Rob Hannam, CAFA
Synthesis Agri-Food Network, President and Client Director
Rob Hannam is a skilled consultant and facilitator who excels in business and strategic planning, marketing communications and market research. His first-hand knowledge of agriculture – cultivated while working on his family farm – combined with a global view he developed working for an agricultural multinational and a range of agribusiness clients gives Rob a unique outlook. Rob has used his expertise to solve challenges for local, national and international clients and assist them with reaching their business goals.
Rob gathers valuable insights and draws upon his deep agri-food knowledge to provide clients with practical approaches and actionable solutions. He developed the Management Action Plan (MAP) for agribusinesses, a core teaching and management tool used in the Advanced Farm Management Program.
Michael R. Bossy, HBA, CPA, CA, CFP, TEP, CAFA, KCC
Bossy Nagy Group Chartered Professional Accountants (BNG),
President and Founding Partner
Michael Bossy has been a trusted business advisor to clients for over 25 years. He is a strategic thinker, and combines his extensive experience as a Chartered Accountant with his numerous other business designations to help farmers build their farm management skills. His background is in accounting, trust and estate planning, taxation and business consulting, with particular expertise in inter-generational business and farm transfers.
Michael is a graduate of The University of Western Ontario’s Ivey School of Business. He is also a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP), Certified Agricultural Farm Advisor (CAFA) and Kolbe™ Certified Consultant (KCC). Part of Michael’s continuing education includes participation in The Strategic Coach® program.
Bruce Robinson, CPA, CA
Partner RLB Chartered Professional Accountants
Bruce has been a partner at RLB for 24 years but his roots go far deeper. Growing up as the son of Earle Robinson, a founding partner at RLB, there are two things that are instantly apparent in Bruce; his love of accounting and love of his agricultural clients. Bruce has served as the accountant and business adviser for many local producers, agri-businesses and producer organizations in his time in public practice.
Bruce believes the key to success in life is building close relationships, with his clients, friends and family too. He feels that what he has learnt from others has played an integral role in where he is in life today. These relationships makes him both a trusted, genuinely and caring advisor and great friend.
When Bruce is not working hard at RLB he enjoys spending as much time as he can at the family farm in Wiarton. Having the property in his family since he was 11 has made the farm a big part of his life and he can often be found there with family and friends. Bruce also uses his professional skill set in a volunteer capacity serving on the Upper Grand School Board Audit Committee for the last seven years and as Treasurer of the Guelph Country Club for the last four.
Katie Cheesmond, B.Com Ag Bus
Ag Consultant RLB Chartered Professional Accountants
After spending 10 years in finance, Katie transitioned to RLB three years ago to join the senior management team. Growing up on a dairy farm in the North East of England Katie has a first-hand understanding of the needs and requirements of family business to have support and advice through; growth, diversification and ownership change to name but a few. Katie uses the knowledge she has gain through a lifetime in Ag, and a career in finance to support the clients of RLB.
In addition to Ag Consulting Katie’s primary role at RLB is helping to continue firm growth. She is responsible for actively engaging employees and building a business development culture at RLB, while also seeking and evaluating new opportunities for the firm.
In her free time she loves spending time with her family at the Dairy Farm in Arthur, coaching public speaking, and entertaining friends.