Ken Richardson  CPA, CGA
Passionate about turning great ideas into successful, growing businesses, Ken brings decades of expertise in accounting and business development to the Rise Advisors team. As Rise CPA’s founder, Ken drives the company mission to provide strategic, proactive business advice in down-to-earth terms.
Ken has decades of experience in business and comes from a family of entrepreneurs. He grew up in Southern Ontario and started working on a tobacco farm when he was only 7 years old. In high school, he made deliveries for a meat market and worked at his grandfather’s landscaping company.
After graduating from Simon Fraser University, Ken was recruited by the Canada Revenue Agency for a super-auditor program. Ken worked in the special investigations unit investigating and prosecuting criminals for tax evasion, tax schemes, tax fraud, money laundering and terrorist financing. He worked in other divisions of the CRA including assessments, payroll, desk audit and special audit.
Ken worked with Poole Construction (PCL) for three years primarily in job costing. He worked on projects such as Surrey Taxation Centre, Lansdowne Mall, and Coquitlam Centre.
Ken later formed his own accounting firm and was an original partner in EPR Canada Group in 1979. EPR Canada was one of the largest public accounting groups in the country. A long-time resident of the Tri-Cities, Ken established EPR Coquitlam and grew his business from a rented desk in a small office to being the largest partner office in a national accounting organization.
Ken sat on the Board of EPR Canada for many years before holding the post of National Chairman of EPR Canada for six years. He also served on various CGABC boards and committees, including Ethics and By-Laws. He sat on the Steering Committee for Douglas College’s David Lam Campus in Coquitlam and was treasurer for the Coquitlam Foundation for eight years. He also served on the Eagle Ridge Hospital fundraising committee.
Ken is active in the community and has participated in local organizations including Boy Scouts, the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce, and the Coquitlam Foundation. He is a sought-after speaker on the topics of tax, business growth, and succession planning.