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Our Team


Mike Adams, CPA, CA

Email: mike@apexaccountingcpa.com

Mike is a Chartered Professional Accountant who has been in public practice since 1997. He is involved in all areas of client service, including accounting, audit, corporate and personal taxation, and business consultation. Mike enjoys working closely with business owners and managers to minimize tax and improve profitability. Born and raised in Creston, B.C., Mike worked on his family’s dairy farm before attending College of the Rockies where he obtained a Business Administration Diploma in accounting. He joined the firm in December 1997, acquired his CPA, CA designation in 2002 and became partner in 2003.

An active member of the community, Mike is a past president of the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce and JCI Kootenay. He is a past treasurer for both Cranbrook Society for Community Living and Cranbrook Youth Soccer Association. In 2012, he was presented with a lifetime membership in the Senate of Junior Chamber International for his work as a member of JCI Kootenay. Mike has also volunteered his time as an official for the Kootenay ICE and he was a member of the Kinsmen Club of Cranbrook.

In 2017, Mike was honoured to receive the Citizen of the Year award for his work in the community of Cranbrook.

Brenda Van Der Meer, CPA, CA

Email: brenda@apexaccountingcpa.com

Brenda graduated with her Bachelor of Management in 2006 from the University of Lethbridge and then obtained her CPA, CA designation in 2011. She enjoys helping businesses develop strategies to meet their financial goals.  Born and raised in Sparwood, B.C., Brenda grew up playing piano and figure skating, the latter of which would often take her to Cranbrook for competitions. She spent time living in Nelson and Red Deer, Alberta, before moving back to the East Kootenay and joining Apex Accounting in 2013.

Brenda is an active volunteer whose primary focus has been on JCI. Since 2014, she has held various positions, including president and past president, with the Kootenay branch of this organization and the BC/Yukon regional branch. Most recently, Brenda has been appointed past president of JCI BC/Yukon and treasurer for JCI Canada.

In her leisure time, Brenda enjoys going camping with her husband, drawing, reading, doing carpentry and spending as much time as possible at the family cabin at Christina Lake.

Chad Murray, CPA, CA

Email: chad@apexaccountingcpa.com

Originally from Lethbridge, Alberta, Chad received his Bachelor of Science, Multidisciplinary Minor, from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Calgary in 2009. He went on to complete his Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting from the University of Calgary in 2011. Three years later, Chad obtained his CPA, CA designation. Having worked with a big-four firm in Calgary, Chad came to Apex Accounting in 2015 with a wealth of experience.

Chad loves the Kootenay lifestyle and when he’s not helping clients maximize their tax savings, he enjoys swimming, biking and skiing with his wife, Laura. Also, Chad currently serves on the board of a nonprofit organization in the Kootenays.