+ Who we are

We pride ourselves on NOT being a typical accounting firm. Accountants have a reputation for being 'bean counters' and for good reason. It's easy to get caught up in the systems and rules of accounting and tax and to overlook the big picture - helping clients prosper. We've turned this around. Our client's success is our number one goal.

+ Our Team

Marnie Marr - CPA

Marnie Marr was born and raised in northern Manitoba. She completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Psychology at the University of Manitoba before moving to Calgary in 1993. Her accounting career began in 1996 after completion of an Accounting Diploma at the University of British Columbia. Marnie spent several years working in the audit and tax departments at Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Vancouver and Calgary. She discovered a passion for working with small business clients and focusing on helping entrepreneurs and their families to succeed. After moving to Airdrie in 2008, Marnie became partners with Max Fiander in Fiander Marr Chartered Professional Accountants which evolved into Marr & Company after Max’s retirement in 2018. Marnie is very proud of the firm and of the strong client relationships that have developed over the past few decades. She loves working in Airdrie and feeling that she is contributing to the financial success of Marr & Company clients.

+ Why Choose a Professional Accountant?

There is only one professional accounting designation in Canada, Chartered Professional Accountants (CPAs). CPAs have a minimum of 6 years of full time University education in accounting and business. They have also completed a minimum of 3 years of on-the-job training working with a Chartered Professional Accountant and supervised by the CPA Association. Fully trained CPAs are required to complete continuous ongoing education and upgrading. Tax laws are frequently changing and it is essential that accountants keep up to date on all of the changes.

In Canada, anyone can call themselves an accountant or tax preparer and file taxes for clients. The Canada Revenue Agency does not regulate this at all. There are many people in the accounting industry who call themselves accountants but they actually have little to no education or training in the field. They are usually bookkeepers with a very basic knowledge of accounting and tax. This often ends up costing their clients in extra tax and penalties as, in Canada, the taxpayer is responsible for any errors in their tax filings.

Chartered Professional Accountants are required to carry liability insurance and are held to a standard of care in their work.

Whether you choose Marr & Company or another accounting firm, we strongly recommend that you work only with a Chartered Professional Accountant. We have seen too many people suffer devastating consequences by using unqualified accountants.

Bev Nordrum – Personal Tax Manager & Accounts Receivable Administrator

Bev is an expert in all areas of personal taxation including farms, small businesses, investments and estates. Bev has been using these skills at Marr & Co. since 2010. Bev holds a business administration and accounting diploma and has a background in financial services. She was born and raised in Lloydminster and has lived in many different regions including Yellowknife, Belgium and Norway. Bev enjoys spending time with her husband and children, especially at the lake in the summer.

Laura Thiessen – Senior Accounting Manager and New Staff Trainer

Laura’s friendliness and sense of humor combined with her thorough understanding of corporate and personal tax and accounting make her an excellent accounting manager. Laura has been with Marr & Co. since 2014. She received accounting training at University of Alberta and has worked in accounting for over 10 years. Laura was born and raised in Sothern Alberta and enjoys a busy life with her husband and 3 children.

Kiemya Refahi (pronounced Keemya) – Senior Accounting Manager

Kiemya holds an accounting degree from Grant McEwan University. She joined Marr & Co. in 2009 as a co-op student and returned to the firm after her graduation. She strives to provide her clients with a personalized, professional service. In addition to working full time, Kiemya is pursuing her Chartered Professional Accountant designation. Kiemya was born in Regina and grew up in Airdrie. She’s an avid reader, movie goer, and loves to travel.

Susan Zylenko - Senior Accounting Manager

Susan has over 20 years experience in bookkeeping, accounting and tax. She is very committed to her clients and cares deeply about their success. Susan was born and raised in New Brunswick, moving to Alberta in her late teens. She and her husband have lived in Airdrie for over 15 years where they raise their two children. She enjoys travel, movies, bike riding and spending time with her little dog, Rimbee.

Marta Lewandowski – Accounting Manager

Originally from Poland, Marta moved to Canada in 2013 after living in Ireland for 4 years. In 2019 Marta graduated with an accounting diploma from Bow Valley College, receiving the CIBC Business Administration Award for her excellent academic achievement. Marta’s strong customer service background is evident in her determination to provide the best client service possible. In her spare time Marta enjoys spending time with her husband, watching movies, reading books and knitting.

Tammy Goutsis – Administrative Manager

Tammy’s friendly efficiency is the glue that keeps the whole office together. Tammy holds an administration and accounting diploma and has over 20 years experience in office management. She was born and raised in Alberta and loves to spend time with her husband and 2 daughters. She also enjoys playing sports including tennis, golf, and baseball. Tammy is also the proud owner of the Marr & Co. office dog, Maverick.

Mitchell Doel – Accounting Technician

Mitchell started work as a summer student with Marr & Co. in 2018. Mitch holds a finance diploma from SAIT and will complete his accounting degree in spring of 2020. Mitchell was born and raised in Airdrie. In his spare time he enjoys sports including golfing, working out, and dirt biking.

Abby Marr – Accounting Technician

Abby started work at Marr & Co. as a summer student in 2019. She’s currently pursuing an accounting degree at University of British Columbia. Abby was born and raised in Southern Alberta.