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accountrain was started in 1993 by its owner Sandy Tunwell.  Her vision was to provide accounting services while simplifying the client / accountant relationship.  She is proud to have achieved this and continues to maintain this unique approach when dealing with clients.


"... initially I sought her skills to train me with QuickBooks, and her patience and thorough instruction allowed me to feel comfortable in performing my own bookkeeping..."

Laurel Harris, owner  ~  All Under One Roof

"It has been great for our organization to work with Sandy.  She is a perfect resource for a small organization such as ours.  She has helped train me in day-to-day bookkeeping practices and has assisted positively with our year-end activities, which in turn has helped reduce our audit costs.  Sandy is very professional, and I can count on her to help me by phone or email, as well as when she meets with me in the office."

Ashley Amaro, employee  ~  Council of the Federation Secretariat

Meet the Founder:

Sandy Tunwell, Owner / Managing Consultant
  • Sandy is an active member of several organizations in Ottawa including the Chamber of Commerce as she believes networking is an important part of building relationships with potential clients.

  • She has served on many boards and played an active role on many committees, including several treasurer roles.  She has also recommended, initiated and been involved in many finance committees for clients.

  • Sandy has written many accounting manuals, including several SAP topics for the federal government.

  • Sandy was a Finalist for the Ottawa-Carleton Business Achievement Awards, Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

  • She has over 2,000 teaching hours and has given many workshops covering a variety of accounting topics as well as written several articles for local newspapers.

  • In Sandy’s spare time she enjoys traveling, and has been known to take a cruise or two.  What you may not know is she went to Australia because of an orangutan named Dinar!

Meet the Team:

Senior Bookkeeper
Amanda McLeod

Amanda has a Bookkeeping Diploma from Algonquin College and has been working in the accounting field for 10 years, with a strong focus on not-for-profit organizations. For the previous 6 years, Amanda was employed in the Finance Department at the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa.

Senior Bookkeeper
Elsa Berhe

Elsa graduated from the Business Accounting program at Algonquin College in 2015. She works on both home and site files and is our resident QBO (QuickBooks Online) go to!

Bookkeeper & Business Development
Amanda Annis

Amanda Annis was educated at the University of Ottawa, and holds a Hon. BSSc. She comes to accountrain with more than 5 years experience in Office Administration including bookkeeping and accounting roles. In line with her focus, she is continuing her education at Algonquin College in Accounting and Bookkeeping courses. Over the last year she has worked with accountrain as part of her transitioned focus to finance and bookkeeping.

Lisa Brigham

Lisa has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton University. She has had a career, spanning 16 years, in the golf course industry as a bookkeeper, administrator, Office manager and General Manager. Lisa has joined the accountrain team to fuel her passion for bookkeeping and problem solving.

Tax Specialist

Our Tax Consultant is a CPA, CA who helped small and medium sized businesses for over 5 years while working for a mid-sized public accounting firm. Now working in private industry, he continues to work with accountrain to keep his skills sharp and for the enjoyment of engaging with various clients who all have different needs.

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