About Garrett Wasny, MA, CMC, CITP/FIBP
Independent Technology Advisor to CPAs and Elite Knowledge Workers Worldwide
Garrett Wasny, MA, CMC, CITP/FIBP is an award-winning professional development consultant to accountants and other high-skill knowledge workers worldwide.
View Garrett's bio/profiles on LinkedIn, CPA Canada, Accounting Today, Avant Resources, CPE Link, Clear Law Institute, Business in Vancouver, The Pros and the Cons Expert Conference Speakers and Amazon.
Since 1995, Garrett has delivered thousands of presentations on Internet strategy to hundreds of leading accounting institutes, industry associations, Fortune 500 companies, small and medium-sized enterprises, business schools and other legal, medical, engineering, pro sports and executive education organizations.
Garrett's writing credits include four books, dozens of e-books and hundreds of articles on online business for scores of leading business publishers, syndicates and magazines including McGraw Hill, John Wiley and Sons, Knight Ridder, the Financial Post, Journal of Commerce and World Trade.
He's also won numerous awards for his writing, speaking and web design.
Garrett’s academic credentials include a Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA Hons) degree and a Master of Arts (MA) degree. His professional accreditations include Certified Management Consultant (CMC), Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) and FITP (FITT International Business Professional).
Garrett is trusted by the most respected governing bodies for accounting and business today. In the United States, his webinars are approved by NASBA (National Association of State Boards of Accountancy). In Canada, his in-person seminars are approved by the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) Canada provincial institutes.
In 2016, Garrett is scheduled to deliver 150+ professional development events across North America on a range of technology and accounting topics. The presentations are hosted by leading accounting CPE providers such as Thomson Reuters, CPE Solutions, CPA Crossings, CPE Link, Clear Law Institute and CPA Institutes across the continent. His courses cover online productivity, Internet search, digital transformation, mobile computing, social enterprise and tax.
He has more than 20 years experience in the Internet field and started his career at Price Waterhouse. He is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Garrett has written four books, dozens of e-books and hundreds of articles on Internet strategy for leading publishers, business clients and Continuing Professional Education (CPE) organizations.
Business and the Law
Business in Vancouver
Canada West Foundation
Globe and Mail
Greater Winnipeg Business
Journal of Commerce
Pacific Coast Trade
Small Business Week
The Bottom Line
Tom Peters On Achieving Excellence
Trade and Commerce
Akron Beacon Journal
Boulder Daily Camera
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Knight Ridder Tribune
Long Beach Magazine
Northern New Jersey Record
Providence Sunday Journal
Rockland Journal News
San Francisco Examiner
"Opened up whole new web world."
"This is definitely one of the best/most interesting PD courses that I’ve taken."
"This was excellent – a great use of my time!"
"Excellent presentation. Immediate applicability to work!! Very knowledgeable speaker and excellent, high energy delivery."
"Phenomenal ... delivery absolutely astounding ... great tips."
"One of the absolute best, most fun presentations I've attended."
"Funny guy ... powerful speaker."
"Wow! The course will change how I do everything at work."
“One of the best professional development courses I’ve taken.”
“One of the best workshops I’ve ever attended.”
“Pointed out many things about Google I was not aware of.”
"I had no idea Google can help me so much as an accountant."
"Garrett talks like an auctioneer and is very passionate about the material."
"Very different, engaging, took away a lot of new tools."
"Wow! Garrett has sooooo much energy! He is clearly passionate about his subject and presented a lot of information in a fantastic manner!"
"Like drinking through a fire hose but gave lots of information for us to look into which is great. Very entertaining presenter."
"Fantastic session. Funny and relevant but there wasn't enough time for Garrett to breath between sentences."
"Good snappy presentation with a lot of humor."
"Very eye-opening what technologies are out there for free use."
"Amazing presentation. Informative and humourous."
"Our Live Webcast instructor @garrettwasny got nothing but 5 stars from customers yesterday! "This was truly excellent!!"
"Garrett Wasny is an encyclopedia when it comes to Google, Linkedin, Twitter and social networking tools. "
"Great presentation! During it, my colleagues and I were “OMG-ing” back and forth over email at all the cool things you were showing us! We can’t wait to try some out!"
