EY officially welcomed boutique firm SRED Automation into its family today, broadening the firm’s entrepreneurial and western Canada footprints while simultaneously creating one of Canada’s largest dedicated Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SR&ED) practices. Bringing together EY’s bold brand and global reach with SRED Automation’s entrepreneurial spirit and reputation with private middle-market companies will raise the bar for exceptional client service delivery — enabling EY to deepen its focus on delivering the unique, holistic services that help private companies reach their growth goals.
“From start-ups to high-growth entrepreneurs, from family businesses to private mid-market companies, one thing is clear: EY is breaking new ground across this space,” says Trent Henry, EY Chairman and CEO. “Today’s deal empowers us to continue zeroing in on our clients’ evolving needs, and support them on their respective journeys.”
This transaction is EY’s fourth in the last two years, including deals with Hergott Duval Stack LLP, which saw EY establish a new office in Saskatoon last year. In 2011, EY closed deals with RSM Richter (in Toronto and Calgary) and OME Group Consultants (in Toronto, Montreal and Calgary).
“Above all, we believe in the power of entrepreneurs,” explained Evan Shoforost, EY Saskatoon Managing Partner. “This move grows the many ways in which we’ll work with business owners on the SR&ED claim preparation and advisory services that allow them to do what they do best: drive growth, jobs and the economic future of this country.”
That core philosophy is the foundation of this deal with SRED Automation, which shares EY’s values and excitement around entrepreneurs and the middle market.
“We’re very proud to be joining EY’s practice of nearly 100 dedicated SR&ED professionals as we continue to help businesses access the specialized tax services that can fuel their growth over the long term,” says new EY partner Jeff Pickett. “This is a very exciting time for us and for our clients, who’ll continue to benefit from our special brand of service while also gaining access to EY’s expansive Global network and resources.”