Testimonials

"I have nothing but excellent things to say about every member of Stern Cohen ("SC") with whom our organization has had the pleasure of dealing with. Our company has grown 12x in 3 years and SC has helped with every step along the way. They started with excellent bookkeeping services and also performed a multi-year audit in their first engagement with us. They have helped with consultation and advise on matters ranging from US tax to government incentive programs, and long-term incentive treatments. They can handle any size firm with any range of issues."

Bruno Kaiser, CFO

"Over the past 18 months we have worked with Stern Cohen as our primary financial services provider. They have owned our financial reporting, tax, advisory, inventory management and cloud bookkeeping services. And we couldn't be happier. The staff at Stern Cohen are experts in their fields, who have a deep commitment to the success of our business, as well as our own personal financial stories. I highly recommend them - we sleep well at night knowing all our financial decisions and analysis are backed by their professional prowess and commitment."

Monica S. Tate, Chief Operations Officer

"From founding our company in 2015 to our acquisition in 2017, Richard and his team were instrumental to our success at every step of the way. More than just accounting and bookkeeping, Richard was there for us as an advisor on everything from taxes to table tennis. I can't speak highly enough about him - life is tough as a small business owner, but at least I knew I could depend on our accounting!"

Dustin Walper, Co-Founder & CEO, Entrepreneur

"I have dealt with many accounting firms over my 40 year career. Stern Cohen understands my business and has been more helpful than any accounting firm I have dealt with."

Joel Zagerman, Owner

"Our team at Stern Cohen is extremely responsive, professional, knowledgeable and absolutely lovely to work with. They help me sleep better at night, knowing we're in excellent financial hands. Top notch!"

Melanie Redman, President & CEO

"As our business has grown and changed in complexity, Stern Cohen has matched our needs. We rely on them and they have quickly gained our trust. We have and will continue to recommend Stern Cohen to friends and colleagues.”

Cody Hemsworth, Hemsworth Medicine Professional Corporation o/a Skin Worthy

"I feel that I am treated as if I am your favorite client, and that my interests are what motivates you."

Chaim Fachler, Director of International Resource Development, Canadian Friends of Mayanei Hayeshua

“Stern Cohen offers friendly professional advice, helping us negotiate the Canadian business world. They are always willing to help and are an invaluable support to our Canadian business.”

Steve Richard, Financial Director, Chrysalis Loyalty (Canada)

"Laura Gay’s customer service and our relationship working with her has always been positive. She regularly presents to our board and provides support to our Audit and Finance committee."

Bree Grenon, Senior Manager, Member Relations & Operations, Addictions and Mental Health Ontario

"The Stern Cohen team has been a great team servicing Coaches Association of Ontario over the past couple of years. They take the time to learn and understand our business and produce documents in a timely manner with error-free audits. Thanks Stern Cohen."

Jeremy Cross, Executive Director, Coaches Association of Ontario

"Excellent customer service and expertise."

Steven Green, President

“Stern Cohen has provided BA Group with great service over many decades. They are always there for us when we need advice.”

Ralph Bond, Executive Chairman

“As a business owner, I’ve been fortunate to work with the Stern Cohen team. At a critical juncture, they provided the vital assistance my business needed and they continue to support the growth of my business today. I highly recommend their accounting and business advisory services.”

Shawn Stone, President

“The Stern Cohen team is incredibly responsive, thorough
and professional. They are amazing to work with!”

Scott Stirrett, Executive Director and Founder

"Outstanding results and intelligent, practical advice. Informative and accurate monthly packages that help us to make the right decisions. Higher level tasks (such as Review Engagement year end statements) effectively carried out and well worth the investment in Stern Cohen's capable hands."

Darren Firth, CEO

“Stern Cohen’s guidance is extremely helpful. Accounting and tax issues are reviewed thoroughly and the team has always been accommodating.”

Stephen Haley, Director of Finance

“With the growth of the International Federation on Ageing over the past 5 years, it was evident that we needed to move to a firm with greater experience in the charitable sector with identified Not-for-Profit specialists. If you are looking for a team that will provide excellent advice and guidance, and make your annual audit process easier, look no further than Stern Cohen Accountants. They are fantastic and know charities like the back of your hand."

Greg Shaw, Director International

"Collaborative, clear, friendly, quick to respond, high quality service."

Shelan Markus, Executive Director

"Highly competent, excellent service. A great solution for other similar organizations."

Ruth MacKenzie, President & CEO, Canadian Association of Gift Planners

"We're a third generation family business and we've been working with Stern Cohen LLP for over 40 years. During that time, we've depended on the expertise at Stern Cohen for everything from year-end statements, to tax and estate planning, trust work, cash flow projections and acquisitions. During the 2008 financial crisis, Stern Cohen's business advisory helped us manage despite the challenging environment. We surfaced stronger than ever. As a result, we're always pleased to refer Stern Cohen to others looking for a top-notch, full service accounting firm."

