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Stephen Ernst CPA, CA

Steve founded the accounting practice in 2006, providing tax and advisory services to both individuals and businesses. As a result of careful attention to our clients’ goals, the practice has grown substantially since inception. Steve leads an experienced, professional team that provides diverse financial and business services.

Steve first entered public accounting in 1990. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Highest Honours) from Carleton University and attained the Chartered Accountant designation in 1992. He has also completed the CICA In-Depth Income Tax course and obtained the US CPA designation (registered in Illinois).

With over 30 years of experience, Steve has expertise in taxation for individuals and businesses, including compensation strategies, corporate restructuring, estate planning, optimization of SRED development claims and cross-border planning. Steve’s leadership ensures that all aspects of a client’s tax situation are addressed. This includes review of past and current compliance, identification of issues and communication of recommendations.

Steve is available to consult for various issues facing small to medium-sized businesses. Over the years, he has completed numerous part-time CFO mandates, along with managing all aspects of a client’s accounting requirements. This experience provides him with valuable insight related to financing, growth strategies and succession planning.
(613) 828-6955 ext. 106

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Sharon Alger CPA, CGA
Vice President

Sharon obtained her Chartered Professional Accountant designation in 2012 and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from Laurentian University. Sharon joined the firm in 2009 and, in 2016, joined the ownership group.

With over 20 years of public accounting experience, Sharon oversees all aspects of the accounting and financial reporting process for our corporate clients. This includes planning and supervising the thorough execution of accounting engagements and related tax requirements.

Sharon also leads our US compliance and cross border services group. Sharon and her team provide US compliance services to individual and corporate clients. She has accumulated significant experience assisting US citizens that are non-compliant in their US filing obligations.

Sharon enjoys applying her ability to identify and research complex tax and accounting issues to provide comprehensive planning solutions for our clients.
(613) 828-6955 ext. 113

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Mark Partington CPA, CMA
Senior Manager

Mark graduated in 1992 from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree, specializing in Accounting. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant, having first obtained his Certified Management Accounting designation in 2003.

Throughout his career, by holding various positions such as Controller, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Operations across multiple industries, Mark has acquired a deep understanding of challenges facing emerging and growing organizations. He has also gained a broad knowledge of tax and compliance issues during his time spent in public accounting.

Focusing on small to medium-sized businesses, Mark enjoys helping business owners meet their compliance obligations while tracking their progress toward their current plan and strategizing towards accomplishing their future goals. Mark applies his knowledge and experience to help clients mitigate risks while putting strong control measures in place to help ensure steady growth.
(613) 828-6955 ext. 107

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Richard Boulay CPA, CMA
Senior Manager

Rick holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Laurentian University (1982) and is a Chartered Professional Accountant, having attained the Certified Management Accountant designation in 1989. He completed the CICA In-Depth Income Tax course in 1992. Rick is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and is currently enrolled in the final course of the Trust and Estate Practitioners (TEP) diploma program.

With over 25 years of taxation experience, Rick applies his extensive knowledge to review tax filings and perform planning for individuals, corporations and trusts by providing sound accounting advice. In particular, Rick has expertise with estates and trusts and has in-depth knowledge through his previous position as a tax specialist in the estate group for an investment company. Rick leverages his experience to ensure our clients meet all their compliance obligations and helps identify opportunities for tax optimization.

Rick manages our estate and trust services provided to our clients, which include preparation of final returns, trust returns and related planning. In addition, Rick provides oversight related to CRA adjustments and inquiries for our personal tax clients.
(613) 828-6955 ext. 108

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Robert Downs

Rob is a graduate of Fleming College in Computer Engineering and St. Lawrence College in Accounting. Rob joined the team in 2015, bringing over 20 years of public accounting experience and 7 years as a corporate controller.

Rob uses his range of accounting and controllership experience to provide our clients with proven advisory services. Rob is detail-oriented and client-focused, developing an understanding of each client’s business and their operational goals. This enables him to provide added value to the year-end process for our corporate clients.

Rob is a key member of the service delivery team for our corporate clients and provides oversight and support to our staff who provide internal accounting services. Rob is also a member of our US team.
(613) 828-6955 ext. 112

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Jon Fish

Jon received his Accounting Certificate with Honours from Algonquin College in 2011. Jon has accumulated more than 4 years of public accounting experience, along with over 10 years of retail management and work in the charity sector.

Jon’s technical abilities and depth of industry and public accounting experience allow him to assist a wide range of clients. He is available to assist our corporate clients with their year-end requirements. Jon is also part of the US team, preparing US non-resident returns for Canadians with US filing obligations.
(613) 828-6955 ext. 118

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Richard Aubry
Senior Accountant

Richard is a graduate of the University of Nancy II (France) with a Bachelor of Economics in Finance and is currently working towards obtaining his Chartered Professional Accountant designation. Richard joined the team in 2013, bringing over 20 years of professional experience in finance, business development, operations, government relations and accounting with both profit and not-for-profit organizations.

