About the Team
Karen is an advocate for giving small- to medium-sized businesses an advantage
Karen Lightstone is a Chartered Professional Accountant/Chartered Accountant and small business owner. She has a PhD in accounting and has been teaching at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, for over 19 years in accounting and tax. Her work experience includes analyzing financial statements of companies of all sizes. Karen developed Finazz to help business owners better understand their financial statement results. She also taught for several years in a program that assists women managers understand the role of budgeting and finance in their organization.
Laurie is passionate about contributing to the growth of small businesses
Laurie Sinclair has built a successful career over many years, working with entrepreneurial businesses of all sizes in a diverse set of industries. She has developed a keen understanding of the needs and challenges business owners experience in achieving growth goals for their enterprises. She speaks your language, and has a strong skill set and practical knowledge that'll help you realize your business vision. Finazz.com has been created and designed with the awareness of the diverse needs of her clients in the areas of strategic growth planning and execution, financial management and decision making, as well as reaching profitability goals. Laurie has established a robust consulting practice focusing on the growth and sustainability of small- to medium-sized businesses. She has a proven track record of enhancing the business owner’s strategic and financial management skill set contributing to the bottom line. She has a BA in economics (honours) and an MBA in finance and marketing (honours). She has more than 20 years of experience in academia as an assistant professor. As well, Laurie has worked in the financial services industry. She also has 10 years of experience in the audit and consulting practice of a multinational chartered accountancy firm.
David enjoys sharing his business-improvement skills
A transplant from England, David Freer spent the first 40 years of his life in the United
Kingdom, working in finance, law and government in London. He started his information
technology career by studying programming, and then moved on to infrastructure. With
29 years experience in the IT field, David progressed to architect, establishing success in
a number of key projects for Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise. After moving to
Vancouver, Canada in 2010, he took on a role in IT management for TRADER
Corporation. From there, he learned the skills needed to run a successful online web