Our Story

At MPW it is our vision to provide indispensable professional advice, services, and the peace of mind that enables our clients to succeed.

The firm was first established in 1981, when Gary Woods and his father, Robert Woods, opened an accounting office in Forest, Ontario. Donald Pearson joined the firm in 1994, when it became Woods Pearson & Associates. The firm expanded over the years, and merged with the former practice of Wark and Love in Wyoming in 2005. In 2007, the firm merged with the former practice of Frederick C. Hoffner in Strathroy, at which time David Mallick and Kenneth Williams came on as partners.

In January of 2016, a new office was opened in Sarnia, and we felt it was time to update the name to reflect the partnership at that time, and so MPW Chartered Professional Accountants LLP was born. On January 1st, 2017, the partnership welcomed Beverly Climie and Todd McNeil to their ranks, adding the level of expertise available to our clients.

Our philosophy is to get to know our clients inside and out, so that we can provide the best tailored advice and services to suit their needs. Let us help you make sense of your finances, so that you can focus on what you do best –running your business!

 

Meet The Team

Partners

Don Pearson, CPA, CA, LPA

Partner
Forest - Tel: 226-776-9008
Don Pearson is a senior partner with Woods Pearson & Associates Chartered Accountants LLP in Forest Ontario (now MPW Chartered Professional Accountants LLP). He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Administrative and Commercial Studies from the University of Western Ontario (1990), a Diploma in Accounting at Wilfrid Laurier University (1991) and a Chartered Accountant Designation (1994) from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. Don began his accounting career with Ernst and Young in London Ontario in 1991. Don returned to Forest to join Gary Woods and form the partnership of Woods & Pearson in 1994. Since then Woods & Pearson (now MPW LLP) has grown to four offices, 3 partners and 21 employees. Don is passionate about seeing small business clients succeed. Don believes that MPW is the vehicle for clients to realize this success.

David R. Mallick, CPA, CA, LPA

Partner
Wyoming - Tel: 226-776-9010
David R. Mallick is a CPA, CA and partner at MPW Chartered Professional Accountants LLP. David’s main focuses are on accounting and tax for agriculture and small to mid-size businesses. David was born in Strathroy and raised in both Middlesex and Lambton Counties.  He started as a co-op student at MPW in 2000, prior to that he ran BJT Cornwall, a tax firm specializing in agriculture. Doing tax work for farmers to put himself through school, David jokingly says he came in with GST, as they both started in the same year (1991).  David graduated from Waterloo with his Bachelor of Mathematics Honours degree in 1995 and obtained a Bachelor of Commerce Honours with distinction from the University of Windsor in 2005.  He received his CPA, CA designation in 2004.  David now resides in Lambton Shores near Forest with his wife Jennifer and three children, Moriah, Madan and Jonathan.  When he’s not working, you can usually find David fishing or escaping to the outdoors.

Kenneth J. Williams, CPA, CA, LPA

Partner
Strathroy - Tel: 519-245-4890
Kenneth J. Williams, CPA, CA, LPA, BA(Ed) is a partner of MPW Chartered Professional Accountants LLP.  He obtained his Chartered Accountants designation in 1984 and his BA(ED) degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1978 and is a Licensed Public Accountant. Kenneth is experienced in all aspects of public practice, taxation, computer technology, financial management, planning and control, long range planning, corporate re-organization and restructuring, strategic planning, human resource management, construction management, environmental management, negotiating, crisis management, and team building. He has over 30 years of experience with assurance engagements in profit and non-profit entities with budgets ranging from under $100,000 to over $1 billion.  Ken manages the Strathroy operations of the firm and all aspects of the firm technology and quality control functions.

Beverly Climie, CPA, CA, LPA

Partner
Forest - Tel: 226-776-9008
Beverly Climie was born in Petrolia and raised in Sarnia where she attended Johnson Memorial, Queen Elizabeth II Public School and St. Clair Secondary School. Beverly was involved in a variety of sports and other activities at the schools she attended. She received an honours Degree in Business Administration from Brock University in 1993 as well as her certificate as a Chartered Accountant from the then Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. Beverly worked as a CA co-op student for a large firm in Toronto while attending university and for another CA practice in Toronto for 5 years before joining World Vision. She worked for the Canadian and International offices traveling to/from Africa and also filling a work assignment in West Africa. Beverly has also served with Youth with a Mission prior to joining the firm. Beverly resides with her family in the Camlachie area, and serves clients from a variety of sectors including agriculture, manufacturing, construction, retail, and charities. Outside of work Beverly enjoys spending time with her family and friends including travelling and attending concerts. Areas of expertise: small business; agriculture; not-for-profit; non-resident Canadian property dispositions (cottages etc.) tax planning ….

