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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
                                   Number of
                                                                               Head Office          Year
 Rank          Company             chartered        Alberta locations                                                  Affiliation                          Description
                                                                                Website          Established
  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
                                                                                                                                                              in Canada.
  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
                                                                                                                                          and implementation.
   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
                                                                           no website
   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 (

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