MNP names Robert Dean as regional managing partner for Atlantic Canada

29 June 2021 2 min. read
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MNP, a national mid-market accounting and consulting firm, has named Robert Dean as its regional managing partner for Atlantic Canada.

Dean succeeds Kirk Higgins, who retired last month after a nearly 40-year career in professionals services. Higgins became MNP’s head of Atlantic Canada in 2017 when the firm acquired Dartmouth-based WBLI CPAs. Higgins had spent the prior 32 years at WBLI, latterly serving as managing partner.

“Our people at MNP are extremely fortunate to have shared and learned from Kirk’s experiences and he leaves a legacy in the shape of our highly-skilled team of partners and managers,” said an MNP statement. “Everyone at MNP wishes Kirk the very best in his retirement and we look forward to staying closely connected with him in the years to come.”

Based in Dartmouth, Dean is another former partner of WBLI. Since the 2017 acquisition, he has served as a partner in MNP’s tax and business services team.MNP names Robert Dean as regional managing partner for Atlantic CanadaDean has more than 25 years of experience advising clients on tax planning and compliance, compensation planning, succession, the purchase and sale of businesses, and corporate reorganization. Prior to joining WBLI in 2012, he spent more than 13 years at Edwards Dean & Company, where he was a partner and tax advisor.

Dean holds a bachelor of commerce degree from Memorial University and is a chartered professional accountant, chartered accountant, certified financial planner, and trust and estate practitioner.

“Atlantic Canada is a hub of innovation, talent, and economic development, with a huge range of industries supporting its importance to Canada’s economy,” Dean said. “I am honoured to lead the MNP team as we continue to grow in Atlantic Canada. We’ve been proud to play our part in the community, helping businesses of all types and sizes to achieve their goals. And we are always looking for opportunities to further our commitment to the region.”

Calgary-headquartered MNP entered the Maritimes with the WBLI deal. The firm further expanded its Nova Scotia presence with the acquisition of two Sydney accountancies in early 2020.

MNP followed that with the acquisition of two boutique CPA firms in St. John’s, Newfoundland in mid-2020, and another St. John’s accountancy last month.

The firm also in 2020 grew its Atlantic Canada footprint with the acquisition of T4G, a Toronto-headquartered applied data company with additional offices in Halifax and Saint John, NB.