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Largest chartered accountant firms in Alberta
Business Edge Vol. 3, No. 29 August 7, 2003
Ranked by number of chartered accountants operating in the province
Head Office Year
Rank Company chartered Alberta locations Affiliation Description
1 KPMG LLP 1871 Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto 1840 in KPMG International Part of a global network of professional services
Lethbridge Canada firms offering assurance, tax, and financial
advisory services. Operates 35 offices across
2 PricewaterhouseC 167 Calgary, Edmonton Toronto 1946 in PricewaterhouseCoop Offers audit, assurance and business advisory
oopers LLP Alberta; 1849 ers International services, business process, outsourcing,
internationall Limited corporate finance and recovery services, human
y resource services and global tax services.
Offices in 142+ countries.
3 Deloitte & Touche 159 Calgary, Edmonton Toronto 1912 in Deloitte & Touche Part of a global firm offering assurance and
LLP Alberta. 1858 Tohmatsu advisory, tax , financial advisory, enterprise risk
internationall services, and consulting services.
4 Meyers Norris 145 Brooks, Calgary, Calgary 1940s Baker Tilly Provides assurance and taxation services, as
Penny LLP Drumheller, Edmonton, International, Quorum well as the following advisory services: dispute
Fort McMurray, Grande Information Systems & investigative services, human resource
Prairie, Lacombe, Leduc, Inc. services, information technology consulting,
Lethbridge, Lloydminster, planning services, self-employment training,
Medicine Hat, Peace succession services, insolvency, and forensic
River, Pincher Creek, Red accounting. Through MNP’s corporate finance
Deer, Rocky Mountain, division, Tamarack Group Ltd., provides
Wainwright business financing solutions for mid-market
5 Ernst & Young 86 Calgary, Edmonton Toronto 1913 in Ernst & Young Global Part of a global network providing an array of
LLP Canada solutions in audit, tax, corporate finance,
transactions, online security, enterprise risk
management, the valuation of intangibles, and
other critical business-performance issues. 14
locations in Canada.
6 Collins Barrow 75 Banff, Calgary, Canmore, Calgary 1922 Moores Rowland A mid-market alternative for accounting, tax and
LLP Drayton Valley, Edmonton, International business consulting solutions. Typically, clients
Red Deer are entrepreneurs who have grown and require
a wider range of services; or mature companies
who have become disenchanted with the value
and attention they receive from their big five
service providers. 34 offices in Alberta, British
Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario & Quebec.
7 Grant Thornton 70 Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto 1909 in Grant Thornton Provides a full range of business advice
LLP Wetaskiwin Alberta International including assurance, tax, corporate finance,
corporate recovery & insolvency, forensic
accounting & investigative services, and
management consulting services to owner-
managed businesses and not-for-profit
organizations. 45 offices across Canada.
8 BDO Dunwoody 49 Blairmore, Calgary, Toronto 1923 BDO International Core Services include auditing and accounting,
LLP Capilano, Edmonton, Accountants and taxation, financial advisory and insolvency.
Grande Prairie, Consultants Specialty services include aboriginal services, E-
Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, business, HACCP Consulting, HR solutions,
Slave Lake ISO, management advisory services, R&D,
technology and valuations. Operates 97 offices
9 Hudson & 21 Calgary Calgary 1973 Nexia International Provides auditing, accounting, taxation,
Company LLP valuation, and insolvency services.
9 Kenway Mack 21 Calgary, Banff Calgary 1986 DFK International Services include: accounting, auditing &
Slusarchuk assurance, taxation, business management
Stewart LLP advisory, accounting technology consulting,
bookkeeping assistance, and human resources
11 Young Parkyn 20 Lethbridge, Fort MacLeod, Lethbridge 1933 Polaris International Areas of specialty include agricultural, audit,
McNab LLP Claresholm, Taber, bookkeeping and year-end, business advisory,
Pincher Creek, Milk River business start-up, corporate finance, family-
owned business, fraud prevention and forensic,
information systems and technology, personal
services. Also offer valuations and litigation
12 Gardiner Karbani 19 Edmonton Edmonton 1965 HLB International Provides services in the areas of accounting,
Audy & Partners audit, income taxes, tax planning, corporate
LLP finance, valuation, litigation support, and
mergers and acquisitions.
12 Kingston Ross 19 Edmonton, Hinton Edmonton 1945 DFK International Offers a comprehensive range of tax reporting
Pasnak LLP and consulting services including: corporate and
personal tax, cross-border taxation issues,
estate and inheritance planning, tax
management and planning, corporate
reorganization, business mergers and
acquisitions, family trusts, commodity tax
services, and immigration and emigration tax
14 Mowbrey Gil LLP 17 Edmonton Edmonton 1999 None Services include: tax, audit and accounting,
corporate finance and planning, non-resident
services, estate planning, personal financial
planning, business valuation / litigation support
& investigations, management & advisory
services, and accounting software assessment
15 Cuthbertson 16 Red Deer Red Deer 1975 None Specialties include: taxation, small business,
Sandall Chartered income tax planning and compliance,
Accountants accounting, and owner manager estate & tax
16 Catalyst LLP 15 Calgary, High River High River2 1965 Polaris International A full-service accounting firm and management
consulting entity providing customized services
ranging from the development of banking
presentations to estate planning.
16 Veres, Picton & 15 Edmonton Edmonton np BHD Association of Provides audit services, accounting and
Co. LLP Chartered bookkeeping, tax (including cross-border
Accountants issues), data processing, GST, estate planning,
family trusts, shareholder dispute resolution,
litigation support, financial analysis. Also paired
with Veres Picton Inc., a management consulting
18 Wilde & Company 14 Vegreville Vegreville 1963 None Provides a variety of services including tax,
Chartered financial and estate planning, accounting,
Accountants auditing and business advisory services to a
wide range of clients.
19 Buchanan Barry 13 Calgary Calgary 1960 BHD Association of Offers full services including accounting &
LLP Chartered bookkeeping, GST compliance & planning,
Accountants accounting system design, general business
counsel, acquisitions and divestitures, human
resource consulting, audit services, income tax
compliance & planning, bank proposals &
business plan, insolvencies & bankruptcies,
development, budgeting & cost control, personal
financial planning, business valuations, public
offerings & prospectuses, computer consulting,
strategic planning, estate planning &
administration, taxation services, family trusts,
and web trust.
19 Johnston 13 Medicine Hat, Brooks Medicine Hat 1916 None Provides a complete line of accounting,
Morrison, Hunter corporate tax service, personal tax service,
& Co. LLP financial, management and business advisory
services. Also provides development and
business building information and tools.
Sources: Company representatives and websites, accounting directories
np = not provided
1. Includes an estimated 50 Chartered Accountants in the Edmonton office of KPMG
2. High River is the original and larger office.
Lead researcher: Nicole Strandlund (email@example.com)