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Meet the Team

paulPaul Mascarenhas, BSc. MBA.

President and founder of Avancer Learning Inc., Paul is a specialist in Strategic Communication initiatives and an experienced facilitator in IT Skills, and Communication Skills. He has facilitated workshops for leading Corporations, Professional Institutions, and Government bodies, in Canada and Internationally.

Beginning his career in roles of Marketing and Economic Research, Business planning, and Communications, he built his career around data-driven advertising and marketing strategy. His fascination for spreadsheets led him to develop routines for bringing objectivity into business decision making and fine-tune a flair for spotting trends in data and their impact on business strategy.

He brings his twin specialisations of Communications and Strategic Analysis, to Training, and has developed & conducted workshops for some of the world’s leading organizations over the last 10 years. Paul conducts our end-use focused brand of Excel workshops.

He loves the outdoors, is an avid angler, and holds a Canadian Recreational Pilot’s permit. Paul expresses his fascination for aviation in his blog: “Cruise Attitude”


profilepicAnthony Lewis

President of Austrada, a consulting company specializing in VBA applications, Anthony develops and conducts our VBA Series workshops.  Anthony has a Bachelor of Business from the University of South Australia majoring in Accounting and a CPA Australian Accounting designation as well as a Canadian CMA Accounting designation.

Anthony has spent several years working as a financial analyst in multiple industries and while doing so has been involved in many spreadsheet related projects, developing a high level of enthusiasm and joy for working with Excel.

He began his consulting and training career with the intention of taking this enthusiasm and joy for Excel and applying it to help other businesses create spreadsheets, applications and processes to help them save time, money, effort and frustration.


Denise Bacon

Denise brings many years of experience of increasing wealth and opportunities for people across demographics. Her knowledge has developed through working in a variety of sectors, including working for a major bank, a professional accounting association and a top Canadian university. Denise has delivered on her passion to help people to identify and strive towards their potential.

Family, friends, playing sports, civic engagement and travel occupy much of Denise’s time. One of her unique activities includes a surprise visit with sharks while scuba diving in St. Maarten!

Denise holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Economics from the University of Toronto.