing yoga & enjoying the few months of Read More
Amy SimmsParalegal, HGA Law

Amy joins the HGA Law team with ten years of experience as a paralegal. Originally from Nova Scotia, she spends her time doing yoga & enjoying the few months of summer in our city! There aren’t any pets in the office, but you can bet that when Amy leaves, the office, she’s heading home to cuddle her fur baby, Chloe.

President, HGA Insurance
When it comes to taking on new endeavors, Keiran is always up for the challenge. Originally his working career began in construction where he started his own company at a Read More
Keiran KlotzPresident, HGA Insurance

When it comes to taking on new endeavors, Keiran is always up for the challenge. Originally his working career began in construction where he started his own company at a young age, and needless to say, he completely changed direction when he ventured into the insurance industry in 2013. He found insurance to be a natural fit, and very quickly progressed to the portfolio management of large-scale businesses and clientele. Keiran has noted a growing need in the insurance industry for a more client centric approach, and thus his priority is to make the clients of HGA Insurance feel comfortable and confident in the advice they are receiving. Without a doubt you can rest assured knowing Keiran will provide you a personalized insurance solution, that will respond when you need it most.

Agency Director, HGA Insurance
Mackenzie comes from a family of insurance professionals, so you could say she was raised in the industry. She started her career in June 2009 and ever since she has Read More
Mackenzie KlotzAgency Director, HGA Insurance

Mackenzie comes from a family of insurance professionals, so you could say she was raised in the industry. She started her career in June 2009 and ever since she has been continuously seeking new opportunities to grow her knowledge and implement modern ideas into the way she does business. With her strong insurance background and experience, Mackenzie will provide you with friendly, easy to understand advice, that will equip you to make educated decisions about your insurance needs. She is very enthusiastic about the opportunities in store for HGA Insurance, and looks forward to working closely with her husband Keiran to bring those ideas to fruition.

Director of Social Media, Grey Street Media
Taylor brings the creative edge to HGA! When she’s not at the office, she tries her best to cook new recipes in her kitchen without burning the house down. She Read More
Taylor GarstadDirector of Social Media, Grey Street Media

Taylor brings the creative edge to HGA! When she’s not at the office, she tries her best to cook new recipes in her kitchen without burning the house down. She is also actively involved in the community, volunteering & coaching Special Olympics in Edmonton and St. Albert. You’ll be sure to find her around the city with her dog Tebow always in tow.

Brand Strategist, Grey Street Media
Annette likes to describe herself as a Marketing/Communications Professional with a side of Graphic Design and a hint of Shenanigans. She loves being creative and enjoys seeing that creativity come Read More
Annette WagersBrand Strategist, Grey Street Media

Annette likes to describe herself as a Marketing/Communications Professional with a side of Graphic Design and a hint of Shenanigans. She loves being creative and enjoys seeing that creativity come to life in the graphics and websites she designs at Grey Street Media. Summer is Annette’s favourite season because she gets to explore the outdoors (roadtripping, camping, kayaking, horseback riding, hiking) and volunteer at kids summer camps all over Western Canada!

CA Senior Manager, HGA Chartered Accountants
Tyson’s unique sense of humour and style set this man apart from all the rest. He obtained his Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction from the University of Alberta in 2007, Read More
Tyson Breitkreutz, CACA Senior Manager, HGA Chartered Accountants

Tyson’s unique sense of humour and style set this man apart from all the rest. He obtained his Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction from the University of Alberta in 2007, his CA designation in 2010 and joined our firm in 2012. Tyson is constantly on the quest for further education, spending his lunch breaks studying to upgrade his skill-set. He is actively involved in the Canada Revenue Agency Community Volunteer Income Tax Program and provides tax preparation services to low income senior citizens and new Canadian residents. We’re not sure where he finds the energy for these commitments as well as his dedication to his young family, classy bow-tie collection and his passion for the fight against Multiple Sclerosis.

Manager, HGA Chartered Accountants
Paige obtained her Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta in 2010 and her CA designation in 2013. She has five years experience within public practice and joined HGA Read More
Paige A. Burnet, CAManager, HGA Chartered Accountants

Paige obtained her Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta in 2010 and her CA designation in 2013. She has five years experience within public practice and joined HGA in January of 2016. When not in the office, she enjoys reading, practicing yoga and hanging out with her husband, family and friends. Paige is ecstatic to be a part of the HGA team and looks forward to helping clients achieve their professional goals!

Manager, HGA Chartered Accountants
If you’ve been in the HGA office, chances are you have met Ali! Her wit and her commitment to the wellbeing of her clients is what makes her such a Read More
Alexandra Hoet, CPAManager, HGA Chartered Accountants

If you’ve been in the HGA office, chances are you have met Ali! Her wit and her commitment to the wellbeing of her clients is what makes her such a great addition. In her spare time, Alexandra enjoys travelling, food, interior design, and most importantly spending time with her friends, family, and adorable dog Toby!

