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Main Office

  • 4817 48 Street
  • RED DEER, AB T4N 1S6
  • Main Number: (403) 341-4702
  • Fax: 403-342-6654
  • Toll Free: 1-866-341-4708
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Dwayne Patchett, B.Sc. CPA, CMA

  • Main Number: (403) 341-4702 ext. 1103
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Dwayne has an undergraduate degree (86) in Math and Business Administration and in 1990 he completed his professional accounting designation.

After six years of working in Finance and Management within the Public Sector, 1995 saw his return to Public Practice where he partnered with Gordon Welch to create Summit Strategies, a professional services organization with a focus on the integration of wealth management strategies and business advisory services.

Dwayne's primary focus is Entrepreneurship and Business Development with small to medium sized businesses.  He provides coaching and mentoring to help clients with clarity and confidence.

Dwayne and his wife Barb reside in Red Deer, Alberta where they have raised four children.  He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre and has contributed 28 years of volunteering to Red Deer Minor Hockey and Strive Dance Academy.

Dwayne enjoys traveling, the outdoors, sports and recreation and is currently a member at the Red Deer Golf & Country Club.

Steve Schiestel, CPA, CGA

  • Main Number: (403) 341-4702 ext. 1113
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Steve has been working in tax and accounting since 1994. He services a large base of clients in a diverse range of Alberta industries. He enjoys the complexities of income tax strategies.            

His background in agriculture has attracted many farming clients because he understands their business needs and has a personal vested interest in the industry. Steve also farms cattle, horses and crops north of Sylvan Lake.

Steve has been a volunteer with the Central Alberta B.O.S.S. program helping new business owners to start up their operations. He sits on the board of directors for:

  • American Quarter Horse Association
  • Canadian Ancient Trails Foundation
  • Past president of the Alberta Quarter Horse Association.  
  • Proud alumni and supporter of 4-H.     

Karleen Mudry, B.Comm, CPA, CA

  • 403-341-4702 ext. 1109
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Karleen Mudry has been with Summit Strategies since 2001. Her credentials include a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a CA designation received in 2006. She manages a solid team of accountants serving Albertans in a diverse range of industries by providing tax compliance needs as well as some tax planning and corporate reorganizations.

Karleen spends her time away from the office with her growing young family and enjoys reading and gardening.

Bert Haar, B.Ed, CPA, CGA

  • Main: 403-341-4702 ext. 1132
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Having achieved both his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education, he earned his CGA designation in 2008.  He is a hardworking Associate and has been in the accounting and tax field for approximately 17 years.  His time has been spent primarily enjoying helping owners/managers of small businesses to be able to manage their compliance requirements and to help them plan at every stage of their business evolution.

He believes that the key to running your busienss is to be well organized and to be able to stay on track with accounting and tax compliance.

Bert is involved with his church community where he enjoys serving the community of Lacombe.  He enjoys singing and also small construction projects around the house.

Mitchel Harris, B.Comm., CPA

  • Main: 403-341-4702 ext. 1122
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Growing up Mitchel was involved for years in his family business environment.  He is an Associate with a Bachelor of Commerce and a CPA designation earned in 2016.  This has brought him a wide range of knowledge and experience that serves him well today in the community and in serving the clients he always gives his very best to. 

Camping, fishing, golfing, hiking, hockey, just being outdoors and traveling with his wife Sabrina are some of the hobbies he enjoys in his time off.

Alison Colton, BAccS, CPA, CGA

  • Main: 403-341-4702 ext. 1135
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Alison has been in public practice for most of her career and enjoys focusing on general tax planning as well as some estate work.  She prides herself on strong communication with her clients, and enjoys seeing the results of their businesses grow and flourish.

She currently sits on the Central Alberta Chapter of Cystic Fibrosis Canada as Treasurer, and is an active volunteer in her kid's schools.  She stays busy with her husband Blaine and their three school age kids and enjoys gardening, reading and camping with her family.

Connie Andres

Accounting Technician/Corporate Services Officer
  • Main: 403-341-4702 ext. 1125
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As a valuable member of our team Connie wears many hats.   She has been with us now for over 15 years and is an Accounting Technician, Corporate Affairs Agent, Bookkeeper and Tax Preparer.  Outside of work she enjoys reading, movies and playing games.

