Our clients are our greatest Ambassadors, and the reason we love what we do.

Well, we all know Hippos are huge – and so are my bookkeeping needs! With four companies in total, and four shoe boxes worth of crap every year, it is amazing that I can even function. If it were not for the excellence in client services; patience in dealing with a multitude of last minute requests and monthly panic stations, I am just not sure where I would be without the outstanding support and understanding of Heather, Paula and Johanne. For over four years of growth and growing pains, I have been extremely well served by the entire team at Accountapotamus. Perhaps the best way to explain is that while I began my relationship in Kanata, I ended up moving to Victoria BC in Nov 2018. I thought that meant I would need to move my business over to a BC firm. Not at all – I just send a large Canada Post shipment every month to Kanata. What a relief, since I have a fairly complicated set up – and really had no desire to have to start over, again, in explaining how my businesses operate. My support team of Heather, Paula and Johanne seamlessly integrate into my year end accounting and corporate filings that are done by an arms length accounting firm. All of this outstanding service delivered with extreme patience – and a great sense of humour. In close, an outstanding firm – but stay away – I don’t want to share them!

Warren Armstrong
Business Owner
Multiple Numbered Companies

Patti was critical to the start up success of our new medical clinic and provided us with a professional and manageable bookkeeping system. The staff at Accountapotamus continue to provide outstanding bookkeeping services, and ensures that our clinic remains compliant with tax remittance requirements. The expertise and practical knowledge that is provided by Accountapotamus is invaluable to our business. This company has a solid and well-earned reputation for excelling in quality service and exemplary customer service.

Laura MacFarlane
Managing Partner
McNeely Medical Clinic

Patti was hired to put my books in order for a GST/HST audit. The auditor said he had never received such a complete and well done package. He was pleased, which is always good when the GST police are involved! I’ve hired Patti to do my books and she always has everything done on time, and even includes a stamped envelope for the government remittances. Couldn’t ask for better bookkeeping help!

Louis Sirois
Rideau Filter Group

Taking the Quickbooks training at Accountapotamus was an incredibly rewarding experience. It was a positive learning environment and a place where questions were welcomed. Patti is an awesome trainer who is professional, knowledgeable, and very patient. She always made sure I understood the lesson before moving to the next topic and I never felt rushed or overwhelmed. She was enjoyable to listen to and used excellent examples to illustrate her teaching. The practical application during the training was very valuable to instill an understanding of the concepts taught. After this training, I now have an excellent understanding of Quickbooks and all that the program offers and I now feel more confident in handling the books for our small business. I would highly recommend Accountapotamus. Thank you again, Patti, for such an enjoyable learning experience!

Carolyn Robertson
Fortlog Services

Our national association re-structured operations back in 2010-2011 and decided to outsource our accounting & bookkeeping functions. Needless to say Patti (and Heather) took on the challenge of getting our “books in order” and continue to surpass my expectations. One of the best moves I have ever made!

I.J. LeBlond
Canadian Council of Technicians & Technologists

We have been using the services from Accountapotamus Inc. for the past three years and the experience is very rewarding. They have taught a series of 10-week Quickbooks courses to our clients as part of our employment bridging program, which supports professionals from other countries in preparing for employment in Canada. They are also involved in launching our Bookkeeping Cooperative, which gives our clients practical accounting experience while developing relationships with local businesses.

I have full confidence in the quality of their work, and can always count on them for their professional opinions on our next move, which is much needed for a growing organization like ours. Thank you, Patti, for a job well done.

Ying Xie
Program Manager
Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre

I have been with Accountapotamus now for six years. When I approached Patti, my bookkeeping wasn’t great, but she got me set up right away and we have had a good working relationship ever since. My bookkeeping and payroll has never had any issues and although the business has expanded and I have had different bookkeepers through the company over the years, I have had great relationships with all of them. I would recommend them to anyone.

Torsten Dekart
Carleton Insulation

Patti – the owner/President of the company – was an absolute delight to work with. I felt like I was drowning, and way out of my league when trying to learn Quickbooks. She was my lifesaver. Never made me feel like I was stupid or imposing. ALWAYS willing to help me! FABULOUS place!

Tracy Burleigh
Office Manager
GroundFX Ottawa

I was really impressed with the course overall. Patti, Rita & Kathryn were great, very friendly, welcoming and approachable. The mix of experienced and inexperienced users was well handled, giving everyone the attention that they needed. Patti was very adept at providing us with hints and lessons just before doing some practical assignments that allowed the more experienced to experiment with customization of items like invoices and reports while waiting for the less experienced to complete the assignments without being rushed. Well done. The small number in the group, providing each of us with our own laptop and working program, and the large ratio of facilitators made for a fantastic learning experience. I walked into the course hoping to have a better overall grasp on Quickbooks and hopefully learn some shortcuts. I walked out with a feeling that I really know some of the nitty gritty of Quickbooks and even some better bookkeeping practices as a bonus. I walked into work on Monday on a mission…Thank you for a great experience!

