Altitude Accounting Inc. began with a vision to help Canadians. We have a carefully selected team of professionals who are here to help you succeed. Our team is comprised of tax experts, former CRA auditors, and entrepreneurs. The diversity that our team presents allows us to better service our clients.
Meet the Team
Rob Chaulk, Founder
Rob has always been a visionary. Having owned multiple businesses and over 26 rental properties, Rob always looks for the next opportunity. His intention: to help Canadians. It wasn’t until Rob encountered a major audit on his business affairs that he was prompted to seek an accountant to solve the problem. Unfortunately Rob could not find anyone who could give him the solutions that he needed. Rob quickly realized that if he had hired an expert tax accountant when he first began his business ventures, he would not have the issues he was facing today. In that moment Rob’s vision was born. In February 2011 Altitude Accounting Inc. opened for business. Rob was determined to be there to help Canadians build a solid foundation for their personal and business endeavors. Rob opened Altitude Accounting Inc. to help Canadians reduce their tax burden, provide education and support to growing businesses and to help ensure clients are audit ready at all time.
Rob travels worldwide teaching financial education to entrepreneurs. Rob is a mentor, coach and motivational speaker. Rob’s interests include hunting, fishing and travelling with his family.
Darlene, Senior Accountant
Darlene has over 9 years of public practice experience, helping small businesses and individuals with their accounting and tax needs. Her extensive experience has provided her exposure to a vast array of industries, which includes Retail, Real Estate, Professional Corporations, Construction and Service industries. Darlene enjoys the challenge of working with both small business and individuals, assisting them with the issues they face and the unique problems they encounter. Currently working in industry as a Corporate Controller for a large group of privately owned corporations, Darlene understands the day to day obstacles of being in business. In her spare time, Darlene volunteers for two Alberta based not-for-profit organizations holding a position on their Board of Directors, as Treasurer. She also volunteers her time preparing personal income tax returns for low income individuals.
Jessica, Senior Accountant
Jessica has been in the accounting field for 10 years. She has worked in public practice preparing financial statements and taxes, as well as in industry doing full cycle accounting and managing the day to day operations of a corporation. Jessica has always been an entrepreneur, she started several businesses as a child and ran her own painting company in University. She enjoys working with small businesses and helping people understand the numbers. Jessica and her husband are real estate investors in their home town of Hinton, AB. They enjoy golfing, travelling and spending time out doors with their two Labradors.
Holly, Senior Administrator
Holly has spent the past 10 years working in an office setting, allowing her to expand her knowledge beyond general office duties. Although she is new to the accounting world, she has vast experience working in customs brokerage, collections, payroll, and event organization. She is the first face you see when you walk in the front door, and she is always ready with a big smile and a great story! In her spare time, Holly is an avid outdoorsman. She enjoys competitive 3-Day eventing, hiking and fishing. In the winter, she spends her time baking, reading, and spending time with her family.
Jacqueline, Accounts Manager – Personal Income Tax
Jackie began her career in the world of income tax many years ago when she accepted a job with a financial education company. During her time there, Jackie learned about various tax strategies and their benefit to Canadians. Jackie came to Altitude Accounting Inc. in January 2012 with a desire to increase her knowledge about Personal Income Tax. As a young Real Estate Investor Jackie wanted to learn more about finance and how she could help Canadians save more money in tax dollars. Jacqueline is one of the first people you see as soon as you come into our office. Expect to be greeted with a warm smile and a wonderful attitude. Jacqueline’s hobbies and interests include camping, travelling, real estate and shoes. Jackie enjoys throwing dinner parties for Family and Friends. Jacqueline also has a very large shoe collection. Expect fun and sparkly footwear whenever you see her!
Crystal Lucier-Nutbrown, PBA, ICIA
Crystal has been working in the finance industry for 18 years. During this time she has owned and run multiple businesses, worked in public practice and gained experience in industry accounting and management within finance and oil and gas. Crystal has won awards for her work within her accounting association and has volunteered on several Board of Directors in an operational and financial capacity. Crystal has always been passionate about helping owners understand and grow their businesses. Crystal is a mom of three busy girls and enjoys spending her free time practicing yoga and immersing herself in art and music.
Mike, Senior Accountant
Mike has spent the last 5 years working with small business owners in both public practice and private equity. His experience covers several areas, including audits, reviews, compilations, Canadian and US corporate tax, business acquisitions and valuations, financial modeling, corporate restructuring and systems implementation. Mike has a BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration) majoring in Accounting. Outside of work, Mike is kept busy by his 2 children and various renovation projects. He enjoys travelling with his family, playing volleyball, snowboarding, fishing, playing with the latest tech-gadgets and teaching his children debits and credits.
