Cody & James Chartered Professional Accountants joins national accounting organization

Business partners Suzanne Cody and Gwyneth James recently announced that they have joined Porter Hetu International, a Canadian-based organization of accounting firms

Gwyneth James and Suzanne Cody (front) of Cody & James Chartered Professional Accountants, with team members Lisa Stanley, Kelly Wagar, Patrick Finlay, Amy Kulmala, and Cheri Anderson (not pictured: Leah Manley, Bev Collins, Sandy Mayhew, and Pam Hammett). Cody & James CPAs has recently joined Porter Hetu International, a Canadian-based organization of accounting firms. (Photo: Heather Doughty)
Gwyneth James and Suzanne Cody (front) of Cody & James Chartered Professional Accountants, with team members Lisa Stanley, Kelly Wagar, Patrick Finlay, Amy Kulmala, and Cheri Anderson (not pictured: Leah Manley, Bev Collins, Sandy Mayhew, and Pam Hammett). Cody & James CPAs has recently joined Porter Hetu International, a Canadian-based organization of accounting firms. (Photo: Heather Doughty)

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Cody & James CPAs, a local firm that provides full-service accounting for small to medium-sized businesses, will now be able to provide assurance engagements (reviews and audits) through their new association with Porter Hetu International.

Suzanne and Gwyneth are very excited about the new direction of their firm, although they will remain true to their clients by continuing to offer a full suite of accounting services — everything from financial statements, corporate and personal tax returns, bookkeeping, and payroll — in their personable, approachable manner and in a language the clients can easily understand.

“Meeting deadlines, staying on top of government and institutional deadlines, assisting clients in growing their business, even getting their business in shape for retirement: these are all things we do, regularly,” Suzanne says. A lot of the businesses Cody & James CPAs help are in growth stages and it’s important that the owners understand the details.

“Translating financial details into language that is useful to our clients, whether they are business owners, professionals, retirees, or people who want a professional accurate tax return filed,” she adds. “That’s what sets us apart from other firms.”

Cody & James CPAs is the accounting firm that came into being in 2013 after Suzanne bought half of Gwyneth’s business. Gwyneth had grown her firm to the point that she needed help. Suzanne came on for a year under contract, until it was evident that the pair complemented one another well and created an undeniably effective synergy.

“It’s like getting married,” Gwyneth explains. “You gotta get it right. Suzanne and I do get along and we are friends, but more importantly we bring different skill sets to the table.”

Suzanne Cody and Gwyneth James of Cody & James Chartered Professional Accountants. The accounting firm was created in 2013 after Suzanne bought half of Gwyneth's growing business. (Photo: Heather Doughty)
Suzanne Cody and Gwyneth James of Cody & James Chartered Professional Accountants. The accounting firm was created in 2013 after Suzanne bought half of Gwyneth’s growing business. (Photo: Heather Doughty)

Suzanne moved from Toronto to the area in 2005, making her preferred holiday location from early childhood her permanent home. She has had a family presence in the area since 1973.

“The beautiful scenery and the neighbourly people are why I chose this area,” she says.

She has been in the accounting profession for more than 20 years, working for more than 10 years in a corporate setting as a financial analyst and liaison from the IT department. In addition to being a CPA, she has a diploma in Computer Programming and System Analysis which gives her a unique blend of financial knowledge and technical savvy.

In her spare time, Suzanne is a hockey mom and donates time as a team manager and treasurer.

Gwyneth came to to Peterborough in 1997 with her two young boys.

She worked for more than a decade for Nexicom as their Controller. Then in 2009, she bought an accounting firm and her business took off quickly with a second block of clients acquired three years later.

Yet it’s not just about the numbers for Gwyneth; it’s about community.

“Peterborough had offered me so much,” she says. “When you first arrive in a new city, you’re scrambling, especially with little children, to know what services are available and find some extra help. You feel like you’re constantly taking.”

Once the children were a little more independent, Gwyneth says she wanted to give back.

Which she did and still does in the form of working with not-for-profits and volunteering. Over the years she has served on many Boards of Directors in both economic and social service oriented organizations.

Suzanne Cody and Gwyneth James in front of the offices of Cody & James Chartered Professional Accountants at 260 Milroy Dr. #1 in Peterborough. (Photo: Heather Doughty)
Suzanne Cody and Gwyneth James in front of the offices of Cody & James Chartered Professional Accountants at 260 Milroy Dr. #1 in Peterborough. (Photo: Heather Doughty)

And she loves dealing with new entrepreneurs.

“They are pioneers,” Gwyneth says. “That’s what keeps it fresh for me. I love knowing that I have helped some local people realize their dreams and that those new businesses will potentially result in more employees and a better economy for Peterborough.”

She sees her job as helping an entrepreneur understand the potential cost of their dream and to help them temper their enthusiasm, but also to see the million-dollar business that it could become.

“I’m an entrepreneur at my core,” Gwyneth says, adding that she hadn’t always wanted to be an accountant. “My dad was an accountant, but I always thought I’d go into medicine.”

You might even call Gwyneth and Suzanne physicians of business: they help keep local businesses healthy and thriving.

And when Gwyneth’s not administering to the business community, she doctors her gardens, preferring the broad swatches of colour to the black and white she sees at work.

She loves to see her clients’ companies grow like her gardens.

“That’s where we really shine,” she says. “We will take all your accounting needs off your hands so you can focus on what you do best.”

Cody & James CPAs is located at 260 Milroy Dr. #1 in Peterborough. For more information, call 705-876-6011, email info@codyandjames.ca, or visit www.codyandjames.ca. You can also find Cody & James CPAs on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

You can also follow Gwyneth on Twitter at @ghj_cpa and connect with her on LinkedIn. You can follow Suzanne on Twitter at @scodycpa and connect with her on LinkedIn.

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