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Leeds Grenville Economic Development Office
KEMPTVILLE – Accounting business trailblazer Cathy Sheppard is this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.
The award was presented at the International Women’s Day #PressForProgress – A Celebration of Women Entrepreneurs event on March 8th. Approximately 100 business women from throughout the region attended.
Cathy is the founder of Sheppard and Associates Ltd., accountants and tax specialists serving the area since 1984. From an early age she was driven to run her own business in what was, at the time, a male dominated sector.
Today, her firm has more than 3,000 corporate and individual clients. She continues to expand her company each year. Her 13-woman team offers bilingual and comprehensive business bookkeeping, accounting and payroll services as well as income tax services. The office is located in Kemptville’s Creekside Mall, 2868 County Road 43.
The Lifetime Achievement Award was created to recognize women who have created long-standing businesses and have become business leaders in their Leeds Grenville communities.
The afternoon trade show, dinner and award ceremony was held at eQuinelle Golf Course and was hosted by the Leeds Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre. It featured keynote speaker Jodi Wright, RBC Global Asset Management’s National Manager, and MC Diana Leeson Fisher, a local author and communications specialist.