Diego Roa, CPA, CA
Diego began his accounting career in Colombia in 1997, when he joined the accounting department of one of Colombia's largest and most prestigious insurance companies. After five years, he felt it was time to leave Colombia to pursue one of his dreams, and learn a second language (English). He moved to New Zealand, and in 2005 started working with a medium sized Chartered Accountancy firm, in Auckland. He obtained his CA designation with the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants, in 2011. After two years in New Castle, Australia, where he also worked in public practice, Diego and his family decided to move to Canada.
Diego joined Swanson Gryba & Company in February 2014, as a Staff Accountant. Although he enjoyed the challenges of working with a large insurance company, the move to public practice has taught him that he prefers the personal contact and varied learning opportunities which come from working with a wide range of small business owners.
He is an avid runner, loves outdoor activities, winter sports and spending time with his wife, Margarita and two daughters. He and his family enjoy travelling and getting to know people from different cultures.
Q and A
Q. If I could go back in time I would tell my younger self…
A. Enjoy the ride
Q. If you had to change your name, what would your new name be, and why would you choose that name?
A. I would choose James, which is the English version of Diego. I would choose James so I do not have to spell my name all the time.
Q. What do you think is the secret to life?
A. Being grateful for what you have
Q. If you could play any Olympic/professional sport what would it be?
A. Soccer, I love the sport, unfortunately that love for the sport never translated into skill.
Q. What is one thing that exists today, that you wish didn't exist?
A. Pollution, planet earth is huge, but it can only take so much