Ellen joined Clarke Starke & Diegel in 1998 and was promoted to partnership in 2005. Ellen looks after the corporate accounting, auditing and taxation needs of a variety of small and medium-sized corporations and not-for-profit organanizations. Prior to deciding on a career in accounting, Ellen trained with the National Ballet School for four years. She obtained her C.A. designation in 1990 after graduating from Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration in 1988. Ellen started her career as a staff accountant with Price Waterhouse and a senior accountant with Peat Marwick Thorne (now KPMG) before becoming a full-time member of the accounting faculty at Wilfrid Laurier University for two years. Ellen took time away from her career for a few years while her husband played professional hockey in several European cities. They have two sons who play competitive hockey - Ellen has been a busy "hockey mom" and sports fan for years. She plays golf at Westmount Golf and Country Club, and her favourite activity is travelling with her family. Ellen served on the board of directors of the Kitchener Waterloo Business Women's Association for a number of years. Recently Ellen was appointed to serve on the Professional Conduct Committee for the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario.