Strength in Numbers with WBLI and DFK International

WBLI has long been a proud independent member of DFK Canada, an association of independent accounting firms and business advisors. That pride is only continuing to grow, with DFK Canada’s recent ranking as the number one accounting association in Canada, as reported in The Bottom Line’s review of accounting firms and associations.

“The involvement we have with DFK has been incredibly rewarding for our firm and our clients,” says Bill Vienneau, Partner with WBLI in Dartmouth. “DFK Canada encourages an open exchange and frequent contact between members. Building those relationships allows us to connect with firms nationally and internationally. In turn, this allows us to better serve clients whose interests extend beyond our own borders.”

“The members of DFK Canada and DFK International know each other well” adds Kirk Higgins, Past President of DFK and Partner at WBLI’s Dartmouth office. “And we can all trust each other to keep our clients’ needs at the forefront, providing a truly seamless and smooth experience. Frequent comparison of best practices also ensures a strong knowledge base, with which to best serve our clients.”

The review ranked accounting associations separately from national accounting partnerships, highlighting the important role that associations like DFK Canada play in helping independent firms extend their reach and scope. Several firms in Atlantic Canada besides WBLI are independent members of DFK, ensuring that this region has a strong voice and is well-represented in national industry discussions and decisions. DFK Canada’s release states that it represents 13 independent accounting firms with 30 offices serving major centres across the country.

The release goes on to state that the strength of the association lies with the continued growth and success of its member firms, a sentiment with which Higgins wholeheartedly agrees: “This number one ranking is really a reflection on the success of its underlying members,” he adds. “And we’re proud to be able to contribute to that success.”

WBLI is the region’s largest independent firm of chartered professional accountants, in operation since 1976. The firm is local, independent and connected, offering a robust range of financial and business advice, from general accounting and assurance services to specialized advice on the most complex transactional and tax matters.

WBLI’s mission is to deliver the broad range of financial expertise one would expect from a full-service firm — with the individualized approach, dedicated focus, and attentiveness of a boutique. WBLI is invested in the long life and good health of your business. For more information, visit

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