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We are inspired by our work and the people we work with, including our eight partners — Brian Galloway, Al Botteselle, Brian Blamey, David Van Gruen, Saskia Muller, Selena Nisbet, Mark Best and Allyn Fong — in addition to senior accountants, associates, and administrative personnel.

Brian Galloway and E. Albert Botteselle each hold a highly-regarded Fellowship CPA designation, and every member of our accounting team is either a CPA or in the process of becoming one. We offer many opportunities for advancement, competitive salaries and a positive, continuous learning environment.

Interested in joining our team? Contact careermatters@gbco.ca.

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Team

Partners

Brian M. Galloway
Brian M. Galloway
FCPA, FCGA, CFP

Brian Galloway is the cornerstone of Galloway Botteselle & Company with a wealth of knowledge and over 40 years’ experience in public practice accounting, including significant experience in business transitions, reorganizations, tax planning and estate administration. Staff describe Brian as ‘a fantastic teacher’, one who sees merit and takes the time to ensure they understand all the steps in a financial process and how they combine for a successful outcome.
Brian was also a member of the Porter Hétu National Management Committee and formerly served as treasurer and co-chair. Also a former member of CGA BC’s Ethics and Practice Review Committees, Brian previously presented the Association’s lecture series “Practice Refresher and Orientation” seminar. He serves as treasurer for Epilepsy Canada as well and is an active golfer and fisherman. Brian lives with his wife and two children in Richmond.

Recognition:

  • FCPA

Education and Professional Memberships:

  • Member, Chartered Professionals Accountants Associations of Canada and BC

  • Member, Financial Planners Standards Council of Canada

  • FCPA designation, 2015

  • CGA designation, 1980

  • CFP designation, 1997

  • FCGA designation, 2007

Association and Community Involvement:

  • Seminar presenter, medical and dental groups

  • Past member, CGA Ethics Committee of BC

  • Past member, CGA Practice Review Committee of BC

  • Former member, Porter Hétu National Management Committee

  • Lecturer, CGA BC, CGA Hong Kong, CGA Beijing and CGA Shanghai

Areas of Practice:

  • Tax compliance and tax reduction strategies

  • Individual and corporate tax concerns

  • Canada Revenue Agency representation

  • Estates and trusts

  • Professional and community activities

  • Income tax planning

  • Partnerships

  • Emphasis on medical and dental practices

  • Business reorganizations

Recognition:
  • FCPA
Education and Professional Memberships:
  • Member, Chartered Professionals Accountants Associations of Canada and BC
  • Member, Financial Planners Standards Council of Canada
  • FCPA designation, 2015
  • CGA designation, 1980
  • CFP designation, 1997
  • FCGA designation, 2007
Association and Community Involvement:
  • Seminar presenter, medical and dental groups
  • Past member, CGA Ethics Committee of BC
  • Past member, CGA Practice Review Committee of BC
  • Former member, Porter Hétu National Management Committee
  • Lecturer, CGA BC, CGA Hong Kong, CGA Beijing and CGA Shanghai
Areas of Practice:
  • Tax compliance and tax reduction strategies
  • Individual and corporate tax concerns
  • Canada Revenue Agency representation
  • Estates and trusts
  • Professional and community activities
  • Income tax planning
  • Partnerships
  • Emphasis on medical and dental practices
  • Business reorganizations
E. Albert Botteselle
E. Albert Botteselle
FCPA, FCGA, CFP

Al started his career in 1978 and has been a partner since 1984. He has extensive experience advising and supporting clients to achieve their business goals. Al helps clients with business and strategic decisions, including financing, business expansions, acquisitions, divestitures, valuations, restructuring, reorganizations, and various tax and personal financial planning matters.
 
Al has mentored many aspiring young professionals, providing guidance, support and encouragement, to help them achieve personal goals and professional success.

