Allison Hawkins, CPA, CA
Allison’s big talent: Helping clients build processes and accounting systems they can understand.
Allison’s favourite tip: have “a place for everything and everything in its place.”
Favourite video: Sir Ken Robinson Changing Education Paradigms
Fifty percent super accountant, 50% design maven, Allison is the woman behind the Hawkins & Co brand and the talent that make up this firm’s winning profile. With solid experience at PWC, Prudential Life and Pensions UK, Ernst and Young, (UK and Toronto) and Direct Energy, she has built business models to help clients obtain financing, as well as reviewed business processes across a wide range of companies.
Since 2007, she has focused on start-ups and owner managed businesses across Canada, helping them develop and finance their business plans, and set up their accounting and POS systems.
Describing Allison as an active part of the community would be an understatement. Amongst other roles, she is the Treasurer at Lakeview Montessori School, member of the Acquisition Committee for The Art Gallery of Windsor, as well a member of the supervisory board of Citco bank Canada.
Allison is also a proud mom of 2 boys – talented Lego builders, budding actors, sailors and explorers.
Being self-employed for nine years, Allison knows first-hand the challenges faced by small business owners. Allison is a Chartered Professional Accountant who started her career with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Windsor and then Toronto before moving to the UK to build business models for Ernst and Young clients who were looking to obtain financing or make key investment decisions for their business. On her return to Canada Allison worked at Direct Energy in their Revenue Assurance group looking at business processes across the company to ensure all revenue was captured.
In 2004 Allison changed her focus to smaller enterprises, working at Duguay and Ringler Corporate Services (now Marrelli Support Services). She prepared quarterly filings for many small public companies listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. This helped Allison develop a love of small business as she worked closely with business owners to set up their accounting system and bookkeepers to ensure the day to day accounting and tax filings were up to date.
In 2007 Allison moved back to Windsor and started her own business helping local start-ups and small businesses with their setup including business plans, accounting systems, POS systems and obtaining bank financing. Her extensive knowledge of Quickbooks and desire to use the process and software that is right for her clients means she is there for them every step of the way. Throughout this, she remains an advocate for her clients and a positive voice for them in the community.
In addition to currently being a member of the board of Citco bank Canada, Allison has extensive volunteer experience. She has been a member of the Board at the Ontario Foundation for Visually Impaired Children in Toronto as well as the Windsor Regional Hospital Foundation Board. She has also held a fundraiser at her home in support of the Neonatal Intensive Care Program at Windsor Regional Hospital. The last several years she has worked on the committees for several charitable events including the Julian Small Golf Tournament and the Under the Big Top Children’s Gala in support of We Care for Kids.
Allison devotes her time out of the office being an advocate for her son Christopher, who had health challenges from birth. As she supported him through extensive physiotherapy and occupational therapy, Allison’s compassion and appreciation for learning differences and her belief that all children should have the opportunity to learn in the way that best suits them only grew stronger. She helped bring the Arrowsmith Program, a program for children with learning challenges to Lakeview Montessori School and continues to be a passionate advocate for children that don’t fit in the box of the public school system.
Allison’s creative passion is interior design. She believes that space has a huge impact on how we function. You only have to visit the office to understand how strongly she feels about good design. We spend so much of our lives at work and Allison believes that this space should be a pleasure to work in as well as a place her clients enjoy and feel comfortable in.
Jules’ big talent: explaining situations in non-technical terms
Jules favourite tip: Always ask “Why? And so what?”
Favourite video: Start With Why – Simon Sinek TED talk
A transplant from the UK, this Cambridge-educated double-CPA, CA (UK and Ontario) is creating waves in Essex County and beyond. Jules has 15 years of big firm experience in the UK and Toronto, and 10 more years with smaller firms in Windsor. With many other connections in our community (sessional instructor at Odette Business School at the University of Windsor; professional volunteer at the Small Business Centre, and a local Rotarian), Jules has the perfect background to support Windsor–Essex business owners.
Although Jules has worked with businesses of all sizes – from new start-ups to multinational corporations – he particularly enjoys working with small fast-growing companies, owner-managed businesses and non-profit organizations. He stays on top of his professional game by teaching courses and acting as an accredited Practice Inspector for CPA Ontario.
