About Us

Smith & West is one of Ottawa’s top Chartered Professional Accounting firms, with offices conveniently located in the West End.

An Experienced & Knowledgeable Ottawa Tax & Accounting Team

At Smith & West, we’ve assembled a team of professionals across a wide range of tax, financial and managerial disciplines. Our unwavering dedication to serve is matched only by our commitment to quality, integrity and attention to detail in each project for every client. No matter who you are or what your needs may be, from individuals filing taxes or planning estates to businesses in need of complex financial planning and advice, Smith & West is your go-to team in Ottawa.

Read on to discover more about the people who will be taking great care of your tax, financial or consulting needs here at Smith & West. Should you wish to know more about how we can help, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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Meet Our Founders

Thomas
West, CPA,CGA
Tax Partner
With over 35 years in tax administration, Thomas West has acquired a vast knowledge in tax planning, tax litigation, estate planning, and overall compliance with the Income Tax Act, the Excise Tax Act as well as various other government dealings. Thomas started the practice after a lengthy career with the Canada Revenue Agency, where he occupied several senior level positions at the Head Quarters level from 1981 to 2000. Thomas is a tax specialist who deals with litigation issues, tax planning, and audit assistance with clients who seek guidance when dealing with the CRA. He has obtained his Chartered Professional Accountant, and Certified General Accountant (CPA, CGA) certifications.
Robert
Smith, CPA,CGA
Tax Partner
Robert Smith joined the Firm as a partner in 2010. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified General Accountant (CPA, CGA), and he has completed the CICA In-depth Tax Courses. Rob graduated from Queen’s University with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics. He switched fields and joined a local Public Accounting firm, while completing his CGA program. Prior to joining the Firm, Robert was a manager in the tax department of one of the “big four” public accounting firms, where his experience ranged from dealing with various tax issues faced by owner-managers to international and expatriate tax. Robert specializes in compliance and tax planning. He is currently a member of the CPA Ontario Small Practices Advisory Committee.

Meet Our Team

Mona
Ayoub, CPA
Tax Manager
Mona grew up in the Nepean area, and decided to stay to pursue her post-graduate education at Carleton University. She graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Commerce, with a concentration in Finance, and a minor in Statistics. Mona received her CPA designation in November of 2018. Mona enjoys the challenge of working with our international clients.
Shane
Meagher, CPA
Tax Manager
An Ottawa native, Shane received his undergraduate degree from Carleton University with a degree in Economics and a minor in Statistics. Shane then completed the Professional Accounting Program at Algonquin College. Shane is a current CPA student and is in the process of completing classes to obtain his designation. Shane successfully completed his educational requirements in Fall 2017. He is currently in the process of working to satisfy the experience portion for CPA.
Marc
Adderley
Tax Manager
Marc graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2014 obtaining a Bachelor of Commerce Degree with a specialization in Accounting. He is currently in the process of completing his CPA program, and is expected to be finished spring of 2019.
Eva
Watras
Accountant
Eva graduated from the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Business in 2018 and has completed a Bachelors Degree in Commerce with a specialization in Accounting. She previously worked as a part of our in-house bookkeepers and is now working as a Junior Accountant. After her studies, she plans to obtain her CPA certification.
Jessica
James
Accountant
Jessica graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2013 obtaining a Bachelor of Commerce. She was accepted into the CPA program with advanced standing in 2016 and is currently in the process of completing her designation.
Brennan
Forrest
Accountant
Brennan graduated from Nipissing University in 2018 obtaining a Honours Bachelor of Business Administration, specializing in Accounting. He is currently enrolled in the CPA program and in the process of working towards his designation.
Timi
Akintayo
Accountant
Timi graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2019 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce with a specialization in Accounting. She was accepted into the CPA program with advanced standing in 2019 and is in the process of completing her designation.
Kelsey
West
Office Manager
Kelsey graduated from Bishops University in 2013 with an Honours in Sociology and an English major in Cultural & Media Studies. Kelsey is responsible for many aspects of our firm, including human resources, customer service, AP/AR, and our social media.