"Incredibly informative and a powerful new tool for my future discovery projects."
"Awesome ... excellent ... fantastic ... so much fun."
"I didn't know how little I knew about Google."
"I was very pleasantly surprised at how much material this speaker covered. Great job!"
"Lots to learn .... engaging ... entertaining ... super helpful for my job!"
"Needed another hour with Garrett! The BEST session of ANY CMA Conference EVER! Great presenter!"
"Very informative and well-organized presentation. Great practical information that should be very useful in my practice."
"Garrett has unique presentation skills, kept me engaged all the time. Very passionate about his topic, knows material very well. I would definitely recommend this seminar to my colleagues."
"Dynamic, entertaining presenter on what can be a dry topic."
"Practical information for use at work and at home."
"I was very pleasantly surprised by this course. I thought it was excellent and very practical. All of it."
"Introduced me to a number of things about Google that I did not know."
"Wonderful seminar and very useful and practical."
"Excellent speaker. Very passionate and knowledgeable!"
"The group enjoyed your presentation, and your energy served as a nice break from the sometimes bleak and humourless presentations to which we are subjected."
"I never enjoyed or was more motivated by a CPE seminar than the data visualization & mapping you gave yesterday. You were very knowledgeable & your enthusiasm was contagious."
"Opened my eyes to a world of Google possibilities ... Excellent use of time."
"Garrett is amazing -- animated, greater speaker, funny, knowledgeable."
"Excellent info, enthusiastic, don't blink or you will miss info."
"In a word, OMG! Amazing amount of information, thank you."
"Had a great time and the best learning experience in any PD course I have ever taken."
"Excellent presentation style ... great topic."
"Pointed out so many things I did not know in spite of “Googling” for many years."
" Explained clearly and precisely ... taught very well."
" Extremely knowledgeable presenter ... very enjoyable and entertaining."
"Lots of useful information to be used in day to day life."
" Super presentation ... great information ... extremely useful at any level."
"Instructor is excellent! ... fantastic job ... do not change anything."
" Very well taught ... good course, very interesting . ."
"Very passionate about material and usefulness of Google as a research tool."
"Awesome, best ICAO course ever."
" Very informative, very interesting ... great tips!
"Very interesting overview of social media ... very good course."
"Garrett is a great presenter ... good sense of humour and creative."
"I was captivated from beginning to end."
"Garrett is very entertaining."
"Great overview of cloud tools ... lots of examples provided ... useful tips ... found hidden features."
"Garrett is a diligent and energetic instructor."
"A great resource for future research and ideas for new employment (links to useful tools and apps)."
"Liked Garrett's personal opinions."
"Interesting apps for daily accounting that otherwise not know about."
"Very well presented with lots of practical tips ... very informative!"
"Loads of examples in the handout."
"Extensive knowledge of seminar leader and his passion on the subject.."
"Lots of extra info in addition to what was covered in course day."
"Garrett is always so funny – he provides comic comments throughout his presentation."
"Love his enthusiasm! Real eye opener for all the apps out there and for the uses of the cloud. Excellent coverage of so many categories of apps."
"Energetic and fast paced so keeps us engaged. Thanks it was enjoyable!"
"Time well spent – good for accountants in industry too!"
"Experience of Garrett was phenomenal. Provided various perspectives on things to help me decide/ look into the various social technologies. Lots of valuable tips."
"So very relevant to all aspects of life and work."
"Materials/ handouts will be a great resource."
"Good focus on business applications."
"So much great info to an area that many are “afraid” to venture into."
"Good tips for both social technology and marketing in general."
"Discussed both sides of topics."
"Good discussion of LinkedIn – Provided useful and easy ideas to try."
"Many great tips and different perspectives to many social media sites."
"Knowledgeable and entertaining."
"Thank you for assuring me that everyone finds social media confusing."
"Really enjoyed Garrett Wasny."
"Very valuable: competitive intelligence pieces."
"Best course taken at ICABC in 20 years."
"Thank you for organizing this search info so it can be understood. You have inspired me!."
"Fast paced – useful search techniques with a sense of humor."
