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Our Team

Jack Kurin CPA, CA – Founding Partner
JKJack founded the Firm to implement his vision of providing high quality service to a variety of business clients, including owner-managers and professionals. Areas of interest include personal and corporate tax planning, and business advisory services.

When out of the office, Jack enjoys travel, leisurely walks with Susan, and the occasional low-stake poker game.

Gary Friedlander CPA, CA
– Managing Partner
GFGary began his accounting profession working for the big 4 firms, immigrating to Canada in 1986 with Deloitte. After spending some time in industry as a controller, he joined Kurin and Partners. His clients cover a wide range of industries, with a focus on medical professionals, and he applies his considerable experience advising them on tax and financial planning, as well as business management.

Outside work Gary enjoys time with his family, playing chess golf and tennis, travelling, skiing and gardening.

Susan Kurin CPA, CA
– Partner
Susan joined her husband Jack in 1983 to form the firm of Kurin and Partners. Surprisingly after working together for so many years, they are still happily married. In her 30 years of experience, Susan has assisted many owner managed businesses in the implementation and the proper use of an appropriate accounting system. Susan has also been a great sounding board for her clients and has assisted them in solving a variety of business issues.

When not working, Susan enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, travelling, playing table tennis and taking long walks.

Paul Schmid CPA, CA
– Partner
PSPaul employs over 20 years of professional experience in advising owner-managed clients on tax, business, and estate planning, and assisting with meeting their assurance requirements. His experience includes years both in public practice as a partner and sole-practitioner, and also in industry as the top finance executive at a software company.

In his spare time, Paul loves playing with his preschool twins, is an avid car and motorcycle enthusiast, and his hobbies include photography, martial arts, and target shooting.

Sakina Raza CPA, CA
– Senior Associate/Manager
SRSakina obtained her BMath in Business Administration and Risk Management from the University of Waterloo. She joined Kurin and Partners in 2009, then earned her CPA, CA designation shortly thereafter. Through participating in and now leading engagements, she has gained extensive experience with the firm’s diverse client base.

Away from work Sakina enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants with friends, exploring Toronto, and is a Bikram hot yoga enthusiast.

Derek Turner CPA, CA
DTAfter gaining valuable experience in a few large accounting firms, Derek joined Kurin and Partners in 2013.  Derek has a wide range of experience in tax, consulting and assurance services, with a particular focus on healthcare professionals and owner managed businesses.

Derek particularly enjoys opportunities to offer management consulting to clients so they can better understand, manage and grow their business. When not at the office, Derek likes to play guitar and is an avid hockey fan.

Matthew Young CPA, CA
MYWith an original focus on Finance, Matthew joined the Accounting world with an intention to help small business owners create tangible, long lasting benefits through tax and business planning. Matthew has broad experience in corporate and personal tax, and is focused on providing assurance services to our clients.

Matthew prefers to spend his leisure time hiking and travelling. He enjoys travelling to experience new cultures and food, and aims to summit more mountains.

Troy Pinto
TPTroy has been with Kurin and Partners for 10 years and has over 10 years of work experience in the accounting and finance industry, both in corporate and in public practice.

When time permits, his favorite past times include spending time with his family, golfing, fishing, and playing various sports. 

Deborah Pestell
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DPDeborah is pleased to be able to call Kurin and Partners her work home for over 6 years now, after gaining significant experience in payroll and administration with both owner-managed, and large, international professional corporations.


When not working, she can be found antique hunting, gathering with family and friends, and relishing the joys and challenges of home ownership.

Joy Vassell
JVJoy has over 15 years of experience as a bookkeeper for both not-for-profit and for-profit businesses. She is a certified QuickBooks desktop and online ProAdvisor with a comprehensive knowledge of Sage and Wave accounting systems.  Joy has helped a wide variety of companies implement, standardize and refine their payroll and bookkeeping processes.

When not in the office, she enjoys camping, organizing children’s programs in the community and spending time with her young family.

Eli Friedlander
EFAfter graduating from the University of Waterloo in sociology, Eli began working part time for Kurin and Partners. After completing a business and finance program at Seneca, he joined full time in 2016, specializing in bookkeeping for medicine professional corporations. He is currently working on expanding his focus.

Outside the office, he’s a big hockey fan, both playing and watching. He also enjoys time away at the cottage, travelling and spending time with friends and family.

Andrea Mok
Andrea attended the University of Waterloo where she obtained her Bachelors of Accounting and Financial Management. She is now a candidate for the CPA designation. She has several years of professional experience under her belt, and has gained extensive knowledge on the topic of SR&ED while working for a tax consulting firm.

In her down time, she enjoys attending music events around Toronto, cooking, and spending time with friends.

Moe Silva
MSAfter obtaining his Bachelors of Accounting in Brazil in 2015, Moe moved to Canada. After graduating from George Brown College in Accounting, he joined Kurin and Partners where he is expanding his knowledge of Quickbooks and corporate taxes.

Moe spends his free time finding new TV series to watch, and playing video games. He is also a music enthusiast, particularly with string instruments.

Tracy Dubecki
TDTracy joined Kurin and Partners more than 15 years ago as an experienced small business bookkeeper, and has since expanded her skills to become a proficient file and tax preparer as well.  She handles daily bookkeeping, annual corporate financial statement preparation as well as personal and corporate income tax returns for a wide variety of clients.

She is happily married to her best friend and together they have four amazing children and three beautiful grandchildren.  She is now enjoying a leisurely life of semi-retirement spending the winters in the sunny south …. But she’s always back for tax season!

Paul Ng