Janice C. Paul-Canfield, CPA
EDUCATION & BACKGROUND
Janice graduated Summa Cum Laude from Cleveland State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree majoring in accounting. She received honors recognition for her outstanding achievement on the national CPA exam.
Janice began her accounting career with a regional accounting firm in Buffalo, New York, but has practiced in the Cleveland area for the last 21 years. She joined the WD&W staff in 2007.
Janice is part of the Firm's accounting and auditing practice where she supervises and performs engagements for small business clients in the wholesale, construction, retail, and service industries.
She has significant experience with not-for-profit organizations and employee benefit plans, has gained expertise in tax compliance and planning for businesses and individuals, and is a member of the Firm's Employee Benefit and Private Clubs Practice Groups.
Janice also assists the Firm with quality control and its compliance with professional standards.
BEHIND THE CREDENTIALS
Who was the most influential person in your life/career? One of the most influential was a high school English teacher. He was extremely excited about literature and other things and was a great example of living with passion, even if only on a relatively small scale.
How do you define success? Having sufficient financial resources to not have to worry, being surrounded by people you love, and feeling a sense of purpose in life.
Why do you do what you do? Prior to attending college, I worked full-time in various areas of accounting. I had taken an accounting class in high school and when the opportunity to attend college arose, pursuing a degree in accounting seemed fated somehow. At the time I enjoyed the logic behind accounting.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received? “Let it go.” I can be a tad compulsive at times and worry about things that I can't change.
What is one character trait you highly value? I think having a sense of humor toward oneself is an important character trait. If you think about it, most of us have a tendency to take ourselves too seriously.
Describe yourself in one word. I want to say positive, fun, and easygoing, but “steady” would be a lot closer to the truth.
What was your favorite class in college? I took a class about Jazz. The professor was an aging hipster and I spent the entire semester trying to figure out what he was talking about. That Jazz class was so different from the accounting and business classes that I was taking.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what would you want to have with you? I would want a library on the island with me and my library card, of course.
What is the best play you’ve seen? My daughter became a theatre “nut” at an early age, so she and I have seen quite a few plays. I loved “Late Night Catechism.” Having attended Catholic elementary school, that play brought back a lot of grade school memories.