James D. Gauer

Partner CPA, CA

James D. Gauer

Partner CPA, CA

James is a partner at Gauer Olsen who specializes in taxation needs for medical professionals. He works predominately with medical doctors, dentists and other incorporated professionals.

Articling in both Calgary, AB and Christchurch, NZ for Ernst & Young and Grant Thornton, he has gained valuable experience in multiple industries and client service. James’ work experience has been primarily focused in servicing professionals by creating solutions to increase profitability and optimize tax planning.

James completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Calgary and obtained bachelor degrees in Commerce with majors in Accounting and Entrepreneurship, as well as Humanities with a major in German literature and language.

After some time abroad to work on his fluency in both French and German, James also completed a diploma in French Culinary Arts. Currently, he is enrolled in the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada’s In-depth Tax course to obtain further expertise in advanced taxation.

Outside of the office, James is an avid gardener and chef. He bikes regularly to work to keep his legs primed for ski season, there is never too much powder! With a new family, he also squeezes in time to play his piano with his young son and daughter.

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Don M. Olsen

Partner CPA, CGA

Don M. Olsen

Partner CPA, CGA

Don is a partner at Gauer Olsen with over 25 years of experience in public practice. He has extensive experience in a broad range of clients including professionals, construction, manufacturing, retail and not-for-profit. His area of practise includes business advisory services, corporate and personal tax planning, estate tax, corporate reorganizations, purchasing and selling a business, research and development tax filings (SR&ED), and an assortment of other matters.

 

Becoming a partner in 2003, Don is one of the founding members in the firm’s line of partners. Instrumental in the direction of the firm, Don’s expertise has grounded the firm as a client-focused tax firm in Victoria for professionals and small business.

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Len Rawluk

Retired

Len Rawluk

Retired

With over 35 years experience in public practice, Len has retired from practice.  Prior to joining Gauer Olsen, Len ran his own accounting firm in Victoria, British Columbia for over 30 years.  He has provided a variety of tax and financial services to a broad range of clients, including personal, corporate and estate tax returns, preparing financial statements and tax planning.

We wish Len all the best in his new stage of life!

Aruna Pace

Office Manager

Aruna Pace

Office Manager

Aruna is a true Vancouver Islander, having been raised in Victoria and living most of her life here.  She has over 17 years experience as a Medical Office Assistant for ophthalmologists. In her prior position she kept a busy office running at full capacity, and now looks forward to devoting her efforts to Gauer Olsen and its valued clients. Aruna studied at Sprott Shaw College in the Medical Office Assistant (MOA) program. She has been an active member of the Quadra Village community for most of her life and is a mom to two grown children who have now flown the coop. In her free time, she greatly enjoys playing disc golf & baseball, reading a good book, and spending time with friends, family, and her cat, Penny. 

Lila Grayson

Reception

Lila Grayson

Reception

Originally from Vancouver but calling Victoria home for over 20 years, Lila considers herself a true Islander.

A passion for gardening and a lover of the outdoors. Bike riding, swimming, and camping year-round, Lila and her 6 -year-old daughter are always on the go.

You can catch her on a rainy-day cooking, listening to music and painting rocks, which are usually hidden in her Beaver Lake neighborhood.

Dee Fitzpatrick

Dee Fitzpatrick

Bookkeeper

Dee Fitzpatrick

Dee Fitzpatrick

Bookkeeper

Dee has been with the firm for nearly 20 years. She studied at Camosun College to complete programs in Business Administration. Having seen the accounting and bookkeeping professions progress over the last two decades, she is always current on the latest software. Dee's unique knowledge allows her to maintain client files in a fully digitized form with the latest security protocols, as well as advise clients on the ins and outs of payroll and other bookkeeping matters. In her free time Dee is a crafty person, enjoys photography, researching genealogy history and spending time with family and friends.

Vivian Lo-Weitman CPA

Manager - Assurance

Vivian Lo-Weitman CPA

Manager - Assurance

Vivian is a Manager at Gauer Olsen. She graduated from the University of Northern British Columbia in 2015 with a Bachelor’s of Commerce degree in accounting and finance.  In 2018 she successfully passed the Common Final Exam and went on to receive her CPA designation in 2019. She has over four years of experience in public practice which brings with her working experience from a broad range of clients. In her spare time Vivian enjoy travelling and spending time with family and friends.

Amber Arnold CPA

Manager - Taxation

Amber Arnold CPA

Manager - Taxation

Amber is a Manager at Gauer Olsen focusing in taxation. Currently enrolled in the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada’s In-depth Tax course, Amber is looking to specialize in taxation for estates, trusts, non-residents and high net worth tax solutions.

Completing her undergraduate studies at Camosun College obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting and a minor in Finance. In 2019, she obtained the highest mark in B.C. on the Common Final Exam to obtain the title of Valedictorian and achieve National Honor Status with CPA Canada.

Outside of work Amber has a keen interest in investments and market analysis, as well as, enjoys going to the gym, fishing and camping.

Mandy Sloan CPA, CGA

Senior Accountant

Mandy Sloan CPA, CGA

Senior Accountant

Mandy is a senior accountant at Gauer Olsen. She started her accounting career in 2007 and graduated from Camosun College in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration majoring in Accounting. Mandy completed her GCA designation in 2011 and has gained much experience over the years working with a broad range of clients. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her two boys.  

Trish Kennedy

Senior Accountant

Trish Kennedy

Senior Accountant

Trish is articling at Gauer Olsen. She studied at the University of British Columbia where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. Trish uses her problem-solving skills to tackle all sorts of issues. In her free time, she enjoys cross country skiing, volleyball, camping and spending time with neighborhood cats.

Dylan Johnson

Senior Accountant

Dylan Johnson

Senior Accountant

Dylan is articling at Gauer Olsen. In 2017 he graduated from Camosun College with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree – Accounting major.  He interned and subsequently worked at a CPA firm in Vancouver. He is happy to be back in his hometown of Victoria. When not working he spends his leisure time hiking, kayaking and mountain biking. He also enjoys the companionship of his two dogs.

Cheyenne Domm

CPA Student

Cheyenne Domm

CPA Student

Cheyenne is a CPA student at Gauer Olsen. She completed her Bacholer of Arts in Economics with Distinction at the University of Victoria and Post Degree Diploma in Business Administration at Camosun College. Cheyenne is enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan in the Master of Professional Accounting Program. 

Zack Meier

CPA Student

Zack Meier

CPA Student

Zack graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from Royal Roads University in 2016. Having a passion for entrepreneurship and small businesses he has worked in the private sector for several years prior to joining public practice.

An avid traveler, he has traveled to over 25 countries.  Picking up a passion for cooking, exploring the outdoors, and spending time with his growing family. 

Ellen Roth

CPA Student

Ellen Roth

CPA Student

Ellen grew up in Ucluelet and spent five years living in Ladysmith before moving to Victoria in 2016 to attend Camosun College. She graduated in 2020 with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and is now pursuing the CPA program. When Ellen is not working or studying, she can be found on a hike or at the beach with her dog, Lucky.