Richard provides a high level of care as he assesses our clients’ financial requirements in a detail-oriented approach. He uses his diverse knowledge base to provide our clients with insightful business advice and guidance to help them achieve their business goals. Richard assists our clients in both official languages and is available to prepare financial statements as well as corporate and personal tax returns.
(613) 828-6955 ext. 115

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Catherine McNaughton
Senior Accountant

Cathy holds a Bachelor of Arts (Highest Honours) from Carleton University and a Certificate of Bookkeeping from Algonquin College. She is currently a Payroll Compliance Practitioner candidate with the Canadian Payroll Association. Joining the team in 2013, Cathy has over 18 years of experience in office management and bookkeeping.

Cathy has extensive experience and technical accounting knowledge in a wide variety of industries and accounting software. Her experience and research abilities make Cathy a valuable resource for staff and clients alike. Cathy works with clients to prepare financial statements and corporate tax returns along with other compliance reporting.
(613) 828-6955 ext. 105

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Brittany Ernst
Senior Accountant

Brittany has completed an accounting certificate through ICS Canada and has accumulated experience in all aspects of full cycle bookkeeping and year-end accounting for various companies. Brittany joined the practice in 2014 and is an integral member of our personal, corporate and estate tax teams.

Brittany is proficient in several software packages, including QuickBooks (desktop and online versions) and SAGE50. She provides valuable, clear input for our clients and staff.
(613) 828-6955 ext. 117

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Cecily Gonzalez
Senior Accountant

Cecily completed a Business Administration – Accounting program at Algonquin College (1997). Joining the team in 2020, she has over 23 years of experience in accounting for small businesses across a wide variety of industries.

Cecily is passionate about helping clients’ businesses succeed. Her diverse knowledge allows her to provide value-added services to our clients with insightful accounting and business advice. Cecily is efficient, detail-oriented and caters to our clients’ business needs in both English and Spanish. Cecily is available for personal and corporate tax preparation and is also a member of the US team.
(613) 828-6955 ext. 119

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Patricia Coady
Senior Accountant

Patricia holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Carleton University (1987), majoring in Marketing. After graduating, Patricia held a variety of positions in sales, finance, and marketing. Enjoying new challenges, Patricia joined the team in 2015 and leverages her business experience and communication skills to provide excellent customer service.

Patricia brings her team-oriented attitude, attention to detail and strong analytical skills to the preparation of personal tax returns, including self-employment and rental statements. Patricia manages and co-ordinates CRA responses on behalf of our clients. She liaises with the CRA on T1 adjustment requests and pre- and post-assessment reviews.
(613) 828-6955 ext. 110

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Jordan Scribnock
Staff Accountant

Jordan has obtained a bookkeeping certificate through ICS Canada and is currently completing his Bachelor of Arts degree. Jordan joined the practice in 2017 and is an integral part of the team.

Jordan brings his strong work ethic and attention to detail to all his responsibilities. His role has been expanded to include administration, bookkeeping and personal tax returns. Jordan is proficient in Excel, QuickBooks (desktop and online versions) and SAGE50 and is available to assist with bookkeeping and personal tax returns.
(613) 828-6955 ext. 109

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Paula Ernst
Manager of Human Resources

Paula has been a motivational speaker for over 30 years and manages teams of volunteers in group homes throughout Ottawa. An integral part of the practice management team since its inception, Paula has increased her involvement to take on an important role in the company’s day-to-day activities.

Paula brings a wealth of knowledge and a lifetime love of learning in her role as Human Relations manager and as the lead in our client relations team. Paula brings her positive, people-oriented approach and care to all her interactions, both with clients and team members.
(613) 828-6955 ext. 120

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Brianna Carswell
Client Service Coordinator

Brianna holds a Diploma in Early Childhood Education (2019) from Algonquin College. Brianna joined the team in 2020, bringing with her experience in client and administration gained from employment and management duties in a small business. She applies her skills and warm personality to support clients and our team.

Brianna is responsible for all aspects of reception, including communication inside and outside the practice, scheduling appointments and accepting payments from clients.
(613) 828-6955 ext. 114

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Craig Comeau
Internal Accountant

Craig holds a Bachelor of Computer Science from Acadia University (2000) and a Certificate of Business Accounting and Payroll from Trillium College (2013). Joining the team in 2020, he brings 6 years of experience in bookkeeping and personal tax preparation.

A task-oriented team player, Craig manages the various aspects of our internal accounting system and controls. His professionalism is valuable as he interfaces with staff, clients and suppliers.
(613) 828-6955 ext. 101

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Lisa Rogers
Senior Accountant

Lisa earned a Bachelor of Commerce (Great Distinction) from McGill University in 1994, majoring in accounting.

After graduating, Lisa worked in the IM/IT sector. In 2001, she decided to return to her passion for numbers and started her own accounting business, providing support for companies both large and small. Lisa joined our team in 2017 and leverages her experience across several industries, including not-for-profit, health care providers and other service-based industries, providing clients with sound accounting advice.

Lisa has recently returned to her studies to pursue a change in her career objectives. Despite this change, Lisa continues to be a part-time member of our US personal tax compliance group.