Recognition:

  • FCPA

  • CGA BC Harold Clarke Award for service in recognition of outstanding service to the Certified General Accountants Association of British Columbia 2008

Education and Professional Memberships:

  • Member, Chartered Professionals Accountants Associations of Canada and BC

  • Member, Financial Planners Standards Council of Canada

  • FCPA designation, 2018

  • Certified Financial Planner CFP, 2000

  • Certified General Accountants CGA, 1982

  • Diploma Business Management, major in Accounting and Finance, Capilano College, 1978

  • The Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators, level one

Association and Community Involvement:

  • Seminar presenter, medical and dental groups

  • Past member, CGA Ethics Committee of BC

  • Past member, CGA Practice Review Committee of BC

  • Former member, Porter Hétu National Management Committee

  • Lecturer, CGA BC, CGA Hong Kong, CGA Beijing and CGA Shanghai

Areas of Practice:

  • Tax compliance and tax reduction strategies

  • Individual and corporate tax concerns

  • Canada Revenue Agency representation

  • Estates and trusts

  • Professional and community activities

  • Income tax planning

  • Partnerships

  • Emphasis on medical and dental practices

Recognition:
  • CGA BC Harold Clarke Award for service in recognition of outstanding service to the Certified General Accountants Association of British Columbia 2008

Education and Professional Memberships:
  • Certified Financial Planner CFP, 2000
  • Certified General Accountants CGA, 1982
  • Diploma Business Management, major in Accounting and Finance, Capilano College, 1978
  • The Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators, level one
Association and Community Involvement:
  • Member, Canadian Tax Foundation
  • Member CGABC Federal and Provincial Income Tax Advisory Committee
  • Member CGA Canada Tax and Fiscal Policy Advisory Group
  • Former member and past chair of the National Management Committee of Porter Hetu International, an affiliation of professional firms with offices in Canada and internationally
  • Languages spoken – English and Italian
  • Founding member, CGA Advanced Tax Study Group
  • Member, chair, CGABC Public Practice Advisory Group
  • Public Practice mentor, Certified General Accountants Association of British Columbia
  • Treasurer and Director of the Italian Chamber of Commerce of Canada West
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Brian R. Blamey
Brian R. Blamey
BA, CPA, CGA

Brian joined Galloway Botteselle & Company in 1984 and became a partner in 1996. Brian’s practice focuses on small to medium-sized owner operated businesses , including tax planning, business expansions or reorganizations, acquisitions, valuations, and personal financial planning. A good portion of his practice is dedicated to both incorporated and non-incorporated health practitioners. He also has extensive experience with not for profit organizations.

Brian is an effective lecturer and receives many requests for presentations to the medical and dental community on the latest changes in tax laws and how to effectively reduce taxes.

Brian was honoured to serve as the Chair of the Porter Hétu International National Management Committee, a position he held for 3 years.

Education and Professional Memberships:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Simon Fraser University, 1984

  • Member, Certified General Accountants Associations of Canada and BC

  • CGA designation, 1986

Association and Community Involvement:

  • Former developer and presenter, CGA BC CaseWare and CaseView seminars

  • Accounting and tax presentations to UBC Medical and Dental School graduating classes

  • Chair, National Management Committee, Porter Hétu International

  • Former member, Toastmasters International

  • Presenter at numerous CGA BC seminars

  • Treasurer and board member, Achilles International Track Society

  • Former treasurer and board member, Fraser Academy School for children with dyslexia

Areas of Practice:

  • Business planning and reorganization

  • Emphasis on medical practices

  • Income tax planning

Recognition:
Education and Professional Memberships:
  • Bachelor of Arts, Simon Fraser University, 1984
  • Member, Certified General Accountants Associations of Canada and BC
  • CGA designation, 1986
Association and Community Involvement:
  • Former developer and presenter, CGA BC CaseWare and CaseView seminars
  • Accounting and tax presentations to UBC Medical and Dental School graduating classes
  • Chair, National Management Committee, Porter Hétu International
  • Former member, Toastmasters International
  • Presenter at numerous CGA BC seminars
  • Treasurer and board member, Achilles International Track Society
  • Former treasurer and board member, Fraser Academy School for children with dyslexia
Areas of Practice:
  • Business planning and reorganization
  • Emphasis on medical practices
  • Income tax planning
David P. Van Gruen
David P. Van Gruen
CPA, CGA

David has an incredible sense of focus and attention to detail, qualities that CPAs strive for everywhere. Proud of his North Vancouver roots, David gained valuable insight working with a small business before establishing his public practice career. He provides a wide range of services to small and medium-sized businesses, professionals and not-for-profit organizations, individuals, trusts and estates.

