Rob Farrow, CPA, CGA (1985)

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Rob Recent BWRob has been active in the tech community since 1987 when he worked as a financial reviewer with CRA’s fledgling Scientific Research & Experimental Development Program (aka “SR&ED” – pronounced SHRED) in Victoria.


Today Rob is a founding member of Sutton Innovation Inc. – a  BC-based SR&ED Practice. He lives in Vancouver and works primarily in Southern BC.

Between 1988 and 2000 Rob operated an accounting practice in Victoria, BC – focusing on early stage technology companies. In 1998 he was one of a few dozen specialists selected from across the country to attend the Vancouver SR&ED Practitioners’ Sessions with then Revenue Minister Herb Dhaliwal. After selling the practice in 2000, he re-located to Vancouver and formed CFO 2 GO Financial Inc – a company providing outsourced controllership functions to early stage companies.

Rob joined PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (now “PwC”) as a manager in 2005. In 2009 he was promoted to senior manager – in their Vancouver Scientific Research and Experimental Development (aka “SR&ED”) tax practice. Working with PwC allowed him to ‘up his game’, working with some of the best tax professionals around and with a range of clients from large multi-nationals to technology startups – and everything in between.

2008 SR&ED Update presented to the Canada Tax Foundation in Winnipeg. The report was reviewed by Mel Machado – former head of CRA’s SR&ED Directorate – and a partner with PwC in Ottawa.

Tom Mitchell, P.Eng

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Tom has founded and been a Chair, CEO, COO of a number technology start-ups and early stage companies with several successful exits.   He has obtained more than $50 million funding from both VC and public sources in Canada, US and Europe and has mentored more than 50 companies.

Tom has been a Founder, CEO, COO, CTO, and is a Director or Mentor of several start-up and early stage companies and had a number of successful exists. He has obtained over $50 million in funding from VCs and Public Markets in North America and Europe for technology companies resulting in successful new ventures.

Tom has developed technologies for the Canadian Space Agency, NASA, and the Institute of Ocean Science, military in several countries and lead teams developing and manufacturing Telecordia compliant telecom products.

He also has taken surgical devices from conception to manufacture personally dealing with the FDA 510k pathways.  His experience with stereo real time imaging has been applied to VR projects as well as other medical devices and was an invited presenter for the US Navy in Hawaii and San Diego for teleoperated military systems.  He has published multiple papers and co-authored several stereo endoscopy chapters in surgical text books.

He is a mentor and judge in the BC New Ventures Competition with a good track record of placing companies in the top ten for financial awards.

Tom is a Registered Professional Engineer and holds degrees in Electrical Engineering and MSc. in Technology Management. He also teaches as a sessional instructor several management, entrepreneur and innovation courses in Technology Management at the BC Institute of Technology.

Divine Garcia, CPA (Philippines)

Divine Garcia BWDivine joined our firm in January of 2016 after earning her CPA designation in 2015.
She has a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from the University of the Cordilleras in the Philippines (Baguio City). She is excited to be learning the basics of the Canadian Tax System to complement her education in accountancy.

Currently she is assisting with working paper file preparation, accounting and year end adjustments, as well as corporate income tax preparation.

Sanaz Jahanbakhsh

 As a young teenager, her love for connecting with people from around the world attracted Sanaz to start playing around with a computer and then started to write programs for it. She started taking computer programming courses in high school which led to her pursuing a degree in Engineering at SFU; where she had the opportunity to work at Nokia and Mercedes Benz in Germany as part of her internship program. She is passionate about technology and has been working at start-ups as well as fortune-500 companies where she had led engineering teams delivering enterprise software. Her passion and curiosity about the latest technologies in the world of software development led her to pursue opportunities where she currently gets to help companies finance their research and development cost as a consultant.

During her spare time, Sanaz has been involved with various organizations which promote involvement of women in STEM, such as Wonder Woman and WIT, to inspire the next generation of female engineers.