Tips for Networking

As a co-op student, or recent graduate, you have heard it a million times, “Networking is a MUST for finding a good job.” Unfortunately, the thought of networking can be downright terrifying. Cue the cold-sweats and sleepless nights; you have no idea what to expect, how to prepare, or what to talk about with potential employers. But, we have good news, networking doesn’t have to be a bad experience! To help ease your pain, we asked our staff to share their networking tips and tricks.

Are you interested in practicing your networking skills? Come and meet the Hendry Warren team at the following events:

• University of Ottawa Wine & Cheese – Tuesday, September 18th at 6:30pm to 9:00pm

• Carleton University Six-Firm Meet & Greet – Tuesday, September 18th from 6:00pm to 8:00 pm

• Carleton University Wine & Cheese – Wednesday, September 19th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm

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Good Luck to our 2018 CFE Writers!

On September 12, 13 and 14, seven of our staff members will be writing the Common Final Examination (CFE). The CFE is the final three-day examination in the Canadian CPA certification program requiring candidates to demonstrate depth and breadth of competency development in accordance with the CPA Competency Map. Upon successful completion of the challenging three-day exam, candidates are one step closer to attaining their CPA designation!

We wanted to wish good luck to our staff members and everyone else writing the CFE this year!

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We've Been Busy!

Last Thursday, a few of our staff members attended GenNext's end-of-summer social hosted by House of Common.  This morning, we were up and networking before breakfast at the Mayor's Breakfast where we had the pleasure of listening to the Hon. Lisa MacLeod speak about her term in office and her involvement with the Ottawa community.  Thank you to the Ottawa Board of Trade for being great hosts!

Catch us tomorrow at the President's Breakfast, hosted by The Ottawa Hospital Foundation!

The Origins of “No White after Labour Day”

A long, long time ago, before the invention of sweet, sweet air conditioning, one way to beat-the-heat was to wear light-coloured clothing. Unfortunately, the city was a dirty place (coal!), so you only wore light colours if you a) escaped to your country home for the summer, or b) could afford to replace your whitest whites when they were inevitably ruined by city soot. Assuming you simply spent the summer in the countryside, you would have to trade your light-coloured attire for dark-coloured duds upon your return to the city in September, or risk ruining your favourite summer threads. Hence, no white after Labour Day!

Best of Luck to the HW Students!

This Friday was bittersweet in the Hendry Warren office.  While everyone had a serious case of "TGIF" before the long weekend, we were also sad to say goodbye to some of our students heading back to university for the Fall.  We made sure to say goodbye in true HW fashion with a Beer O'Clock.  Pictured below are a few of the faces that will be missing from our office in the upcoming months.  We wish them all the best in their upcoming semesters!

A reminder that our office will be closed on Monday, September 3rd.  Next week we will also be returning to our normal hours of 8:30 to 5:00, Monday through Friday.  The end of half-day Fridays is a true sign of Fall!

This Time Five Years Ago

Today we are taking a walk down memory lane to August 2013.  This time five years ago, the renovations at 881 Lady Ellen Place were complete and our boxes were packed at 442 Gilmour.  In fact, on today’s date in 2013, the staff were having a kick-off celebration to christen the new space.

When we first moved in to 881 Lady Ellen, we had endless space for firm get-togethers and other tenants.  Now, as we enter into our sixth year in the building, we have really grown into our space and are now in the midst of additional renovations!

In 2013, we never imagined how quickly we would grow and we often like to reminisce by looking at old pictures. If you look closely you will see a keepsake from our old office, which can still be found in one of our meeting rooms.

Golfing for a Cause

Last week we had the pleasure of attending the 26th Annual Golf Fundraiser for Serenity House. We had a great time getting to know the attendees, as well as learning more about the organization's great initiatives. Serenity House is a local addiction treatment centre that focuses on holistic treatment styles for men in the Ottawa area. To learn more about Serenity House and their story, check out their website at: http://www.serenityhouseottawa.com/about/

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August 2018 Newsletter: Tax Planning Considerations Related to Family Trusts

The past few years have seen a number of significant income tax changes for small businesses and their owners.  Taxpayers who own corporations should review their ownership structures to ensure that previous tax planning still makes sense in light of all of these significant changes. There are a number of important considerations to contemplate when reviewing your ownership structure which we have outlined in our newsletter. If you would like us to review your situation, please do not hesitate to contact our office. 

Click below to read more about these tax planning considerations in our August newsletter:

Another Great Cottage Party for the Books

Summer is in full swing at Hendry Warren and we are making the most of it! Leaving behind the hustle and bustle of the city, the team ventured into cottage country last Friday for some well-deserved rest & relaxation. We traded in our calculators for appetizers by the lake and had a blast enjoying great food, great friends and great fun.

Here We Grow Again!

We are pleased to announce that as of this week, Tobi Brienesse has joined the Hendry Warren family as the newest addition to our receptionist team.

 If you happen to stop by our office, Tobi will be one of the friendly faces that greets you.  She is looking forward to getting to know all of the HW team members and clients over the next few months!

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Another Great Event by GenNext Ottawa

This past Thursday, a few members of the Hendry Warren team got the chance to participate in GenNext Ottawa Rooftop Social: Mix and Mingle. They had a great time meeting other young professionals, all of whom are passionate about giving back to the community. Thank you GenNEXT for delivering a meaningful speech about youth mental health and for inspiring change. 

