Partners

CPA, CA

Sean began his career at Ernst & Young in 1982, after graduating from The University of Western Ontario, School of Business Administration with a Bachelor of Arts in Honors Business Administration. In 1986, Sean obtained his Chartered Accountant designation and moved into industry in various financial positions including Chief Financial Officer (CFO). With over thirty years of business and financial leadership in various industries– including strategic planning and analysis, Sean has a demonstrated ability to organize, monitor and implement complex special projects.

In 2005, Sean joined Skrypnyk Group Professional Corporation, in a senior accounting position responsible for all compliance and quality assurance aspects of the Firm’s operations.

In 2014, Sean became the President and Office Managing Partner of Skrypnyk Group. He is responsible for the general oversight of the firm with his primary focus is on compliance to ensure the CPA Professional Standards are met. Along with ensuring compliance with CPA Professional Standards, Sean is responsible for ensuring the firm meets the requirements to be an authorized training office. To date the firm has graduated 5 CPA, CGA’s and is on track to graduate several more in the near future.

Sean is a member of The London Chamber of Commerce as well as a member of the Family Enterprise Xchange. In his free time Sean enjoys canoeing and scuba-diving as well as spending quality time with his wife Joan and their grandchildren.

 

 

CPA, CA

Kevin is a graduate of Western University in London, Ontario, with an HBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and an Honours BA in Kinesiology. In 2008, Kevin obtained his Chartered Accountant designation while working at KPMG.

In 2009, Kevin joined Skrypnyk Group and was mentored by the firm’s founding partner Wayne Skrypnyk. Kevin became a partner of the firm in 2015 and heads the Business Strategy Department; providing strategy support services to family owned and owner managed businesses. Kevin enjoys working closely with business owners and their families to create and implement plans and company structures to help achieve their business and family goals.

Kevin is a member in the Canadian Association of Farm Advisors (CAFA), as well as, a member of the Family Enterprise Xchange (FEX) and the London Chamber of Commerce.

Kevin is a sports and active lifestyle enthusiast and enjoys spending time with his family.

Phil Griffin, CPA, CA
CPA, CA

Phil Griffin, CPA, CA

Phil Griffin has been a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants since 1976. He started his career at Ernst and Young (formerly Clarkson Gordon) and went on to work for various private companies as Chief Financial Officer. In 1990, he returned to public practice and ultimately, in 2012 merged his practice with Skrypnyk Group.

Phil is known to his owner-managed clients for bringing critical insights into their companies. He manages engagements in all areas of accounting, assurance, tax planning and compliance and strategic and business planning.

In addition to serving the business market, Phil currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors of St. Joseph’s Health Care, London and has served on various committees of the hospital board since 2006. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Hospital Association, is a Past-President of Ronald McDonald House in London and was a key member of the organizing committee of that organization’s golf classic from 1985 until 2013. He has served as Secretary of the Irish Benevolent Society of London and Middlesex and has been Treasurer of the London Knights Alumni Foundation since 2005.

In his spare time Phil is an avid golfer and enjoys spending time with his daughter and grandson.

The Team

Skrypnyk Group Shari Brattain
CPB

Skrypnyk Group Shari Brattain

Shari Began her career as a secretary/receptionist in an accounting office and quickly took on the additional responsibility of payroll remittances, bank reconciliations, manual and computerized bookkeeping and T4’s and T5’s. Today, Shari is also responsible for personal and corporate tax, financial statements and is familiar with a variety of computerized general ledger programs. As a Certified Professional Bookkeeper for Skrypnyk Group, Shari believes that a clients understanding of their financial matters is of utmost importance. She has been working with Skrypnyk Group since 2009 and invites friends and colleagues to reach out to her at Skrypnyk Group to learn more about her work.

Alana Darwish, CPA, CGA
CPA, CGA

Alana Darwish, CPA, CGAA graduate of both Western and Fanshawe, Alana started her career at Skrypnyk Group as a co-op student and returned for 3 subsequent co-op terms before she began full-time in January 2010. She has a solid foundation in both academic and experience and started at Skrypnyk preparing financial statements and corporate tax returns, bookkeeping assistance and other small tasks, etc.

