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Member Spotlight: Dominic Ste. Marie

July 02, 2024



Dominic Ste. Marie
Dougall Conradie LLC

What does being a CPA mean to you? 
To me, being a CPA signifies serving as a trusted and dependable advisor to my clients. I view it as becoming an important part of their team, ready to assist wherever needed. It also represents a substantial personal achievement, one that required significant sacrifice and dedication. This accomplishment provides a sense of resilience and confidence, which I can draw upon when facing other challenges in life.

How has the CPA profession changed since you started your career? 
Training, training, training! When I began my career in public accounting nine years ago, the common approach to training was “trial by fire,” “learn by doing,” or “nobody taught me, I just had to learn.” However, in the past five years or so, the industry has made a significant shift towards providing comprehensive training—not just conceptual but also procedural. This has proven to be particularly beneficial for younger staff members coming out of college or those new to the profession.

Who or what inspires you? 
First and foremost, the biggest inspiration in my life is my wife. We’ve been married for 20 years, and we've witnessed each other grow profoundly. The biggest difference between us is that I couldn’t have done it without her! She has never doubted me and always provides the encouragement I need. Her support has seen me through the highs and lows of my career, always believing in my potential even when I had my doubts. She’s been the best mother to our children, is one of the strongest and most creative people I know, and I’m inspired more and more by her every day. Every day, I am reminded of how incredibly fortunate I am to share my life with such an amazing person.

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