Melissa, Accounting Technician
Melissa’s accounting career began as soon as she finished high school. Melissa enrolled in a 2 year co-op Accounting Diploma Program at Grant MacEwan University. During the co-op placement, Melissa fell in love with the accounting industry. Her co-op employer noticed her passion and asked her to continue working with them part time while in school. Melissa worked for them for the duration of her time in school and upon completion they offered her a full time job. Melissa has spent her career working in the public accounting industry. She enjoys working with clients to solve their accounting and tax needs. When Melissa isn’t working she enjoys spending time with her daughter and husband.
Christopher, Accounting Technician
Christopher completed his Bachelor of Commerce degree with a focus in Accounting at the University of Alberta. In 2015 he gained experience working in the financial industry as a finance administrator. Christopher has experience with personal taxes and bookkeeping. He enjoys researching new tax rules and regulations to ensure clients get up to date information. He has also spent many hours volunteering to complete tax returns for low-income families. Christopher’s goal is to become a certified accountant. His passion is working with numbers and formulas. As a result, Christopher will be starting his CPA designation next year. In his spare time, Christopher enjoys playing basketball and board games with friends.
Darlene, Accounting Technician
Darlene has over twenty years’ experience as a senior accounting technician. Accounting and numbers are two of Darlene’s passions. She enjoys public practice, providing assurance and accounting and tax services to a variety of owner-managed businesses, not for profit organizations and individuals. Darlene is a mother of four busy, energetic children. She is also the treasurer of her children’s preschool and her daughters Girl Guide Unit. When not spending time with her husband and children she can be found watching the CFL and our Edmonton Eskimos. She also enjoys camping and motorcycle trips on the back of her husband’s bike.
Elaine, Staff Accountant
Elaine has spent the past ten years in public practice working closely with small businesses and not- for-profit organizations. Elaine enjoys helping small business owners make sense of their numbers, minimize their tax burdens and is a friendly, helpful buffer when faced with CRA issues. She has helped many small businesses including farms, oil and gas contractors, trucking and logging operators, engineers, medical practices, motels, homebuilders, franchises, hardware stores and restaurants with everything from personal and corporate tax returns and tax planning to testamentary trusts. She values building strong relationships with clients and learning about their businesses, goals and dreams. She is working towards her CPA (Chartered Professional Accountant) designation in the evenings through Athabasca University. In her spare time, Elaine goes on eco-adventures with her young family and friends, either camping or other “unplugged” adventures. She has a passion for yoga and martial arts, and has achieved her third degree black belt in karate. She enjoys learning about new technology, and its business applications. Elaine has a love of languages, particularly Anglo-Saxon (Old English), and a love of literature, from Shakespeare to Stephen King, from her years majoring in English at the University of Alberta.
Sabrina, Marketing Director
Sabrina has spent 5 years in the marketing world, with experience in online and traditional marketing. She has previously worked as a marketing director with Toyota as well as been on numerous TV and Movie sets filming. She enjoys being behind a camera and bringing ideas to life. Her knowledge with social media, website and graphic design, as well as the film world, Sabrina can build fun, effective marketing strategies. In Sabrina’s spare time she enjoys photography, horseback riding, knitting and spending time with her cat.
Jason, Audit Representation
Jason previously spent 10 years as an Income Tax and GST auditor at the CRA. He worked in several program areas but spent the majority of those years auditing small to medium sized sole proprietorship's and corporations. Jason is an expert in Indirect Verification of Income audits that CRA utilizes. Jason has been through the audit process from start to finish hundreds of times. He knows where auditors are prone to make the most significant mistakes. He has experience dealing with auditors, appeals, collections and appealing to the Tax Court of Canada. In addition to representing Canadians while they under go a CRA audit, he also prepares corporate and personal tax returns for clients. Jason is here to help you succeed. In his spare time, he spends time with his family; biking, wakeboarding and snowboarding.
Erin, Reception/Executive Assistant
Erin has extensive experience helping businesses cultivate. When her career started she assisted in businesses development through marketing, advertising, and sales strategy. After she welcomed her daughters to her family, Erin shifted her career focus to fashioning offices into centres of administrative and organizational excellence. Loving the experience Altitude Accounting Inc. offered her as a client, she jumped at the opportunity to join the team. Erin is excited to further advance her knowledge of finance. Erin is always enthusiastic to greet clients with her endearing attitude and bright smile. In her spare time, Erin enjoys being a mother to three amazing girls, shopping, searching for unique antiques and doing fun craft projects.