CKDM: Craig Keen Despatie Markell LLP

Our Company

Since 1954, we've been providing professional accounting services to individuals, businesses and municipalities & have expanded our practice to service the demands of a growing community.

Established in 1954, our firm has been providing professional accounting services to individuals, businesses, not-for-profits (NPO), and municipalities for over 55 years. Since that time, we have expanded our practice to service the demands of a growing community.

Following years of steady growth, we moved from our location in Downtown Cornwall (310 Second Street West) to our new location in the Weave Shed (709 Cotton Mill St.). Having always been based in Cornwall, we felt it was important to invest in our community and the Weave Shed location was a perfect fit both aesthetically and in terms of office space. While our Downtown location was central and convenient for the majority of our clients, the ever-developing Cotton Mills area allows our firm to set a strong foothold in what is sure to be one of Cornwall’s premiere business and residential areas.

Our firm consists of six Partners, seven professional staff and six support staff, all of whom are from Cornwall and area. Our staff enjoys a positive and vibrant working environment with a strong social atmosphere that creates a place of employment that is welcoming and free from hierarchic divisions.

Our team members take an active role in the community through memberships in various clubs and participation in many not-for-profit organizations.

Our client base is comprised of a full spectrum of the commercial community located throughout Eastern Ontario, including proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, municipalities, not-for-profit entities and charities. Our services encompass accounting, auditing, taxation, computer assistance and selection, financial planning, business valuation, estate and succession planning, employment compensation and pay equity consulting. As a result, we appreciate the many challenges facing business organizations in the region.

“We stand committed to providing excellent local professional accounting and auditing services to our clients.” – Mike Despatie

Our firm has substantial and comprehensive municipal experience led by Ross Markell and Jamie Pollock, and supported by a core of experienced professional staff.

In addition to our Municipal Services Group referred to above, we have a full complement of staff involved in non-municipal work. They are responsible for preparation of financial statements for our many corporate and unincorporated clients as well as the associated financial advice and tax return preparation.

Our office employs a sophisticated and modern information system, currently operating on a PC based LAN. We utilize the most up-to-date office and accounting software packages available (e.g. TaxPrep, ACCPAC, Simply, QuickBooks, etc.) leading to everyday efficiencies and ensuring full compatibility with client and government systems.

Five of our support staff provide bookkeeping
assistance for many of our smaller clients, who do not have their own accounting personnel. This includes payroll preparation, bank reconciliations

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