The History Behind Our Consulting & Training Company

Agate Consulting & Training Inc. (Agate) was founded in Sudbury, Ontario, in March 2012. Agate’s senior consultants and trainers have worked together since 1990 at our former companies Brea International Computer Education & Research Group Inc. and 1st Computers & Training.

Initially, we started out as Diversified Business Management Company (DBM), a computer service company offering computerized accounting and bookkeeping services to local businesses in the late eighties. Our business grew and we determined there was a need for computer training in products such as WordPerfect, Lotus 123, Database IV, MS-Excel, MS-Word, Simply Accounting and physician billing software. Not only was there a need for training but also computer equipment sales and service as we progressed. We created M.T.L.S. Resources a computer sales and service business. Eventually we discontinued our computer sales and service due to market pressures and competition from major box stores. We continued to move toward consulting and training of individuals and businesses with Simply Accounting (now Sage 50) and Quickbooks.

Today, we provide quality accounting, bookkeeping, T1, T2 & T3 tax preparation, consulting, training and support services to individuals and corporations. The staff of Agate Consulting & Training concentrate our efforts in assisting small to medium sized businesses with their Sage 50 Accounting software (formerly Simply Accounting), Sage Business Cloud Accounting (SBCA) (now Sage Accounting) and other competing products such as Quickbooks (QB)and Quickbooks On Line (QBO). To date Agate has worked with numerous local, national, and international companies in the retail, construction, non-profit, manufacturing, and service sectors, as well as government agencies.

Agate boosts to having one of the few Sage 50 Platinum Certified Consultants, a Sage 50 Certified Trainer and Sage Business Cloud Accounting Certified Advisor from across Canada. Not only are we proficient in Sage 50 Accounting and Sage Business Cloud Accounting we are also QBO Certified and were former Intuit Certified Trainers. Our top professional brings over 30 years of computer, financial accounting knowledge and experience. In addition, our top consultant has worked in a family housewares business (retail sales, accounting office, warehouse), a construction company (employee and truckers payroll, job costing), a hospital (director of accounting & computer services), and small business (every aspect of business).

Our Founders

Randy Jackson, Senior Consultant

  • Diploma in Marketing, Undergraduate in Economics & Business Administration
  • Hospitals of Ontario Departmental Management Certificate
  • Co-Founder of 1st Computers, Brea International & Agate Consulting
  • Simply Accounting Certified Consultant 1995 to 2008
  • ACCPAC Trainer & Solution Support 1995 to 2003
  • Simply Accounting Solution Provider 1995 to 2011
  • Simply Accounting Platinum Certified Consultant 2009 to 2012
  • Simply Accounting Certified Trainer 2009 to 2012
  • Sage 50 Accounting Platinum Certified Consultant 2012 to present
  • Sage 50 Accounting Certified Trainer 2012 to present
  • Sage 50 Accounting Solution Provider 2012 to present
  • Institute of Professional Bookkeepers of Canada 2012 to Present
  • Intuit Quickbooks Trainer 2014
  • Sage One Certified Advisor 2015 to 2018
  • Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce Member 2017 to Present
  • CRA E-Filer 1995 to present
  • Sage Business Cloud Accounting Certified Advisor 2018 to present
  • Certified Professional Bookkeeper(CPB) Designation September 2019

Our Founders

Beatrice Jackson, Admin (Deceased 2018)

  • Co-Founder of Diversified Business Management Company
  • Co-Founder of M.T.L.S. Resources
  • Co-Founder & Former Director of 1st Computers & Training
  • Co-Founder & Former Director of Brea International Computer Education & Research Group Inc.
  • Former Office Administrator & Marketing Specialist for 1st Computers, Brea International & Agate Consulting
  • Former Educator/Trainer and Course Developer for 1st Computers, Brea International & Agate Consulting
  • Former Administrator of Chartwell Southwind Retirement Residence
  • Former Administrator/Manager of Bayshore Home Care
  • Former Founder, President and Board Member of The Brain Injury Association of Sudbury