Our Team

Catherine McLean

CPA, CGA, Partner

Catherine received her CGA designation in 1987. Other than three years at Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), she has spent her career in public practice. Her first (accounting) love is taxes – personal tax, corporate tax and estate tax. Catherine also enjoys working with non-profit organizations.

Frédéric Lizotte

CPA, CGA, Partner

Fred joined the firm in the summer of 1999 as a CGA student and received his designation in 2002. Prior to 1999 he worked as a tax preparer and bookkeeper in the Cowichan Valley. Fred focuses on small businesses, incorporated and unincorporated, and non-profit organizations. His goals are to simplify the complex paperwork and minimize your taxes.

Paula Wheadon


Paula began working at the firm in 2001 as a CGA student and received her designation in 2005. Paula has been a resident of Salt Spring Island since 1983. Having been self-employed for 20 years before deciding to enter the accounting profession; she is comfortable handling all aspects of your personal and small business planning and tax needs.

Trina Lohr

BA, CPA, CGA, Partner

Trina joined our firm in 2015 and brings with her over 20 years of experience in the field of accounting. Born and raised in Victoria, she attended UVic and completed her accounting designation in 2000. Trina’s first (accounting) love is assurance work (audits and reviews) for small to mid-sized non-profit organizations. She takes pride in her ability to make relevant and meaningful suggestions to clients for improving their internal controls and operational efficiencies with consideration to associated client costs and benefits. Trina also enjoys personal and corporate tax.

Terry Will

Terry has been with MLW accounting since 1995.  Starting out in reception, she was given the opportunity to learn and grow with the firm, evolving into a valued bookkeeper and accounting technician.  Her many years of service also provides continuity for long time clients and a good knowledge base for new clients.  Terry also enjoys working behind the scenes to provide service and assistance to our clients and partners.

Casey Wheadon

Casey joined the team at MLW in the spring of 2009. An avid outdoorsman, hiker and a life-long resident of Salt Spring Island, Casey is happy to be back on the island after 4 years studying journalism and business at Kwantlen Polytech University on the mainland. He is currently an accounting student, working to attain his CPA designation. Casey enjoys working behind the scenes to support the partners and enhance the service provided to our clients.

Carol Gevers


Carol received her CGA designation in 2010 and joined the firm in the Spring of 2014. Carol has worked in many industries, including banking, property management, hospitality and construction, making her knowledge of corporate systems a great asset. From her many years volunteering for non-profits organizations, Carol is also a tremendous asset when working on these types of year ends and other charitable organizations.

Stephen Severn

ba, cpa

Stephen joined MLW in the spring of 2016. Born and raised on Salt Spring Island, Stephen loves the island lifestyle as well as getting to know new and old residents. He loves to travel and previously spent a year in Thailand en route to obtaining his BA in Intercultural Studies at Columbia Bible College in Abbotsford B.C. He then started pursuing the accounting profession, which he is excited to say he has now completed and is officially a CPA and looking forward to future professional development. Stephen enjoys learning and is encouraged by being able to help others with financial advice. He also loves hanging out and playing board games with his family and friends.

Jane Lizotte


Jane has worked behind the scenes at MLW Accounting since 2014 and has been full time since 2016. She is a Third Generation Islander, who worked and traveled abroad and moved back to the Island in 2002. Jane attended Camosun College and the University of Victoria and has a BA in Recreation Management. She has also worked in Australia, Alberta, and British Columbia. Jane currently volunteers with Ground Search and Rescue, coaching junior sports as well as Girl Guides of Canada and she always enjoys working with people

Jing Liu


Jing emigrated from China in 2003 to study at the University of Victoria. She completed a degree in statistics while working as an administrative assistant for 4 years. With a passion for math and numbers, Jing returned to school to complete a Post Degree Diploma in Accounting from Camosun College. Jing joined the firm in 2018 and is currently pursuing the completion of the CPA program. Jing’s hobbies include reading books and jogging.

Alec Lohr


Alec joined MLW in 2018. After completing a year of engineering studies at UVic, he transferred to Camosun College and completed his BBA accounting major prior to entering the CPA program. Alec brings with him 3 years of bookkeeping and tax return experience. Victoria born and raised, Alec’s hobbies include playing hockey and trampoline.

Christine Villadsen

Christine joined MLW in the winter of 2018. She has certificates in Legal and Executive Administration and continues to study part-time for a Bookkeeping Certificate. Christine was born and raised on Salt Spring Island and returned after being in Vancouver for 6 years. She’s enjoying the year-round hiking, continuing education, playing on the local women’s soccer team, and living closer to family.

Chris Scriven-Higgins


Chris joined MLW in January 2021.  She received her CGA designation in 2000 and worked for more than 20 years in the hospitality industry before starting her own consulting and bookkeeping business in 2016.  Born and raised in Victoria, Chris enjoys spending time with her family, traveling the world, and boating in and around Vancouver Island.  

Katie Severn

Katie Severn has worked with MLW on and off since 2018 but joined in an official capacity in 2020. Katie loves to travel and see the world and enjoys the opportunity to be active in playing sports on the island. Katie enjoys the slower pace of living on SSI allowing her to also be close to family. Katie completed a certificate in web/graphic design at Camosun college and is excited to use her technology and organizational skills to contribute to the Salt Spring MLW office environment.