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National accounting firm enhances southern Ontario presence

MNP LLP, one of Canada’s largest national accounting and business consulting firms, announced today that JMA Group, an Oakville-based chartered professional accounting and management consulting firm, will merge with MNP, effective June 1, 2017. While JMA was looking to expand their specialty services to clients, MNP was seeking to enhance its presence in the Oakville area and local region with a well-respected and client-focused firm that shares the same values. 

“Our firm first entered the Ontario market in Toronto in the summer of 2008 and since that time has added 12 more locations, while continuing to look for like-minded firms to build on our strategic plans for growth in Eastern Canada,” said Jeremy Cole, MNP’s Executive Vice President for Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada. “As the economy of Oakville and the surrounding region grows, so do the needs of the business community. MNP has a strong presence serving diverse clients in Burlington, Mississauga and Toronto, as well as across Southwestern Ontario, and we are looking forward to helping more businesses in the region reach their full potential.” 

MNP is one of the largest and fastest-growing accounting and consulting firms in Canada and employs over 3,500 team members in more than 75 full- and part-time locations, from Victoria to Halifax. In addition to tax and accounting expertise, MNP delivers a wide range of advisory services, including consulting, enterprise risk, corporate finance, valuation and litigation support, succession planning, estate planning, insolvency and restructuring, investigative and forensic accounting, cross-border taxation and more.

Founded in 1989, JMA Group is an established and client-focused firm providing accounting, tax and business advisory services in areas such as process improvement, revenue growth, corporate finance, restructuring, and insolvency. Serving a diverse client base in Oakville, as well throughout Burlington, Mississauga, Toronto, Hamilton and into Niagara, the firm consists of three partners (including the founder, John MacDonald, his son and Chief Operating Officer, Matt MacDonald, as well as Yohaan Thommy) and an additional 20 professional staff, all of whom bring strong expertise and experiences.

“Since 1989, we have continued to see significant growth of our firm; growing alongside our clients who have demanded a larger team and more diverse services.” said Matt MacDonald, MBA, Partner and Chief Operating Officer, JMA Group. “We continue this progress by merging into a best-in-class partnership of business owners who, like us, want to get the relationship-fit right. This is a merger with a like-minded firm that shares our vision, values and commitment to providing quality services. We are excited to join the MNP family.” 

MNP has a strong presence across Peel Region, Southwestern Ontario and the GTA, supporting key industries including Real Estate and Construction, Private Enterprise, Professionals, Food and Beverage Processing, Manufacturing, Credit Unions, Technology Media Telecommunications, Public Companies, and more. 

JMA will be moving into the MNP Mississauga office within a few months of the merger’s June 1, 2017 effective date, and will continue maintain an office presence in Oakville. MNP’s Mississauga office is located centrally in the Sussex Centre (near Square One), and services Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon and Oakville. The office is home to approximately 145 professionals, including 25 partners, who are known for their quality; the team received Platinum recognition in the Accounting Category for the Business Times 2016 Top Performers Awards. 

“Although MNP has grown to become one of the largest national accounting and business consulting firms in Canada, it’s always been local in its focus since it was founded in 1958.” added MacDonald. “What appealed to us most about MNP is that even though they are considered a large national firm, they have a small-firm culture that we think will be a good fit for our clients and our team. We believe that becoming part of a national firm with a local client service philosophy, and greater breadth and depth of resources, will serve our clients well and position us for continued success and growth. Coming together will strengthen and deepen our existing leadership and offer our clients business advice specifically tailored to their businesses and industries. It is also going to give our excellent staff professional opportunities to grow and establish themselves as leaders in the next generation.”

On a national level, MNP has continued to be recognized as one of the 50 Best Employers in Canada by AON Hewitt for nine consecutive years and one of the reasons why the firm carefully guards their corporate culture. “To maintain our firm’s corporate culture, we are very strategic about who we invite to join the MNP family and as a result, we have a low client and employee turnover and are attracting some of the brightest professionals in our industry. We are thrilled to have the JMA team join us in our efforts to help the business community achieve even greater success.”​