Brian McGill, CPA, CA

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Brian McGill, CPA, CA - Partner

To put it simply, Brian’s passion is helping others. His hands-on and empathetic approach to each client’s professional and personal successes and challenges allows him to make a positive impact. He believes that if your business and personal life aren’t in harmony, neither will truly thrive. As a great listener – he describes his personality as one of “quiet passion” – Brian takes pride in his ability to help clients through murky waters until clarity is found. Gifted with the ability to see beyond the numbers, he believes that in order to help a business prosper, it’s important to understand not only the needs of the business, but those of the people who manage it.

Brian was Senior Manager in Deloitte’s Financial and Special Services group and spent 10 years working in the oil and gas sector (both in Canada and internationally) as CFO for a group of oil service companies. He has extensive practical experience in corporate growth, acquisition strategies, and financial management of local and foreign subsidiaries in the US, South America, and the Caribbean. Brian’s longstanding commitment to helping people extends to volunteering and teaching – he instructed finance and accounting at the University of Calgary part-time for over 25 years, where he learned the importance of guiding people rather than telling them what to do. He has also sat on the boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary (and has been an active “big brother” to a young boy), and the Bow River Chapter of the Canadian Progress Club.

Brian on our core business principles:

What does it mean to bring impact?

When a client feels like there are no options and we can sit down with them and show them there are – that, to me, is impact. Or when we’ve made our clients’ professional lives easier so they can spend more valuable time with their family – that, to me, is impact. We strive for the moment when people tell us we’ve made a difference in their life, whether personal or professional.

How do your five pillars (financial, planning, structure, culture, and leadership) help your clients?

Our pillars represent gears in our personal and corporate lives. When our lives or our businesses get a little out of tune, it’s because one of the gears is no longer working properly. We aim to understand what’s going on in every area, get each one to work, and then get them to work together. When we can ultimately bring the gears together, we’re set.

How important are clarity, confidence and control to your clients?

What we do in our firm is educate people to create clarity in their businesses. Once we create that clarity, we can then create confidence and control in the business. Once business owners have these three elements in place, imagine what they can achieve…