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Winnipeg Office

Saul Targownik

Saul Targownik

CPA, CMA, CGA

Partner

204-669-4213 ext. 103

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Saul Targownik

Saul Targownik graduated from Red River College’s Business Administration program in 1969, obtained his CMA designation in 1972, and subsequently obtained his CGA designation in 1982. Prior to joining the GTP team in June of 1980, Saul was a Special Investigator with the Criminal Division of the Canada Revenue Agency for over 10 years. He has provided accounting, auditing, taxation, and business advisory services over the last 35 years to business owners in various sectors: medical, dental, and not-for-profits to name a few. In addition, Saul provides U.S. tax services for individuals. Saul has served various community organizations such as The Winnipeg Board of Jewish Education and the Winnipeg Jewish Community Council and also instructed and provided seminars for CMA and CGA associations. Saul and his wife keep very busy with their three daughters and eight wonderful grandchildren; any leftover spare time is spent on the golf course.

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Mel L Verin

Mel L Verin

B.A., FCPA, FCA

Partner

204-669-4213 ext. 108

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Mel L Verin

Mel L Verin is a life-long resident of the Winnipeg area, where he received his BA and CA designations. Mel is a principal at GTP and has been in the accounting industry since 1971. He picked the accounting field because he has always enjoyed numbers and wanted to apply that in a business environment. He was President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants for the 1995-1996 year, and was awarded his FCA designation in 1995. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing and bowling. An interesting fact about Mel is he was in a rock and roll band as a teenager and is knowledgeable in 60’s rock trivia.

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Reese Feder

Reese Feder

B. Comm., CPA, CA,

Manager

204-669-4213

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Reese Feder

Reese is born and raised in the Winnipeg Area, where he graduated from Asper School of Business in 2011 and received his Chartered Accountant designation in 2014. Reese spent 5 plus years working at a national CA firm and brings much of his prior experience and knowledge to support his client base at GTP. He has a passion for working with young entrepreneurs, whether it’s helping solve their tax needs or providing clients with accounting solutions to their business. Away from the office, Reese spends time on the golf course where he has a low single digit handicap, and winters supporting the Winnipeg Jets.

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Winkler Office

Dale Gislason

Dale Gislason

FCPA, FCGA

Partner

204-325-7579

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Dale Gislason

Dale Gislason joined the firm as a student in January of 1980. He obtained his CGA designation in 1983 and was awarded the gold medal for fifth-level performance. He became a partner in the firm in 1983 and currently manages the Winkler office. He received an FCGA designation in 1997 and was awarded a life membership in 2006. He has been involved in both the provincial and national CGA associations in various senior capacities. He has been the past-president of the CGA Association of Manitoba and Chair of the Board of CGA-Canada. Most recently he served as the Canadian representative to the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) Small and Medium Practice Committee providing input to the international auditing standard setting process. Currently, he is active with the Accounting Standards Oversight Council of Canada. In recent years, Dale’s focus has been providing professional services consisting of high-level tax work, corporate reorganizations, mergers, and finance.

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Darren Funk

Darren Funk

CPA, CGA

Partner

204-325-7579

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Darren Funk

Darren Funk is originally from Winnipeg but has been working at GTP in Winkler since 1996. He received his designation in 1999 and became a partner in the firm in 2006. Darren specializes in GTP’s owner-managed business accounts. He became an accountant because he enjoys assisting others in managing their resources. An interesting fact about Darren is that he studies martial arts and holds black belts in Tae Kwon Do and Kyusho. In his free time, he enjoys cheering on the Winnipeg Jets.

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Robert Friesen

Robert Friesen

B. Comm. (Hons), CPA, CGA

Partner

204-325-7579

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Robert Friesen

Robert Friesen grew up in Morden and from the early age of 14, he knew he wanted to be an accountant. He pursued his goals and graduated in 1989 from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Commerce Honours degree. He immediately began public practice and worked as a senior accountant with a national firm in their audit practice. In 1997, Robert received his designation and joined the GTP team, then was invited to partnership in 2006. Robert’s favourite part of his job is working directly with clients and helping them achieve their personal and business financial goals. Robert has served as treasurer on numerous local boards and in 2012, was appointed to the Board of Directors for the CGA Association of Manitoba. When he’s out of the office, you’ll find Robert on the golf course. He plays in the Minnewasta Golf Club Tuesday Night Men’s League, winning the 2012 league championship with his brother. Robert is also a noisy Winnipeg Jets fanatic and a true Blue Bombers fan, with a license plate to prove it.

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Brian Derksen

Brian Derksen

BA, CPA, CGA

Partner

204-325-7579

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Brian Derksen

Brian Derksen grew up in Morden and joined GTP as a student in 2001 after receiving his Bachelor’s degree from Briercrest College. He received his designation in 2005 through CGA Manitoba, and in 2013 became a partner at GTP. Brian’s favourite part about accounting is learning about the large variety of industries in which clients are involved. In his free time, Brian enjoys cheering on the Winnipeg Jets and Blue Bombers, as well as studying theology. He currently serves as the chairperson of the board of directors for a local agency that provides services to individuals with intellectual disabilities.