Jules Hawkins is a Chartered Professional Accountant (Ontario) and a Chartered Accountant (UK). He started his career in the PwC office in Reading, UK – a town that is a similar size to Windsor, Ontario. He came to Toronto with PwC in 1998 to expand his horizons – for what was only supposed to be a two-year posting. Then he met Allison.
In Toronto, Jules worked with non-profit entities, and also with public companies listed on the TSX and Venture Exchange. These ranged from very small mining juniors to large multi-national corporations – which involved some interesting international trips. He focused on financial statement audit, internal control evaluations, and working with companies that were issuing prospectuses to raise finance. Jules also developed his passion for teaching, delivering many courses to senior partners and staff. These led to an opportunity to work within PwC’s Risk & Quality group, and to sit on a task force which was helping to develop new Canadian Auditing Standards. His technical expertise in this area has continued as a practice inspector for CPA Ontario, where he travels the province reviewing other accounting firms and monitoring their compliance with professional standards. He still serves the profession as a volunteer on various committees.
Jules and Allison moved to Windsor in 2007, where he started to develop his own practice as an associate at Howie & Partners LLP. Jules soon realized that – although Windsor was built on its automotive industry and the skills that supported it – the future was likely to be more diverse – and that small businesses and start-ups were going to be a key part of it. He also found that working with owner-managers was much more rewarding and allowed him to add much more value to a business.
Jules and Allison founded Hawkins & Co in late 2013. As a founder and co-owner of a fast-growing company, Jules understands the issues that such businesses face. To help Windsor-Essex entrepreneurs, he hosts seminars and acts as a professional volunteer at the Small Business Centre, assisting start-ups and growing companies, where he took a lead in developing ScaleUP. He has completed CPA Canada’s “Income Tax Practitioner” Course, which focuses on the key tax needs of private companies and their owners. In his travels for CPA Ontario, he also gains exposure to best practices from other accounting firms across the province.
Believing that “you have to know it to teach it”, Jules is a sessional instructor at the Odette Business School at the University of Windsor at the undergraduate and MBA level, and also teaches professional development courses for CPA Ontario. He is most fluent in accounting, auditing and non-profit entities / registered charities. In both roles, Jules consistently receives very high feedback.
Because of his knowledge of accounting standards and his experience with fast-growing companies that are looking to raise capital, in 2011 Jules was appointed as CFO of Essex Angel Capital Inc., a TSX-Venture Exchange listed investment company. He served in this role until July 2014.
Jules is a huge believer in giving back to the community. Since 2008, Jules has been a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918), and is President for the Club’s 2018/2019 year when it celebrates 100 years of services. For the last several years he has been the financial manager for Art in the Park and he authored successful grant applications that brought provincial and federal money to our community.
These roles mean that Jules sees business from many different angles. He believes that accounting is useful not for its own sake, but because it allows you to say, “I speak business”. His clients appreciate his ability to explain things in English and focus on what matters. He likes to ask “Why?” and “So what?” to make sure that ensure he fully understands what his clients need, now and in the future.
In his freetime, Jules loves to putter in his garden like a true Englishman, or spend time reading cartoons from his impressive collection (ask him anything about Calvin & Hobbes, Dilbert, Doonesbury, Garfield or The Far Side – try to catch him out). He also loves playing with his two sons, Duff and Christopher, and imparting his love of the English language to them through horrible puns!
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Danielle’s big talent: eats tech for breakfast
Favourite superhero: Wonder Woman
Favourite quote: “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.” – Albert Einstein
Danielle is an experienced communications and marketing professional who has worked the majority of her career in the nonprofit sector. A graduate of the St. Clair College Journalism and New Media program she turned her creativity into tools to help nonprofits put their best foot forward. She has worked on various types of events, and through these events, she has had the privilege of meeting and working on events involving stars like Chantal Kreviazuk, Clara Hughes, Al Pacino and more.
