You connect people with your stories. Welch can connect you with your truest potential. Each of our team members stays on top of industry trends, market fluctuations, and the latest tools to help you and your business thrive in the ever-evolving business landscape. Whether your goal is related to new technologies, cost optimization, or business restructuring, our deep roots in the industry have given us years of experience with a diverse range of companies to help you get the tools you need to succeed. Welch LLP’s Entertainment & Media areas of expertise include Film & Television Production, Media & Production Tax Credits and Incentives, Broadcast & Distribution, Arts & Cultural Festivals, Digital Media Companies, Video Games Developers, and more.
The media & entertainment industry ranges from traditional local distribution channels to worldwide digital live streaming. The tools, channels, and expertise available to you are evolving each day, and you need a holistic view of the industry to be able to ensure you are making the best decisions, at the right times. Our comprehensive Welch Brand Family includes Welch Risk Advisory, Welch Family Wealth Advisory, Elevate by Welch, and Welch Capital Partners. Whether you need tax and audit services, tax credits, business advisory, or cross-border services, each member of our team is always willing to go the extra mile to reach your goals.
Established in 1918, Welch LLP has been delivering quality service for over 100 years. Welch has stood out by developing long-standing relationships with businesses in the community based on trust, expertise, and the highest level of service. Our great level of involvement within the community ensures that we understand the complexities and challenges of the media & entertainment industry. If the scope of your goal goes beyond accounting and advisory, we can connect you with reputable bankers and lawyers. Welch is an extension of your team - your success is our goal.
Whether your business is local, national, or has a reach beyond our borders, our in-house expertise and worldwide connections will ensure no opportunity is left unturned. As a member of BKR International, Welch has access to extensive resources and professional expertise to help you do business beyond the borders. This allows us to remain a regional firm, dedicated to our local business community, while giving us a global reach to help you with any cross border or international business issues you may be facing.
What Welch Can Do For You
Assurance & Accounting
- Review engagements
- Notice to Reader / Compilations
- Private Enterprise GAAP
- US GAAP
- Annual Financial Statements
- SR&ED Tax Credits
- Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit
- Tax Planning (International, Shareholder, etc.)
- Commodity Tax (HST, QST, VAT, payroll taxes, other indirect tax)
- US Tax (Federal and Sate income tax filings
- US Personal Tax
- Expatriate Tax (personal tax prep and assistance with equalization payments for non-residents working in Canada and Canadians working abroad
- Support with Corporate Transactions
- Private Financing Advisory
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Public Financing Advisory
- Investment Advisory
- Corporate Governance
- Business Valuation
Meet Our Team Leaders
Shawn Kelso, CPA, CA
Partner, Director of Professional Standards
Shawn Kelso began working with Welch LLP in 1993. Shawn serves clients in the private and not-for-profit sector. In 2005, Shawn was appointed Director of Professional Standards and is responsible for the compliance with Quality Assurance policy in all 12 of Welch’s offices. He is also responsible for ensuring all Quality Control directives, as set by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA), are upheld on audit files as well as recommending and enforcing Welch’s internal quality assurance policies and procedures. In addition, Shawn provides training to all offices on a regular basis and on a wide variety of topics. Shawn has conducted Practice Inspections on behalf of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (ICAO).
Kathy Steffan, CPA, CA
Kathy Steffan’s experience has focused on a broad range of private client engagements and solutions including Assurance and compilation, Outsourced CFO/ Controllership, Virtual Accounting Office, Foreign Business coming into Canada, and Start-up enterprises. In addition, she has significant experience providing assurance and advisory services to Government funded and Not for Profit organizations; and been involved with Initial Public Offerings (IPO’s).
Joshua Smith, CPA, CA
Joshua Smith is the partner who leads the business incentives practice at Welch LLP, a group focused on maximizing cash flows for clients through the use of Scientific Research and Experimental Development, Ontario Interactive Digital Media and other tax credit claims as well as other business incentives.
Samantha Slater, CPA, CA
With a wealth of experience in the not-for-profit and charity sector, Samantha’s role is to represent Welch LLP in the Ottawa and Toronto markets and help our clients generate value from the services we provide. Prior to joining Welch, Samantha worked in industry for a number of years. She joined Welch LLP in 2012 as a co-op student and began full-time in 2013, after completing her Bachelor of Commerce, Honours, with a specialization in Accounting from Carleton University. She obtained her CPA, CA designation in 2015.
Bethany Yli-Renko, CPA, CA
"We are here to help you achieve your goals"
You are the story tellers. We are business advisors. Together we can make your story.
What we bring to the table
including start-up & business structure
Back office accounting
and Financial statement preparation
and compliance (including cross border)
Advisory & Consulting Services
Production Tax Credit
filing and collections
Production Assurance Engagements
(required tax credit/government incentives)
Entertainment & Media areas of expertise:
- Film & Television Production
- Media & Production Tax Credits and Incentives
- Broadcast & Distribution
- Arts & Cultural Festivals
- Digital Media Companies
- Video Games Developers