About Bruce

Bruce Toews is a Calgary based accountant with over 35 years of business and accounting expertise.

Both an MBA and a CPA, he brings to his clients a unique combination of practical advice, intelligence and honesty.  In his career he helped over 500 businesses (and their owners) with tax planning, compliance, financing and succession planning.  Since the successful sale of his public accounting practice in 2014, he has focused on two areas of consulting practice:  part-time CFO services for family business, and part-time CFO services for wealthy families.

Bruce differentiates himself from other accountants by being highly responsive to client needs, and extremely practical.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science, McMaster University, 1978.
  • MBA (Finance), McMaster University, 1980.
  • Certified General Accountant, Alberta, 1985 (merged with CPA in 2015).
  • Certified Financial Planner, Alberta, 1999.

Experience

    Bruce's career in Calgary began in 1980, as financial analyst, and then financial controller, for the seismic company Geophysical Services Inc. In 1985 he moved to CIBC, where he was employed as account manager, responsible for the negotiation and delivery of bank products, including corporate loans, to a diverse portfolio of bank clients. In 1991 Bruce started his own professional accounting practice, which he operated successfully for 23 years, and sold in 2014. While in public practice Bruce provided tax planning and financial advice to his clients, and assisted in the preparation and filing of thousands of corporate and personal tax returns. Since 2014 he has transferred his accounting and business experience to support a long term client in establishing a family office.

Interests

    Bruce has been involved as a volunteer for many years, as director and treasurer.
    He has worked with the following arts organizations:

  • Mount Royal Choral Society.
  • The Instrumental Society of Calgary.
  • Land's End Chamber Music Society of Calgary.

  • Bruce is very interested in the arts – he is an avid reader of literature and plays, and he, along with his wife Teresa, love to travel and visit art galleries. Bruce is learning to cook, and to play tennis. He is always looking for tennis partners (at the relatively beginner 2.5 level).

Family

    Bruce and Teresa met at McMaster University and married shortly thereafter. They are parents to three extraordinary children - daughter Elizabeth practices tax law in Calgary, son Matthew is a petroleum engineer working in Calgary, and daughter Mary is employed as a conservation biologist on Vancouver Island. Bruce and Teresa are enthusiastic grandparents to three lively grandchildren.

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Credentials

  • MBA (Finance)
  • CGA (Certified General Accountant)
  • CPA (Chartered Professional Accountant)
  • CFP (Certified Financial Planner)

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