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Partners

Gordon A. Welton, CPA, CA Partner

Gordon graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1985 with a Bachelor of Mathematics (Honours Co-operative Program) degree. He is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (1986). He was admitted as a partner in 1987.

Gordon is a Licensed Public Accountant in the province of Ontario, a Commissioner for Taking Affidavits, and a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation. He has completed the CPA Canada In-Depth Tax and Corporate Reorganization Courses.

Derek A. Leighton, CPA, CA Partner

Derek graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1993 with a Bachelor of Mathematics (Joint Honours Chartered Accountancy Option / Computer Science - Co-operative Program) degree. He is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (1994). He was admitted as a partner in 2010.

Derek is a Licensed Public Accountant in the province of Ontario, a Commissioner for Taking Affidavits, and has completed the CPA Canada In-Depth Tax Course.

Jason K. S. Liau, CPA, CA Partner

Jason graduated with High Distinction from the University of Toronto in 2001 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (2003). He was admitted as a partner in 2014.

Jason is a Licensed Public Accountant in the province of Ontario and has completed the CPA Canada In-Depth Tax Course.

Christopher A. Wetzel, CPA, CA Partner

Chris graduated from the University of Toronto in 2000 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. He is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (2004). He was admitted as a partner in 2014.

Chris is a Licensed Public Accountant in the province of Ontario and has completed the CPA Canada In-Depth Tax Course.

Ryan D. L. Meggeson, CPA, CA Partner

Ryan graduated with High Distinction from the University of Toronto in 2011 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (2014). He was admitted as a partner in 2022.

Ryan was awarded a Certificate of Achievement for satisfying the requirements of the CPA Canada In-Depth Tax Program, where he was a member of one of 22 groups across Canada that received a final grade of Exceeds Expectations on their Year 3 Project. 

Managers

Brittany-Leighe R. Elsner, CPA, CA Senior Manager

Brittany graduated from McMaster University in 2012 with an Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences degree and from York University's Schulich School of Business in 2014 with a Master of Accounting degree. She is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (2016).

Brittany was awarded a Certificate of Achievement for satisfying the requirements of the CPA Canada In-Depth Tax Program, where she was a member of one of 22 groups across Canada that received a final grade of Exceeds Expectations on their Year 3 Project.

Lori Nicolescu Manager

Lori graduated from the University of Ploiesti, Romania in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics, and has taken various financial and tax courses from Ryerson and Athabasca Universities.

Lori has over 20 years of experience in public accounting, financial reporting, tax preparation and planning.

Clara Cheung, CPA Manager

Clara graduated from Seneca College in 2018 with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree and from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management in 2018 with a Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting. She is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (2022).

Zoe Zhang, CPA Manager

Zoe graduated with Distinction from the University of Toronto in 2019 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and in 2020 with a Master of Management and Professional Accounting degree. She is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (2023).

Frederick Burton, CPA Manager

Frederick graduated from Ryerson University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting and Finance, and from York University’s Schulich School of Business in 2018 with a Master of Accounting Degree. He is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (2024).

Students

Florence Chan

Florence graduated on the Dean’s List from York University in 2020 with a Bachelor of Commerce: Honours in Accounting degree and from York University’s Schulich School of Business in 2021 with a Master of Accounting degree.

Florence successfully completed the CPA Canada Common Final Examination in 2022 and is working to fulfill her practical experience requirement to obtain her Chartered Professional Accountant designation.

Anika Chan

Anika graduated as a specialist in Management and Accounting from University of Toronto in 2022 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.

Anika is working to fulfill her requirements to obtain her Chartered Professional Accountant designation.

Guang Fu

Guang graduated with distinction from York University’s Business Administration Program in 2020 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree (with specialized honours in accounting) and from the University of Toronto in 2021 with a Master of Management and Professional Accounting degree.

Guang successfully completed the CPA Canada Common Final Examination in 2023 and is working to fulfill his practical experience requirement to obtain his Chartered Professional Accountant designation.

Administration

Jessica Silva Administration

Jessica graduated from the University of Franca (Brazil) in Organizational Psychology in 2013, from the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil)  with a bachelor degree in Business Administration in 2010 and is currently enrolled in the Business Management Program at the Toronto School of Management College.

Our History

The firm was founded in 1953 by Harold M. Chapman.  For over 65 years Chapman Welton LLP has provided high-quality, value-for-money service to a multitude of clientele across a wide variety of industries.

Retired Partners

Harold M. Chapman, CPA, CA Founder

Mr. Chapman was admitted as a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (1952) and was elected a Life Member in 1998. Mr. Chapman was a partner of Chapman Welton LLP from its inception to retirement in 2005.

Paul A. Matten, CPA, CA

Mr. Matten was admitted as a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (1976) and was a partner of Chapman Welton LLP from 1982 to retirement in 2009.

James W. Winter, CPA, CA

Mr. Winter was admitted as a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (1990) and the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta (1993).  Mr. Winter was a partner of Chapman Welton LLP from 1991 to retirement in 2022.