David is also one of our top audit professionals with experience auditing public and private corporations, community service agencies, a sports organization, professional and not-for-profit organizations, plus administering trust and special purpose audits. His taxation services include personal, corporate and trust compliance, reorganizations, rollovers, estate freezes, and planning for capital and depreciable asset transactions while his consulting services include assisting with business plans and financing proposals, managing information system designs and implementation, business restructuring and expansion, and estate planning and administration.

Education and Professional Memberships:

  • CGA designation, 1991

  • Member, Chartered Professional Accountants Associations of Canada and BC

  • CGA Public Practice Award in Taxation, 1989

Association and Community Involvement:

  • Past member, Porter Hétu National Management Committee

  • Member, CGA Canada Construction Accounting Advisory Committee

  • Former treasurer, 109 Unit Strata Corporation

  • Current member and past chair, Porter Hétu Standards Committee

  • Former member, CGA BC Audit Committee

Recognition:
Education and Professional Memberships:
  • CGA designation, 1991
  • Member, Chartered Professional Accountants Associations of Canada and BC
  • CGA Public Practice Award in Taxation, 1989

       
       

    Association and Community Involvement:
    • Past member, Porter Hétu National Management Committee
    • Member, CGA Canada Construction Accounting Advisory Committee
    • Former treasurer, 109 Unit Strata Corporation
    • Current member and past chair, Porter Hétu Standards Committee
    • Former member, CGA BC Audit Committee
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    Saskia Muller
    Saskia Muller
    B.Com, CPA, CGA

    Saskia joined the partnership of Galloway Botteselle & Company in January 2011 and became a Managing Partner in 2013. She has been working with the firm and in public practice since 2004. Saskia’s practice areas include working with a wide range of clients, such as newly incorporating physicians and other professionals, small businesses, and family trusts. She helps clients deal with all aspects of accounting, from payroll to taxation issues. She has also been instrumental in directing a large, not-for-profit audit on an annual basis.

    Recognition:

    • 2015 CPA BC Early Achievement Award Recipient

    Education and Professional Memberships:

    • Member, Chartered Professional Accountants Associations of Canada and BC

    • Bachelor of Commerce, Thompson Rivers University – 2009

    Association and Community Involvement:

    • Seminar presenter, CGA Association of BC – Caseware accounting software to UBC and SFU accounting students

    • Seminar presenter, Accounting and tax issues for Medical Residents, Students and Fellows

    • Member, CPA Investigation Committee

    • Volunteer – Brownie Leader, Girl Guides of Canada

    • Co Treasurer – New Westminster District Girl Guides

    • Seminar presenter, Catholic Independent Schools of Vancouver Archdiocese – Not-for-profit accounting

    • Seminar presenter, UBC Tacs – Accounting and tax careers

    • Past Member, CGA Association of BC Discipline Committee

    Recognition:
    • 2015 CPA BC Early Achievement Award Recipient
    Education and Professional Memberships:
    • Member, Chartered Professional Accountants Associations of Canada and BC
    • Bachelor of Commerce, Thompson Rivers University – 2009
       
    Association and Community Involvement:
    • Seminar presenter, CGA Association of BC – Caseware accounting software to UBC and SFU accounting students
    • Seminar presenter, Accounting and tax issues for Medical Residents, Students and Fellows
    • Member, CPA Investigation Committee
    • Volunteer – Brownie Leader, Girl Guides of Canada
    • Co Treasurer – New Westminster District Girl Guides
    • Seminar presenter, Catholic Independent Schools of Vancouver Archdiocese – Not-for-profit accounting
    • Seminar presenter, UBC Tacs – Accounting and tax careers
    • Event Volunteer – Michael Cuccione Foundation
    • Captain – GB&Co Sun Run Team
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    Selena Nisbet
    Selena Nisbet
    B.Com, CPA, CGA

    After obtaining her CGA designation in 2010, Selena became a partner of Galloway Botteselle & Company in January 2011. With over a decade years’ experience in public practice accounting, in addition to 3 years in trust accounting experience, Selena currently holds the position of Managing Partner at Galloway Botteselle & Company.

