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Founded in 1987, Emond Harnden has grown to become Eastern Ontario's largest law firm devoted exclusively to advising management on labour relations and employment matters. Whether you are a public or private sector employer, our lawyers and staff can provide -- in both official languages -- the expertise, advice and advocacy you need to manage your workplace effectively in changing times.

Our lawyers offer specialized advice in many areas of the law, including wrongful dismissal, pay equity, human rights, occupational health and safety, workers' compensation and employment standards. We provide assistance both in collective bargaining and negotiating individual employment contracts. And we take pride in a record of successful advocacy before arbitrators, federal and provincial tribunals and the courts.




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Founded by George A. Welch in 1918, Welch LLP is the 14th largest full service Chartered Accounting firm in Canada, headquartered in Ottawa. In addition to traditional auditing services, we provide expert business advice to clients in accounting, taxation (including tax advice on cross-border business ventures), business valuation, wealth management and succession planning in the private, government and not-for-profit sectors. Welch has recently added a consulting arm (WelchGroup Consulting) to help small to medium size businesses build value and transferability. Welch has over 250 staff members in 12 offices throughout Ontario and Quebec.



BDC is helping to create and develop Canadian businesses through financing, venture capital and consulting services, with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Their vision: Accelerate entrepreneurs' success. BDC is solely dedicated to Canadian entrepreneurs. They have a nationwide team helping more than 28,000 businesses reach their full potential.