Bob Gauvreau ’01 – CEO in Residence 2023-24
The Trent University School of Business has announced that financial expert Bob Gauvreau ’01 – founder and CEO of an award-winning accounting firm and best-selling author – is the University’s 2023-24 CEO in Residence.
In 2008, he founded Gauvreau Accounting Tax Law Advisory, which has gone to become one of Canada’s fastest growing businesses (as recognized by The Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, and Financial Times) that works with more than 1,000 companies across North America. Gauvreau is also author of The Wealthy Entrepreneur, creator of the mastermind coaching program The Million Dollar Year, and frequently cited in major business journals related to money, finances, and entrepreneurship.
Gauvreau has been recognized with multiple awards and recognitions, including awards for Entrepreneurship, Professional Services, and being a Top 4 under 40 business leader with the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce. In addition, Gauvreau has been inducted into the Junior Achievement Peterborough Business Hall of Fame. Most notably, Gauvreau was admitted into Fellowship with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario, the highest professional recognition for any Canadian CPA.
As a proud alum, Gauvreau has stayed connected with the University over the years. He has provided valuable co-op placements to students, supported Trent’s annual Career Fair, hired many Trent alumni as permanent employees, and championed many University initiatives. In recognition of his accomplishments, the Trent University Alumni Association awarded Gauvreau with the Young Alumni Leadership Award in 2017.
Durham - 2024
Hosted on Tuesday, February 27th from 3:30pm to 5:00pm at the Dean's House
Join a 30 minute, small group mentorship session with Bob Gauvreau! Network, ask questions and learn more about all things business!
Register on the Student Experience Portal Durham Events Calendar
"In the Hot Seat"
Join the Q&A with Bob discussing wealth, social enterprise and innovation. Registration required
Wine and Cheese Networking Reception
Registration is required for the Wine and Cheese event, please register here
Peterborough - 2023
Book a 30 minute group mentorship session with Bob Gauvreau ‘01 (LEC)! Network, ask questions, and learn more about all things business!
Date: Wednesday November 15th 11:00am - 7:00pm
Location: Trent University Symons Campus, ENW 345
Appointments are limited - book now through the Student Experience Portal at Trentu.ca/SEP
You’re the CEO of You: Building your Personal Leadership Brand
Join 2023-24 CEO in Residence Bob Gauvreau ’01 as he leads a panel discussion on the most important investment you’ll ever make – an investment in your personal brand. Gauvreau will be joined by faculty from the Trent School of Business including award-winning professor Dean Howley ’06; Dr. Ken Chen, and Dr. Laura Ierfino-Blachford. Together, they discuss and share insights on how to develop your values, leadership skills, and resiliency to achieve maximum success.
Date: Thursday, November 16th 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: Trent University Symons Campus, OCA 205
Meet the Panelists
Robert is an award-winning FCPA who works exclusively with entrepreneurs to help them make more money and gain financial clarity in their businesses. As a financial expert and author, Robert shares his insight and wisdom as a public speaker, is often cited in major business journals related to money, finances, and entrepreneurship, and works directly with more than 500 businesses across North America, helping them build a better business and generate greater financial performance.
Bob challenges the status quo within the accounting industry. Unsatisfied with the limitations of conventional accounting, Bob turned down leadership opportunities with a global accounting firm for a life of entrepreneurship. His passion for helping entrepreneurs gain financial clarity and generate greater financial results in business led him to trade customary for creative, establishing a new and innovative firm concept.
The firm he founded in 2008, Gauvreau Accounting Tax Law Advisory, is now one of Canada’s Fastest Growing Businesses as recognized by The Globe and Mail, Maclean‘s and Financial Times. In just the last two years alone, the global pandemic has created an unprecedented demand for strategic financial advice. Bob’s dedication to helping entrepreneurs has led to the expansion of his business advisory services to include his best-selling book The Wealthy Entrepreneur, his mastermind coaching program the Million Dollar Year Peak Performance Program, and his virtual event The Ascent Summit.
Laura’s research interests broadly include organizational theory and entrepreneurship. Her current work focuses on understanding how small players change organizational fields. Her research has been published in the Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences. She has presented her research papers at numerous national and international academic conferences including the Academy of Management and Administrative Science Association of Canada. She received the Best Paper Award in the Organizational Theory Division at the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada Annual Meetings, 2021.
At Trent University, Laura has taught Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship, New Venture Planning and Design, and Markets, Organization Theory and Markets, Governments and Organizations. Prior to her doctoral degree, Laura was a Strategy Consultant with Diamond Strategy and Technology Consultants/PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Dr. Ken Chen is an Assistant Professor at the School of Business, Trent University. His research interests focus on how firms innovate to develop and capture opportunities in high-technology, fast-paced, and unpredictable markets. His research has been published in leading journals, including the Journal of Product Innovation Management, Journal of Interactive Marketing, and European Journal of Marketing. Prior to his academic career, he held management positions where he built go-to-market and product development strategies for high-growth companies in the consumer packaged goods and investment industries.
Dean Howley is an award-winning educator and entrepreneur that mixes theory and real-world experience in his interactive and engaging approach to teaching and learning. He teaches entrepreneurship at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, and communication at Durham College, in Oshawa Ontario. Dean’s business, King & Tupper, produces handcrafted Montessori-inspired wooden toys and furniture for children. He holds a B.B.A. from Trent University and an M.Sc. in Management from Smith School of Business, Queen’s University. Dean also brings a wealth of diverse professional experience to his instruction from former positions in commercial real estate valuation, commercial financial services, tourism and recreation, and higher education.
- 2023 - Anita Erskine - Award-winning communications professional, broadcast journalist, television producer and CEO of Anita Erskine Media.
- 2021 - Dr. Katie Taylor - chair of the board of the Royal Bank of Canada, and past president and CEO of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Connecting business students with global leaders of distinction
The CEO-in-Residence program, coordinated through the School of Business and the student-alumni mentorship program Life After Trent, gives students at both the Peterborough and Durham Greater Toronto Area campuses access and opportunities to learn from business leaders across the country and around the globe. The CEO-in-Residence inspires and mentors Business students through keynote addresses, meetups, lectures and panel discussions.