Our Team Joti Vallabh Partner, CEO Joti is the founder of Positive Accounting. She calls herself an “Accountant WITH a Personality”, so that business owners see her as a person too, since her strength lies in building and fostering these relationships. Joti brings with her 20 plus years of international business experience. 11 of those years she was with the biggest of the big 4 accounting firms, PriceWaterhouseCoopers. At PwC she completed her articles and worked her way up, gaining the necessary expertise, skills and knowledge along the way. Joti is an international speaker and published author. Her patience and determination ensure that every business owner is confident in entrusting her with their financial needs. During all this, Joti still regularly practices her South African accent! She gets her creative outlet through water colour painting. Raj Vallabh Partner, COO Being a serial entrepreneur for over 25 years, Raj brings his love for Business and numbers to Positive Accounting. His background for numbers stems from California State University of Hayward where he studied BSc Finance and later obtained his MBA in South Africa. Raj is a highly motivated self-starter, who’s passion lies in being a serial entrepreneur. He started several businesses from the ground up, building them into large businesses and then selling those profitable businesses. He brings to Positive Accounting the practical experience of being an entrepreneur, the knowledge and insight that customers so often need and find lacking in many firms. Raj loves seeing his customers grow, succeed and move their business to the next level. Raj gets to practice his South African accent with his lovely wife and business partner, Joti! He is an avid golfer and a serial globe-trotter. Aamir Staff Accountant Aamir has over 25 years of Accounting, Bookkeeping, Taxation and Advisory Services. He has worked in the industry as well as in Accounting firms like KPMG and Grant Thornton. He started his career in accounting with KPMG. He completed his articles working with numerous multinational clients. He then moved to Grant Thornton working in the management consulting area for owner managed business. Aamir has a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is a Level 4 CGA. Aamir is certified in QuickBooks Online, QuickBooks Desktop, Xero, Receipt Bank and Hubdoc. During his spare time, Aamir loves to do gardening, woodworking and watch NHL & NBA events. Richel Office Support Manager Richel brings over 15 years of experience in Administration and Customer Care with her. Her vast knowledge of administration and special knack of putting clients at ease make her an invaluable addition to our firm. She is driven by a relentless pursuit of client driven-focus. Her dedication and enthusiasm create a positive atmosphere in our Positive Accounting family. Richel has a Bachelor’s Degree in Art majoring in Economics. She further pursued her studies with an Honours in Business Administration graduating with Distinction and Valedictorian. Richel obtained her QuickBooks Online Advanced Certification, and is certified in QuickBooks Desktop, Xero, Receipt Bank and Hubdoc. Her favourite hobby is research (she is Google’s best friend☺), cooking different culture foods and she is a cassava cake maker extraordinaire. Ghazala Payroll Specialist After working for many years as an accountant in several small companies, Ghazala joined Positive Accounting as a Payroll Specialist. She is passionate about her work because it gives her the opportunity to enhance her skills and work with business owners. Ghazala loves the style of work, technology used, and work life balance at Positive Accounting. Ghazala graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and has her Cost and Management Accounting designation (CMA). She obtained her Accounting and Payroll diploma and has the Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) designation from the Canadian Payroll Association. In the future, she would like to pursue her Payroll Manager designation. She is certified in QuickBooks Online, QuickBooks Desktop, Xero, Receipt Bank, Wagepoint and Hubdoc. Other than work, she spends her time with family and loves to watch family movies. Ghazala enjoys shopping with her daughter and cooking is one of her favourite pass-times. Maggie Tech Specialist Maggie has over 15 years of experience in the IT industry. She has a passion for adopting to new tech, which was an ideal fit for Positive Accounting. Her tech- savvy skills allow her to constantly pursue new learning and implementation in her role. Maggie has a Computer Science and Technology Diploma. Since she likes learning, she also has her Nutrition and Dietary Diploma. In addition, she has obtained her Diploma as an Accounting and Payroll Specialist. Maggie is certified in QuickBooks Online, Xero, Receipt Bank and HubDoc. Outside of work she enjoys long lake side walks. She loves to travel and cook utilizing her nutritional knowledge. Luche Bookkeeping Associate Luche sought the opportunity to further her career in the accounting industry through a client- minded, non-traditional firm like Positive Accounting. Being part of a team that is tech-savvy and innovative is so exciting for her. ”I feel so privileged to have been chosen to be part of this team!” Luche has Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree. She obtained her Accounting and Payroll diploma and has 15 years of customer service experience. Luche is certified in QuickBooks Online, QuickBooks Desktop, Xero, Receipts Bank and Hubdoc. Her favorite leisure pass-time is being in nature, camping and hiking in the summer and volunteering. If she’s not outside, you may find her curled up with a good book, playing video games with her friends and family. Iram Bookkeeping Associate Iram has a love for numbers and spreadsheets, which prompted her to change gears and focus on accounting. She was attracted to Positive Accounting because of the company’s valued innovation, style and fast pace. Iram is constantly learning from an amazing team of individuals who aren’t happy with just accepting the status quo! Iram has completed a Masters in Mathematics & Statistics degree and she also obtained an Accounting and Payroll diploma. She is currently working towards her certification for Payroll Compliance Practitioner designation from the Canadian Payroll Association. She is certified in QuickBooks Online, QuickBooks Desktop, Xero, Receipt Bank, Wagepoint and Hubdoc. In her spare time, Iram loves dining out with her family (even in winter) and walking off that deliciousness and is a shopaholic! Aleksandra Bookkeeping Associate Aleks has a passion for learning. She joined Positive Accounting where she thrives in the team culture that is supportive and collaborative. "Coming to Positive Accounting has opened Alex's eyes to what a collaborative, supportive, team culture really looks like and how it works to truly serve the client well." She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Banking and Economics. She has expertise in the Customer Service & Sales Industry over the last 12 years. She completed her Accounting & Payroll Diploma and is on her way to getting her Payroll Certification from Canadian Payroll Association. Aleks obtained her QuickBooks Online Advanced Certification, and is certified in QuickBooks Desktop, Xero, Receipt Bank and Hubdoc. Outside of work, Aleks loves to interior decorate and unleash her creative talent. She is an explorer by nature and drives the countryside. Iden Company Mascott Our company mascot and PR manager. He will be your super-friendly greeter when you enter our offices, escorting you safely to the boardroom. (Top notch private security) His role includes keeping you company and ensuring your Positive experience at Positive Accounting. In return he asks for very little. A pat on the head at least, a tummy tickle will keep you in his good books, but some treats will make you his best friend. The best part of Iden is he is always smiling (we think) and happy (that one we know for sure). For all dog-lovers, Iden looks forward to meeting and greeting you! Experts you can trust, advice you can rely on and results that matter. That’s Positive Accounting.