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WEDNESDAY, JULY 3, 2013 – VANCOUVER, BC – James (Jim) Blatchford and Patrick (Pat) McParland, two of the GVA’s highly respected forensic accounting specialists have joined MNP LLP, effective July 2, 2013. Blatchford and McParland previously oversaw a successful forensic accounting practice for another major accounting firm. MNP, one of Canada’s largest accounting and business consulting firms, says it was looking to grow its Investigative & Forensic Services practice to meet the demand from the British Columbia marketplace.
“Not only has our Investigative & Forensic Services practice grown, but Jim, Pat and the leader of our forensic accounting practice in Vancouver have combined forensic experience of more than 75 years, including extensive international experience. We can confidently say our Forensic team has the experience, drive and innovation to meet the needs of the B.C. marketplace,” says Mackenzie Kyle, MNP’s Regional Managing Partner for B.C. Advisory Services. “Our clients can count on having senior members of our team who know the Vancouver and B.C. marketplace working with them and that they are getting the expertise they need right here at home.”
Organizational fraud continues to be a serious concern for businesses with a perceived correlation to the domestic and global economic instability. More and more corporations and public organizations are recognizing the importance of good governance practices and investigating wrong doing. MNP’s Investigative & Forensic Services Leader for B.C., Jacklyn Davies, says as the scale of fraud and financial irregularities grows, early detection and prevention is key.
“In working with clients, whether it be investigations, litigation support or risk management, we have seen an increased need for our services and expertise - as well as timely solutions,” says Davies. “In order to effectively meet our clients’ growing needs, we knew we needed to add more local resources and couldn’t be more pleased to have Jim and Pat join the MNP family.”
With the new additions, MNP now has seven forensic specialists serving British Columbia and a total of 32 across the country.
“Pat and I are happy to join a team of like-minded professionals who share our vision, values and commitment to providing quality services—and we are pleased to have found that in MNP,” says Blatchford. “Together, we are not only adding more resources to meet clients’ increased needs but also bring years of experiences to ensure our clients are getting the best advice to overcome their challenges.”
In addition to extensive investigative & forensic experience working for two other major accounting firms, Blatchford began as a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, working in National Criminal Intelligence Service and Commercial Crime. He was also the president of his own consulting firm.
As with Blatchford, McParland was president of his own consulting firm. He also brings years of forensic experience with a major accounting firm, guest lectures on fraud and has authoured articles on the subject.
Both gentleman have experience presenting expert testimony at various court levels in both criminal and civil proceedings and have held leadership roles with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) and the Association of Certified Forensic Investigators (ACFI). Recognized for their expertise, they have also acted as advisors to the Vancouver Island University's Advanced Diploma in Forensic Accounting and Fraud Investigation.
Blatchford and McParland have moved into MNP’s Vancouver office.
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Regional Managing Partner
B.C. Advisory Services
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