THE FIRM FOR ENTREPRENEURS

Whether you are looking for a co-op placement or you are a recent graduate, we understand that career development is your top priority.

Here’s what makes Welch different from your average accounting firm:

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Holistic Approach

Gain expertise & knowledge from exposure to the entire client file.
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Variety of client work

We offer you the opportunity to work with clients from a wide range of fields & industries.
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Work Culture

Take part in our collaborative and supportive work culture & work with subject matter experts.
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Extensive CPA support

We support you every step of the way while attaining your CPA.
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Work-life balance

We recognize that you have a life outside of work. We offer the flexibility you need to make the most of your time.
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Personal Development

With countless opportunities for career growth and development within the firm, there is nothing holding you back from reaching your full potential.

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see what our recruits have to say

Given my past experience working at a different firm, I felt that Welch was my best option because of the importance that they place on maintaining a work-life balance. At all of the networking events, the representatives from Welch were very personable and gave off a great impression to me. So far, my experience has been very positive. The staff have been extremely supportive and helpful throughout all of my tasks/engagements. All members of the team, regardless of their level at the firm, are equally approachable.”
Isaac, 2019 co-op student
I originally chose Welch because of the variety of work I would be exposed to, as well as the welcoming work environment. After joining as a co-op student I realized that my expectations were right, and that I was getting to work on many different types of clients and engagements; furthermore, I was working on them with a team that supported me. By doing both of my co-ops at Welch and now being full-time, my skills have grown exponentially stronger and so has my relationship with my colleagues, which is the key to fostering a healthy, productive work environment.
Chelsea, Staff Accountant
 

MEET GARTH STEELE

Garth began his career with Welch as a co-op student while working on his Bachelor of Mathematics Degree at the University of Waterloo. He graduated and joined the company full-time in 1984, received his CA designation in 1986, then moved up to the rank of Partner in 1993.

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STUDENT RESOURCES

We are commited to helping you achieve your goals and find the best fit for your growth.

Here you can find everything you need to kick-start your career:

see what our recruits have to say

I chose Welch because of the people I would have the opportunity to work with and the comradery present at the firm. I believe that the accounting tasks that get completed are similar in all accounting firms so, for me, choosing a firm with great people and management that supports my path for the CPA designation was really key. So far, I have had the privilege to work on various types of engagements for private businesses & nonprofit organizations that has enhanced my accounting knowledge.
Bruke, Staff Accountant
Before I chose a firm for my co-op terms, I was able to visit [many] firms of all sizes; but I only felt that vibe/connection with Welch. At Welch networking/office events that I attended, most of their staff remembered me, made me feel comfortable and answered all of my questions about the workplace. At Welch, I get to work on my own files from beginning to end. Furthermore, I am able to do audit field work, solidify my team work skills, improve my time management skills, and more. Welch gives a lot back to the community, helps their staff reach their goals and provides a great work environment.
Mario, 2019 co-op student

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We know that you have a lot of questions when you are looking for a co-op or entry level position so we have compiled these FAQs to help you! If you have any questions that are not addressed here, please feel free to contact our HR team at humanresources@welchllp.com.

  1. What is the GPA cut-off for students?
    There is no specific GPA cut-off. Although marks are taken into consideration during the application process, we focus on well-rounded students who participate in extra-curricular and volunteer activities and demonstrate an ability to balance competing priorities. We also place value on professionalism, leadership and interpersonal skills, and those who show initiative and integrity.
  2. Do I need accounting experience to be considered?
    Absolutely not! Prior experience in bookkeeping or accounting is a strong asset, but we do not expect students to have experience when applying for a co-op or entry-level position at Welch. We provide extensive training and support for our new employees and students to ensure you are fully equipped with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to succeed at any point in your career.
  3. What will my first day be like?
    Your first day will be spent learning your way around the office! You will be assigned a “buddy,” meet with the Partner that you will be working with as well as your team members, and start to learn the type of work that you will be assigned as a student.
  4. Will I work long hours?
    A certain amount of overtime is unavoidable during busy season at any firm. Our goal is to operate at a manageable pace for our employees. The standard work week increases to 9 hour days from February to April, however, our staff will put in the extra hours if and when it is required in order to meet client deadlines. This means working some evenings and weekends. But don’t worry, we offer plenty of ways to boost staff morale during our busiest times. You’ll find a kitchen stocked with healthy snacks, weekly social breaks, and an all-staff breakfast, to name a few!
  5. What is the work environment like at Welch?
    Our environment is very team oriented; rarely will you find yourself working in an isolated environment. We operate like a family, helping one another to succeed and move forward. Regardless of the team you work for, you will be part of a collaborative office with employees that support one another. Our firm has won multiple awards including 2016 Faces Magazine “Best Place to Work” and 2018 National Capital Region’s Top Employers!
  6. Do I have to have a car?
    No you do not. Welch is located in a convenient location in downtown Ottawa, making it easily accessible by public transportation. Many clients will be accessible by public transportation and if they are not, arrangements will be made with the Manager/Partner to get you to the client’s location.
  7. How will my career progress?
    Welch offers opportunities for career advancement using a three level manager career path promotion system based on performance. The manager role at Welch is a very important one as it relates to service delivery, training and development of our staff and soliciting new clients. You can expect to meet with your Manager/Partner several times each year to identify goals for your career and discuss how we can support you in your progression.
  8. What is Welch’s dress code?
    Welch’s current dress code is “Dress for the Day”! We have modified the business casual dress code to allow more discretion when selecting appropriate attire for each workday. We expect our employees to use their judgment when choosing what to wear. This means dressing professionally when meeting with clients or representing Welch at events.
  9. What type of support does Welch provide towards a CPA designation?
    Welch provides competitive support for our students working towards their CPA. This includes financial support for CPA PEP, Master’s, and Graduate Diploma students; paid time off for studying and exams; CFE preparation; and a coach/mentor, to name a few!
  10. What type of client industries will I be exposed to?
    Welch offers services to clients from a wide variety of industries and sectors. We serve clients in automotive, real estate, construction, not-for-profit, and government sectors, in addition to several others. This allows for our new employees to gain experience in all areas of accounting.
  11. How soon after joining the firm will I be given real responsibilities?
    When you join us as a staff accountant, you will be doing basic accounting and auditing under direct Manager/Partner supervision, either alone or as part of a team. New staff accountants are often pleasantly surprised at the level of responsibility they are encouraged to take on when they join us.
 

MEET PETER BERRY

Peter Berry joined Welch in 2010 as a full time employee after graduating from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Masters Diploma in Accounting. Peter received his Chartered Accountant designation in 2011 and got promoted to manager in 2013.

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STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES

If you have decided that Welch is the place for you, we would love to hear from you! Please apply to the postings by clicking on one of the links below and following the instructions in the job post.

  1. Co-op Staff Accountant - Ottawa (8 months) LEARN MORE
  2. Co-op Staff Accountant - Ottawa (4 months)LEARN MORE
  3. Co-op Staff Accountant - Toronto (4 months) LEARN MORE
  4. Co-op Staff Accountant, Tax - Ottawa (4 months) LEARN MORE
  5. Staff Accountant (New Graduate) - Ottawa LEARN MORE

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