Grant Thornton expands footprint in Western Canada with addition of Winnipeg-based BCCA LLP

TORONTO/WINNIPEG, May 16, 2012 /CNW/ - Grant Thornton LLP announced today that Winnipeg-based accounting and business advisory firm BCCA LLP will be joining Grant Thornton effective August 1, 2012.

"As we advise our clients, dynamic organizations can grow and excel by relying upon a unique blend of both reason and instinct. Reason says that we should pursue strategic opportunities to grow our team by combining with organizations that share our vision and our values. Instinct tells us that BCCA is just the kind of firm that will complement our current practice in Manitoba. We're thrilled to welcome them to our firm," said Phil Noble, Executive Partner and CEO, Grant Thornton LLP.

BCCA has provided accounting and business advisory services—including audit, accounting, taxation, advisory services, litigation support, forensic accounting and business valuations—to Winnipeg-area businesses for over 50 years. They currently have 20 professional and support team members.

"Our decision to combine with BCCA came after an extensive review of their business, people, clients, history and of course, their values," adds Gord McFarlane, Regional Managing Partner - Western Canada, Grant Thornton LLP. "Through this process, we confirmed that BCCA shares the same commitment to distinctive client service and that our culture and market focus is strongly aligned. This combination will allow us to strengthen our presence in Manitoba and will be a wonderful growth opportunity for both firms."

The partners of BCCA LLP agree: "Through the years BCCA has been approached by a number of firms to discuss combining practices, but things were different when we talked to Grant Thornton. Our two cultures and market focus are strongly aligned. Like us, Grant Thornton has a deep commitment to both their clients and the Winnipeg business community. We believe that combining the resources of two strong, successful practices results in a win-win situation for our clients, our people and our firms."

About Grant Thornton LLP

Grant Thornton LLP is a leading Canadian accounting and advisory firm providing audit, tax and advisory services to private and public organizations. Together with the Quebec firm Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton LLP, Grant Thornton in Canada has approximately 4,000 people in offices across Canada. Grant Thornton LLP is a Canadian member of Grant Thornton International Ltd, whose member firms operate in close to 100 countries worldwide.

SOURCE Grant Thornton LLP

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