Michael (Mike) J. Goldade CPA, CA
Mike credits his father’s example of dedication and perseverance for his own strong work ethic and “anything’s-possible” attitude. These values have guided him in both his business practice and his personal life and he always aims to give 110 percent, whether it be for clients, family, or his sports teammates.
Mike proudly calls Red Deer home, and his passion for the Red Deer community extends beyond its natural beauty, diversity, and amenities. The people of his community are a major attraction for Mike, and Red Deer is just the right size to offer a chance meeting with an acquaintance or two on most of his excursions.
After high school, Mike attended the Commerce program at Red Deer College and the University of Alberta, obtaining his degree in 2011. His ongoing interest in finance and desire to work closely with others led him into the world of public accounting, and he articled with a local firm while continuing his education to become a professional accountant. In 2014, Mike successfully completed the Uniform Final Exam to obtain his professional designation.
To balance the demands of the CPA profession, Mike enjoys household projects and volunteer activities.
Renovations have helped to keep Mike busy at home. He didn’t so much look for these projects – most of them found him when he and his wife purchased a fixer-upper home with a few improvements in mind. Those who have had a similar experience will understand how a simple concept created an adventure in the trades for Mike, as he discovered the extent of the necessary work, completely gutted the house, and created a new interior. Mike and his wife have since taken their talents to the exterior and multiple landscaping projects, not the least of which is Mike’s holiday display…
Ever the people-person, Mike found he could add light to others’ lives with his seasonal yard display. As friends, neighbors and passers-by showed increasing appreciation with cards and chocolates – even the occasional Santa letter in his mailbox – Mike’s enthusiasm for his display grew. His collection now includes 15,000 lights, and he’s promising to control his inner Clark Griswold before the City’s power grid is adversely affected.
Mike is an avid supporter of the Against the Wall Theatre Society, which was started by his sister in 2007 and is best known for Bull Skit Comedy, an improv and sketch comedy show. The curtain lowered on his acting career after a debut during the first year of Bull Skit. His audience was amused and entertained, while his friends were diplomatic. Mike quickly realized he was better suited to using his accounting skills behind the scenes. He has since been proud to serve 10 years as the organization’s Treasurer and continues to lend a hand to help with their financial information.
Mike values his relationships with his clients. His goal is to be not only an accountant but a trusted business advisor to whom they can go for help with all types of advice.
With his trademark enthusiasm to “keep building”, Mike’s continued education in the area of taxation allows him to provide his clientele with a well-rounded tax plan, as well as advice on how to improve their business and personal situations beyond the numbers. His valuable combination of education and experience enables him to offer both accounting and operations knowledge that will help lower taxes and reduce operational inefficiencies. Mike’s clients seek him for quality, affordable service. They stay with him because they get far more - a genuine guy with integrity, initiative and a desire to help.