+ Who we areWe 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 - CPAMarnie 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.