William R. Kane, President

"I much appreciate the professionalism and integrity that I have experienced as a client of Stern Cohen for over four decades. Their advice and guidance has been very beneficial to my success and practice growth. Perhaps what I most like is that you are not treated as a number but as a person and this is becoming very rare. They are always there for you. Thank you Stern Cohen."

Dr. Leonard Brody, Dentist & Owner

"With knowledgeable and diligent auditors, Stern Cohen has provided professional audit services to the College in the past years. We can take comfort in the fact that we never lose sight of the drivers of our business, the associated risks, and the potential effects on financial statement accounts."

Peter McCutcheon, Executive Director

“Stern Cohen provides the Ontario Milk Transport Association with audit and consulting services – and has done so for more than 30 years. Over and above our annual audit requirements, we turn to Stern Cohen for guidance and support in negotiating the transportation rate formula with the Dairy Farmers of Ontario, for business and organizational advisory, and human resource consulting. We highly recommend the team at Stern Cohen to other associations and to those in the transportation industry who are looking for great value from their accounting firm.”

Tim Holmes BA, MBA, General Manager

"The Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation is pleased to extend our support for the caliber of work undertaken by Stern Cohen over the fourteen year history of the Foundation. Stern Cohen has provided exemplary audit and advisory services to the Foundation ensuring that the Foundation’s accountability for public resources is achieved at the highest standards. We highly recommend the Stern Cohen team as our auditors of choice."

Kent Bassett-Spiers, CEO

“The Korean Canadian Scholarship Foundation is thankful to have great partners in the team at Stern Cohen. We count on them for our annual audit, tax work and advisory. Stern Cohen also made us aware of a significant GST/HST Public Service Bodies Rebate that we qualified for. We highly recommend the Stern Cohen team to other charities.”

Philip Cho, Chair, Korean Canadian Scholarship Foundation

"Succession of a third generation family development firm presents unique, complex and so often, devastating hurdles. Only with the expert knowledge, advice, attention and patience demonstrated by Stern Cohen have we not only conquered these obstacles but at the same time, with what I can only describe as brilliant strategic planning and insight from Stern Cohen, we have restructured and diversified what was a simple one dimensional real estate company into a multifaceted investment corporation that enables us to compete in the changing real estate arena. Working with the Stern Cohen’s team of professionals has freed my time to concentrate on the vision and the deals."

Robert Mantella, President and CEO

"Stern Cohen Accountants have provided us with many years of top notch service. They act with efficiency, urgency and understand our business and business cycle. We appreciate their valuable advice and counsel. Excellent communication and no surprises."

Kevin Van Sickle, Provincial Sign Systems President

“I am pleased to endorse Stern Cohen as ATU Local 113’s long-time auditors and accountants. Stern Cohen’s services and guidance have helped us improve our procedures and ensure the Local’s financial well-being. I highly recommend Stern Cohen to Ontario unions.”

Kevin Morton, Secretary Treasurer, Amalgamated Transit Union - Local 113

"Our company has enjoyed a relationship with Stern Cohen since 1998. I originally met Mike McCleave through my Mother & Father our founders who looked at Mike as another son. Upon their passing Mike was instrumental in arranging a seamless transition in my becoming President. I share the opinion of my parents that Mike is more than a business associate, he is a member of our extended family. I would without reservation recommend Mr. McCleave and the fine support team of Stern Cohen."

David McPake, President

“These days, financial services are about providing added value. For us, the added value is our 50-year relationship with Stern Cohen and the firm’s expert knowledge of our business. They have provided us with planning and guidance related to management succession, as well as other services. Everyone I have dealt with at Stern Cohen has a style that is representative of the firm; they take the high road. They are thoughtful, professional and they think before they shoot."

Robert Dales, Owner

"Professional, excellent service, they understand our needs and value building a sustainable relationship."

Andrew Silvestri

"The FIT team is on top of our account and brings issues, questions and suggestions to our attention promptly."

Jay Eckert, Founder & Creative Director, Parachute Design Group

“We are very satisfied with the service provided by Stern Cohen Accountants and the team working on our file.”

Dr. Savvas Chamberlain, EXEL Research Inc.

"We have had excellent service for the seven years we have been with Stern Cohen. The service is prompt, professional and we have no doubt as to the accuracy of our returns. We also appreciate the sense that we have a friendly relationship that we can depend upon and that our needs are anticipated."

Patricia Moon, Secretary-Treasurer at Alliance for the Defence of Canadian Sovereignty

"Really good service from the firm."

Dennis Ko, North Toronto Chinese Alliance Church

“Many thanks to my team at Stern Cohen for your first-class work in eliminating a tax problem for an estate on which I had personally acted as an estate trustee. I was delighted to see the outcome reached so efficiently, and the claim dropped so quickly. As was the case with many business matters Stern Cohen handled for me dating back to the mid -1980’s, and later with my own personal and business matters, Stern Cohen’s services on this case were excellent, and the invoice was more than fair! Many thanks for your support.”

