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Blimkie, Emily (30)

Blimkie, Emily (30)

Emily holds an Honours B.Comm. degree (cum laude) from Laurentian University, Chartered Accountant and Chartered Professional Accountant designations, and a post-designation specialization in Canadian income taxation through CPA Canada. She is a manager with MNP LLP and advises clients on both personal and corporate Canadian income tax planning and compliance matters. Having grown up in an underprivileged family, Emily is committed to making a difference in her community through the sharing of her expertise, time, and resources. Outside of work and volunteerism, Emily enjoys hiking, mountain biking, writing, and spending quality time with loved ones.

Q: What’s the number one thing you are working toward that you haven’t yet accomplished?
A: I am actively working toward becoming a partner (owner) of MNP LLP.

Q: What is the biggest obstacle you’ve overcome?
A: I’ve faced and overcome many obstacles in my life relating to breaking the cycle of poverty. I grew up in a single-parent household and lived on social assistance. My family and I struggled — a lot. I learned at an early age that I would need to work hard (and smart) if I was going to get anywhere in life.

Q: What are 3 things you can’t live without?
A: Friends: I have a close circle of friends who absolutely mean the world to me.
Music: I am drawn to lyrical music that has a story, message, or meaning.
Humour: A good sense of humour is one of my keys to happiness.

Q: What would be the theme song of your life?
A: “Firework” by Katy Perry

Q: What is the most rewarding part of your job?
A: I love that I’ve found a career where I can regularly blend my interests together, both from the perspective of building my own practice within MNP and in working with clients to identify and meet their business and retirement objectives. It’s extremely satisfying to me when you stop viewing me as just your
accountant and, in turn, you start thinking of me as someone who will consistently help get you from where you are to where you want to be. Advisory is where I strive to add value.