Gradually Alana began to get involved in more strategy-related work, such as cash flow projections and five year strategic plans, and monitoring of budgets to actual.  Alana assisted in the creation of our Business Health ProfileTM and is currently involved in the development of our Business Health Scorecard. She now spends nearly half her time on strategy related work and practice development.

Alana has volunteered throughout the city on several boards, including Forest Cliff Camp and Community Habitat of London, and also volunteers in various capacities with her church. When she has time you’ll see her either playing soccer or rollerblading. She invites friends and colleagues to reach out to her at Skrypnyk Group to learn more about her practice.

Brianne Ernewein

Brianne ErneweinBrianne was born and raised in London ON and attended Fanshawe College. She has a Law Clerk Diploma, Payroll Practitioner Certificate and most recently Human Resource Management Certificate and is currently working towards the CHRP designation. She has been working With Skrypnyk Group since 2009. She is a busy wife and mother of 2 energetic boys and loves playing sports and being outdoors. Brianne loves to travel – San Francisco and Savannah are 2 of her favourite places. Her next trip will be to France! She invites friends and colleagues to reach out to her at Skrypnyk Group to learn more about her practice.

Yong Gao
Accountant

Yong Gao

Yong is a former business owner who brings a wealth of entrepreneurial experience to Skrypnyk Group. Yong received his engineering degree before returning to Fanshawe College to complete the accounting diploma program with the highest GPA in his class. Yong works in the areas of taxation, financial reporting, bookkeeping and other tasks, with a focus in the area of taxation. He is currently working towards his CPA designation. When he isn’t working, Yong can entertain his friends with his ability to memorize the mathematical constant “π” to 35 digits. Yong is also a Blue Jay’s fan and plays soccer and badminton regularly.

Darla Hexter, B.A.
B.A., General Manager

Darla Hexter, B.A.Darla started working in the finance industry in 1986 at Family Group/Investment Centre which after a few mergers became Cartier Partners which was then eventually acquired by Dundee Wealth Management. During that time she held the positions of Finance & Office Services Supervisor, Office Manager, Manager of Money Products, Executive Assistant to the President and Corporate Operations Manager. Darla joined Skrypnyk Group as the General Manager in 2007 when Dundee closed the London Corporate office and moved all back office operations to Toronto.

Darla graduated from Kings University College of London and has two sons. Darla was very active in her son’s elementary school (Holy Cross) and high school (Catholic Central) on Parent Council and held the positions of Treasurer and Chair.

When she isn’t working Darla bowls in a 10 pin league, golfs in a ladies league and is an avid reader. She invites friends and colleagues to reach out to her at Skrypnyk Group to learn more about her practice.

Bentley Neeb
Accountant

Bentley Neeb

Bentley was born in Stratford, grew up in Thamesford, Ontario, and moved to London in 1988.

If you knew Bentley when he was growing up you would have found him on either a baseball diamond or a tennis court. Bentley spent his summers on Lake Rosalind near Hanover fishing for bass, pike and perch. He graduated from the University of Waterloo in Geology and went on to earn his accounting diploma at Fanshawe College. He joined Skrypnyk Group in 2012. In 2016, Bentley received recognition for his 25 years of accounting service with Skrypnyk Group Professional Corporation and its predecessor firms.

Nancy Pristas
Nancy PristasNancy has been working with Skrypnyk Group for almost four years. Born in Toronto, Nancy came to London via Sarnia and Winnipeg. She has been living in Byron for the past 32 years and loves it! Nancy has a strong background in Client and Customer Service. She is a former hockey and ringette mom, Founder and Coordinator/Postpartum Support Group (London) and is an avid supporter of the Grand Theatre. Nancy is expecting her first grandchild in November and will be travelling to Australia to welcome her new grandson. Nancy invites friends and colleagues to reach out to her at Skrypnyk Group to learn more about her work.