Nancy Saville
Sales & Marketing Director
Globus Theatre

We highly recommend Accountapotamus! After taking a QuickBooks training course with Patti and Heather, we decided to use them for bookkeeping services, too. All of the staff at Accountapotamus are helpful, efficient and friendly. They have been very accommodating and have tailored their services to meet our needs. After several bad experiences, I’m very happy with Accountapotamus!

Trudy Moore
First Rate Movers Inc.

Accountapotamus, its owner Patti Saulnier, and her amazing team came into my life at just the right time.  As my husband and I started our own company, we were totally overwhelmed with the new world of accounting and bookkeeping.  Patti took an entire Sunday out of her busy schedule to personally train me in the QuickBooks accounting system that I have grown to love.  With this course, she has also provided very quick technical assistance. When I’m having a panic attack at 8pm the night before my payroll submission is due, she has responded with help and assurance immediately, despite my problems usually happening on weekends!!

Patti and her team believe in old school customer service, which I so appreciate.  They go out of their way to help me with any problems, make themselves available when needed, and are as pleased with my successes as I am.  I am so grateful for the support and encouragement I have received and I highly recommend the services of Accountapotamus to everyone!

Christine Deugo
Deugo Home Services


As a new small business owner, every day is a challenge and learning experience – Accountapotamus helps in the bookkeeping end of it as they work around our schedule and make the accounting end of our business stress-free and easy.  The Owner and staff are amazing and always go above and beyond to help us with any questions and keep us on track!  Working with Accountapotamus you don’t feel like just a “client” they took the time to get to know us and our company so that they could provide the best service for our needs.  We would recommend Accountapotamus to anyone!

Lisa Logan-Occomore
Valley Granite & Tile

I found the QuickBooks training that Patti offered to be very informative and comprehensive for a one day course.  Through using a visual walk-through of the software, a QuickBooks training book (which we were able to take home) and her directions, I was quickly able to re-gain my prior knowledge and increase my skills using QuickBooks.  I believe the other students were all new to QuickBooks but I can confidently say that they left with a good working knowledge of how to use the software.  Additionally, Patti offered three months of unlimited phone support for any further questions that we may have had.

Patti is easy to understand, has a positive attitude and sprinkles her teaching with humor.  I enjoyed the day very much and I strongly recommend this course to anyone that would like to learn how to use QuickBooks and/or feel confident in its use.

Catherine Kuhn
Office Administrator
Carleton Place and District Chamber of Commerce

We had, like so many others, often dreaded going to our accountant. Going through all that tedious work that bookkeeping can be. After we started working with Patti and the girls from Accountapotamus, everything changed. Now we enjoy the flexibility of her staff, the fun and energetic atmosphere that’s in her beautiful office, and we get full service that gives us peace of mind. Patti has provided us with training and countless tips on how to better handle our books – she sure knows her stuff and her staff is like no other. For a fun and headache-free experience, try Accountapotamus.

Wally and Daja Thorbjornsson
Scandia Housing

Starting a new business can be a daunting task, and where it came to our accounting, I was completely lost.  All I can say is that Patti and her team are QuickBooks ninjas! They were able to do wonders and set us up with a set of books that will be easy to maintain and understand. I also took Patti’s course on QuickBooks. It was easy to understand, well laid out, and provided me with a good foundation for the future.

Shawn Greenberg
Seamless Auto Care

As a small business owner of a restaurant, I was looking for a bookkeeper that I could count on to guide me in set up and to support me as my business and staff grew. Patti and her team hosted an excellent hands on Quickbooks training to get me up and running and have proven to be valued partners in managing my business. Accountapotamus provides comprehensive solutions to seemingly complex issues and make themselves available when issues arise that need immediate attention. Patti ‘gets’ women in business and I value her advice and consistently professional business approach.

Bev Appleby
The Bridge Bistro

I have been in business now for 15 years, and have had difficulty finding a bookkeeping company that knew Quick Books really well, that could advise me on the unique aspects of my bookkeeping needs, and were truly efficient.  I was thrilled when I discovered Accountapotamus.  I run 3 interconnected companies in the areas of Importation and Distribution, Automotive and Property Management, each with its unique sets of accounting requirements. Accountapotamus has offered efficient, knowledgeable and personable staff that have met all my needs. Through Accountapotamus,  I have received training on current QuickBooks products, had on-site assistance via a flexible but regular schedule, received quick answers to questions by phone or email. Everyone is fun and easy to work with.  I would not hesitate to recommend this company or any member of their staff to work with you!

