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RSM Canada, a leading global provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market, is pleased to announce that the leaders and staff of Business Improvement Group (BIG) and Revenue Services Group (RSG), Canada credits and incentives solution providers, will join RSM Canada. The firms have signed a definitive agreement for RSM Canada to acquire substantially all the assets of Guelph, Ontario-based Business Improvement Group and Vancouver, British Columbia-based Revenue Services Group. The transaction is expected to close on Dec. 16, 2021, subject to certain terms and conditions.
The acquisition expands RSM Canada’s growing credits and incentives practice with the addition of BIG owner and co-founder Brian Hartman and the BIG and RSG teams of professionals. The transaction also establishes a new RSM Canada office in Guelph.
The BIG and RSG teams bring advanced expertise and knowledge in helping companies benefit from Canada’s credits and incentives programs, including the Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax credit, media tax credits and government grants, refined over the firms’ work with more than 1,500 clients in key industries.
“In addition to identifying grants and other incentive programs, helping Canadian businesses reap additional reward through tax incentives for the important research and development work they do is a priority in our focus on delivering comprehensive, integrated solutions,” said Harry Blum, national managing partner for RSM Canada. “Research and development are critical to the Canadian economy, and it’s exciting to welcome the knowledgeable BIG and RSG teams to our fast-growing credits and incentives practice in support of innovation and advancement in Canada. At the same time, we are pleased to expand our presence in Ontario with the addition of a new RSM Canada office in Guelph and to bolster our teams in other offices.”
“The RSM Canada, BIG and RSG teams will join forces to form one of the largest credits and incentives practices in the country,” said Maria Severino, national tax leader for RSM Canada. “Under the leadership of Danny Ladouceur, credits and incentives practice leader for RSM Canada, our professionals across Canada will bring credits and incentives expertise and specific industry insights, adopting technology and a differentiated, innovative service delivery model that provides an unparalleled client experience.”
“This is the biggest and most exciting step yet in our ongoing growth strategy to bring SR&ED and related solutions to more Canadian businesses, now with the added ability to offer new and existing clients RSM’s world-class tax, audit and consulting services,” said Hartman. “In joining forces with RSM, we combine outstanding teams and provide new growth and development opportunities for all of our people at a firm that shares our commitment to exceptional client service and offers an aligned, award-winning culture.”
Hartman and the BIG and RSG teams will transition to RSM Canada upon closing. RSM Canada’s new office will be located at 400 Michener Rd., #3, Guelph, ON N1K 1E4, Canada. News of the transaction comes on the heels of the announcement of RSM Canada’s expansion in the Pacific Northwest with the opening of an office in Vancouver.
About Business Improvement Group
At Business Improvement Group, our first priority is to work with you to ensure you are gaining the maximum benefits for your cash flow strategies and not missing out on any opportunities. Our goal is to assist you in recognizing eligible government funding and grants opportunities to increase cashflow to your business.
About Revenue Services Group
Revenue Services Group is Western Canada’s largest and fastest growing SR&ED focused professional services firm. Our SR&ED teams are comprised of SR&ED experts with advanced degrees and extensive experience in product development, finance, tax and SR&ED claim development.
About RSM Canada
RSM is the leading provider of professional services to the middle market. The clients we serve are the engine of global commerce and economic growth, and we are focused on developing leading professionals and services to meet their evolving needs in today’s ever-changing business landscape. Our purpose is to instill confidence in a world of change, empowering our clients and people to realize their full potential.
RSM Canada LLP provides public accounting services and is the Canadian member firm of RSM International, a global network of independent assurance, tax and consulting firms with 64,000 people in 120 countries. RSM Canada Consulting LP provides consulting services and is an affiliate of RSM US LLP, a member firm of RSM International. For more information visit rsmcanada.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on X and/or connect with us on LinkedIn.