Michelle Bare

Corporate Services Officer
  • Main: 403-341-4702 ext. 1111
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Michelle is a dedicated Executive Assistant, Corporate Service Officer and Bookkeeper.  She offers training in Xero to both Summit staff and to our clients.  In her spare time Michelle enjoys going on adventures with her husband Rob, and spending time with her three kids.

Tammy Orchyk

Administrative Assistant
  • Main: 403-341-4702 ext. 1120
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Tammy is a dedicated administrative assistant who has a passion for a large group of our clients often working long hours past when she is expected to.  She is always happy to help colleagues where they may need it.  When she is not hard at work she enjoys spending time with and cheers on her daughter in Ringette. 

Adam Carleton, BBA, CPA

Senior Accountant
  • Main: 403-341-4702 ext. 1126
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Adam is currently a Senior Accountant with a Bachelor of Business Adminsitration and has obtained his CPA disignation.  He really enjoys working with companies that are start-ups and those that need a financial tune-up for their business in some capacity.  He has several years of experience dealing with companies in a variety of industries.

He is dedicated to both his wife Brooke and their newborn daughter Blair. When he has spare time he enjoys watching and playing sports. 

Gelnn Lau, B.BA

Accounting Technician
  • Main: 403-341-4702 ext. 1176
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Gelnn has a Bachelor of Business Administration and is currently studying to write the CFE.  As a focused Staff Accountant Gelnn likes to ensure all accounting records are accurate for his clients.

Camping and shopping are two of his favourite family activities that he enjoys with his wife Winnie. 

Connor Patchett

Accounting Technician
  • 403-341-4702 ext. 1116

Connor is an Accounting Technician who has received his Bachelor of Business Administration in General Management with a minor in Finance.  He is currently pursuing his CPA designations.  When he is out of the office he enjoys watching or playing hockey, golf and basketball.  He is currently a member with the Piper Creek Optimist Club and enjoys helping to raise money for Red Deer youth.

Danielle Butt

Administrative Assistant
  • 403-341-4702 ext. 1177
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Danielle is a dedicated Administrative Assistant that has recently come to us with 27 years of exceptional customer service experience.  She has an intimate understanding of the world of a small business owner after operating a home based bakery business for 10 years, and she can bake a mean cupcake!  She serves our clients tirelessly, and is always available to lend a helping hand with a smile on her face.  In her time off she helps her husband Darren with his business and enjoys time with her two teenage daughters.

Jennifer Ling

Accounting Technician
  • work: 403-341-4702 ext. 1137

Jennifer has her Bachelor of Commerce and is enrolling in the CPA program of professional studies.  She has  a strong work ethic and enjoys helping business owners with their taxes along with helping to implement a progressive business plan for them.

She enjoys hiking, eating a healthy meal and relaxing with her family in her time off. 

Anil Yuksel, BMgt

Accounting Technician
  • Work: 403-341-4702 ext. 1136
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Anil has graduated from the University of British Columbia's Management program with a specialization in Accounting and Minor in Economics.  During his time at UBC he was involved in a number of different extracurricular activities such as working as a teaching assistant, volunteering as an Executive at the Pride Resource Centre and competing in four different case competitions.

Anil enjoys getting to know his clients and finding realistic, practical, and economical solutions to their tax, accounting, and succession challenges.

Collegues know him as being creative, industrious and dedicated.  He has great people skills and in innately curious about cultures which serves him well when assisting clients.

Outside of work he enjoys skiing, playing and watching sports, seeing the world and voluteering with children. 

Wenneth De Jesus

Accounting Technician
  • work: 403-341-4702 ext. 1107
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Wenneth works hard for her clients to ensure that they can make well-timed decisions.  She loves working with numbers and problem solving.  

She is organized and efficiently manages her time well for her clients.

Before her career in accounting she worked as a science teacher.  When she is not working she currently enjoys reading and playing table tennis.

Aislyn Havell, B.Comm.,CPA

Senior Accountant
  • work: 403-341-4702 ext. 1121
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Aislyn has two years of audit experience-not for profits associations.  She also has 2 years of specialized farm corporate and personal tax accounting experience.

Her preferred area of practice is business and personal taxes.

When she is not working she enjoys horses, rock climbing, running and biking.