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Mission Statement

"Strong businesses are formed on stronger relationships. Our mission is to partner with you and enhance your business by developing innovative solutions to business management challenges. We provide the resources to learn, the knowledge to empower and the assurance of support, to allow you to confidently grow your company."


Kellie Paquette, President of LegUp Consultants, is a Certified QuickBooks™ ProAdvisor.

She has over 15 years of hands-on Canadian and US QuickBooks experience and has worked as an accountant in various industries during her career, including: franchise head office, retail franchising, printing, packaging and aerospace.

Her business background has exposed Kellie to a dynamic range of business situations including beta testing of the inventory/POS system for a major Canadian retail franchise, franchisee accounting training and managing a staff of +100; all of which she is able to draw from to better serve the clients of LegUp Consultants Inc.

Growing up, Kellie split her time helping out on the family farms in Western Canada and with her father’s local construction business.

Kellie enjoys spending her spare time helping others. Her most memorable time was spent when she fostered a guide dog puppy, preparing "Vivienne" for life with an autistic child. Kellie and Vivienne were featured in a kindness story on CP24 online news site. Kellie enjoys volunteering with local animal rescues as well as charity fundraising with her car club.


Fred Carruthers, CPA,CA,CMA, has over 20 years of Canadian and US QuickBooks experience ranging from installations and conversions from other software packages, to training and client support.

His business experience includes: franchising, international transportation, manufacturing, warehousing and distribution, residential and commercial construction, heating ventilation and air conditioning, automotive services, farming, investments, personnel services and software support. As Accountant for a large North American Franchise Head Office, Fred’s expertise was instrumental in the development and implementation of both the Canadian and US QuickBooks files, including inventory and general business systems.

Growing up, Fred worked on Ontario farms and as a tour guide in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta.

Fred actively coached and administered youth badminton, youth soccer, women's fastball and men's slo-pitch for over 30 years.


Karen Carruthers is a creative professional with experience in interior design, architectural planning, graphic design, marketing, writing and editing.

She has designed and managed the construction of restaurants, nightclubs, movie theatres, retail outlets and office complexes.

Recently she worked for over twelve years within an organization that included business centres in its portfolio. Karen provided design and construction management for over 80,000 square feet of office space, followed by facilities management (Director of Construction), marketing and public relations (Director of Marketing) and general management (Chief Operating Officer).

She is currently working independently on various design, management and editing projects.