Meet the Team

Helping entrepreneurs through the technicalities of running a company is our number one concern. Since most people aren’t familiar with tax and accounting concepts, they require guidance regarding the financial side of their business. Our clients can depend on us to deliver high quality personalized cloud accounting and tax services.

Michael Argento, CPA, CGA
Founder

Michael Argento is an entrepreneur and Founder of Argento CPA.  Through his own experience of growing an accounting practice from two clients in 2016 to over 500 clients in 2021, he has developed a deep passion for helping entrepreneurs live their ideal lifestyle.  As an experienced Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Michael uses his accounting background to understand what it takes to build a successful business from a numbers point of view.  But that’s just one aspect of what Michael loves to do.  His true passion is helping entrepreneurs identify what success means to them and helps his clients achieve their dream outcomes by simplifying what action steps it takes to get there.

“Most business owners ignore culture, core values, and brand, this is one of their greatest pitfalls.  They don’t understand what is needed to stay competitive in today’s work environment and how to create a culture that attracts top talent to your business.”  Michael supports his clients by helping them identify their own values and discover their “why”, using that to drive key decisions in the direction and growth of their business.  By helping entrepreneurs align their personal goals to their business goals, Michael shows his clients how to navigate the roadmap to their success.           

Michael studied at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) where he achieved his Diploma of Technology, Bachelor of Technology, Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Certified General Accountant (CGA) distinction.  After the first year of his diploma, he was awarded a scholarship from a midsize accounting firm for “Highest Marks in Computerized Accounting.”  His teacher at BCIT had put his name in for the scholarship and he was interviewed and hired “right on the spot.”

He began his career working for a midsize accounting firm in their Client Services department which focuses primarily on small business clients and personal tax returns.  After completing all of the requirements for his Chartered Professional Accountant designation Michael set up his own practice that was tailored to the needs of small business, startup entrepreneurs and individual taxes.  With over 10 years of experience Michael is now a tax expert.

Helping entrepreneurs through the technicalities of running a company is Michael’s number one goal.  Most people are not familiar with tax concepts and require guidance regarding the financial side of their business.  Michael’s objective is to save people time by assisting them with this side of the business, while leaving them more time to focus on what they are good at. Overall, this leads to greater efficiency and allows clients to save and earn more money.  Michael enjoys giving his clients direction and strategies for their small business while ensuring they minimize taxes leaving more money in their pocket. When Michael is not working on his accounting practice, he spends his time boxing, practicing yoga, spending time with his lovely wife Ashlee and our cat William, and going for mountain hikes with his adventurous German Shepherd, Maayaa.

“The most satisfying part of my profession is watching my clients grow each year knowing that I am a part of their success.”

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Michelle Ratcliffe, CPA, CA, CPA(WA)
Tax Manager

My name is Michelle Ratcliffe and I am the Tax Manager here at Argento CPA. I am a tax accountant with my Canadian CPA, CA and US (WA) CPA designations. I have 10 years of public practice experience in British Columbia and have worked for all sizes of firms; small, mid-size and one of the large national firms. I found that I enjoy the atmosphere and the hands-on experience of assisting owner-manager business owners at smaller accounting firms, which is one of the many reasons I came to Argento CPA.

My position prior to Argento CPA, was as a cross border tax specialist that assisted US citizens living in Canada with their US and Canadian tax filing requirements. I also managed a number of property development groups of companies and partnerships that had dealings in both the US and Canada.

I initially became an accountant because I enjoyed preparing my friends and family’s tax returns. I also wanted a career where I could either help people, animals or the environment and becoming a tax accountant was my way of giving back by helping with an unavoidable part of life that most people hate to even think about. I strive to do my best when assisting individuals and business owners with tax planning advice and their tax issues and to do so in a way that they can understand.

Outside work, I enjoy sewing, baking and being outdoors. In the summer, you will find me camping at lakes around BC and throughout the year, I attend outdoor bootcamp classes to stay fit. In the winter, I snowboard and try my best to go south for warmer weather. My love of travelling has aligned perfectly with Argento CPA’s business model and has made my dreams of spending my winters working from South and Central America come true.

Faith Numada

Faith Numada is an International Tax Specialist with Argento CPA. Having worked at accounting firms for over 10 years, she found her niche helping clients with their US and Canadian tax returns. Faith enjoys connecting with clients and helping them navigate the complexities of cross-border tax in a way that is personable and attentive. To balance out all that left-brained thinking, outside of work Faith enjoys creative activities such as song-writing, music production, and story-building.

Leanne Gelinas

I joined Argento CPA to be part of an innovative firm while furthering my accounting career. Working in this new generation of cloud accounting has resulted in gaining the freedom to work from anywhere, while still feeling connected to an enthusiastic and supportive team.

I studied business and accounting at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. Having 15 plus years of experience in accounting in both the public and private sectors, while pursuing my CPB designation. I am happiest when working in a position that allows me to enjoy my passion for accounting and helping entrepreneurs.

In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, getting out in the Mini Cooper or on the Harley and hanging out with friends and family. My best pup, Toffee is by my side through it all!

Gabby Hergt

Hi, I’m Gabby! I was born, raised, and educated on Vancouver Island yet I strived to experience life off the rock. I currently reside in Ontario, with a job in British Columbia and a piece of my heart in Massachusetts. Joining Argento CPA provides me with a unique opportunity to have balance between my career and relationship without sacrificing one for the other.
Prior to joining the cloud accounting industry a few years ago, my experience included small public accounting firms with too much paper. I’m thrilled to be working with a virtual based paperless firm. One aspect I really enjoy about a remote team is that we still have the opportunity to hang out virtually without the issue of distracting other members of the “office”.
In accounting, I enjoy finding inefficiencies and setting up procedures to streamline monthly processes. I specifically enjoy working with E-commerce platforms and finding the best methods to integrate them into our software depending on the needs of our clients.
My passions in life include poutine, crafting, my nieces and nephews, and my dog, Meg.

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michael@argentocpa.ca
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