Partners


Derik Wenman
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Partner and Consultant

Derik Wenman has inherited his father's consultant genes and followed his steps as a successful consultant. With more than 10 years in the field of commodity tax recovery and 5 years previously in IT, Derik has developed and implemented a system of utilizing client data files which streamlines our review process and maximizes recoveries.

Derik takes biking seriously. He rides to work on a regular basis - From Vancouver to Surrey and currently serves on the Board of HUB, an organization which helps make cycling better through education, action and events, including Bike To Work Week.

"Our team is thorough in what we do. We use technology (data files) and proprietary software and techniques to mine our client's information in an effort to minimize client time and maximize recoveries."

Jay Leach
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Partner and Consultant

Jay Leach joined LWA in 1989. Jay has extensive experience in the private sector and is also one of our lead reviewers of large organizations across Canada. When HST came to BC, Jay was lead on research and implementation of this into our concepts and operations.  

Active in community sports, Jay has coached youth soccer since 1984 and played well into his adult years. Currently he plays golf and bikes on a regular basis.

"We are creative, thorough and unobtrusive. Clients are pleased with our service because we find them money where they hadn't thought of looking.” 

Sarah Wenman
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Partner

Sarah joined the family business in 2006, to fill the role of managing client data and company operations. She has also biked the 30 km route from home to work (and back), preferably in nice weather! As well as being part of the LWA team, Sarah also works in advocacy for people with disabilities living in residential care and is on the board of Farmers on 57th, an organization that runs community-integrated urban farming projects. Her interests include gardening, hiking, cycling and cooking good food.

"One thing I really enjoy about LWA is that we pleasantly surprise people. When we find them money they didn't know they were missing, and they are able to expand their business, buy books for schools, or simply ease the pressure of the budget; it is a good feeling."

Bruce Wenman
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Founding Partner (now retired)

In the late 1970s, company founder Bruce Wenman worked for Canada Revenue Canada as an auditor. Through his work, he realized that all kinds of public and private sector organizations were unknowingly overpaying taxes, often in huge amounts. He also discovered that there was no service available to these organizations to help them recover their money from the government. So, with a wife and two small children to support at home, he ventured into a new field, and made those first phone calls from home. Organizations started lining up for the service, and Mr. Wenman was soon working full-time recovering lots of money for these new clients. This was all before computers were commonly used. And as they say, the rest is history. Bruce retired in 2005 and now enjoys golfing and making pickled herring, a Swedish family tradition. Yes, those are fish lined up on the grass!