Arsenault Best Cameron Ellis

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A large group of people in professional clothing sitting or standing on a wood surface with a cruise ship and some trees in the background.

Our firm has prospered on Prince Edward Island since the mid 1940’s. Formerly an office of Coopers & Lybrand and PricewaterhouseCoopers, in 2001 the office was purchased by the local partners. Our office has provided a wide variety of high quality professional services for over six decades.

Arsenault Best Cameron Ellis provides a complete range of accounting, auditing and tax services to a large base of private and public sector clients. In addition to this, the firm has a versatile offering of specialty areas including corporate tax planning, estate planning, cross-border tax services, financing and acquisitions, consulting, valuations and forensic services. Our clients include some of the largest entities on Prince Edward Island, as well as the very small. Our many areas of expertise include the public sector, agriculture, auto dealerships, manufacturing, construction, health care, tourism, technology and real estate, among others.

The Firm’s services are provided by 3 partners, 3 principals and 20 local professional and support staff.

Leading our people are:

C MARY H. BEST, FCPA, FCA, CFE

PARTNER

Mary is a Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant with Arsenault Best Cameron Ellis in Charlottetown, where she has been in public accounting for over 30 years.  Her areas of expertise include health care, not-for-profit organizations and GST/ HST.  She has been on national accounting standards boards and committees for CPA Canada, and has made numerous presentations on HST as well as fraud prevention across the province. Mary became a Certified Fraud Examiner in 2005, and has conducted investigations and helped educate companies and organizations to protect themselves against fraud for over a decade. In 2012, CPA PEI recognized Mary’s contributions to the profession and the community by awarding her with the FCPA designation.

Contact Mary at mbest@abce.ca .

IRWIN W. ELLIS, CPA, CA, CBV

PARTNER

Irwin handles the valuations practice for the office. As a Chartered Business Valuator since 1992, Irwin helps clients to buy or sell their businesses, calculate insurance loss claims, and reorganize companies for succession planning. Also, Irwin has appeared as an expert witness in valuations. In addition, Irwin provides regular accounting and tax services to a large list of owner-managed businesses.

Contact Irwin at iellis@abce.ca .

DOUGLAS K. EZEARD, CPA, CA

PARTNER

Douglas began his public accounting career in 1986. With extensive background in auditing and accounting in all of PEI’s key sectors of the economy, Doug performs much of the quality control and administrative functions of the office as well as maintaining a full client load. Doug is experienced in providing services in corporate and personal income tax, as well as in the preparation of business plans and projections, and providing operational and system control recommendations to clients. As Personnel Partner, Doug is directly responsible for the high quality of our staff through careful selection and hiring procedures.

Contact Doug at dezeard@abce.ca .

BRIAN W. CAMERON, CPA, CA

PARTNER

Brian obtained his CA in 1981, after which he spent one year in industry before returning to public accounting with Coopers & Lybrand. Brian handles many of our largest and most complex Crown corporations in the public sector. Also, he is very skilled in tax planning arrangements and evaluating insurance products for owner-managed businesses.

Contact Brian at bcameron@abce.ca .

CRAIG M. BRADLEY, CPA, CA

PARTNER

Craig obtained a Masters of Accounting specializing in taxation in 1993, the same year he obtained his CA designation. Craig worked in the taxation group of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Halifax before moving to Prince Edward Island in 2001. Craig is Tax partner for the office, handling all taxation questions of a difficult or unusual nature, as well as identifying and resolving complex taxation issues regarding business reorganizations, estate planning, and Canadian cross-border taxation.

Contact Craig at cbradley@abce.ca .

TARA M. WHEELER, CPA, CA

PARTNER

Tara graduated from the University of Prince Edward Island in 2000 with a Bachelor of Business Administration and received her CA designation in 2002.  Tara has been with ArsenaultBestCameronEllis since the beginning of her career. Tara and her husband, Sean, live in Charlottetown with their two small boys and are involved in various organizations.

Tara has a wide variety of experience including handling assurance engagements for Crown corporations, municipalities, Credit Unions, and owner-managed businesses.  She also provides personal taxation services to a variety of individuals.

Contact Tara at twheeler@abce.ca .

RYAN POWER, CPA, CA

PARTNER

Ryan was born and raised on Prince Edward Island, currently resides in Stratford. Ryan graduated with his Bachelor of Business Administration with a specialization in Accounting from the University of Prince Edward Island in 2009. He has been with ArsenaultBestCameronEllis since 2009 and obtained his CA designation in 2013. Ryan spends his time away from the office on the golf course or in the hockey rink, giving back in a variety of coaching/manager roles.

Ryan has a wide variety of experience dealing with owner-managed businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and investment companies. Ryan completed with CPA Canada In-Depth Tax program in 2019 and enjoys assisting clients with all their personal and corporate taxation needs.

Contact Ryan at rpower@abce.ca .