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Our History

Firm founder, Iain MacKay (pronounced MacKi) emigrated from Scotland to Vancouver, Canada in 1964. He graduated in 1969 as a Chartered Accountant and shortly thereafter formed a partnership with CAs Holley and Naylor creating Naylor Holley MacKay.

From the beginning, Naylor Holley MacKay had the vision to grow into a Northern and Western Canadian regional firm, and the systems and procedures were implemented to enable this to happen.

In 1970, the firm purchased two thirds of a practice in Whitehorse. Iain moved to the North at that time and spent the next 10 years in the Yukon. The firm continued to grow and evolve over the next number of years, as did its name which went from MacKay Peachey & Co to MacKay & Partners to MacKay LLP, and now Crowe MacKay LLP.

Pivotal moments in the firm’s history include:

  • 1977 Partnership Agreement, which has since served as the foundation of the firm, is written and signed.
  • 1977 Yellowknife office is opened.
  • 1978 Mark Pike, Whitehorse Managing Director, joins the firm as an articling student.
  • 1978 Edmonton office is opened.
  • 1984 Firm founder, Iain MacKay is the first firm recipient of the Fellow of Chartered Accountant (FCA) designation (Whitehorse). He was awarded again in 1990 from the BC Chapter.
  • 1987 Kelowna office is opened and Don Turri (Kelowna) and Don Smith (Edmonton) join the partnership.
  • 1991 Surrey office is opened.
  • 2001 Calgary office is opened.
  • 2007 Garry Cook (Calgary) is awarded the FCA designation.
  • 2010 Don Turri (Kelowna) is awarded the FCA designation.
  • 2013 Don Smith (Edmonton) is awarded the FCA designation.
  • 2014 The firm joins Crowe Horwath International’s global network and becomes Crowe MacKay LLP. Regina office is added.
  • 2014 Iain MacKay awarded ICABC Lifetime Achievement. Jack Arnold (Surrey) and Glen Berger (Regina) become recipients of FCA Designation.
  • 2016 Crowe MacKay welcomes new CEO Bruce Picton. John Laratta (Yellowknife) and Mark Pike (Whitehorse) are awarded the FCPA designation.
  • 2019 Crowe MacKay celebrates 50 years. The firm grows to include offices in British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast. Ken Laloge (Kelowna) is awarded the FCPA designation.