Manager, HGA Chartered Accountants
Katrine graduated from NAIT with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 2013 and is currently pursuing her CPA Designation. In her spare time, Katrine loves to be with her Read More
Katrine Waters, CPAManager, HGA Chartered Accountants

Katrine graduated from NAIT with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 2013 and is currently pursuing her CPA Designation. In her spare time, Katrine loves to be with her friends, family, hubby, and her furbaby Diesel. With a few years of experience in the accounting world, she is very excited for the professional growth and learning opportunity at HGA!

Senior Tax Manager, HGA Chartered Accountants
Steve M. Scheelar CPA, CASenior Tax Manager, HGA Chartered Accountants
Senior Tax Consultant
Bryan W. Anderson, CPA, CASenior Tax Consultant
Staff Accountant, HGA Chartered Accountants
John is happy to be a part of the HGA team after graduating from the University of Alberta in April 2014. You can usually find him in his office snacking Read More
John LeeStaff Accountant, HGA Chartered Accountants

John is happy to be a part of the HGA team after graduating from the University of Alberta in April 2014. You can usually find him in his office snacking or planning our next office sports bracket! John is currently working on obtaining his CPA designation and we’re so proud!

Staff Accountant, HGA Chartered Accountants
Shannon joined us after graduating with her Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta, and most recently began her journey into her CPA designation! In her free time, Shannon Read More
Shannon Lough, CPAStaff Accountant, HGA Chartered Accountants

Shannon joined us after graduating with her Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta, and most recently began her journey into her CPA designation! In her free time, Shannon can be found between her three loves fitness, family and travelling.

Staff Accountant, HGA Chartered Accountants
Margie graduated with her Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta and has begun her journey to CPA! When not busy in the office or studying, Margie can be Read More
Margie MarsiglioStaff Accountant, HGA Chartered Accountants

Margie graduated with her Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta and has begun her journey to CPA! When not busy in the office or studying, Margie can be found spending time with family, painting, and traveling.

Staff Accountant, HGA Chartered Accountants
Soon after graduating from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science, Olia had developed an interest in accounting. She returned to the University of Alberta and completed a Read More
Olia MuchinskyStaff Accountant, HGA Chartered Accountants

Soon after graduating from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science, Olia had developed an interest in accounting. She returned to the University of Alberta and completed a second degree – Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction, and is currently pursuing her CPA designation. Olia spends her free time watching documentaries, playing board games, and teaching her parrot Sasha new words and tricks. In the summer time, you can find her biking in the mountains or playing pick-up basketball.

Staff Accountant, HGA Chartered Accountants
Maria AlmondStaff Accountant, HGA Chartered Accountants
Staff Accountant, HGA Chartered Accountants
Nicole comes to us with a degree in both accounting and kinesiology! Her love of athletics keeps her active in long distance biking and plenty of time in the mountains Read More
Nicole CarreauStaff Accountant, HGA Chartered Accountants

Nicole comes to us with a degree in both accounting and kinesiology! Her love of athletics keeps her active in long distance biking and plenty of time in the mountains during the summer. She’s the office expert on fitness and we’re so happy to have her!

Staff Accountant, HGA Chartered Accountants
Randall is one of the newest staff accountants here at HGA. As of October 2017, he is enrolled in the CPA program! If he’s not studying or working hard for Read More
Randall WeberStaff Accountant, HGA Chartered Accountants

Randall is one of the newest staff accountants here at HGA. As of October 2017, he is enrolled in the CPA program! If he’s not studying or working hard for us, he finds time to be with his family and, most importantly, his dog! Be sure to say “Hello” to Randall the next time you’re in the office!

Staff Accountant, HGA Chartered Accountants
With a contagious smile and warm personality Judith has the knack of making her clients feel like family, rather than just another client. A vast amount of bookkeeping experience leave Read More
Judith BleyStaff Accountant, HGA Chartered Accountants

With a contagious smile and warm personality Judith has the knack of making her clients feel like family, rather than just another client. A vast amount of bookkeeping experience leave our clients feeling assured they are in great hands. When not in the office Judith can be found traveling with her husband and spending time with her shelties and children.

Staff Accountant, HGA Chartered Accountants
Jim works part time as a file preparer and bookkeeper for a few of our clients. He has a knack for showing up right before lunch time – especially when Read More
Jim O’BrienStaff Accountant, HGA Chartered Accountants

Jim works part time as a file preparer and bookkeeper for a few of our clients. He has a knack for showing up right before lunch time – especially when lunch is provided! Jim splits his time between our office and volunteering for the Saint Vincent de Paul Society in Edmonton providing emergency assistance to people in need.