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Calling all Tax Professionals!

Calling all #TaxProfessionals! Our firm is growing, and we are looking for a dynamic individual to join our tax team.  This opportunity might be right for you if you’re looking for a new challenge, in a supportive environment, with a team that emphasizes collaboration, not competition.

But, hey, don’t take it from us! Let Andrew DuBroy, one of our tax team members, tell you a little about his experience at HW.

1.       Why did you choose to specialize in tax?

Tax is intellectually challenging and rewarding (it is not just mundane data entry; trust me!). The depth and breadth of tax means continuous learning and there is plenty of opportunity for advancement.

2.       What do you like most about working in tax?

For me, the best thing about tax is the feeling I get when I help people with their taxes; whether it be to save them some tax or to help them understand a concept. Navigating the complex rules of the Income Tax Act can be a daunting task, so being able to help people work within the rules to achieve the best possible outcome is a great feeling.

3.       Walk us through a typical day at HW. 

No two days are the same, but a “typical” day at Hendry Warren would involve working on a variety of projects, including preparing tax returns, doing tax research and compliance work, and tax estimates and planning. It’s not all work though – HW is involved in plenty of social and community outreach activities, such as softball and hockey teams, Run for the Cure, Movember, Christmas hamper packing and more. I love the fact that I work with a team of such vibrant young professionals, who, over the years, have become great friends.

Interested in joining Team HW? Email stephanie.smith@hwllp.ca to learn more!

CFE Season is Upon Us

It’s a busy time of year for our CPA students! This past Thursday, we said farewell and good luck to our September 2018 CFE writers in true Hendry Warren fashion by getting together for a Beer O’Clock before they left for study leave.

On Friday afternoon, we discovered that we had another great reason to celebrate – our other CPA students found out that they all passed one of their various CPA exams! As seen in the snapshot below, a few of our successful writers took advantage of our half-day Fridays to get together for a celebration at Local Lansdowne.

Meet Brock McDonald - Team Lead

A quote that really resonates with us is, “You don’t build a business; you build people and then people build the business.” Here at Hendry Warren, we are proud to say that many of our staff started as co-op students and recent graduates, and we have had the privilege of seeing them grow into successful CPAs. Last week, we sat down with one of our freshly-minted CPAs, Brock McDonald, to ask about his experience at HW.

Us: What is your favourite thing about the culture at Hendry Warren?

Brock: The family atmosphere is a major benefit of working at Hendry Warren. The culture is based on a foundation of teamwork; we support each other in our day-to-day work and enjoy the benefits of getting together for fun social events.  I have met so many great people, many of whom have quickly become lifelong friends.

Us: What is your favourite memory of working at Hendry Warren?

Brock: Picking only one memory is a challenge but, if I have to choose, I would say that my most memorable moment at HW is when I received my CPA designation. I had been working for over seven years and thanks to the support of the Firm and my colleagues, I finally achieved my goal!

Are you looking to join a supportive team and collaborative culture? Ask us how our team is growing!

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#TipsWithTodd - Business Bank Accounts

As the owner of a new small business, you will likely be responsible for everything from managing the day-to-day operations of your company to preparing the bookkeeping. When preparing your own bookkeeping, it is easy to get your personal and business finances muddled.

Todd's suggestion?

Setting up a separate bank account will help avoid a lot of confusion. Having a separate bank account and bank card will save you time and energy as you won’t have to sift through all your expenses to remove any personal purchases. Being able to easily identify which invoices/receipts are business-related will speed up the bookkeeping process which will leave you more time to focus on your business!

#business #finance #Ottawa

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Meet Candice Donovan - Administrative Assistant

A great employee is like a four leaf clover, hard to find but lucky to have.  We feel so lucky to have Candice Donovan on our administrative team that we decided to ask her - why us?

Us: What’s your favourite thing about the culture at Hendry Warren?

Candice: I love that HW is an inclusive environment. Everyone gets along and has fun together whether it’s a deadline push or a fun night out its always a positive environment.

Us: Could you please share what inspires you to be the best version of yourself?

Candice: It is easy to be the best version of myself when I work in an environment that appreciates and values me.

Us: How has working at Hendry Warren positively impacted your life outside of work?

Candice: I have gained self confidence through working at HW which has helped me be a better community contributor in everything I do, including but not limited to being a Scout Leader.

Us: Please share your favourite memory from working at Hendry Warren.

Candice: My favorite memory from working at Hendry Warren would be my first tax season. I loved the way everything and everyone came together and contributed to a common goal.

Thank you for all you do, Candice! 

Meet Susan Lu - Staff Accountant

Last week we asked Staff Accountant Susan Lu to share with us some special things about the Hendry Warren culture.

Us: Susan how would you describe your favourite thing about Hendry Warren?

Susan: The team is very encouraging of its employees to interact with each other, be it work or fun related! It's been valuable getting to know the other members of the firm as they've already helped me learn so much!

Us: What's your favourite memory from working at Hendry Warren so far?

Susan: One of my favourite memories has been our staff barbecues and getting together around the picnic tables and enjoying the great weather with the team at lunch.

That's one of our favourite things to do as well!

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