    Selena works with a wide variety of clients including small business owners, professionals, healthcare practitioners and non-profit organizations. She helps to ensure all compliance with regulatory bodies are met, including payroll, GST/PST, WCB, corporate and personal taxation in addition to the preparation of financial statements, tax planning and providing guidance regarding incorporation and business practices.

    Recognition:

    • 2015 CPA BC Early Achievement Award Recipient

    Education and Professional Memberships:

    • Member, Chartered Professional Accountants Associations of Canada and BC

    • Bachelor of Commerce, Thompson Rivers University – 2010

    • Office Administration and Legal Skills Diploma – 2001

    Association and Community Involvement:

    • Member, CPA BC Public Practice Committee

    • Member, CPA BC Fee Dispute Resolution Committee

    • Secretary, Porter Hétu International, National Management Committee

    • Treasurer - Local strata organization

    • Volunteer – Local animal rescue society

    • Event Volunteer – Michael Cuccione Foundation

    • Member – GB&Co Sun Run Team

    • Seminar speaker, CPA BC and CPA Canada

    • Seminar presenter, CGA Association of BC – Caseware accounting software to UBC and SFU accounting students

    • Seminar presenter, Resident Doctors of BC – Accounting and tax issues for Medical residents and students

    • Seminar presenter, Catholic Independent Schools of Vancouver Archdiocese – Not-for-profit accounting

    • Seminar presenter, UBC Tacs – Accounting and tax careers

    • Past Member, CGA Association of BC Discipline Committee

    • Past Member, CPA BC Bylaws Committee

    Recognition:
    • 2015 CPA BC Early Achievement Award Recipient
       
    Education and Professional Memberships:
    • Member, Chartered Professional Accountants Associations of Canada and BC
    • Bachelor of Commerce, Thompson Rivers University – 2010
    • Office Administration and Legal Skills Diploma – 2001
    Association and Community Involvement:
    • Seminar presenter, CGA Association of BC – Caseware accounting software to UBC and SFU accounting students
    • Seminar presenter, Resident Doctors of BC – Accounting and tax issues for Medical residents and students
    • Member, CPA BC Bylaws Committee
    • Member, CPA BC Fee Dispute Resolution Committee
    • Volunteer – BC SPCA
    • Member – GB&Co Sun Run Team
    • Treasurer - Local strata organization
    • Seminar presenter, Catholic Independent Schools of Vancouver Archdiocese – Not-for-profit accounting
    • Seminar presenter, UBC Tacs – Accounting and tax careers
    • Member, Porter Hétu International - National Management Committee
    • Past Member, CGA Association of BC Discipline Committee
    • Event Volunteer – Michael Cuccione Foundation
    • Treasurer - Local animal rescue society
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    Mark Best
    Mark Best
    B.Com, CPA, CGA, CICA In Depth Part I-III

    Mark Best is a Partner at Galloway Botteselle and Company and advises private companies and shareholders on a broad range of taxation and business matters in the context of corporate reorganizations, private company transactions and estate planning.

    Staying on top of changing tax regulations and legislation, Mark ensures his clients are able to effectively respond to any changes in tax regulation and administration. He provides clients with progressive tax planning ideas, ultimately helping owners and entrepreneurs build value in their businesses and grow successful private enterprises. Mark has worked in public practice for over 16 years and is a Chartered Professional Accountant, and has completed the In Depth tax course with the CICA, and has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from UNBC.