Bookkeeper, HGA Chartered Accountants
Janet has been with us almost three years now on a part-time basis bringing her experience and love of bookkeeping with her. When she is not doing bookkeeping for a Read More
Janet SchumacherBookkeeper, HGA Chartered Accountants

Janet has been with us almost three years now on a part-time basis bringing her experience and love of bookkeeping with her. When she is not doing bookkeeping for a handful of clients, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son and the family dogs. In her free time you can find Janet engaged in her other interests which include meeting new people and engaging in her many church activities.

Bookkeeper, HGA Chartered Accountants
A lover of nature and travelling, Jo-Lene comes to us with a Bachelor’s degree of Commerce in Accounting with Public Practice experience. If she’s not busy doing your bookkeeping, you Read More
Jo-Lene CharlesBookkeeper, HGA Chartered Accountants

A lover of nature and travelling, Jo-Lene comes to us with a Bachelor’s degree of Commerce in Accounting with Public Practice experience. If she’s not busy doing your bookkeeping, you might find her travelling the world with her Fiance or singing to some tunes. She also volunteers at the Boys & Girls Club Big Brother Big Sister in Edmonton. She’s elated to be at HGA and we are just as happy to have her here!

Bookkeeper
Tamara MaisonneuveBookkeeper
Accounting Technician, HGA Chartered Accountants
Sheila graduated from CGA in 2008 in Ontario. She moved to Edmonton in 2015 and hasn’t looked back since! When she’s not in the office, he enjoys spending time with Read More
Sheila FergusonAccounting Technician, HGA Chartered Accountants

Sheila graduated from CGA in 2008 in Ontario. She moved to Edmonton in 2015 and hasn’t looked back since! When she’s not in the office, he enjoys spending time with her family and friends! She is a fantastic addition to our team.

Bookkeeper, HGA Chartered Accountants
Dayna comes to HGA with 15+ years of experience in the accounting field! Her most favourite area of the bookkeeping profession is reconciling and balancing. She fits in quite well Read More
Dayna CummingsBookkeeper, HGA Chartered Accountants

Dayna comes to HGA with 15+ years of experience in the accounting field! Her most favourite area of the bookkeeping profession is reconciling and balancing. She fits in quite well here at HGA because of her love for the Oilers!  When she is not here at the office, she’s playing any sport that she can get her hands on!

Darlene Gara
Senior Bookkeeper, HGA Chartered Accountants
As a Certified Professional Bookkeeper, Joyel brings a wealth of experience to HGA! On top of her work for us, she teaches Quickbooks and Bookkeeping at NAIT for the Office Read More
Joyel HidberSenior Bookkeeper, HGA Chartered Accountants

As a Certified Professional Bookkeeper, Joyel brings a wealth of experience to HGA! On top of her work for us, she teaches Quickbooks and Bookkeeping at NAIT for the Office Accounting Certificate Program. In her spare time, you might find her singing, reading, baking, or crocheting, or spending time with her husband and newly engaged daughter! Fun fact: Joyel grew up in Japan. Japanese food is still her favourite.

Director, Administration, HGA Chartered Accountants
Rachel is the official organizational guru of the office. She thrives in everything systematic and loves to figure out the processes that work for HGA. Rachel joined our team in Read More
Rachel HanesDirector, Administration, HGA Chartered Accountants

Rachel is the official organizational guru of the office. She thrives in everything systematic and loves to figure out the processes that work for HGA. Rachel joined our team in January of 2016 and has been filling our office with lovely smells of incense ever since! When she’s not in the office, Rachel loves spending time with her family. One of their favourite locations is out in the woods camping!

Administrative Assistant, HGA Chartered Accountants
Yvonne’s knack for bookkeeping is easy to see with years of experience in the profession. When she is not crunching numbers Yvonne enjoys spending time with her family, visiting new Read More
Yvonne BlowersAdministrative Assistant, HGA Chartered Accountants

Yvonne’s knack for bookkeeping is easy to see with years of experience in the profession. When she is not crunching numbers Yvonne enjoys spending time with her family, visiting new restaurants and cafes, taking nature walks, and enjoying all the excitement that comes with welcoming her first grand-baby!

Reception/Administation, HGA Group
Alyx is our friendly face when you walk in our front door! With 5 years of administrative experience, she brings plenty of personality and experience to HGA. When she isn’t Read More
Alyx DiachukReception/Administation, HGA Group

Alyx is our friendly face when you walk in our front door! With 5 years of administrative experience, she brings plenty of personality and experience to HGA. When she isn’t gracing us with her presence at the front desk, she will most likely be globe-trotting, blogging, or downhill skiing! Say hello to Alyx next time you come into the office!