Danielle enjoys developing marketing materials, working on various social media platforms and loves to teach herself new software. She loves working with our clients to help them make their business better – especially by using technology. Her skills range from creating websites, create & edit videos, design promo materials, take & edit photos, manage various types of events & projects, is a blogger, Tweets about it, Facebooks it, Instagram’s those pics and so much more.
She has 2 boys, is married to a chef and has 2 fur babies, her pup Penelope, who frequents the office and Ronaldo the cat. When not in the office she can be found putzing around with various tech for fun, on the sidelines at a soccer game (passionately motivating her son’s soccer team) or trying out the newest dish her husband has cooked up.
Paul’s big talent: can step back and look at the big picture
Paul graduated from the University of Windsor in June 2014 with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Honours Business Administration). Shortly after graduating from the University of Windsor, he began his career at Hawkins & Co. In June 2015, he enrolled in CPA’s Professional Education Program and is working towards his CPA designation.
Paul is an early bird. Before work, you can find him outside walking the dogs (rain or shine). In his spare time, he enjoys playing hockey or golfing with friends or playing fetch with the dogs.
Margaret’s big talent: avid learner and knows how to make training enjoyable
Favourite book: Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Favourite quote: “Every human is an artist. The dream of your life is to make beautiful art.” – Don Miguel Ruiz
Margaret has been with Hawkins & Co. since early 2016. She received her Post Graduate Certificate in Accounting from the Odette School of Business in 2017 and is currently enrolled in the CPA program, working towards a Chartered Professional Accountant designation.
Prior to joining the Hawkins & Co. team, Margaret was a client of Allison and Jules. She owned a local small business and was the winner in 2013 and finalist in 2012 of a Business Excellence Award from the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Margaret also has a Bachelor of Music degree and worked for many years as a professional pianist. Music, the arts, and travel are an integral part of her life, and she spends most of her spare time going on adventures with her children.
Jaclyn’s big talent: taking complex issues and processes and breakin’ them down!
Favourite Quote: “When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do” – Walt Disney
Favourite Book: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Jaclyn found her way into accounting through the Odette School of Business, Post Graduate Certificate in Accounting program, which she completed in 2016. Previously she had graduated with a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Guelph in 2013.
She joined the Hawkins & Co team in July 2016 after graduating from the University of Windsor. Since joining the team she has quickly fallen in love with the bespoke style of client interaction and unique pieces of technology that make up our tailored processes.
After a year with the team on the ground in Windsor, Jaclyn and her husband Paul started a new adventure in Vancouver BC – as he began his residency training at BC Children’s Hospital and she became the first staff member to work for H & Co. remotely!
With some time in the field under her belt, Jaclyn is now in the process of obtaining her CPA designation. She looks forward to learning more of the intricacies of the profession through both the coursework and continued growth with the team.
Outside the office, Jaclyn can be found in the kitchen improving her culinary skills, planning her next trip or exploring the beautiful city of Vancouver with Paul and their faithful greyhound Miles.
Dave’s big talent: can handle client’s curveball files with ease.
Favourite food: Grandma’s pizza casserole!
Favourite past-time: Sunday morning long-run
Dave found his way into accounting through the Odette School of Business at the University of Windsor where he also competed in Track and Field and Cross Country. Graduating in 2011 he went on to enroll in the CMA legacy program in Toronto in 2013, completing the course in 2015.
Dave joined the Hawkins & Co. team in April 2018 and looks forward to completing the practical experience requirements of the CPA program to finish his CMA/CPA designation.
In his spare time, he can be found running in Ojibway park, losing some golf balls on the golf course or hitting the road to visit friends and former teammates as often as possible.
Madeline’s big talent: never turns away from any project!
Madeline’s favourite book: Divergent by Veronica Roth
Favourite quote: “Have some fire” -Christina Yang
Madeline found her calling in accounting during her high school coop at H&Co in her final year. Currently, she is a second-year student at the University of Windsor studying Business Administration – Accounting. While going to school, Madeline works part time at H&Co as an undergrad to gain experience and to connect real life situations to her learning. Madeline will complete her undergraduate degree in 2021 and plans to immediately return to school to obtain her Master’s degree. Then, she plans to close her school career after earning her CPA designation.
