BDO – Financial Wellness in the COVID Era


May 12, 2021

Remote via ZOOM

Featured Panellists

Ilan Kibel


Vice President of BDO Canada Limited 

Panellist Bio

Ilan is a Vice President of BDO Canada Limited.
With over 20 years of experience, specializing in the consumer and small business practice assisting both individuals and corporations in dealing with their financial situation.

Ilan has a solid foundation in financial operations, by applying a unique combination of my audit, M & A and due diligence expertise, offering the perspective required to oversee restructuring of both personal and corporate situations, at multiple levels.

Ilan’s practice responsibilities covers the GTA, including Brampton, Etobicoke, Milton, Mississauga, North York, Oakville, and Toronto.

John Tzanis

Paralegal, B.A., JD

Owner at Continental Legal Services P.C., OPA Past President

Panellist Bio

In April 2021, John was appointed for a 2-year term as a Member (Part-Time) at the Landlord Tenant Board (Markham).

As of March 2021, John was appointed as our Paralegal Member of the Justices of the Peace Review Council at the Ministry of the Attorney General. He is also the owner of Continental Legal Services P.C. a firm that represents national and international corporate clients in litigation.

John is the 2016 recipient of our LSO William J. Simpson Award and the Past Director and President of the Paralegal Society of Ontario and Ontario Paralegal Association from 2008-2014.

He has always been involved in numerous committees and initiatives at the Law Society of Ontario, including:

⚖ Provincial Offences Advisory Committee, the Equity Advisory Group

⚖ Treasurer’s Advisory Group, the Treasurer’s Liaison Group

⚖ Challenges by Racialized Licensees Working Group

John’s active community involvement also includes the Ontario Justice and Educational Network (OJEN), the Library Information and Support Services Working Group, the Ministry of Consumer Services Amendment to Collection Agencies Act Committee and the Attorney General’s Provincial Offences Advisory Committee.

John has written many publications and articles over the years including the Submission to the Sept 2012 Attorney General on 5 Year Review of Paralegal Regulation and the Changes to Canada’s Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act for the US National Association of Credit Management.

John is also a Director at Ontario Soccer since 2017.

George Brown

Paralegal, OPA President

President at George Brown Professional Corporation  

Panellist Bio
When the paralegal profession became regulated in 2008, George became a member of the Law Society of Ontario as a paralegal licensee. George has been providing legal services since 1990, and over the years, he has developed considerable experience representing individuals and companies in a wide range of legal matters.

Along with his practice, George is a member in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario. He is the founder and secretary of the Ontario Paralegal Network (“OPN”); and former board member, secretary, and current President of the Ontario Paralegal Association (“OPA”). George is also the former board liaison for OPA’s membership committee.

George is an active contributor to the professional development of Ontario paralegals. He has taught and assisted in a number of continuing education courses and public information sessions for the Ontario Paralegal Network, “Get Legal” hosted by Roger Dinner, “Toronto Speaks” hosted by Natalka Falcomer, the Ontario Paralegal Association, and the Law Society of Ontario.



Join our panel as they analyze the financial impacts of COVID and look forward to the post-COVID financial landscape in Canada.

Drawing on practical demonstrative case studies, the panel will delve into practice management techniques and learn to identify opportunities for improving productivity and operational efficiencies to grow your Professional corporation. Increase your value-add on every client interaction, and elevate your client service.

Best practices for Ethics and Professional Responsibility and Ethical Advocacy when faced with the proposal and bankruptcy process in litigation. Including negotiation techniques, opportunities for mutual benefit, judgment enforcement and, more.


This program contains 1 hour and 45 minutes of Professionalism content..

What Will I Learn?

  • All CPD Reference Materials are available for download under ‘Resources’ section below
  • How to Analyze the Structure of Financial Statements: Corporations
  • How to Analyze the Structure of Financial Statements: Professional Corporations
  • How to Analyze the Structure of Financial Statements: Income Statements
  • How to Analyze the Structure of Financial Statements: Balance Sheets
  • How to Analyze the Structure of Financial Statements: Cash Flow Statements
  • Bank Account Structures: General Accounts
  • Bank Account Structures: Trust Accounts
  • Bank Account Structures: Fees
  • Bank Account Structures: Factors Impacting Survival
  • Judgments and Lawsuits: Creditors and Debtors
  • Judgments and Lawsuits: Court Orders and Enforcement
  • Judgments and Lawsuits: Governing Authorities
  • Insolvency Options: Bankruptcy
  • Insolvency Options: Proposal
  • Insolvency Options: Debt Consolidation
  • IInsolvency Options: nformal Settlement
  • Insolvency Options: CCAA
  • Licensed Insolvency Trustees: Who Can File
  • Licensed Insolvency Trustees: Stay of Proceedings
  • Licensed Insolvency Trustees: Initial Client Interviews
  • Licensed Insolvency Trustees: Debt Options
  • Licensed Insolvency Trustees: Proposal vs Bankruptcy
  • Licensed Insolvency Trustees: Surplus Income
  • Licensed Insolvency Trustees: Exemptions
  • Licensed Insolvency Trustees: Debts that Survive and s. 178
  • Licensed Insolvency Trustees: Common Myths
  • Practical Case Studies

Topics for this course

1 Lessons1h 45m

OPA CPD Series – BDO – Financial Wellness in the COVID Era CPD Video

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Highly informative

This was a good match for me. Taught me a lot about Business Structure and Bankruptcy.


Material Includes

  • Ontario Paralegal Association Presentation- May 12, 2021.pdf
  • Changes to Canada’s Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act -Principles_Ch12_v3.pdf
  • Judgment Enforcement_20013.pdf