Celebrating 100 Years of Excellence in Canada

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2000s

2007

One hundred years young

2005

Chris Clark elected CEO and Senior Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers
 

2002

PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting is sold to IBM

2001

Kevin Dancey becomes Canadian CEO and Senior Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers

2000

PricewaterhouseCoopers merges with Sullivan & Lewis in St. John’s

1990s

1998

PricewaterhouseCoopers formed on July 1; Tom O’Neill becomes Chief Executive Officer of PricewaterhouseCoopers; David Smith becomes Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers

1997

David Smith elected Chairman of Coopers & Lybrand; Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand announce plans for integration

1996

Tom O’Neill becomes Chairman of the Executive Committee of Price Waterhouse

1992

Hugh Bolton becomes Chairman and Chief Executive Partner of Coopers & Lybrand

1990

Bob Brown becomes Senior Partner and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Price Waterhouse;Laventhol & Horvath merges with Price Waterhouse
David W. Smith (left) and Tom O'Neill (right).
1998 — David W. Smith (left) and Tom C. O'Neill (right) combine to lead the newly-formed PwC. More »

1980s

1986

Ken Stevenson becomes Chairman and Chief Executive Partner of Coopers & Lybrand

1985

Bill Broadhurst becomes Senior Partner and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Price Waterhouse

1982

Coopers & Lybrand goes coast-to-coast when Baird and Baird of St. John’s and Roberts Denson & Co. of Victoria merge with it;Price Waterhouse opens Calgary South office;Brochu, Dutil & Associés of Québec City merges with Price Waterhouse

1981

Mississauga, Ontario, branch of Coopers & Lybrand opens; Price Waterhouse merges with Jarrett, Gould & Elliott, a national accounting firm with seven offices; Price Waterhouse merges with Erickson, Lee, Macdonald & Co. of Hamilton, Ontario

1980

Price Waterhouse opens a Scarborough, Ontario, office
 
David Higginbotham and Harry Simpson.
1980 — David Higginbotham and Harry Simpson. More »

1970s

1978

North York, Ontario, office of Coopers & Lybrand opens

1977

Price Waterhouse merges with Tremblay, Rochette et Associés in Québec City; Price Waterhouse opens in Mississauga, Ontario

1975

David Higginbotham becomes Senior Partner and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Price Waterhouse; Price Waterhouse establishes a national office in Toronto

1974

Price Waterhouse opens in Kitchener, Ontario

1973

Coopers & Lybrand name replaces McDonald, Currie; Warren Chippindale becomes Chairman of Coopers & Lybrand

1971

Warren Chippindale becomes Chairman and Managing Partner of McDonald, Currie

1970

Price Waterhouse computerizes data process and control reporting
Bill Broadhurst and Pam Jermey in 1976. PW’s Pam Jermey becomes the first woman to win the Governor General’s Gold Medal for top marks on her UFE.
1976 — Bill Broadhurst and Pam Jermey in 1976. More »

1960s

1969

Price Waterhouse office opens in Québec City; Saskatoon office of McDonald, Currie opens; Kitchener, Ontario, firm of Tailby & Tailby merges with McDonald, Currie

1968

Laird Watt becomes Senior Partner and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Price Waterhouse; London, Ontario, office of Price Waterhouseopens; Price Waterhouse merges with Fewster, Kirkpatrick, MacDonald & Ayers in Saskatoon; McDonald, Currie signs formal association with Baird & Baird of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador (the firms merge in 1985)

1967

Campbell Leach becomes Chairman of McDonald, Currie; Centennial of Canada; McDonald, Currie revises the partnership agreement and provides for election of a management committee

1966

Evan E. Own and Harold D. Pringle merge their practices with McDonald, Currie; Watt, Gower, Ogilvie & Co. of Edmonton merge with McDonald, Currie; Harrison & Osborne of Winnipeg merge with Price Waterhouse

1965

Price Waterhouse Montréal office merges with Creak, Cushing & Hodgson; Pearson, Matthews and Young merges with McDonald, Currie; R. L. Bamford & Co. in Saskatchewan joins McDonald, Currie; Beaton, Mathieson & Co. in Calgary merges with McDonald, Currie

1964

Price Waterhouse merges with Bailey, Monteith, Holms & Co. in Vancouver; London, Ontario, firm of Cornish Mitchell & Co. merges with McDonald, Currie; Lawrence W. Pastorius merges his Windsor, Ontario, practice with McDonald, Currie; McDonald, Currie merges with Reynolds, Andersen & Co. in Vancouver

1963

McDonald, Currie partnership agreement is rewritten so that the managing partners become the Management Committee

1962

Calgary partnership of Henderson, Waines and Anderson joins Price Waterhouse

1961

Toronto office of Price Waterhouse merges with A. D. Downie & Co.; McDonald, Currie opens in a home office in Sept-Îles, Québec; Ronald, Griggs & Co. amalgamates with McDonald, Currie in Winnipeg

1960

John Church becomes Senior Partner and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Price Waterhouse
Price Waterhouse Senior Partner and Chairman of the Executive Committee from 1968-75, M. Laird Watt (left).
1960s — Price Waterhouse Senior Partner and Chairman of the Executive Committee from 1968-75, M. Laird Watt (left). More »

