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We understand startups because we think like one. Innovation is what drives Element CPA, and that’s the value we deliver to our clients.

Founder Andrejus Civilis worked 10-plus years as a financial controller for larger companies, but found that big businesses were slow to accept innovation. The bigger and more corporate the company, the more they seemed to rely on archaic paper processes instead of more reliable and efficient cloud accounting. Rather than passively following the status quo, Andrejus founded his own accounting firm in 2014, and has dedicated the company to helping small businesses and startups realize their dreams.

CEO & Founder

Andrejus Civilis

Founder Andrejus Civilis, CPA, CMA combines his adventurous spirit with a passion for innovation to redefine the accounting industry while working alongside like-minded entrepreneurs with a shared commitment to making a positive impact on the world.

Founder Andrejus Civilis, CPA, CMA, isn’t your typical accountant—he doesn’t spend all of his time staring at numbers from behind a desk. When he’s not working, you’re more likely to find Andrejus scaling a hill on his mountain bike, hiking, skiing, or sailing around the Carribean. His love for exploring the unknown led him to make a bold move after a decade-plus in the corporate world—quitting his job to start his own business. Now, he's bringing innovation to the accounting industry and collaborating with inspiring entrepreneurs who share his passion for making a difference in the world.
Senior Bookkeeper

Mariana Pontes

Mariana expertly manages clients' books while also delivering exceptional customer support.

Mariana Pontes is a Senior Bookkeeper at Element CPA with more than five years of experience in the financial sector. Prior to relocating to Canada, she spent nearly seven years in China, earning a Finance degree from a top-tier institution. During her time there, she honed her intercultural competencies and gained valuable experience in the controlling department of an F500 company. Now based in Ontario, Mariana is on the path to becoming a CPA, leveraging her passion for customer support and data analysis at Element CPA.

In her free time, Mariana indulges in her love for travel, language acquisition, and cultural immersion. She fluently speaks five languages, has resided on four continents, and has explored over 40 countries.

Bookkeeper

Abe Layoso

Abe leverages his experience to efficiently organize clients' books.

Abe holds a bachelor's degree in accountancy with honors and has more than 15 years of experience in commercial and outsourcing roles across several countries. Before joining Element CPA in April 2021, he worked in two international accounting and management consultancy firms, excelling in bookkeeping and client relationship management to support startup companies. Abe finds motivation in his clients' success and takes pride in his team's contributions.

Outside of work, he enjoys nature, stargazing with his mom, and embarking on off-the-beaten-path adventures to discover new cultures, often serving as a DIY tour guide for his travel companions thanks to his thorough research and familiarity with the destination.

Accounting Assistant

Evelina Civilyte

Evelina likes to organize absolutely everything—which is a skill she gets to apply at Element CPA every single day.

Evelina likes to organize absolutely everything—which is a skill she gets to apply at Element CPA every single day. She has a passion for learning how things work by taking them apart and putting them back together again, whether that’s solving financial issues in the office or tinkering with her old Subaru.

She loves working with startups because of the passion her clients bring to the table. It’s their commitment to changing and bettering the world that inspires her work each day.