About Us

Karen Jerome, B.Comm, CPA, CMA

Partner of Jerome & Company Professional Corporation

As a partner of Jerome & Company Professional Corporation, Karen is committed to providing each client with service and value beyond what is expected. Karen’s specialty is in helping small business clients grow their business. Whether you are a sole proprietor, a professional, a family owned business, a partnership or a corporation your business needs will be addressed.

Karen graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Ottawa. Karen holds a CPA, CMA designation.  Karen has served in progressively senior roles in several companies including Storwal International, Ricoh Canada, Newbridge Networks, Alcatel, and Alcatel-Lucent. Her career includes positions in both Finance and Information Technology. Jerome & Company represents the principles and values that Karen has practiced through out her 20 plus year career.

Karen is happily married to a very supportive husband. Together with their terrific daughter, a cat and the greatest bunch of friends, what more could an accountant ever ask for!

James Jerome, B.Comm, CPA, CA

Small Business Tax & Accounting Specialist

With over 25 years of business experience James has worked for a national Chartered Accounting firm, a federal government crown corporation, and a global software technology corporation.   He has developed client service experience, problem solving abilities, knowledge and skills that will most certainly help clients succeed in growing and managing their businesses.3c28c09

In addition to being a Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Accountant, James is also a FPSC Level 1® Certificant in Financial Planning provided by the Financial Planning Standards Council. He has taken courses in retirement planning, risk management, estate planning, investment planning, and income tax planning. He is a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation, and has taken the Canadian Securities Course.  James graduated from Carleton University with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree with a specialization in accounting.

James spent many years in the technology industry and has gained many years of experience with business software and general technology. James is a Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP), a CA-IT designation holder, and also held the Certified Information System Auditor designation.

James is a Past Treasurer of the City View Curling Club and enjoys curling, fishing and time at the cottage.  He is also the proud father of Emilie.

Liz O’Dowd

Accountant

1531715_10151929280885916_1489936440_n Liz joined Jerome & Company in July 2014.   After emigrating from the UK 12 years ago, she began her career as a bookkeeper/tax preparer for various companies in the Ottawa region.    To further her education, she has taken various courses  at Algonquin college in financial accounting, business computer applications, Canadian taxation, computer software, Simply accounting &  Quickbooks software. She is also very familiar with several commercial tax preparer software packages.

Liz is a single mother of three teenage boys living in the country.  She is an avid do-it-yourselfer and enjoys crafts, crafts, and more crafts.

Valerie Shingarov

Accountant

Born and raised in Russia, Valerie relocated to Canada in 1998.   She has a degree in applied math from Petroleum & Natural Gas University of Ufa, Valeriediploma in business administration from Shaar-Hanegev College, Israel and a very cute Russian accent.   Valerie enjoys working as an accountant where she can apply all her love to numbers and analytical skills. Being a perfectionist, she will bring your books to a perfect state!

Valerie has three kids and many hobbies: tennis, literature, arts and crafts, music.   Although  you might be surprised, she does not like vodka.