Debby Stern

Deborah (Debby) Stern, BComm, CPA, CA

Partner, Audit & Advisory
Deborah Stern CPA Professional Corporation

2 St. Clair Avenue East, Suite 1100, Toronto, ON, M4T 2T5

Canada

Deborah (Debby) Stern joined Crowe Soberman’s Audit & Advisory Group as a partner in 2001. Coming from one of the largest professional services firms, Debby was looking for a change. “I wanted to work for a firm where I could make a greater impact. It was important I made the right decision and have my clients experience a seamless transition to Crowe Soberman.” Since joining the firm, Debby has continued to grow her practice with a large variety of clients.

Debby provides auditing, business advisory services, cash flows, personal and corporate tax planning and tax compliance to a wide variety of clients. Her specialties also include succession and estate planning. Debby has developed a succession planning process to assist families in the transition of their business to the next generation, becoming the trusted advisor of many prominent Canadian business families.

Debby has been interviewed on TV Ontario, CBC News, Rogers Cable, and has appeared in countless business magazines and newspapers including the National Post, where she was quoted in a three-part series on succession planning. She has written several articles for the Globe and Mail’s “Report on Business” and other business magazines on succession planning and various related topics.

When she is not in the office, Debby is active in the community. Currently, she is on the Budget and Finance Committee of United Jewish Appeal (UJA) and is a member with the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO - Toronto Chapter). Debby was a member of the Women Entrepreneurs of Canada (WEC) and a Director of the Canadian Association of Family Enterprise (CAFE) - Upper Canada Chapter for over 13 years serving as Treasurer. She was also a past Director of the Oakdale Golf and Country Club.

For four years, Debby mentored female entrepreneurs through the Step Up program, which is designed to assist in growing the mentees’ businesses.

Education

  • Bachelor of Commerce, University of Toronto (New College)

Professional Affiliations

  • Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada)
  • Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (CPA Ontario)

Community Involvement

  • Budget and Finance Committee Member, United Jewish Appeal (UJA)
  • Past Director, Oakdale Golf and Country Club
  • Past Director, Canadian Association of Family Enterprise

What can clients expect you to deliver?

"My clients can expect me to respond to questions quickly with practical solutions. I always make sure they understand my recommendations. I'm proactive, particularly where there is changes in tax law which has a direct impact on their business."