Our Team

Alicia Fowler portrait

Alicia Fowler


Alicia is the founder and owner of MOD Accounting & Tax. She is from Treaty 6 territory; she is originally from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and now makes her home in Edmonton (ᐊᒥᐢᑿᒌᐚᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ (Amiskwaciwâskahikan)). Alicia is a mom and wife first and experienced accounting and business professional second. She has nearly 15 years experience in the accounting industry, completed her Master of Professional Accounting from the University of Saskatchewan, her BBA at Thompson Rivers University (through the study abroad program in Tianjin, China) and holds a CPA, CA designation. Alicia is a collaborator and a team builder; she believes there is immense value in doing good work, trusting your instincts and building community.

Alicia is passionate about supporting women in business, serving entrepreneurs who are making social impact and promoting financial literacy. When not crunching numbers and running a business, she is camping with her husband, daughters and English Mastiff or Latin dancing!

Brianna Courneya

Senior Manager, People and Operations

Brianna joined the MOD Accounting team in October 2021 and is excited to be part of this small but mighty team! Prior to MOD, Brianna worked in several different fields, with a focus in non-profits; in program development, donor and community relations, events, etc.

Several years ago, Brianna took a position with a remote accounting firm, which she found to be a steep learning curve having never worked in finance, however she really found her footing in a remote setting. She found a passion for building community and as an extroverted introvert, building it in a remote setting was particularly fitting. She is excited to help build and grow MOD Accounting & Tax while supporting our amazing team, women entrepreneurs, and social purpose businesses. 

While not at MOD, you can find Brianna playing ball with her dog, Dexter, hiking, exploring beautiful Nova Scotia, and spending time with her family and friends. Brianna's home office is in K’jipuktuk (Halifax, Nova Scotia) in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq.

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Sophie Duncan

CPA, CA - Senior Manager

With over 15 years of experience in accounting and tax, Sophie helps owner-managed businesses achieve their goals. She provides her clients with the information and tools they need to make informed decisions. Sophie came to MOD Accounting & Tax because she loves working on a superstar team with a shared vision and commitment to make our clients' lives easier. She loves that the whole team collaborates to find the best solutions to provide the best client experience and cheers for our clients as they climb towards their goals and are constantly brainstorming ways to make the client experience the best experience.

Sophie is experienced in financial analysis, forecasting, financial planning, and other areas of business management. She helps clients and their businesses through all stages, whether they are starting out or are well established in their industry. She believes collaboration is the key to a successful relationship between the accountant and the business owner and enjoys working closely with clients to identify the opportunities and solutions that can help them achieve their milestones.

Sophie is a Chartered Professional Accountant living in Alberta. She graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (BComm) from the University of Alberta. In her free time, Sophie enjoys cooking, experiencing new restaurants, and spending time with her family at the lake. Sophie lives with her family on Treaty 6.

Emily Avelar

CPA - Senior Manager, Accounting and Tax

Emily is a CPA with over ten years of experience in accounting and tax in public practice and non-profit. She knew that coming to MOD she'd be working with a collaborative team that she loves while using her skills and expertise to help her clients, and their organizations, thrive.

Outside of accounting, Emily is passionate about social impact, sustainability, and supporting her community. She’s an avid cook, seamstress, and you can often find her exploring outside. Emily is in K’jipuktuk (Halifax, Nova Scotia) in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq.

Cassandra Morin

Senior Bookkeeping Specialist

Cassandra joined MOD Accounting & Tax in November 2021. She is excited and honoured to be a part of this amazing team of smart, inspiring women.

Cassandra has recently completed her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from NAIT, and also has a Certificate in Project Management. She has nearly 10 years of experience in project accounting, and in the more recent years, public accounting and bookkeeping. She is committed and passionate about collaborating with clients to ensure their lives are made easier (and less stressful!), by helping them maintain a clean, organized set of books.

When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family and 2 dogs in Canada's great backyard, travelling, camping and exploring.

She is originally from Treaty 8 territory, but currently lives on Treaty 6 territory near Camrose, AB.

Leigh Simpson

Bookkeeping Specialist

Leigh is an accounting professional with over 10 years of experience in business, including bookkeeping, accounting, financial management, and project management. She has worked as a Finance Manager and has a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

Leigh is a wife, mom, runner, and nature-lover. Originally from South Africa, her family of four decided that a family adventure with snowy winters and balmy summers was something they wanted. When not working, Leigh enjoys trips to the mountains with her family and running. Her home in Kelowna resides on the land of the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the syilx/Okanagan people.

Merryl Edington-Hryb

CPA - Senior Tax Associate

Merryl is a CPA with experience in both public and private practice. She graduated from the UBC Sauder School of Business with a specialization in Finance, has completed her Canadian Securities and achieved her CPA designation in 2017.  She specializes in tax, expecting to complete Level III of the CICA In-Depth Tax course in 2023.

She’s excited to join a progressive firm where both the employee and the client comes first.

When not working, Merryl can be found spending time with her family, enjoying the outdoors, and experimenting in the kitchen. Merryl's home office is in the traditional unceded territory of the Ktunaxa people, which they share with the Secwepemc people and which is the home to the Metis Nation Columbia River Society.