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Hawkins & Co Accounting - Allison Hawkins

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Allison hawkins hawkins & co Accounting

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 her return to Windsor in 2007, she has focused on local start-ups and small businesses, 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 a Board member at Lakeview Montessori School (chairing the Fundraising Committee) as well a member of the supervisory board of Citco bank Canada.  Married to the President (Jules), Allison is also a proud mom of 2 boys – talented Lego builders and explorers.  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

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 setup 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 office to 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.

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.

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