Meet Our Team

The Sands & Associates Team

From your first contact with us, you will understand why Sands & Associates is different from other Trustees in Bankruptcy firms.  Sands & Associates has grown to be BC’s largest personal bankruptcy firm by continually investing in our people.  Our Trustees in Bankruptcy and Estate Managers are highly competent and will seek to listen first to understand the unique circumstances of your situation.

When you request a consultation, you will meet with a highly experienced insolvency professional who will take the time to advise you of all of your options so that you can make an informed decision on the right course of action for you.

We guarantee that you will be treated with respect and empathy, and we will never charge a fee for you to meet with us face-to-face to understand your options.

Please click on the location most convenient to you to get acquainted with our team members.

Deane Gurney

CIRP, B.Sc., Lic. Acct., Trustee in Bankruptcy

Deane Gurney is President of Sands & Associates, a Trustee in Bankruptcy, a member of the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals and holds a Licentiate in Accounting.  Deane has been involved in a wide range of insolvency and restructuring engagements including: instrument appointed receiver and advisor to lenders, corporate debtors and other stakeholders with respect to financial and viability assessments, security reviews and financial investigations.

Located in our New Westminster, Surrey and Tri-Cities offices, Deane provides financial solutions for both companies and individuals, with over 27 years of experience practicing exclusively in the consumer and corporate insolvency and restructuring areas.

Blair Mantin

CMC, CIRP, Trustee in Bankruptcy

Blair Mantin is Vice-President of Sands & Associates, a Trustee in Bankruptcy, a member of the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals and a Certified Management Consultant (2007 Canadian Gold Medalist). Blair has over ten years of experience practicing in management consulting and financial advisory services with a National Professional Services and Chartered Accountancy Firm.

Serving our Vancouver, Maple Ridge, Langley and Victoria offices, Blair focuses on both consumer and corporate insolvency and restructuring proceedings across various industries and jurisdictions. Blair is also capable of assisting individuals in Spanish.

Geoff Orrell

CIRP, Trustee in Bankruptcy

Geoff Orrell is Vice-President of Sands & Associates, a Trustee in Bankruptcy and a member of the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals. Geoff has over 30 years of insolvency and restructuring experience, including 20 years with two National Professional Services and Chartered Accountancy Firms.

Geoff offers consumer and corporate financial assistance in our Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Tri-Cities and White Rock offices.  His extensive knowledge range of insolvency and restructuring engagements includes:  instrument appointed receiver, advisor to lenders, corporate debtors and other stakeholders with respect to financial and viability assessments, security reviews and financial investigations.

Tracey Lowe

BA, CIRP, Trustee in Bankruptcy

Tracey Lowe is a Trustee in Bankruptcy and a member of the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals. Tracey has over 20 years of experience in consumer insolvency and restructuring.

Located in our Vancouver and Burnaby offices, Tracey’s primary role is the administration of consumer proposals to creditors and bankruptcies to support individuals in resolving their financial difficulties.

Raj Hara

CMA, CIRP, Trustee in Bankruptcy

Raj Hara is a Consumer Proposal Administrator and Trustee in Bankruptcy with Sands & Associates.  Raj is also a Certified Management Accountant and a Chartered Insolvency and Restructuring Professional.

Utilizing his broad professional experience in banking, finance, accounting, insolvency and restructuring matters, Raj provides financial options to individuals and businesses and offers services as a Proposal Trustee, Receiver, Monitor, Financial Consultant and Forensic Accountant in our Vancouver, Surrey and Victoria offices.  Raj is also capable of assisting individuals in Punjabi.

Kimberly To

BA, CGA, CIRP, Trustee in Bankruptcy

Kimberly To is a Trustee in Bankruptcy, a member of the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals and a Certified General Accountant with over 20 years of experience in consumer insolvency and restructuring.

Fluent in both Cantonese and Mandarin, Kimberly administers consumer proposals and bankruptcies in our Richmond and Surrey offices.

Alana Orrell

BA, CA, Estate Manager

Alana Orrell is an Insolvency Estate Manager at Sands & Associates, she is also enrolled in the CAIRP (Trustee) Qualification Program. Serving residents attending our Langley, Surrey and Vancouver offices, Alana assists personal and corporate debtors in resolving their financial issues.

Alana’s previous experience includes over 11 years of public practice in the field of accounting and auditing, working with small to medium sized businesses and non-profit organizations.  

