Marcia McCann, BA, MBA, CPA, CA
Marcia McCann is not your typical accountant. She didn’t start out to be an accountant – she wanted to be pharmacist at Sick Kids’ Hospital – but didn’t get in (long story). So after a year of pre-meds at University of Toronto, Marcia transferred to University of Waterloo and graduated with a degree in Recreation (no, that isn’t a typo!). She articled with a national CA firm in Hamilton and continued her education part-time, at night. In 1981, she qualified as a Chartered Accountant and a year later, completed her MBA degree.
During her time working with the national firm, she first gained experience doing audits and personal/ corporate tax returns. Later on, she split her time between standards setting and designing/ delivering training programs for the firm’s professionals. The rest of her time was spent consulting with small business clients – working with them to develop and implement plans to improve their business “bottom lines”.
In 1991, Marcia started her own firm. From a very modest beginning – a desk in the spare bedroom – the firm has grown to a team of 6 professionals. As she often tells her clients – she has probably made every mistake a small business owner can make along the way – and the business has not only survived, but thrived. She encourages her clients to dream, and then work hard to make those dreams a reality.
Teaching has always played an important role for Marcia. Over the years, she has taught in professional programs for CGA, CMA and CA students; at Humber College, York and Ryerson Universities and continuing professional development programs for CAs.
Marcia has continued her interest in standards setting, spending several years as a part-time practice inspector for the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, and has served on committees dealing with independence and quality control projects.
Marcia uses her unique background and skill set for the benefit of her clients. Her experience of working with her parents as employees has helped her understand the additional stresses and benefits of family businesses. Her science and arts educational background allows her to quickly grasp the issues facing her clients – permitting more time to consider options and move forward with practical solutions. Her teaching experience hopefully means she can translate technical issues so that everyone understands the issues to be dealt with.
Marcia is well respected expert in the accounting community. She has been featured on CBC and is a guest speaker for organizations all across Canada such as the Kidney Foundation, and CARFAC. She is frequently invited to speak for her many years of professional experience as well as being a passionate communicator.
Marcia has long believed in giving back to the community. Over the years, she has served on the Boards of the Volunteer Centre for Peel; as Treasurer for the Oakville Arts Council; the Accounting Advisory Committee for both Sheridan and Humber Colleges, and more recently has been an advisor to the Board of a Charity devoted to reducing Youth Homelessness.
In her spare time, Marcia is an avid traveler and nature enthusiast – having been lucky enough to visit China, Africa and Antarctica, amongst other destinations. She enjoys photography and some of her nature and travel pictures are displayed on the walls of the office. More recently, she has caught the renovation bug and is learning what that world is all about.
Allan Roque, CPA, CA, BComm
Allan Roque joined the firm in 2000 and went on to obtain his Chartered Accountant (CA) designation by fulfilling all the requirements set out by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. He has formally been a partner at McCann & Roque Chartered Accountants since January 2012.
Allan has a broad range of expertise in all areas of accounting, audit, taxation, business advisory and consulting for individuals, small to medium sized businesses and not for profit organizations. He can assist you in general business advice (including business start-ups), accounting systems design, personal and corporate tax planning, cash flow planning/ management, retirement planning, business consulting, profit improvement and more.
Allan also brings a breadth of experience to the table in addition to his academic background and prior to becoming an accountant. These industries include:
- Construction Sector – general contractor with experience in both commercial and residential renovations and new construction.
- Manufacturing Sector – including various machine operating licenses
- Condominium General Maintenance – HVAC overhaul and maintenance
- Automotive Industry – parts specialist, service advisor and automotive supervisor
Murtaza Saifuddin, BComm, MMPA
Murtaza is the most recent addition to the McCann & Roque team. Just prior to joining he wrote the CFE (formerly known as the Uniform Final Examination) as part of his goal to become a Chartered Accountant/ Chartered Professional Accountant and is awaiting his results.
In November 2011 he graduated from University of Toronto’s Rotman Commerce program and started working for a company that makes an accounting industry-leading software package. Just after that he enrolled in the Master of Management and Professional Accounting program and received his Master’s degree in November 2015.
As part of his Masters program he completed two co-op work terms at different local public accounting firms where he was able to gain experience in Audits, Notice to Reader and Review engagements as well as preparing personal and corporate tax returns.
At McCann & Roque, Murtaza is involved in preparation of Notice to Reader engagements, direct deposit payroll services, monthly reporting and controllership for clients, along with personal and corporate tax returns. He is also involved in audits and Review engagements and assisting the partners on various other engagements.
Murtaza is fluent in Urdu, Punjabi, Gujrati & Arabic and in his spare time likes to play Soccer.
Lily Jin, BComm
In June 2012, Lily graduated with high distinction from the Rotman Commerce program at the University of Toronto. Since then, she has been working in public practice, primarily serving small to midsized businesses. After working at another Chartered Accountant firm in Toronto, Lily Jin joined McCann & Roque as an Associate in 2013. In early December 2014, she learned she had passed her national final Chartered Accountancy exams, and now just needs to complete her articling experience before she can use the CPA, CA designation. She is also currently completing her CGA exam requirements. If successful, she will shortly be able to also use the CPA, CGA designation.
Lily is experienced in preparing Notice to Reader engagements, along with personal and corporate tax returns. She is currently developing expertise in conducting audits, assisting the partners on various audits. Lily has also used various accounting packages, particularly QuickBooks, and would be more than happy to answer any operational questions that you might have. At McCann & Roque, Lily provides business services such as direct deposit payroll, bookkeeping, HST filings, and monthly reporting.
Lily is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin. In the (rare) instances that Lily has free time, she is an avid reader and amateur artist.