Stout & Company LLP joins Grant Thornton LLP

Grant Thornton further demonstrates its commitment to Canadian businesses

EDMONTON, AB, Sept. 26, 2011 /CNW/ - National accounting, tax and advisory firm Grant Thornton LLP announced today that effective October 1, 2011, the Edmonton accounting and advisory firm Stout & Company LLP will join Grant Thornton LLP.

"We're thrilled that Stout & Company LLP has joined Grant Thornton," states Phil Noble, Executive Partner and Chief Executive Officer, Grant Thornton LLP. "Northern Alberta is an important market for us and the joining of our two firms is not only an indication of our commitment to businesses in the region but a clear signal of our pledge to bolster our leadership position in the Canadian marketplace. This combination with Stout & Co., along with our recent mergers with Watson Aberant and Alger & Associates Inc., only adds to our collective strength in the strategic northern Alberta marketplace."

Stout & Company LLP joins Grant Thornton LLP in order to bring greater depth and breadth of services to their clients, which includes a significant public company client base. "We feel that this move brings our clients and our people the best of both worlds," said Jim Stout, Partner, Stout & Company. "Our clients can continue to count on exceptional client service from the same team of professionals who know their business. The difference is that this service will now be backed by the resources of a national firm whose culture and market focus is already strongly aligned with ours."

"I'm extremely pleased to welcome Jim and his team on board," adds Brad Danyluik, Managing Partner for Grant Thornton in northern Alberta. "More than simply dedicated to helping his clients succeed, Jim is also deeply committed to helping his people grow, both as individuals and as professionals. We strongly believe in doing the same for our people, so we couldn't be happier that a group of such likeminded individuals will be joining Grant Thornton."

Notes to editors:
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 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. In Alberta, Grant Thornton LLP has offices in Calgary, Edmonton and Wetaskiwin.

SOURCE Grant Thornton LLP

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