It’s quite an amazing thing to have someone who worked so hard to build their business come to you as a trusted advisor.
Like all the RLB LLP partners, Matthew enjoys building personal relationships with his clients and acting as their confidant, as well as tapping into the resources of the firm’s dynamic group of professionals to bring a holistic approach to serving them.
Matthew worked for two national accounting firms in Northern Ontario before joining RLB LLP in 2005. Being exposed to some of the largest and most complex audits has given him a broader perspective that benefits his current clients, especially those in the municipal and not-for-profit sectors. While those experiences were valuable, Matthew chose to build his career at RLB LLP, where the environment is more client-centered and encourages serving each client as an individual.
A shift in focus in his practice has forced Matthew to withdraw much of his attention from audit work. However, he remains committed to his love of audit work wherever possible, including sitting as chair of RLB LLP’s Assurance Committee (responsible for overseeing the delivery and quality control functions of all audit and review engagements performed by the firm), as practice leader for the firm’s municipal audit practice (partner in charge on the majority of RLB LLP’s lower tier municipal clients) and a handful of larger non-profit clients.
The majority of Matthew’s practice is now focused on working with agricultural clients (producers and agri-business) and owner managed businesses. He aims to go well beyond the accounting role, but focuses with each client on what is important to them – from minimizing tax to assisting in generational transition of the business, Matthew is always involved in either leading or supporting the process.
The Vennes are thrilled to have made their home in the rural community of Fergus. Jennifer and Matthew have welcomed five children into the world at Groves Memorial Community Hospital in Fergus, and have enjoyed making deep roots in their first ten years “down south”, as they call it.
Community is as important to Matt as it is to the clients he serves, most of whom are the community members who mirror his practice focus in agricultural production, owner managed businesses, not-for-profit organizations and municipal governments.