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 joined Kurin and Partners in 2015 after years in public practice as a partner, then sole practitioner, and some years in industry at a software startup.  He has over 25 years of professional experience covering tax, assurance, business startup, acquisition, and estate planning.  

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

Sakina Raza CPA, CA – Partner
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 – Partner
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.

Troy Pinto CPA
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. 


Joy Vassell, CPB

joy_final_one smallJoy 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, and certified Xero advisor, 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.

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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.

Aaron Mui
ACMAaron joined Kurin and Partners in 2019 as a new accounting student and candidate for the CPA designation.  He is developing his knowledge by working on bookkeeping, file preparation and tax returns.




Anmol Makkar
female avatarAnmol joined Kurin and Partners in 2021 as an accounting student and candidate for the CPA designation. 




Kuljit Kaur
female avatarKuljit joined Kurin and Partners in 2022 as an accounting student and candidate for the CPA designation. 




Mark Mendoza
male avatarMark joined Kurin and Partners in 2022 as an accounting student and candidate for the CPA designation. 




Amy Leung Kei
female avatarAmy joined Kurin and Partners in 2022 as an accounting student and candidate for the CPA designation. 




Jilian Alagadan
female avatarJilian joined Kurin and Partners in 2022 as an accounting student and candidate for the CPA designation. 




Leo Zhang
male avatarLeo joined Kurin and Partners in 2022 for a work term as an accounting student. 




Olga Pushkareva
female avatarOlga joined Kurin and Partners in 2022 as a bookkeeping and payroll specialist. 




Zarina Sharipova
female avatarZarina joined Kurin and Partners in 2019 as a bookkeeping and payroll specialist.