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Kenton Doerksen

Kenton Doerksen

BA, CPA, CGA

Partner

204-325-7579

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Kenton Doerksen

Kenton Doerksen moved to Winkler in 2002, shortly after receiving his Bachelor’s degree from Providence College. He joined the GTP team in 2004 and received his designation in 2009. He became a partner in 2013 and currently works with a wide range of clients, with a passion for working with young entrepreneurs. This is a segment he has been in himself, having been threatened with suspension from high school for selling Coca-Cola from his locker in a Pepsi sponsored Gimli High School. In addition to serving clients, Kenton handles the firm’s information technology functions. In Kenton’s spare time, he finds himself getting his nails painted by his three daughters, although whether or not he enjoys it is up for debate. Kenton also enjoys serving on a variety of committees for local organizations; most recently finishing a 3-year term as the president of the Winkler & District Chamber of Commerce.

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Ernest

Ernest Peters

FCPA, FCGA

Senior Consultant

204-325-7579

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Ernest

Ernest Peters has lived in Winkler and the surrounding area his whole life and joined the accounting industry in 1982. He has always had a passion for people and numbers, and found accounting to be a perfect combination of the two. After 33 years of being one of the name partners of GTP, Ernest has retired as a partner but has continued with GTP as a senior consultant. In 2011 he was awarded the FCGA designation. He spends his free time enjoying his convertible and classic Triumph motorcycle.

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Tracey Fehr

Tracey Fehr

CPA, CGA

Senior Consultant

204-325-7579

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Tracey Fehr

Tracey Fehr has been at GTP for approximately 30 years and has watched the Winkler firm grow from a three person office into what it is today. She is involved with accounting and auditing work for GTP’s Winkler location at a senior level. Her favourite part of her job and the accounting industry is helping clients solve problems. Solving puzzles and making sense out of disorder for clients is what has made her love her job. In Tracey’s spare time, she enjoys reading, watching sports, and spending time with her family and friends.

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Kaldon Driedger

Kaldon Driedger

BA, CPA, CGA

Manager

204-325-7579

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Kaldon Driedger

Kaldon Driedger grew up in the Morden/Winkler area. After high school he completed a business diploma from SIAST (Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology), a B.A. in Business Administration from Briercrest College, and he received his CGA designation in 2011, winning the Jim Penner Public Practice Award. After schooling, Kaldon wanted to gain as much business knowledge as he could and found accounting to be a challenging and rewarding way to do that. He currently works as a manager providing service to GTP’s personal and corporate tax clients. His favourite parts of his job are tax planning, retirement planning, and helping clients manage their business and personal finances successfully. In his spare time, Kaldon enjoys biking and camping with his wife and three children. He also serves as treasurer on the Board of Directors at his local church.

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Justin Funk

Justin Funk

B. Comm (Hons.), CPA, CGA

Manager

204-325-7579

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Justin Funk

Justin Funk grew up on a cattle and hog farm south of Winkler. He acquired his Bachelor of Commerce degree from Laurentian University in Ontario, and in 2014 completed his designation from CGA Manitoba. He has been in the accounting industry since 2005 and provides management services for GTP’s corporate clients; specifically land development groups and not-for-profits. In Justin’s free time, he enjoys playing hockey and golf, as well as spending time with his family.

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Andy Friesen

Andy Friesen

B. Comm (Hons.), CPA, CGA

Manager

204-325-7579

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Andy Friesen

Andy Friesen joined the GTP team in 2012, after having completed his Business Administration diploma at Red River College. He received his CPA, CGA designation in fall 2016, with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce from Laurentian University. Andy is expanding his knowledge for various types of industries, with a passion for working with clients in the agricultural segment. In Andy’s spare time, he enjoys watching sports and spending time with friends and family.

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Keith Gislason

Keith Gislason

B.C. Sc, MBA

Consulting Services

204-325-7579

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Keith Gislason grew up in Winkler with a desire to work in technology. After graduating from the University of Manitoba with a degree in Computer Science, he worked as a software consultant in Winnipeg for several years. Desiring a new challenge, Keith decided to pursue an MBA, graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 2007. Keith worked for several large corporations in the United States filling key roles in IT, Strategic Planning, and Software Management & Marketing. Keith joined GTP in 2017 to lead the new Consulting Services practice. In his spare time Keith enjoys playing sports with his 2 sons, outdoor activities and running obstacle course races.

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Steinbach Office

Sarah Neufeld

Sarah Neufeld

BA (Hons.), CPA, CGA

Partner

204-326-6842

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Sarah Neufeld

Sarah Neufeld was born and raised in Steinbach, and has been in the accounting industry since 2002.  She received a BA Honours from Providence College and became a CGA in 2007; winning the Professional Level Award of Excellence for top marks upon graduation. During the graduation ceremony, Sarah had the priviledge of reading the CGA Oath of Obligation on behalf of the graduating class, and has a copy of it on her wall as a reminder of the opportunities that she has. Sarah worked for her family’s business for many years, and enjoys being able to relate to her clients, as they discuss their challenges and successes. Sarah manages the newest GTP office in Steinbach, and as such, is well versed in Agriculture and small to medium sized enterprises. In her spare time she enjoys reading military science fiction and acknowledges that she is a geek. Her kids are still young enough to disagree, and think she’s perfect. At the age of 12, with her first paycheque from her family’s business, Sarah purchased a statue of a business woman leaning against her desk. That statue is still in her office today.

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Shaun Harder

Shaun Harder

CPA, CGA

Manager

204-326-6842

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Shaun Harder

Shaun Harder grew up in Steinbach and has been in the accounting industry since 2010. His interest in entrepreneurship and finance led him to pursue a career as an accountant. After obtaining a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Athabasca University, Shaun completed his CGA designation in 2015 where he received the Professional Level Award of Excellence. Shaun is a manager in the Steinbach office where he provides a variety of services to corporate and personal clients. In his free time, Shaun enjoys spending time with family, reading and watching basketball.

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