"What did I like most about this course? Garrett – his delivery – his engagement into the topic and energy. The man is crazy funny."
"Very informative and entertaining/interesting."
"Garrett made searching more relevant and efficient."
"Very enthusiastic and entertaining."
"Garrett is informed and entertaining. Awesome day."
"Dynamic presenter and given this is not a hands on course was able to keep the attention of audience."
"Great entertainer and very educational at the same time."
"Energetic and engaging."
"Very informative for business and pleasure."
"Excellent speaker, staccato delivery and all really interesting."
"Always insightful and useful info."
"Garrett Wasny is always informative and entertaining."
"Lots of info that I likely would not have uncovered otherwise."
"Fantastic! Garrett was at a CA Conference Day many years ago. Great idea to have him back and always a great option for a breakout session!"
"A lot of info presented very quickly. Has good ideas/info."
"Amazing level of knowledge, energy and enthusiasm for the subject."
"The best “optional” sessions I’ve been to at the Victoria PD conference days."
"Lively engaging presentation."
"Very entertaining and extremely informative."
"Very interesting information."
"Excellent reference material."
"An eye opener."
"Seminar provides a great introduction of what’s out there."
"Enthusiastic presenter! Fast paced and entertaining."
"Up to date information; organization; structure of course."
"A wealth of useful info. Great that he could show us immediately on screen."
"Topic on what I do not know – very informative."
Independence and Objectivity
Garrett Wasny is an independent Certified Management Consultant (CMC). He provides objective, unbiased and non-commercial information in the client's best interest. He is not affiliated with any vendor or technology and receives no commission or compensation of any kind from the entities and companies he reviews in his seminars, webinars and consulting assignments.
Full Day Seminars
Practical Lessons. Instant Results. Lasting Change.
How to Gain Research Superpowers that Will Instantly Change Your Life
Learn hundreds of online discovery strategies and tools that will transform Google into your backup brain, robot assistant and ambient sidekick.
Google Productivity Tools
How to Immediately Boost Enterprise Collaboration, Mobility and Performance
Explore a huge and underrated ecosystem of Google business services and apps for the workplace.
Google is Not Enough!
The Best Non-Google Search Tools You Aren't Using (But Should!)
Discover a hidden online universe of social information, vertical search engines, public records, corporate databases and much more that you won't find on Google.
Enterprise Social Technologies
How to Use Social Tools Internally to Unlock Value and Improve Your Bottom Line
Go far beyond Facebook and tap an exploding universe of enterprise social tools that will positively and measurably transform your core business processes.
National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) Approved.
Live Instruction and Self Study. Earn CPE Credits.
Advanced Googling for Accountants Part I
How to Customize and Optimize Your Google Experience
Learn how to open a Google account, create a Google profile for yourself and your business, control what ads you see on Google, get a free Google ad for your business that normally costs thousands of dollars, access dozens of hidden information-generators on the Google results page, use the Google "tool belt" to uncover 10x more info and much more.
Advanced Googling for Accountants Part II
How to Hack Google and Unlock Hidden Online Intelligence
Discover how to cut the time needed to locate information in a web search by 12%, use the "tagging technique" to instantly increase relevancy, filter Google results by file type and domain, narrow your searches to a specific website, easily block irrelevant results, create query "mashups," experiment with the Google "wildcard" to fill in missing information.and much more.
Advanced Googling for Accountants Part III
How to Tap Google Power Search Tools and Verticals
Find out how to easily set up an alerts system that automatically monitors your business landscape, aggregate updates from your favorite websites in a single dashboard, improve your business forecasts using Google user data, search with your voice and images, create a personalized news channel, explore scholarly and legal documents and much more.
Advanced Googling for Medical Professionals
How to Use Google More Efficiently for Health Care
Learn how to correctly interpret Google search results, develop a Google profile to better manage your professional reputation, use the Google toolbelt feature to unlock 10x more medical info, be instantly alerted when new medical research is posted online, utilize Google Scholar for clinical research, tap Google's life sciences and anti-aging initiatives and much more.