Marsha Houlahan
Bӧckmann North America Inc.

Accountapotamus was recommended to me by my accountant and I find their service to be friendly, accessible and very professional.  My books are prepared on time monthly; they even went beyond expectations and found an error from my previous bookkeeper and dealt with it immediately, I was very impressed.  I would recommend Patti to any company looking for a quality bookkeeping service.

Michael Hewitt
Ottawa Pole Fitness

Patti’s level of organization accompanied with her extensive knowledge of managing finance has helped give my company the solid start I was hoping for.

Patti is flexible and always available to answer any of my questions. She has helped me organize my business and myself while teaching me that paper is in fact my friend!!! I have relied on Patti’s expertise to get me through the challenging start up of a business and would absolutely recommend any business (new or old) look to Patti and Accountapotamus for their bookkeeping and accounting needs.

Karen Braley
BlackBurn Residential and Respite Services

We had the privilege of working with Patti in setting up our QuickBooks 2012 for payroll and for some QuickBooks training. She is very knowledgeable and went beyond our expectations with the transfer of our data into our new software. We highly recommend Patti for your accounting needs.

France Audet
Administrative Coordinator
Canadian Association of Social Workers

I am the owner of a construction company that uses QuickBooks for invoicing and payroll. I have never taken any courses for QuickBooks and only knew enough to get by without making a mess of everything. After searching for someone to come provide me training, I could only find weeklong courses, which were unnecessary because I already knew the basics. Accountapotamus provided hands on, in-office training to answer and address all the topics I needed help with. The price was right and I am glad I went ahead and did this. I recommend Accountapotamus to prospective clients.

Alex Auriemma
Upper Deck

Patti and her team have been great to work with.  They are very organized and responsive to our needs.  They have helped us streamline our accounting processes and are very helpful, always there to answer questions and explain things in plain language.  With them we have full confidence that our books are in order.

Danny Peled
Owner and Director
Boreal River

As a newly established small business owner I have enlisted the services of Accountapotamus.  Patti and her team have been exceptional in all aspects; she is professional, dependable, very personable, well organized and most helpful through the beginning stages of owning my own business.

Working with Accountapotamus has made the transition into business much easier, providing great information and advice helping me through the learning curve. I am extremely satisfied with the high level of service that Patti and the rest of her team at Accountapotamus have provided. Keep up the great work!

Jason Burgess
Burgess Installations

Wish I had done this years ago! Program was very interactive, and gave an overview of all the information I need to use Quickbooks well and with ease! Looking forward to switching our books to Quickbooks.

Natasha Cuerrir
Banks Printing Inc.

Patti and her team were very helpful getting the accounts for our new business set up and training us in the daily use of Quickbooks. We can always rely on her to provide answers to our accounting questions in a timely and professional manner.

Kevin Mayer
President & Co-Owner
Wicked Garage

Patti Saulnier (Accountapotamus Inc.) is a dynamic communicator and an excellent trainer who is dedicated to achieving results through hard work and integrity. She was knowledgeable, helpful and encouraged continuous training and development. It was a pleasure to work with her.

Deena Armstrong
Unit Administrator
OECTA Ottawa

Patti is knowledgeable, personable and has been very helpful in the start-up of my new business.  I am grateful to have found such a great bookkeeper.

Domenica Utano
APEX Association Management Inc.

I arrived in Ottawa 2 years ago, along with my non-profit arts company. When I’d operated in Vancouver for the ten previous years, my bookkeeping was handled by a professional firm. I’d been looking for an Ottawa firm since arriving here, and it took a while to find one that I felt I could count on. I discovered Accountapotamus, and am very glad that I found them. They provided excellent customer service and attention, which is always very reassuring when you’re handing over your financial records for the first time! The reports they produced – and the questions they asked – demonstrated a clear understanding of what my goals were, as well as a dedication to getting the job done efficiently and accurately. I’ve already recommended them to one colleague, and would happily recommend them to anyone else.

Sean Devine
Artistic Executive Director
Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Theatre

Patti and her team at Accountapotamus are fabulous to work with. Friendly, detail-oriented, and reliable, they’re always ready to go the extra mile. I really value the peace of mind I get from their services. I would recommend Patti’s work to others and, in fact, already have. If you’re looking for bookkeeping support for your business, Accountapotamus is an excellent choice.

Heidi Lasi







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235 Terence Matthews Cres. Suite 100
Kanata, ON K2M 2B3

Business Hours: 8 am – 4 pm
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