We have been delivering quality service for over years.
Established in 1918, Welch LLP has come a long way since its’ early days. Scroll through the timeline to see the pivotal moments in our company history.
100 Year Anniversary
2018 marks our 100 year celebration.
Best Ottawa Business Award
Welch was awarded Best Business in the Best Ottawa Business Awards as well as Large Business of the Year at the West Ottawa Board of Trade Excellence Awards. Candace Enman was also named Businesswoman of the Year at the BYAs.
Best in Marketing
Welch was named Best in Marketing at the Best Ottawa Business Awards, as well as Best Place to Work by Faces Magazine.
M&A Practice Established
Our Mergers & Acquisitions practice was established and led by Stephan May. Stephan May was also awarded a Top 40 under 40 award in the same year.
Christa Casey Honoured at 40u40
Christa Casey, CPA, CA, Partner and Director of our Not-for-Profit practice was the recipient of a Top 40 under 40 award in Ottawa. Welch LLP also received the Telfer Donor of the Year award from Telfer School of Management for ongoing support since 2006.
Business Achievement Award
Welch received a Bronze Ottawa Business Achievement Award for Professional Services of the Year.
Toronto Office is Unveiled
Welch opened an office in Toronto, which was a dream of George Welch’s. The Welch Legacy Foundation was also established to expand on our community leadership and charitable initiatives.
WelchGroup Consulting was founded.
Welch Renamed Honouring 90 Years
As we celebrated our 90th anniversary in 2008, the firm changed its name from Welch & Company LLP to Welch LLP.
Welch Partnered with Telfer
Welch committed to donating $100,000 over a five year period to the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa. As part of the donation, a study room was named after Welch and our tax group began teaching a tax course.
Scott Murdoch Honoured at 40u40
Scott Murdoch, CPA, CA, Partner was named one of Ottawa’s Top 40 under 40 business leaders.
“Welch & Company LLP” is born
New legislation involving corporate partnerships requires the firm to change its name to “Welch & Company LLP.”
Welch Opened Renfrew Office
A new office was opened in Renfrew which allowed Welch to provide business to clients throughout the Ottawa Valley region.
Firm name changed
The firm’s name changes to “Welch & Company.”
Ottawa Office Relocated
The Ottawa office moved locations a few times to support continued expansion and growth.
George A. Welch Passed Away
Our founder, George A. Welch passed away in 1979 at the age of 90. In spite of his age, he had continued to maintain an office and an active interest in the practice until shortly before his passing.
First Female Partner
Betty Wilson is admitted to the firm as its first female partner.
50 Year Anniversary
On the 50th anniversary of the firm, a new office was opened in Gatineau as a merger with two other firms to form Lévesque Marchand, Boulanger & Cie. In 1967, George A. Welch was made a life member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Firm expands beyond Ottawa
The firm expands beyond Ottawa, opening its Cornwall branch. The 1950’s also saw Welch begin to offer bookkeeping services to its clients. It’s also around this time that Malcolm Welch founds Welby Services Limited.
Belleville, Cornwall, Picton Founded
An office was opened in Belleville, followed by Cornwall in 1951, Picton in 1958, and Pembroke in 1959.
Firm moved to larger location
The firm moves its offices to a two-storey home on Laurier Avenue. Welch’s cohort of young accountants receive their CPA designations, including Deans Berry, who earned the Canadian Gold Medal for achieving the highest marks in the country.
Malcolm Welch received his CPA
Malcolm Welch receives his CPA designation, marking the second generation of accountants to join the firm.
Revenues Exceeded $48,000
By 1941, the firm was showing significant growth. Revenues exceeded $48,000 and partners were charged out at $4 per hour with staff rates varying between $1 and $2.75 per hour.
Firm Expanded & Re-branded
In 1932, the firm expanded with the addition of new partners and became known as George A. Welch & Company.
Welch & Company Founded
George A. Welch founded Welch & Company in 1918, operating from an office in the Elgin Chambers, which overlooked Confederation Square in Ottawa, Ontario.
George A. Welch received his CPA
George A. Welch receives his Chartered Professional Accountant designation.
George A. Welch Inspired
George A. Welch leaves school at the age of 10 to take on a number of paper routes as a means of supporting his family. On his route, he meets Ernest A. Larmonth, who becomes his professional mentor.