BDO Merger in Edmonton Creates Opportunity for Business



    EDMONTON, Jan. 31 /CNW/ - BDO Dunwoody LLP is pleased to announce a
merger with Gardiner, Karbani, Audy and Partners (GKAP), an accounting firm
based out of Edmonton, focusing on Alberta-based business operations.
    GKAP has been in business for over thirty-five years and currently
specializes in Assurance, Income Tax and GST, Financial Advisory Services,
Business Valuations and Litigation Support .
    The combined operations of the firm in Edmonton will operate as BDO
Dunwoody LLP and will boast professional staff of over 80 people. The Edmonton
offices will be part of a national chartered accounting firm with 95 offices
and over 300 partners nationwide, and an international network spanning over
100 countries.
    "GKAP has an outstanding reputation in the Edmonton community for the
quality of work and the quality of service they provide to their clients. This
move will augment our own great team. This merger not only strengthens our
presence in Edmonton, but it also helps to build our capabilities in Alberta
and nationally. We're excited to be on the same team," said Gilles Chaput, CEO
of BDO Dunwoody LLP.
    Chaput adds "the merger provides a good opportunity for the business
community in Edmonton. It ensures that we strengthen the service that our firm
can now offer to its current clients and the additional breadth and depth of
the merger gives larger Edmonton and Alberta-based business ventures another
viable choice for accounting service providers."
    Yusuf Karbani of GKAP indicates: "Our dynamic clients demand and deserve
the best quality service that GKAP can provide. It became clear that to keep
our clients and team happy, we needed to change the way we operate. GKAP and
BDO share similar values and this merger delivers what our team and our
clients need. The Edmonton business community will continue to get the
personal, quality service that we have always provided. However we now have
the ability to deliver more services and provide access to a greater skill set
as a part of BDO's national firm and international network. But maybe the best
part about joining BDO Dunwoody is that our team will have an improved
opportunity for advancement and learning. I am confident that our people and
our current and future clients will be pleased with the results of this
merger."

    About BDO Dunwoody LLP

    BDO Dunwoody is Canada's sixth largest accounting services and advisory
firm. Our team serves a highly diverse clientele, which includes owner-managed
businesses, large enterprises, mid-market public companies, community
organizations, not-for-profit agencies, and professional firms. From
agriculture to real estate, technology to union pensions, and aboriginal
communities to municipalities, our professionals have the expertise to handle
any business sector.
    BDO offers the full range of accounting services, including assurance and
audit, taxation, business advisory such as financial and risk advisory, and
financial recovery services.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Gerry Sinn, Partner, BDO
Dunwoody LLP - Edmonton North Office, T: (780) 423-4353, F: (780) 424-2110, E:
gsinn@bdo.ca; Yusuf Karbani, Partner, BDO Dunwoody LLP - Edmonton South
Office, T: (780) 461-8000, F: (780) 461-8800, E: ykarbani@bdo.ca

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