Google Apps for Accountants
How to Use Google's Productivity Suite to Boost Collaboration, Mobility and Performance
Explore how to use Google's multi-mode communications and collaboration platform to make free telephone and video calls, manage your calendar and group scheduling, store and synchronize files, create documents that can be edited in real-time by multiple contributors, develop custom forms and surveys, build websites and intranets and much more.
Google Business Tools for Accountants
How to Use Google's Suite of Enterprise Tools to Increase Online Efficiency and Effectiveness
Learn how to utilize Google's suite of enterprise services for scores of business tasks including blog writing, website analysis, consumer surveys, online advertising, location intelligence, mobile computing, email backups, enterprise collaboration, digital commerce, photo sharing, online help networks, corporate social responsibility and much more.
Google+ for Accountants
How to Use Google's Social Network to Improve Your Online Business Presence and Performance
Find out how to use Google's "social spine" and identity service to create a personal Google profile, improve your ranking in Google search results, develop and share collections of blog postings on a specific theme, follow key business and accounting thought leaders, join and create thriving communities of "in-the-know" professionals and much more.
Google Big Data and Forecasting Tools for Accountants
How to Use Google to Improve Your Predictive Power
Learn how to utilize Google's publicly-available large data sets to identify current market data and trends, develop more accurate and granular business forecasts by product and place, uncover what Google users are searching for in real-time, explore global business opportunities, find hidden correlations and connections between brands and topics and much more.
Google is Not Enough for Accountants Part I
How to Search Social Platforms and Business Databases Not Indexed by Google
Explore how to gather business intelligence from Facebook, LinkedIn and other social networks, tap decision engines that save countless research hours, utilize online backgrounder checkers to gather hard-to-find personal information, mine Q&A sites for expert insights, access a little-known gov't archive that contains 100,000+ market reports and much more.
Google is Not Enough for Accountants Part II
How to Scan Vertical Search Engines Not Indexed by Google
Find out how to find specialized search engines on any topic, tap news aggregators and magazine-format mobile apps, compare salaries and employee reviews in leading accounting firms, hunt for real estate opportunities nationwide, scan for credible health and medical information, conduct online credit checks, buy tickets for sold-out events and much more.,
LinkedIn for Accountants
How to Showcase Your Credentials, Build Your Network and Generate Business Opportunities
Discover how to set up a LinkedIn account, build and optimize your personal profile, create a company page, add and manage connections, spot business opportunities in activity streams, contact non-connections for free, automate your job searches, attract employment offers based on your location and industry, join and create discussion groups and much more.
Facebook for Accountants
How to Gather Competitive Intelligence, Promote Your Brand and Grow Your Business
Find out how to create a Facebook fan page for your accounting operations, invite customers to follow your page, develop engaging content that attracts new customers, add apps and plug-ins to enrich your fan page experience, closely monitor what users are saying about your brand, mine the network for competitive intelligence and much more.
Twitter for Accountants
How to Create a Custom News Feed, Follow Thought Leaders and Track Market Signals
Learn how to set up a Twitter account, build and optimize your profile, use the service as a personalized news feed, follow and contact elite thought leaders you would never otherwise meet, track market trends and signals, search what other users are saying about your industry and operations, gather intelligence on your customers and competitors and much more.
YouTube for Accountants
How to Discover Information, Build a Channel and Promote Your Brand Using Online Video
Discover how to use the service as a powerful search engine, build a brand channel to communicate internally and externally, host your own video events that can be live streamed around the world and automatically recorded for later playback for free, connect and collaborate with other video creators, explore the most popular videos by city and region and much more.
Leveraging Social Technologies for Accountants
How to Decrease Costs and Increase Revenues Using Enterprise Social Applications
Find out how to use a new generation of messaging and file sharing apps that boost internal communications, utilize cloud-based productivity suites to improve teamwork and mobility, tap new online accounting communities that connect practitioners with new customers, and develop a social starter strategy that can transform your operations and much more.
How Technology is Impacting the Accounting Profession
Embracing the New Normal of Hyper-Innovation
Explore 18 technologies that are pressuring the finance function, 10 ways innovation is transforming the accounting profession, 14 exploding categories of online accounting services, and how accountants—once largely enterprise passengers and navigators — can leverage technology to elevate their role and become pilots of global business.
