The Tax Team

Meet the people that make Kerr & Company work for you!

Chris Kerr

Chris Kerr

Owner & Senior Accountant

Prior to starting Kerr & Company, Chris started his career working for a smaller, boutique accounting firm followed by a large international accounting firm where he focused on small business and taxation while completing his CGA. In addition, Chris held the position of Chief Financial Officer for a publicly listed mining company.

Chris graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1999 earning a Bachelor of Arts and completing a Diploma in Accounting where he also played Varsity Hockey for the UBC Thunderbirds.

An active family man, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, playing hockey, hiking, and skiing.

Debbie Baird

Debbie Baird

Senior Accountant & Bookkeeper

Debbie has been working in the accounting profession for about 40 years, most of this in public practice. While Debbie wears a “jack of all traits” hat around the office, she leads the bookkeeping department and helps out with year-ends and both corporate and personal. She grew up in Enderby and now resides in Kelowna with her husband John for the last 25 years. She has 5 boys and 6 grandchildren. In her spare time Debbie likes to make cards (Christmas, birthday, retirement etc.).

Nico Dirksen

Nico Dirksen

Senior Accountant
Kyle Christensen

Kyle Christensen

Senior Accountant

Kyle is a senior accountant, working towards his CPA designation and recently completed his Bachelor of Business Administration, with an accounting specialty. Kyle helps individuals and families with tax planning and compliance with a focus on individual tax matters, sole-proprietorships, rental property owners, non-resident property owners, and Canadian small business corporations.

When not at work, Kyle likes to camp, hike, spend time with friends and family, read non-fiction, and design games.

Dawne Grey

Dawne Grey

Administrative & Accounting Assistant

Dawne grew up in Kelowna and comes from a background of administration and is currently taking the accounting and bookkeeping program through Okanagan College. She is excited to continue learning more about bookkeeping and other accounting principles with Kerr & Company.

Dawne loves to spend her free time with friends and family, playing crib, training martial arts, and taking fitness classes.

Kyleen Norum

Kyleen Norum

Administrative & Accounting Assistant

Kyleen grew up in Prince George and moved to Kelowna in 2010. She comes from a background of hospitality and administration and has a university degree in business management. She is currently taking the prerequisite courses necessary to enter the CPA program and is excited about the opportunity to learn more about accounting and taxation at Kerr & Company. Kyleen spends her free time taking dance and fitness classes. She loves to travel and spent a year living abroad in England.

Carlos Augusto Patino Ruiz

Carlos Augusto Patino Ruiz

Senior Accountant

Carlos Patino Ruiz brings three years experience working on personal and corporate taxes, audits, NTRs, tax returns, GST returns and other bookkeeper duties. He is system savvy with knowledge of CaseWare, Tax Prep and QuickBooks and other accounting software. Carlos passed his final CPA exam last year and has almost completed his experience requirements to be a Chartered Professional Accountant.

Carlos is originally from Columbia and enjoys spending time with his daughter and relaxing with a glass of wine.

Elaine Murray

Elaine grew up in Prince George and moved to Kelowna in 2021. She comes from a background of customer service and several years in public practice with a degree in accounting and finance. She has taken all the necessary courses required for the CPA designation and is currently working towards passing the CFE. She is most excited about all the time she will have upon completion of the CPA designation.

Elaine spends her free time skiing with family, hanging out at the lake, and going on road trips with her fiancé. She most recently travelled to Bali.