1950s

1959

Price Waterhouse merges with Geddes, Knebel and Beaton in Edmonton

1958

Harrison Hayes becomes Chairman of McDonald, Currie; Price Waterhouse merges with William Gray & Co. in Winnipeg; Halifax office of McDonald,Currie opens; George Currie retires to run the Bowaters organization in North America

1957

McDonald, Currie merges with Cooper Brothers & Co. and Lybrand, Ross Bros. & Montgomery to form Coopers & Lybrand

1956

Laird, Sprague merges with McDonald, Currie in Winnipeg; Calgary office of McDonald, Currie opens in Rod Whitehead’s home; the telephone booth at the end of the street serves as the company phone

1955

Price Waterhouse amalgamates with Winnipeg firm of Thornton, Milne & Campbell; Mitchell, Krauel merge with McDonald, Currie and the firm opens in Winnipeg and Kitchener

1954

Price Waterhouse opens in Halifax

1953

Price Waterhouse merges with Haskell, Elderkin & Co. in Montréal

1952

John Church becomes Senior Partner of Price Waterhouse; Harold Herington becomes Chairman of the Executive Committee of Price Waterhouse; Edmonton office of McDonald, Currie opens

1951

Price Waterhouse opens in Hamilton, Ontario; McDonald, Currie starts consulting practice

1950

Richardson, Elwell, Parish & Co. merges with McDonald, Currie; A. H. Rathie & Co. in Vancouver merges with McDonald, Currie
George Currie, second from left, and partners gather at a firm dinner.
1958 — George Currie, second from left, and partners gather at a firm dinner. More »

1940s

1948

McDonald, Currie opens in Vancouver, the firm’s first office west of Toronto

1947

Price Waterhouse opens in Ottawa; McDonald, Currie merges with J. P. Langley & Co.; arrangement made to act as agent for referred business from Coopers Brothers & Co. in the U.K.

1946

George Currie becomes Chairman of McDonald, Currie; Henry Gordon Norman becomes Senior Partner of Price Waterhouse; J. W. F. Neill, PriceWaterhouse’s US representative, withdraws from Canadian partnership and is not replaced, thereby emphasizing the Canadian nature of the practice

1945

Second World War ends; Price Waterhouse & Co. (international firm) is formally established July 1, 1945; Eunice C. Bancroft named first female partner at McDonald, Currie; Saint John, New Brunswick, office of McDonald, Currie opens

1942

Price Waterhouse nominates first Executive Committee to provide general supervision and coordination of the practice; McDonald, Currie opens in Sherbrooke, Québec

1941

Price Waterhouse office opens in Windsor, Ontario
Price Waterhouse Canada founding partners Alexander B. Brodie (second from left) and Donald McKenzie McClelland (far right).
1940s — Price Waterhouse Canada founding partners Alexander B. Brodie (second from left) and Donald McKenzie McClelland (far right).
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1930s

1939

Donald McKenzie McClelland becomes Senior Partner of Price Waterhouse; Second World War begins

1935

Ken Carter, who would later head the Royal Commission on Taxation, opens the Toronto office of McDonald, Currie; McDonald, Currie establishes an office in Rimouski, Québec

1934

Ottawa office of McDonald, Currie opens

1930

Charlotte Howell of McDonald, Currie’s Montréal office becomes the first female CA in Québec
 

1920s

1929

The Great Depression begins; Winnipeg Price Waterhouse office amalgamates with accounting firm John Scott & Co., thereby creating a presence in Calgary

1924

Price Waterhouse makes arrangements for the separation of the U.S. and Canadian firms

1922

McDonald, Currie opens its first branch office in Québec City

1920

Canadian firm receives the right to use the name Price Waterhouse & Co.; the name McDonald, Currie & Co., predecessor firm to Coopers & Lybrand, is officially adopted
 

1900s — 1910s

1917

The Income War Tax introduced as a temporary measure to help fund the Canadian war effort

1914

First World War begins; first Canadian Price Waterhouse partnership is established by deeds dated June 30, 1914

1912

Price Waterhouse offices established in Winnipeg and Vancouver

1911

Alexander Bertram Brodie becomes Senior Partner of Price Waterhouse; George Currie joins his cousin George McDonald

1910

George McDonald becomes Chairman of McDonald, Currie; George McDonald starts his accounting practice on St. James Street in Montréal; second Price Waterhouse office opens in Toronto

1907

First Canadian office of Price Waterhouse opens in Montréal; Roderick Edward Moore managed all Canadian operations from the New York office
Coopers & Lybrand Canada founders George S. Currie (left) and George C. McDonald (right).
1910s — Coopers & Lybrand Canada founders George S. Currie (left) and George C. McDonald (right). More »

1800s

1898

Lybrand, Ross Bros. & Montgomery launch in North America.

1865

Samuel Price partners with William Holyland and Edwin Waterhouse.

1854

William Cooper establishes firm in U.K.

1849

Samuel Lowe Price creates firm in U.K.