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    Known for our responsiveness and aggressively entrepreneurial culture, we are the eighth largest public accounting network nationally by revenue. Our over 1200 professional and support staff and more than 210 partners and principals provide a full range of audit, tax and advisory services to private and public companies through our regional offices from coast to coast.

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    Collins Barrow Calgary donation creates two university scholarships

    Calgary, AB – Thanks to the generous support of Collins Barrow Calgary LLP, accounting students enrolled in the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business will soon be able to apply for two new scholarships in the firm’s name. Dedicated to supporting the next generation of accounting professionals, the firm has donated $50,000 toward the creation of these awards. 

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    2015 Federal Budget

    Our financial experts have combed through the new federal budget, so you don’t have to. From in-depth analysis to fact-filled infographics, this is your definitive guide to the policies that will impact you.

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    2015 Ontario Budget - April 23, 2015

    On April 23, 2015 Finance Minister Charles Sousa tabled his third Budget.

    The deficit for the 2015-16 fiscal year is projected to be $8.5 billion, which is less than had been forecasted in the 2014 Budget. The deficit is projected to drop to $4.8 billion for 2016-17 and to be eliminated by 2017-18. Unlike the 2014 Budget, the 2015 Budget does not comment on achieving a surplus.

  • Law Firm Ownership and Lawyer Independence

    The spectre of “non-lawyers” owning equity in law firms has led some practitioners to express grave concerns about the survival of our ethical standards, and about the wisdom of allowing “non-lawyers” to deliver legal services at all. Before we can dive too deeply into these questions, we need to step back and look at the bigger picture.

    What is the Real ROI of Law Firm Advertising?

    There continues to be a lot of discussion about changes facing the legal industry, many of which are long overdue, but perhaps not welcome. Not only are clients putting pressure on lawyers to find suitable alternatives to the billable hour, but they are also seeking changes in how services are managed, delivered and benchmarked, including pushing for implementation of performance metrics.

  • Embracing the Product Imperative: Why and How Law Firms Should Consider the “Product” Approach

    How often do we hear commands like “innovate or die” outside of the legal industry? 

    Product companies and even other professional services firms are asked – perhaps even required – to “innovate,” largely in deference to the healthy paranoia they recognize drives all great businesses to higher levels of success. The legal industry, however, is in the very early stages of experimenting with innovation. Professional services firms in general hate to invest ahead of revenue as compared with their product company brethren. And to the extent that real innovation necessitates what are viewed to be distracting allocations of capital, law firms have been loath to do much of it.

    Taking Back Your Old Age Security

    Many Canadian taxpayers spend most of their lives working hard to accumulate sufficient savings to permit them to live a comfortable lifestyle during their retirement years. At age 65, when they can start benefitting from Canada’s social programs, they often find themselves with an effective marginal tax rate of 50% on their taxable income. When combined with the Old Age Security (OAS) recovery tax, rates can reach 55%.

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