Mobile Web for Accountants
How to be Triple A Productive: Work Anytime, Anywhere on any Device
Discover 25+ ways mobile tools are transforming the accounting profession, the seven top online marketplaces for mobile software, 300+ leading mobile apps for accountants in more than 30 categories from tax to audit to practice management, and 10 shopping tips to determine which smartphone, tablet and laptop is best for you.
Mobile Devices for Accountants
How to Shop Smart, Save Money and Explore All Your Gadget Options
Learn how to determine the best mobile operating system for your needs, shop for devices in a dozen hardware categories from smartphones to tablets to stick PCs, utilize review hubs and buying guides to select a specific device, track the current value of your portables, sell your current gadgets for cash, buy pre-owned devices at a huge discount and much more.
Mobile Apps for Accountants
A Whirlwind Tour of 500+ Cloud Tools for Finance Professionals
Explore hundreds of leading finance-related apps in 50+ categories including online accounting, virtual CFO services, file sharing, data entry, electronic signatures, pdf readers, document scanning, remote access, billing, invoicing, mileage trackers, tax, practice management, payroll, point of sale, document management, payment systems and much more.
Wearable Computing for Accountants
How to Amplify Your Ambient Awareness and Cognitive Powers
Learn how accountants can use wearable technologies to add new cognitive streams in their visual field (smart glasses), monitor employee behavior and performance (smart badges), amplify their ambient awareness and hearing (smart earbuds), remotely collaborate in real-time (smart cameras), detect and solve problems (smart sensors) and much more.
Data Visualization and Mapping Tools for Accountants
How to Unleash Your Inner Picasso and Improve the Visual Appeal of Your Financial Reports
Explore 200+ easy-to-use graphic tools in a dozen categories from Excel plug-ins to interactive images to information dashboards and how they can be used by accountants to more effectively visually communicate, cut through data clutter, improve analysis and decision-making, attract traffic, generate buzz, inspire action and much more.
Blogging for Accountants
How to Build your Brand and Attract New Business
Learn how to create a blog from scratch with no coding experience, review the different blogging platforms and determine which channel is right for you, choose relevant topics that attract your target audience, create a blog event calendar, use multimedia to increase reader engagement, outsource your blog writing, track who's visiting your blog and much more.
Crowdsourcing and Collaborative Consumption for Accountants
How to Tap the Power of Online Networks to Increase Accounting Efficiency and Profits
Find out how crowdsourcing (asking for help from people online) and collaborative consumption (choosing access over ownership) are transforming traditional business models, the way people fulfill their needs, how enterprises create value and innovate, how accountants manage taxes and compliance for sharing economy operations and much more.
Crowdsourcing for Accountants
How to Engage Online Communities to Boost Your Bottom Line
Explore the key pros and cons of crowdsourcing (obtaining services from individuals and groups online) and how its being used to solve problems and accomplish tasks worldwide in countless organizations and scores of functional categories including innovation, business development, design, manufacturing, dispute resolution and many more.
Collaborative Consumption for Accountants
How to Connect with Peer-to-Peer Networks to Maximize Value
Learn the advantages and disadvantages of collaborative consumption (sharing things as opposed to buying them), and how its being used to disrupt traditional business models in scores of industries including accommodation (Airbnb), transportation (Uber), entertainment (Netflix), travel (VRBO), office space (WeWork), textbooks (Chegg) and many more.
Crowdfunding for Accountants
How to Leverage New Online Platforms to Validate Ideas, Gain Exposure and Raise Capital
Discover the pros and cons of crowdfunding - an exploding online channel for alternative finance -- and its key impact on accountants and the accounting profession including new US federal and state laws, finance lessons learned to date, leading strategies for launching a success crowdfunding campaign, top crowdfunding resources and much more.
Online Travel Tools for Accountants
How to Be a More Efficient, Effective (and Happier) Road Warrior
Explore hundreds of online travel resources and mobile apps in dozen of categories and how they can be used by accountants to improve their business travel experience, plan trips, compare fares, book flights, arrange hotels, seek live assistance, collect travel rewards, convert currency, dine out, sight-see, use translation services and much more.
