Leda Chartered Professional Accountants Inc. was founded in 2021 by Eva Jutras and Jackie Gidda as a professional accounting firm that goes beyond providing traditional accounting services. We work closely with our clients, serving them as a team and providing professional advice that integrates the personal, business, and retirement components of life. To signify this, we have chosen the name “Leda” which is derived from Latin meaning joy and happiness. Our philosophy is to lead from a position of understanding, allowing us to guide our clients to lead happy lives.
We have made a conscious decision to be a boutique firm that works exclusively with business owners. We pride ourselves in providing personalized service and building long-term relationships with each of our clients, giving them the responsiveness, attention, and care they deserve.
Our purpose is to passionately support business owners to fully realize their immediate and future financial goals and aspirations.
We serve with care, creativity and courage, supporting clients by:
Understanding their unique goals, strengths, needs, and situation
Collaborating with their team and advisors
Advising on opportunities and options that serve desired outcomes
Guiding decisions, actions, and accountability to realize and sustain success
Leda’s unconventional model sets us apart and allows us to provide a modern approach to accounting services that fits with the needs of our clients.
Our Core Values
Eva Jutras, CPA, CA
Eva moved from a small town in Germany to Salmon Arm in 1996 and considers Salmon Arm her Canadian home. After graduating high school in Salmon Arm, Eva moved to Kelowna to obtain her Bachelor of Business Administration degree with distinction from UBC Okanagan/Okanagan College. She was awarded the Bachelor of Business Administration medal in recognition of the highest graduating grade point average over the four-year program. After graduating from university, she joined a big 4 accounting firm but soon realized that this was not a right fit for her. Prior to co-founding Leda Chartered Professional Accountants in 2021, she worked at a medium-sized firm for 15 years where she was a partner for the last five years. Eva has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia since 2010.
Eva focuses on personal and corporate tax planning for owner-managed businesses. She believes in proactive tax planning and is passionate about working with clients to integrate their personal wealth and retirement goals with their business goals. She is excited to work closely with her clients at Leda to develop innovative, practical solutions to a broad range of business, personal and tax issues.
Eva now lives in Salmon Arm with her wonderful husband and two amazing sons. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, cooking, camping, hiking, golfing, and spending time with family and friends.
Jackie Gidda, CPA, CA
Jacklyn Gidda is the co-Founder of Leda Chartered Professional Accountants Inc. Jackie has over 15 years of experience in public practice with over five years being at a big 4 accounting firm. Her professional career has been solely in public practice firms where she has worked on and managed various assurance and compilation engagements. She has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia since 2011.
Jackie has been able to combine her experiences obtained from public practice with growing up as part of a family business to build a focus around providing strategic business advice to entrepreneurs. She enjoys building relationships with her clients, getting to understand their life goals, and being part of their professional advisor team to help facilitate those desired outcomes. This passion to be more accessible to clients and provide advice to business owners as they need it is part of the reason Leda was created.
Having grown up in Kelowna, Jackie is passionate about giving back to the community. She is currently the treasurer for Aberdeen Hall Preparatory School as well as the Impact Tomorrow Foundation. She also volunteers her time by being involved in the finance committees for Aberdeen Hall Preparatory School, Impact Tomorrow Foundation, as well as the Child Advocacy Centre.
Jackie lives in beautiful Kelowna, BC with her husband and two wonderful sons, where she enjoys travelling, skiing, golfing, and spending time with friends and family.