    Education and Professional Memberships:

    • CPA, CGA – 2005

    • CICA In Depth Part I-III

    • Bachelor of Commerce, UNBC 2002

     

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    • CPA, CGA – 2005
    • CICA In Depth Part I-III
    • Bachelor of Commerce, UNBC 2002
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    Allyn Fong
    Allyn Fong
    B.Com, CPA, CGA

    Allyn has over 14 years of experience in public practice and became a partner of Galloway Botteselle & Company in January 2017. Allyn spent 5 years in Toronto in the private enterprise group of a Global firm providing financial statement consolidation, review engagements and corporate taxation services for medium to large private companies. His strong family ties brought him back to Vancouver and he was thrilled to re-join Galloway Botteselle & Company in 2015.

    Allyn advises clients in a variety of professions and industries including medical/dental, real estate, manufacturing and hospitality. He is passionate about helping professionals and small business owners with their accounting, assurance and taxation needs including financial statement preparation and review, corporate and personal tax, tax planning and compliance.

    When Allyn is not spending time with his wife and two daughters, he enjoys playing soccer, hockey and baseball.

    Education and Professional Memberships:

    • CPA, CGA designation 2007 

    • Member, Chartered Professional Accountants Associations of Canada and BC 

    • Bachelor of Commerce, UBC Sauder School of Business – 2004

    Association and Community Involvement:

    • Seminar presenter, Resident Doctors of BC - Accounting and tax issues for Medical Residents, students and fellows

    • Mentor, Executive Mentor Program, UBC Sauder School of Business

    • Volunteer soccer coach – Moresports Vancouver

    • Member, GB&Co Sun Run Team

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    Education and Professional Memberships:
    • CPA, CGA designation 2007 
    • Member, Chartered Professional Accountants Associations of Canada and BC 
    • Bachelor of Commerce, UBC Sauder School of Business – 2004
    Association and Community Involvement:
    • Seminar presenter, Resident Doctors of BC - Accounting and tax issues for Medical Residents, students and fellows
    • Mentor, Executive Mentor Program, UBC Sauder School of Business
    • Volunteer soccer coach – Moresports Vancouver
    • Member, GB&Co Sun Run Team
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    Senior Staff

    Carol Zhang
    Carol Zhang
    B.Com, CPA, CGA
    Manager

    Carol joined Galloway Botteselle & Company in 2009. She enjoys the diversity in public practice and finds it challenging yet always rewarding working with the firm. Carol takes lead in the assurance engagements and keeps the firm updated with new accounting and auditing standards. She also performs a variety of other services, including compilation, taxation, estate accounting, due diligence engagements etc.

     

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    Wilson Kwong
    CPA, CGA
    Manager

    Wilson previously held several positions, including in accounting, within the financial services sector.  Having joined Galloway Botteselle & Company in 2010, Wilson has taken a client focused approach to providing clients with a range of services including compilations, reviews, personal and corporate taxation, and estate accounting.  He has a special interest in non-resident taxation and enjoys working with clients of diverse backgrounds.  Wilson majored in accounting and finance at SFU and completed the CGA, CPA designation in 2015.
     

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    David Bickerton
    BBA, CPA
    Manager

    Dave Bickerton is a Senior Associate at Galloway Botteselle & Company. His BBA in Human Resource Management and pursuit of the CPA designation allow a high level of technical and communication skills for clients. Dave has 5 years of experience with corporate, individual, trust and estate taxation and financial reporting services. He provides clients with value added services to achieve their financial and tax planning goals. When away from the office, Dave enjoys spending time with his family and friends, golfing, and any other outdoor sporting activity.

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    Melissa Gurat
    BA, CPA PEP, DAP
    Senior Associate
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    Amy Wu
    CPA, CA
    Manager
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    Lucy Patience
    Office Manager
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    Stephanie Kwan
    Senior Administrative Support
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    Spencer Grant
    BA, CPA PEP
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    Lisa Kong
    BA, CPA PEP
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    Kevin Kwan
    CPA Preparatory Courses, MBA
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    Jacob Wong
    BMOS, CPA PEP
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    Tyler Thompson
    B.Com
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    William Tian
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