Marlene Byrne

Estate Manager

Marlene Byrne is an Insolvency Estate Manager and Qualified Insolvency Counsellor with 18 years of banking experience with a credit union, followed by five years working as a credit counsellor.  Marlene offers individuals with debts assistance in resolving their financial issues in our Langley and Maple Ridge offices.

Dana Timko

Estate Manager

Dana Timko is an Insolvency Estate Manager and Qualified Insolvency Counsellor at Sands & Associates with over 17 years of experience. Based in Sands & Associates’ Langley office, Dana administers consumer proposals to creditors as well as personal bankruptcies.

Kristine Medeiros

Estate Manager

Kristine Medeiros is an Insolvency Estate Manager as well as a Qualified Insolvency Counsellor who has over 13 years of experience. Kristine’s main focus is administering consumer proposals to creditors as well as bankruptcies in both our Surrey and Richmond offices.

Cindy Wallas

Estate Manager

Cindy Wallas is an Insolvency Estate Manager and Qualified Insolvency Counsellor with over 13 years of experience. Cindy is able to offer assistance with debt resolution options to individuals in our Surrey, White Rock and Victoria offices.

Terry Sharp

Estate Manager

Terry Sharp is an Insolvency Estate Manager and Qualified Insolvency Counsellor based in our Abbotsford office.  Terry has over 10 years of insolvency experience in addition to 25 years experience with a major Canadian bank.  She administers personal bankruptcies as well as consumer proposals to creditors.

Karen Wright

Estate Manager

Karen Wright is an Insolvency Estate Manager and Qualified Insolvency Counsellor with over 22 years of experience.  Situated in our Abbotsford office, Karen is able to provide debt relief for individuals via filing a consumer proposal to creditors or personal bankruptcy.

Julie Medeiros

BA, Estate Manager

Julie Medeiros is an Insolvency Estate Manager and Qualified Insolvency Counsellor in our Sands & Associates Tri-Cities and Surrey offices.  Julie has over five years of experience assisting individuals with their debt resolution options.

Cindy Wortley

Estate Manager

Cindy Wortley is an Insolvency Estate Manager as well as a Qualified Insolvency Counsellor.  She is also enrolled in the CAIRP (Trustee) Qualification Program.  Cindy has over 20 years of Insolvency and Restructuring experience, including 15 years with a National Professional Services and Chartered Accounting Firm.

Serving residents attending our Burnaby office, Cindy assists personal and corporate debtors in resolving their financial issues.

Sandra Myers

Estate Manager

Sandra Myers is an Insolvency Estate Manager and Qualified Insolvency Counsellor with over 3 years of insolvency knowledge; her previous work includes significant experience in social services and entrepreneurship.  Sandra is able to assist individuals with their debt options in our Chilliwack office.  

Darlene Mullen

Estate Manager

Darlene Mullen is an Insolvency Estate Manager as well as a Qualified Insolvency Counsellor located in the Burnaby office of Sands & Associates.  With over 12 years of insolvency experience, Darlene provides individuals assistance with their debt management options.

John Manson

Estate Manager

John Manson is an Insolvency Estate Manager based in our Surrey office with over three years of experience administering consumer proposal and bankruptcies for individuals struggling with their finances.

Laura Kehtler

BA, B.Ed, Estate Manager

Laura Kehtler is an Insolvency Estate Manager and a Qualified Insolvency Counsellor with over ten years of insolvency experience.  Laura assists individuals with their debt resolution options in our New Westminster office.

Jeff Ayre

CPA, CGA, CIRP

Jeff Ayre is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a member of the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring professionals with over 20 years experience practicing in the insolvency field. Jeff has administered multiple engagements under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act and the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act, with experience in corporate and consumer insolvency matters.

Rachel Riddell

BA, Estate Manager

Rachel Riddell is a Qualified Insolvency Counsellor and Insolvency Estate Manager based in Sands & Associates’ downtown Vancouver office.  She also holds a Bachelor of Arts, Sociology and a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration and had a 15-year career on the Canadian National Water Polo Team, competing in the 2004 Olympic Games.  Rachel has over two years of insolvency experience, assisting individuals with their debt management needs.

Joanne Fong

Estate Manager

Joanne Fong is an Insolvency Estate Manager and Qualified Insolvency Counsellor available to assist individuals with financial difficulties in our Sands & Associates Surrey office.  Joanne has over 11 years of experience and is fluent in Cantonese as well as Mandarin.