Online Rating and Review Tools for Accountants
How to Build Trust and Boost Your Reputation in Today's Hyper-Connected World
Discover hundreds of online rating and review resources that can be used by accountants to manage and safeguard their online reputation, build trust and positive "word of mouth," influence buying decisions, attract positive reviews, improve search engine rankings, productively respond to negative feedback, spot fake reviews and much more.
eMarketplaces for Accountants
How to Tap the New Channels and Drivers of Modern Commerce
Learn about the exploding world of online emarketplaces and how they can be used by accountants to conduct market research, compare prices, check out the competition, offload routine tasks, delegate difficult assignments, leverage improved terms in business deals, and buy and sell practically every imaginable product and even professional service.
Internet of Things for Accountants
How to Profit from Connected Devices and the Growing Integration of Physical and Digital Worlds
Learn the basics of the Internet of Things or IOT -- connecting objects to the cloud (and to each other and people) - and its huge potential to transform accountants from historical-reporting scorekeepers to forward-looking business pilots who take a wider enterprise view and more active role in information technology, data analysis, forecasting, strategy and much more.
Internet Security Tools for Accountants
How to Prepare a Cyber-Defence Strategy in Today's Complex World
Explore hundreds of Internet security resources, tools and strategies that can be used by accountants to step up their security posture, protect enterprise data and networks, minimize risk and legal exposure, and respond to mushrooming malware attacks and social engineering scams by sophisticated threat actors, big and small, from all over the world.
Open Innovation for Accountants
How to Transform Complacent Thinking and Decision-Making
Deep dive into the world of open innovation -- searching outside traditional channels for new product and service ideas –- and how accountants can use this process to organize challenges, host competitions, offer rewards, build trust, gather fresh perspectives, locate new partners, tap hidden global talent, solve complex problems and much more.
IRS Internet Resources for Accountants
How to Tap a Treasure Trove of Digital Tax Information and Services
Explore the underrated Internal Revenue Service website at irs.gov and its many valuable accounting tools including tax forms, mobile apps, electronic filing wizards, online payment systems, calculators and estimators, tax calenders, advocacy services, whistle-blower awards, social media, privacy guides, job opportunities, e-books and newsletters and much more.
Online Productivity Tools for Accountants
How to Expand Your Digital Arsenal and Technical Skillset
Discover a rich constellation of online and mobile applications that can be used by accountants to expand your business advisory services in a diverse range of functional areas including business planning, benchmarking, mergers and acquisitions, incorporation, email marketing, customer support, user testing, cyber-security, e-commerce, social media and more.
United States Federal Government Internet Resources for Accountants
How to Tap Uncle Sam for Free (and Nearly Free) Business Assistance
Explore scores of little-known but highly valuable US government funding programs, electronic tenders, economic research libraries, bench-marking tools, export missions, investment showcases and technology networks and how they can be used by accountants for market research, business matchmaking, fund-raising and much more.
US State Taxation Internet Resources for Accountants
How to Navigate State Regulatory Agencies Online
Review the leading online tax collection, business promotion and investment attraction tools in each of the 50 US states and how these resources can be used by accountants to meet compliance requirements, earn tax credits and exemptions, obtain financing and training incentives, submit permits and help clients successfully operate at a state level.
US City Taxation Internet Resources for Accountants
How to Navigate Civic Regulatory Agencies Online
Review the leading online tax collection, business promotion and investment attraction tools in each of the top 50 US cities and how these resources can be used by accountants to meet compliance requirements, earn tax credits and exemptions, obtain financing and training incentives, submit permits and help clients successfully operate at a local level.
International Taxation Internet Resources for Accountants
How to Navigate International Regulatory Agencies Online
Review the leading online tax collection, business promotion and investment attraction tools for each of the top 50 US trading partners and how these resources can be used by accountants to meet compliance requirements, earn tax credits and exemptions, obtain financing and training incentives, and help clients successfully operate at a global level.
Research Automation Tools for Accountants
How to Tap Artificial Intelligence and Big Data to Search the Web for You
Discover a new generation of content discovery applications in a dozen categories including artificial intelligence, process automation, social discovery and online aggregation and how accountants can use these resources to automate your Internet impossible-to-find information on practically any topic.