During a misguided summer in the late 1970’s I worked for my father, an accountant, to make money for a trip to Europe. To my father’s consternation (he was asked to try out for the Cleveland Indians but became an accountant instead due to family circumstances) I continued along the path of becoming a Chartered Accountant. Along the way I moved from accounting to income tax, from a Big 4 firm (PWC) to a boutique firm, to a two person partnership, and finally to Cunningham LLP, a mid-sized accounting firm in Toronto. I am a tax partner, the managing partner and the partner in charge of our Wealth Management division. Thus, I speak from several experiences within the accounting profession. I love sports and played baseball, hockey and basketball, but with age and body erosion, I turned into a golfer. I enjoy good food, music and travel. I have been a Big Brother, acted on the Investment Committee for the Reena Foundation and have been involved in the Make A Wish Foundation on a committee level and as a wish grantor with my wife. We intend to grant more wishes over the next couple years, Finally, for some unknown reason have always enjoyed writing and thus currently write The Blunt Bean Counter blog.
Retired from engineering/management since 1997. Largely biotech, but some other stocks and real estate investor for over 25 years. Enjoy skiing, sailing, sports. I enjoy the role of Devil's Advocate, so some of what I say may be to provoke discussion, and may not reflect my actual opinion.
I'm currently undergoing treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. I had planed to be skiing now, but sometimes life gets in the way of your plans. While I'm confident of achieving remission, I intend to be very critical of the FDA for the way drug testing is done. I'm strongly in favor of streamlining the clinical trial process, especially when related to drugs for potentially terminal diseases. I am scheduled for stem cell transplantation late this month (4/15).