During her time at H&Co, Madeline has discovered a love for the energy around tax season. Her biggest joy work wise is meeting tons of new people. However, her favourite part of the job is adapting and learning new things everyday! In the office, Madeline is easy to find as she is usually dancing behind her desk when she finishes a project.
Outside of the office, you can normally find Madeline on the go, but on a good day she’s in Green Bean cafe with a cup of coffee and a book. Madeline also enjoys taking day trips with her friends or hosting game night.
Andrew’s big talent: he creates, adapts and picks up tech at super speed
Favourite superhero: Captain America
Favourite quote: “I think it’s possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary” – Elon Musk
Andrew is currently in his last year at the University of Windsor studying for his Bachelor of Commerce Degree. His ultimate goal is to acquire his Chartered Professional Accountants designation. Andrew’s passion for accounting is what drives him to be so approachable and knowledgeable to all our clients.
Andrew loves finding new technologies to stay innovative and help provide a better accounting experience. His greatest asset is his ability to explain and share these technologies with clients and apply them in all situations. Andrew believes that everything can be made better with even a little bit of technology.
In Andrew’s personal life, he can be found studying, eating pizza, or studying AND eating pizza at the same time in a pair of his funky socks. Andrew also enjoys watching superhero movies (especially Captain America) with his cat, Sargent.
Favourite superhero: Batman
Favourite quote: “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” -Nelson Mandela
Olivia managed to delve into the field of Accounting after deciding that her overbudgeting of her own finances would only get her so far. Especially since she could not pay her self. Upon a brave and risky decision being a new mom, she decided to return to school to pursue her passion for numbers.
Olivia is currently in her 3rd year at St. Clair College in the Business Administration: Accounting program. Whilst interning at Hawkins and Co, she has really whet her appetite to swim further into the ocean – that is accounting. Upon graduating Olivia intends on going to university to get her B. Comm. Than further anticipates following the path to her CPA designation.
Before work, she can be found doing schoolwork in Carrots N’ Dates increasing her taste buds. In her other free time, she enjoys sports with her son, playing video games, coordinating events for the Accounting and Finance Association at St. Clair College. and trying new unique coffee flavours.
Adam’s big talent: lives by his favourite quote
Favourite book: Dune by Frank Herbert
Favourite quote: “Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.” – Kevin Durant
Adam started as a co-op student working at H&Co during his grade 11th year. Adam knew he wanted to pursue a career in accounting since he was a kid. When he was only ten, he received a briefcase as a present along with office supplies which allowed him to have an appreciation for business. Adam hopes to attend the accounting program at St. Clair College and then transfer his credits to the University of Windsor to gain an undergraduate degree. He then plans to earn his CPA designation.
During Adam’s time at H&Co, he learned more about accounting which reinforced his love for the field. He enjoys learning something new every day as there is always a new and exciting task awaiting him. Adam’s favourite part of the job is being faced with new challenges that he must conquer.
In Adam’s spare time, he can usually be found working ahead in his classes by reading in the textbook or learning more about a subject online. He also enjoys cleaning and fixing his car to destress from school and work.
Hamzah’s big talent: Not afraid to face difficult problems.
Favourite book:The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell.
Favourite quote: “If your dreams do not scare you, they aren’t big enough.” – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Hamzah graduated from St Clair College in April 2020 with a Business Administration-Accounting. He earned an Academic Distinction Award for his academic performance. During his time at the college, his interest in the accounting field grew through his volunteer and coop work with the community income tax program, H&R Block, and others.
Later that year, Hamzah began his professional journey with Hawkins & Co. Since he started working at Hawkins & Co, he has been fascinated by the various software that the company works with. He is determined to become more familiar with the new technology and apply his new learnings to offer the best accounting service to our clients. He plans to complete his bachelor’s degree at the University of Windsor and get his CPA and CMA as he continues to work at Hawkins.
Hamzah loves the summertime because he can practice his favorite activities which are swimming, taking walks along the river, and going on bike rides. He also enjoys spending time indoors with his family and loved ones.