Vernon firm announces merger

Kenneth P. Friesen Inc., a local Vernon accounting firm, will join Meyers Norris Penny LLP (MNP), one of largest chartered accountancy and business advisory firms in Canada.

Friesen and staff have been providing accounting and tax services to clients in the Vernon community for more than 16 years.

Friesen, the managing partner, was looking for an opportunity to expand his firm’s advisory and consulting services, while MNP was looking to develop a presence in Vernon. Friesen will begin operating under the MNP name, effective June 1.

“We wanted to provide our clients with more services, and merging with a well-established, full-service accounting and advisory firm made sense,” said Friesen. “By partnering with MNP we can provide even more resources and a greater depth of business advisory services to better meet our clients’ needs, while still providing the high-quality service they have come to expect.”

This will be MNP’s second Vernon location after acquiring Willis Associates in December, 2009.

“Our previous Vernon expansion has proven to be very convenient for our Vernon clients,” said Don Murdoch, MNP’s regional managing partner in Kelowna. “We were looking to enhance our presence in Vernon and add more resources to better serve our clients.”

Friesen and his team of four will remain in their current location at 2743 30th Street in Vernon for the present time.