Arsenault Best Cameron Ellis provides a complete range of accounting, auditing and tax services to a large base of private and public sector clients. In addition to this, the firm has a versatile offering of specialty areas including corporate tax planning, estate planning, cross-border tax services, financing and acquisitions, consulting, valuations and forensic services. Our clients include some of the largest entities on Prince Edward Island, as well as the very small. Our many areas of expertise include the public sector, agriculture, auto dealerships, manufacturing, construction, health care, tourism, technology and real estate, among others.
¬†The Firm's services are provided by by¬†5 partners and 20 to 25 local professional and support staff.
C. Mary H. Best, FCA, CFE, Partner came to the Charlottetown office in 1981 after five years in public practice in Toronto and Kitchener, Ontario. Her areas of expertise include health care providers (including hospitals), not-for-profit organizations and commodity taxation (GST, HST and PST). Mary recently obtained a designation as a Certified Fraud Examiner, and has been responsible for investigating several major frauds on Prince Edward Island in recent years. In 2012, the PEI Institute recognized Mary's contributions to the profession and the community by awarding her with the FCA.
Brian W. Cameron, CA, Partner obtained his CA in 1981, after which he spent one year in industry before returning to public accounting with Coopers & Lybrand. Brian handles many of our largest and most complex Crown corporations in the public sector. Also, he is very skilled in tax planning arrangements and evaluating insurance products for owner-managed businesses.
Irwin W. Ellis, CA, CBV, Partner handles the valuations practice for the office. As a Chartered Business Valuator since 1992, Irwin helps clients to buy or sell their businesses, calculate insurance loss claims, and reorganize companies for succession planning. Also, Irwin has appeared as an expert witness in valuations. In addition, Irwin provides regular accounting and tax services to a large list of owner-managed businesses.
Douglas K. Ezeard, CA, Partner has 19 years of experience in public accounting. With extensive background in auditing and accounting in all of PEI's key sectors of the economy, Doug performs much of the quality control and administrative functions of the office as well as maintaining a full client load. Doug is experienced in providing services in corporate and personal income tax, as well as in the preparation of business plans and projections, and providing operational and system control recommendations to clients. As Personnel Partner,¬†Doug is directly responsible for the high quality of our staff through careful selection and hiring procedures.
Craig M. Bradley, CA, Partner is our newest partner, having been admitted to the partnership in 2005. Craig obtained a Masters of Accounting specializing in taxation in 1993, and worked in the taxation group of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Halifax before moving to Prince Edward Island in 2001. Craig is Tax partner for the office, handling all taxation questions of a difficult or unusual nature, as well as identifying and resolving complex taxation issues regarding business reorganizations, estate planning, and US and foreign taxation.
PO Box 455
80 Water Street
Charlottetown PE C1A 7L1
Tel (902) 368-3100
Fax (902) 566-5074
Prince Edward Island is the smallest of the Canadian provinces both in size and population. While it is densely populated, it is not overcrowded. The Province is also called 'PEI', or simply 'The Island'. The capital city is Charlottetown. The 'Island way of life' is an often quoted and much discussed idea in Canada's small green province in the Gulf.
For both Islanders and those 'from away' the quality of Life on this Island is the best. It is an ideal place to raise a family, to operate a business or to rejuvenate the mind.
While strong points of views still exist over the benefits of constructing the Confederation Link Bridge, many of the concerns have proven to be unwarranted, and the Link has opened the Island to new businesses and opportunities.
Despite its reputation for being a bucolic tourist destination, Prince Edward Island is an excellent business location, offering a dynamic and competitive business environment, state of the art infrastructure and a highly skilled labour force. In addition to highly successful businesses which reflect heavily on its traditional three industries of fishing, tourism and agriculture, the Island has developed a strong reputation for its aerospace, information technology, bio-tech, film and media sectors in recent years.
We appreciate the level of service and attention a local firm provides, and the knowledge that as we grow, they have the backing of the AC Group association to grow with us.
I was in the banking business for 20 years and worked with accounting firms of all types and sizes. When I made a career change 10 years ago one decision that was very easy to make was to use a local CA firm. I had seen first hand the importance of receiving personal, uninterrupted accounting and financial advice.