From the start, our reputation has been built on integrity, Hard Work and clarity.
Beginning in 1962, our early partners laid the foundation for the firm. They established our character and personality of being friendly, helpful people. They demonstrated remarkable respect for staff and a tremendous desire to work hard for our clients, all in a friendly and supportive environment. Because of this, staff enjoyed coming to work, and still do. The enjoyable experience for clients visiting our first offices in Edmonton, or Stony Plain, or having partners go out to visit them, continues to this day. These early partners established the approachable personality of our firm that will endure for many years to come.
Our founding partners, Frank Bruha & Tony Whelan, and their first CA student who later became their first partner, Sandy Hawkings, are especially to be thanked for their dedication to establishing a strong organization and setting a vision for the firm that would stand the test of time. We will always be grateful for their hard work and dedication.
Common threads from our past that we try to emulate each day include taking a genuine interest in the matters of our clients, offering a sound approach to bring about a professional resolve, and promoting a desire to teach and mentor those of the coming generations. As we carry this firm into the future, we are honoured to continue this legacy.
In addition to our deep roots, we have experienced a great deal of growth through organic expansion and numerous mergers, and we look forward to branching out and building our presence further into urban and rural areas in Alberta and western Canada over the coming years.
Here's an overview of our name changes and other significant milestones:
1962 - Larry Shuler, Frank Bruha, and Tony Whelan open their doors in Edmonton, Alberta as Shuler, Bruha & Whelan.
1974 - Larry Shuler retires, and the firm continues on as Bruha Whelan.
1978 - Sandy Hawkings becomes partner in 1978, changing the name to Bruha, Whelan & Hawkings.
1985 to 1992 - Tony Whelan retires in 1985. Michael Epp becomes a partner in 1988, Wayne Dumont in 1992, making the firm Bruha Hawkings Epp Dumont.
1998 - With Frank Bruha's passing in 1994, the firm changes it's name to Hawkings Epp Dumont.
2002 to 2011 - Phil Dirks becomes a partner in 2002, Curtis Friesen in 2006. Sandy Hawkings retires in 2008, and Tony Whelan passes away in 2009. Ron Aquin becomes partner in 2010. A merger brings the opening of our Lloydminster, Alberta office in 2011.
2012 - The firm celebrates 50 years!
2015 to 2017 - Trevor Dodd becomes a partner in 2015, and Terry St. Laurent in 2016. Also in 2016, a merger brings the opening of our Whitecourt, Alberta office. After a decade as partners, Scott Hawkings and Tanya Tinney leave the firm in 2017 to establish their own practice in Stony Plain.
2018 - Looking to the future, our 7 partners changed the name of the firm to Metrix Group LLP.