Hi! I’m Ryan Lazanis. I’m a CPA by trade but definitely don’t consider myself a normal accountant. I identify more with being an entrepreneur and I love innovative technologies and disruptive business models. What I’m really passionate about is helping to modernize the old, archaic, traditional accounting firm model. After spending many years in public practice at a small CPA firm, I decided to start Xen Accounting in 2013. The firm was one of the first of its kind in Canada. 100% online, totally paperless, fully cloud-based,  leveraging the latest tech to automate our customers’ accounting. The firm was comprised of geeky CPA’s, bookkeepers and technologists. We looked at what millennials (employees and clients alike) hated from the traditional accounting firm and turned that on its head to offer a new service in the country.

After 5 short years, Xen Accounting was acquired by a large international corporate services firm due to the tech-oriented, scalable model that had been created. On a personal level, in those 5 years, I also learned a heck of a lot about starting, crafting and running a modern, automated, online accounting firm that provided customers with an exceptional customer and experience and team members with a modern work environment.

Previously I was an active club DJ in Montreal but I have to say that my biggest passion is traveling to remote destinations with my wife.