Our dedicated and experienced team has a strong reputation for providing anxiety reducing and inspiring services. But, we're so much more than just your typical accountants. Read on and get to know the team!
John once lived in Bermuda. For some reason sun and sand just didn’t appeal to him the same way as the cold, harsh, Nova Scotia winters. Despite this quirk John is, last time we checked, perfectly sane. So we’ll have to suppose his love of Bridgewater comes from family ties and long standing community connections. When not pursuing his dream of being the president of an accounting firm founded on the principles of providing anxiety reduction and personalized support for small business owners, he’s cooking, playing old-time rock& roll, and fussing just a little too much over his hair. He also, along with his wife, encourages his two daughters to be the best people they can be through community involvement and charitable giving.
Before hanging his own shingle John worked with excellent companies like Grant Thornton, Bank of Bermuda, and Olympia Capital.
John’s community investment includes being a Committee Member of ‘Christmas on the LaHave’, Past Director Bridgewater Area Chamber of Commerce, Past Director Lunenburg West PC Association, Founding Chair of Lunenburg County Young Professionals Network, Past Director of Finance St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Past Deputy Grand Knight Knights of Columbus, current Board Member with Devour! The Food Film Fest.
John Swain, CPA, CA
President & CEO
Samantha recently completed the requirements for both an undergraduate degree and an accounting designation. This experience was easily comparable to Frodo Baggins setting out and destroying the One Ring. But Sam also has volunteering, a family, and a career in the mix so Frodo had it a little easier.
Sam is the Chairperson for the Small World Learning Centre, which sadly does not involve the shrink ray from Honey I Shrunk the Kids. But they do have a mission to engage “mind, body and spirit through quality early childhood education” which is a pretty close second to a shrink ray.
At the office Sam is keen on providing the highest level of customer service, and has even overcome language barriers on an international level to be there for clients. When the aliens finally arrive we have no doubt that she’ll be the one diving into their books.
Samantha Crouse, CPA
Manager of Operations
When Lori first started as a network administrator for an accounting firm in her home town of Yarmouth, she had no idea she would eventually be doing tax returns and financial statements. But wearing many hats is often the way of small businesses. Lori has continued to wear many hats in her life. For example, when she decided to go to school to do a Bachelor of Commerce and her CPA, CA designation, she wore a student hat, a mortarboard if you will. Since she was in university with her oldest child, she was also wearing a mom hat, which is any hat not in the laundry basket. And seeing as she was only three credits short of a being a philosophy major too, she might occasionally be seen with a decanter of wine and her philosopher hat- more of a beret really, but she does draw the line at socks and sandals. Lori aims to one day put back on her creative writing hat and finish the novel she started at age 11, but that will have to wait until after tax season.
Lori Messenger CPA, CA
(902 ) 334-2555
Like most people, Michelle is not just one thing. For example, she loves spending summer weekends at truck pull rallies with her family and friends. But, whenever she has the opportunity, she heads south to Disney for her fill of Winnie the Pooh time. In addition to her BBA from Acadia and her CGA, Michelle also has a great sense of humor and helpful spirit. All of this makes for a pretty well rounded individual that we’re happy to have on the team!
Michelle Mansfield, CPA, CGA
Senior Corporate Player
All you really need to know about Logan is that he and his father once jumped out of an airplane, on purpose.
But if you’re still curious about him, we can go deeper. He’s a Bridgewater boy through and through, but he took the opportunity to move to Halifax for life experience and to grow with Swains.
As a millennial, Logan is automatically assumed to be good with software and apps. Luckily this is actually the case because he’s our office expert on both Xero and Quickbooks Online.
When not at work Logan likes to get lost around the city or in the woods. It’s fine. This is what a chip tracker is for.
Captain Nemo, Indiana Jones, Dora- what do these great explorers have in common? They loved to travel and explore almost as much as Ginette! This great explorer leads an expedition team compromised of her wonderful husband and their two children. They hike, camp, and even surf all over the Maritimes. Their latest adventure has landed Ginette on the door steps of Swain CPA and we couldn’t be happier to have her as a Corporate Player… the day job she happily uses to fund her expeditions.
(902 ) 543-5535
Connie is a graduate of Saint Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting, and we have no doubt that when she pursues her CPA Designation that she will be successful. This is because she’s what you could call a ‘self-starter’. For example, Connie is currently teaching her self how to play the ukulele. She’s also a proficient swimmer who taught her own best friend how to stay afloat. That’s pressure! Actually, that’s buoyancy, but we’re accountants, not physicists.
As the President of Nova Scotia Powerlifting, Ryan is remarkably good at picking up heavy things and putting them down again. He has other attributes, like 17 years of business development experience, a Bachelor of Commerce, and a Masters of Business Administration from Saint Mary’s University, but we just keep waiting for him to be the next Hulk.
Outside of his career and power lifting, Ryan’s other passion is the family he’s grown with his wonderful wife. No word yet on if his children are green and/or muscular.
Ryan Kells, B.Comm, MBA
Business Development Manager
Like the Greek goddess Aphrodite, Patty wasn’t born so much as she rose from the sea. The office may hold her, but it certainly can’t contain her. Every summer she heads to her camp- her personal oasis- by the sea. Those summers with her friends and family sooth her soul and calms her inner beast. Though, even her inner beast is still pretty great to be around.
While the beach is her place of rest, the office is her place to shine. She’s perfected the art of customer satisfaction and keeps the office in line and running smoothly. She’s the happy and smiling face you see when you first enter the door of our Bridgewater office.
Corporate Assistant - Bridgewater
In a dark and scary time known as the 1980’s a balloon full of wit, sparkle, and just a hint of sarcasm exploded, leaving behind the human equivalent of a wink and a smile. Armed with only her sense of humor and the Star Trek catalogue, Cat aimed to take on the world… or at least plan the next office charity initiative. When she’s not greeting clients with a coffee and a smile she’s dreaming about the next sci-fi convention and new ways to make her friends laugh.
Community: Catherine is the organizer of an annual collection called Project Sunscreen, where she raises funds and purchases summer-related items that many of the homeless go without. She is also an annual supporter of The Coldest Night of the Year, a 5k walk to fund ARK, a local youth shelter.
Administration & Public Relations - Halifax Office
Gordon Ramsay, Swedish Chef, and Cindy Liu. When you think about passion and food, these are the names that should come to mind!
Cindy is a second-year student at Dalhousie University, where she is majoring in accounting. Dalhousie is a long way from her home of Inner Mongolia, but growing up ‘land locked’ has made living oceanside in Halifax very appealing. Coming this far for a university education should not be shocking because in life, like in the kitchen, Cindy is guided by her passions. We’re glad her passion for accounting has led her to us for her a co-op term.
Co-op Student - Halifax Office