John Hurst
Business Consultant (Owner)
  • Mississauga,
  • Canada
Member Since: 2008/10/19
Industry: Accounting/Finance
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Personal business consultant - Accounting consulting and Information Technology consulting. Microsoft MVP (October 2016)

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Professional Background
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Hurst Technology Consulting Inc.
January 2002
Mississauga
Business Consultant:  I have been engaged for the past 15 years providing Accounting, QuickBooks, and Information Technology consulting help to small businesses
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Education
University of Waterloo
Bachelor of Mathematics
Applied Mathematics and Applied Physics
1966 – 1971
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English
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I have been a Premium Service member of Experts Exchange since 2008.

I enjoy helping people solve problems that they have. When we work together to solve a problem and the person with the problem can get back to their regular stuff, we are all usually much happier.

I worked for General Electric in Finance and Information Technology for 18 years in Canada, United States, and for a short time overseas in England and Europe. I worked for Black Photo Corporation in Canada as Director - Information Technology for 10 years. I worked for a regulatory company for a couple of years and then for the last 14 years or so, I have been very successfully working as an independent business consultant.

I started out doing Technology consulting and moved into Financial Accounting consulting about 10 years ago. A friend of mine is following in my footsteps and has taken over the Technology consulting and I now just do the Financial Accounting consulting on a part time basis (by design). I incorporated my business at the beginning, so I continue to keep my hand in business taxation, personal taxation, and value-added taxation (VAT or GST). I need to do these things for myself, and so I can provide helpful advice to clients and support to chartered accountants.

I also do some substantial volunteer work as Treasurer for a couple of not-for-profit entities, so even though my consulting has drifted down to half time by design, my time remains fully occupied.

I like to hobby in model trains and electronics. I have an HO Scale layout in the basement and I join the two hobbies by using Digital Command Control to run locomotives and track turnout machines. The locomotives are individually addressable, run on the same track as other locomotives with no special isolation, and have realistic diesel sounds, horns and bells. The main controller is wireless, so I can wander around the layout running trains. I have a couple of decent oscilloscopes in the shop including a recent Digital Storage Scope that can present a stable image of the frequency modulated train command signal.

 

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