Our Leaders

Barbara Hoffmann

President & CEO

A dedicated CMA, Ms. Hoffmann has more than 25-years of experience in the commodity tax industry. She is a former tax partner of KPMG and, in 2002, left to establish her own company in order to provide corporate accounts in Canada with comprehensive indirect tax strategies from planning to full implementation.

Her expertise in commodity tax issues, which extends to recovery, planning and audit defense, has empowered her to develop and implement indirect tax strategies, processes and controls for her clients that have significantly improved their bottom line.

Ms. Hoffmann’s extensive experience and credentials in finance, administration and public accounting have enabled her to be a planning committee member for the CICA (Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants) Commodity Tax Symposium and be invited to speak at a number of tax forums, including the CICA Commodity Tax Symposium, the Canadian Tax Foundation, Infonex and the Society of Management Accountants of Ontario.

She has also worked with both the federal and provincial governments, advising them on sales tax issues that affect a number of industries. In fact, Ms. Hoffmann currently has a number of issues under discussion with the Canada Revenue Agency regarding the application of GST to various cross-border expenses.

Ms. Hoffmann holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University where she majored in Economics.

Tara de Haan

Planning & Advisory Services

Ms. de Haan brings over 20 years of accounting experience from the following business sectors:

  • Government
  • Environmental services
  • Newspaper and magazine distribution
  • Restaurant
  • Retail liquidation
  • Automotive parts supply
  • Beer manufacturing and distribution
  • Automobile manufacturing

Tara’s accounting portfolio includes 5 years of active commodity tax experience within a number of industry sectors.  Her experience includes:

  • Stewardship fee reporting for aluminum cans, bottles and plastic containers
  • Filing Canada’s monthly Federal GST Tax Credits and adjustments
  • Filing Canada’s monthly Provincial Sales Tax Returns and adjustments

Ms. de Haan’s accounting portfolio also includes 6 years of automotive accounting for the automotive parts supply and automotive manufacturing sectors.  Tara’s roles have specialized in fleet and dealer accounting, collections, filing of federal and provincial tax returns, account analysis for vehicle and parts receivables,  analysis of indirect taxes for vehicle and part receivables , analysis of tire stewardship fees, and numerous Statistics Canada automotive reporting requirements.

Tara’s knowledge and experience with numerous accounting software applications, and continued investment in learning and working with new programs especially designed for the automotive industry is an asset to our team.

Gary Gilchrist

Recovery Services

Mr. Gilchrist is a senior consultant with more than 40-years experience working in the Auto Industry Finance/Tax Departments.

He has been involved with GST Administration since 1991 when the Canadian VAT/GST was first introduced. Mr. Gilchrist is particularly strong in recommending revisions to financial systems to support the payment/recovery of GST/HST and to ensure the correct billing of GST/HST on sales transactions. He has a well developed analytical ability to review financial transactions for potential tax-recovery opportunities or to validate that correct tax liabilities are generated on sales transactions.

Through his distinguished career Mr. Gilchrist has assisted many clients in the resolution of complex VAT tax issues.

Maria Lea C. Bularan


With more than 20 years of experience in accounting and financial services, Ms. Bularan brings a depth of knowledge and international expertise to the company.

Her career began in the Philippines where she was hired in 1989 as head of accounting for Barclay International Manufacturing Corp., responsible for all aspects of the operation, including supervising a staff of four and reporting to senior management.

It was in 1992 that Ms. Bularan left her home country and moved to the Ivory Coast where she worked for the next 16 years with Zenith Plastics C.I. As assistant accountant, Ms. Bularan had a variety of responsibilities, which included supervising a staff of four and handling some duties and responsibilities of the director.

In 2003, Ms. Bularan returned home to the Philippines, having been recruited by Kish International Trading Corp. as its accounting supervisor where she held similar responsibilities. In 2008, she made another major career move by coming to Canada and working with Bajaj Consulting Corporation in Mississauga, Ontario, as an accounting assistant. It was here that she gained her knowledge and insights on Canadian tax codes and regulations.

Ms. Bularan is a graduate of Jose Rizal University, Philippines, with a Bachelor of Science degree (Major in Accountancy).

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