M. Gaylanne Phelan, Phelan Estate Mediation Limited

"I had some challenges with CRA. Was fairly complicated Cross Border issues. Worked with Stern Cohen (Joe & Tiffa) for a number of years now. They always get it done. They are thinking ahead of time and always consider the bigger picture. Good people to work with – and really outcomes driven. Thank you all for perfect experience."

Russ K.

"I have a tremendously able, proactive and efficient advisor in Stern Cohen. He knows my financial situation better than I do, and his judgments are thoughtful and timely. He goes out of his way to make my path through planning compliance effortless and effective."

Dr. D.

“We would like to thank Stern Cohen Accountants particularly for their care, attention and professionalism in capably handling our business and estate interests for over 50 years!”

from a Toronto Family (V.K., N.D., L.P.)

"I have an excellent and long standing relationship with Stern Cohen at both the corporate and personal levels. Stern Cohen has been responsive and professional in every encounter. I could not have been successful in achieving my personal and business goals without Stern Cohen guidance."

R.McB.

"When I need a fast, accurate response to a challenging tax question....I call Joe Gervasi at Stern Cohen. Thanks Joe!"

J.G.

"I have done business with Stern Cohen for over 30 years. They have always been responsive to my needs and operate in a friendly and professional manner."

Rick Turner, Bourne Mills Of Canada

"My husband and I needed tax advice re relocating to another country, and another reputable accounting firm recommended Stern Cohen to us, given our needs. Mr. Gervasi himself met with us, initially, to understand the specificity of our requirements, some of which we were ignorant of. Our file was handled courteously, professionally, knowledgeably, and in a timely manner."

M.M.

"I have worked with Stern Cohen Accountants for a number of years and each year they have provided me with outstanding service. The team at Stern Cohen is thorough, informed, and always helpful. For example, Adam Morke and Saverio Ferrara were a tremendous help to me with the filing of a notice of objection with CRA. It has been a great relief to me to have had such consummate professionals working with me to bring this matter to a successful conclusion."

J.M.

"I feel that I am getting the best tax service available by very professional and pleasant staff."

G.H.

"The service is always prompt and outstanding."

Jim Scott, Scott Family Trust

"Stern Cohen has always provided exceptional service and value compared to the cost."

R.McE.

"I would definitely recommend Stern Cohen because of the excellent service and guidance that they provide."

J.D.

"You have always been there to assist and advise us whenever situations arose that required prompt and sound advice to resolve those questions. It was very important for us to know we could always count on that support."

L.O.

"Joe Gervasi is great to deal with -- he's proactive, knowledgeable, organized, and really seeks to make my life easier from a tax point of view. Much appreciated."

G.D.

"I used Stern Cohen for my company's accounting and tax needs. But even after Mike McCleave handled the sale of my company, I continued to work with him for personal tax needs. He has provided me with continuous help and information. I like his understanding of my needs and his input into what should be done."

T.D.

"Joe Gervasi has helped us with some family estate issues and we always felt he was listening carefully, giving us good advice, and willing to spend time to go over things so we understood them. We've had interactions with other staff when getting our income tax prepared and we've found everyone very helpful, patient, and responsive."

I.H.

"Overall customer satisfaction is impeccable and the fact that I have direct access to my account lead accountants and partners is outstanding and much appreciated."

Yanic Simard, Toronto Interior Design Group

"The quality of advice that I have received from Stern Cohen has been excellent. Richard and Joe know what they are doing and I trust them. Their guidance has been very valuable to my overall business strategy."

Greg Benadiba, Adiba Corp.

"All of the staff at Stern Cohen have always been wonderful to deal with. All of my questions, no matter how silly and repetitive, are treated with respect."

M.C.

"Everyone is such a pleasure to work with: professional, down to earth, responsive, and helpful. I appreciate the fact that staff at all levels really try to understand our business."

C.L.

"Caring and knowledgeable and develops good relationships with their clients. Encourages the clients to comprehend and ask questions."

G.B.

"Patient and accommodating. Kevin has repeatedly offered help above and beyond what was expected."

William Xu, Tier 9 Game Studios Ltd.

"Always available to discuss and answer questions."

Tony Gargaro, President, Tolin Construction Management Limited

"Highly professional - knowledgeable, proactive and organized. Also very personable!"

Angela Muzzo, The Clean Slate Shop

"Excellent tax and estate advice, prompt action on questions, and excellent tax return preparation."

Michael Keith

"Thoughtful, professional and personal service."

Steven Brunelle

"The excellent service provided and the quality of the human contact."

Simone Lebrun

"Fei Cao and Richard Mendelsohn are professional, knowledeable, ethical, kind, and compassionate, and extremely helpful ( as is Lorne Lebow). All the people at Stern Cohen are incredible. Fei and Richard always have time and patience to explain things without judgement. Their sense of ethics and professionalism is stellar."

P.A., J.J.A. Medical Professional Corporation

"Excellent staff who know the file and understand my business. They are current on tax and finance issues. I view them as an important member of my team."

Michele McCarthy, McCarthy Law Professional Corporation

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