Todd McNeil, CPA, CA, LPA

Partner
Sarnia/Wyoming - Tel: 226-776-9010
Todd began working at MPW in May of 2008. Previously, he attended St. Patrick’s High school and the University of Western Ontario where he obtained his Bachelor of Management and Organization Studies. Since then, he has been providing accounting & taxation and advisory services to individuals, owner managed businesses and not for profits. He prides himself on providing personal, responsive and timely service to his clients.  Todd was born and raised in Lambton County and resides in Sarnia with his wife and two children. He serves on the Board of Directors of Sarnia Lambton Business Development Corporation and the Sarnia-Lambton Children’s Aid Society, as the VP of Finance.

Account Managers

Laura Smit, CPA, CA

Account Manager
Wyoming - Tel: 226-776-9010
Laura Smit is a CPA, CA and Account Manager at MPW Chartered Professional Accountants LLP. Laura's main focuses are on small businesses and corporate and personal tax. Having been born and raised on a farm in Arkona, Laura has always had a strong passion and keen interest in the agricultural industry and all its facets. Laura attended North Lambton Secondary School where she received her high school diploma. She then joined the Golden Hawks at Wilfrid Laurier University where she completed her Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 2007 and then joined MPW a few months later. Laura is often found shopping, participating in various outdoors activities like making maple syrup at her family farm, and hiking. However, with a very young family, Laura now is usually found playing, hiking or simply enjoying the scenery on her own farm located in Sarnia with her husband, son and daughter.

Louis Soetemans

Account Manager
Wyoming - Tel: 226-776-9010
Louis Soetemans is an account manager/accountant with MPW Chartered Professional Accountants LLP. Louis attended the University of Guelph and received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (1983). Following graduation Louis worked in banking and credit for 8 years before moving into accounting in 1991. After 16 years with another accounting firm, Louis joined the team at Woods Pearson & Associates Chartered Accountants LLP, as it was then known in 2007.

Laura Hanlon, CPA, CA

Account Manager
Sarnia - Tel: 519-704-5046
Laura Taylor is a CPA, CA and account manager at MPW Chartered Professional Accountants LLP. Laura’s main focuses are on small businesses and corporate and personal tax. Laura was born and raised in Lambton County and received her high school education at L.C.C.V.I. in Petrolia. She started as a co-op student at MPW in 2009. Laura graduated from McMaster University with her Bachelor of Commerce Honours degree in 2011. After graduating, she returned to the firm full time. Laura resides in Sarnia and when she’s not working, you can usually find Laura jogging around Canatara Park or escaping to cottage country.

Daryn Trainor

Account Manager
Sarnia - Tel: 519-704-5046
Daryn Trainor joined as an Account Manager with MPW in March 2019.  He continues to keep up-to-date on an array of both Canadian and U.S Income Tax areas such as legislation, compliance, strategy and planning. Daryn was raised in Chatham-Kent until he completed his Bachelor of Commerce at McMaster University in 2017. Daryn then completed Graduate Studies in Accounting/Finance at McMaster and completed his CPA education in 2018. After working with clients in the finance industry in the GTA for several years, Daryn decided it was time to move back home and augment his professional career by moving into the public accounting sector with MPW. Daryn is part of the small demographic of bona fide rockstar accountants, tending to his many instruments when not at work.

Shelby Frayne, CPA, CA

Account Manager
Wyoming - Tel: 226-776-9010
Shelby Frayne is a CPA, CA and an account manager at MPW Chartered Professional Accountants LLP. Shelby’s main focuses are on small businesses, corporate and personal tax. Shelby attended Northern Collegiate in Sarnia and graduated from the University of Ottawa with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce and a Specialization in Accounting in 2009. Shortly after graduating she joined MPW. When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her young family, going to the beach, and playing volleyball. 

Mitchell Geerts, CPA, CA

Account Manager
Strathroy - Tel: 519-245-4890
Mitchell Geerts is a CPA, CA that has been with MPW full time since 2015. Mitch is originally from Lambton County growing up on a local fruit farm and attending NLSS high school. He works in a variety of areas including, agriculture, compliance, personal and corporate income tax and more. Mitch graduated from the University of Wilfrid Laurier with a Bachelor of Business and Administration, with a specialization in accounting, in 2014. While Mitch is not working, he spends his time fishing, reading and playing board games around his Strathroy home.