Founded in 1978, our firm is involved in a wide array of personal and corporate matters on a local, national and international level, including Canada Revenue Agency audit representation, management and computer consulting, bookkeeping and accounting services. We have a successful history of providing accounting, auditing, tax planning and management advisory expertise to corporate and personal clients for over 30 years. Through our proactive and value-added approach to our clients’ needs, we offer timely advice and professional services.
Our goal is to partner with our clients and be a contributing factor to their ongoing success. Our partners and staff have embraced a set of values and guiding principles that include excellence in standards, accessibility, integrity, open communication and providing value added service to our clients in everything we do.
Whether you need tax returns, financial statements, tax planning or management consulting, we can give you all the assistance and advice you need.
Tanis Olafson, FCPA, FCGA
Tanis began her career shortly after she completed high school, taking a job as an administrative assistant at a public accounting firm. Loving the variety and fast-paced environment of public accounting, she purchased the firm and became a sole practitioner in 2000. Along the way she obtained her accounting designation, worked extensively in First Nations auditing and consulting and grew the firm. In 2007, she partnered with Mark Jones, FCPA, FCGA, to form the firm that it is today – Olafson & Jones, Chartered Professional Accountants.
As a lifelong public accountant, Tanis has provided accounting, tax and advisory services to a diverse range of clients including corporate, personal and not-for-profit.
In 2012, Tanis was hired by CGA Manitoba to conduct practice inspections of her peers. The inspections ensured that all firms were in compliance with accounting and auditing standards.
Throughout her career, Tanis has also been actively involved in the profession. She has served as a mentor to new practitioners and delivered seminars for CGA Manitoba on accounting and auditing standards. She served in several ways for CGA Manitoba, including the CGA Manitoba Board of Governors and the CGA Canada National Professional Standards Committee. Tanis is currently a member of the Practice Inspection Committee for CPA Manitoba. Additionally, she has been an active volunteer outside of the profession working with the non-profit sector. Tanis has served as Treasurer of the Hearthstone Community Group, an organization that assists adults with mental disabilities and is the currently on the board for the McConnell School of Dance.
Mark Jones, FCPA, FCGA
Mark Jones, FCPA, FCGA earned his professional accounting designation in 2000 and aspired to open his own public accounting firm after leaving the role of General Manager and Regional Director of Video One. In an effort to gain experience in the field of public practice, he joined the firm Tanis Olafson, Certified General Accountant as a staff accountant in 2005. They both quickly realized there was a good fit in philosophies, work ethic and skills and in January of 2008, they partnered to form what is now Olafson & Jones, Chartered Professional Accountants Inc.
Believing in the importance of giving back to the profession, Mark served in numerous capacities on the CGA Manitoba Board. His involvement extended to serving as a member and then Chair of the Public Practice Committee, as well as a member of the Public Practice Task Force. Mark was also actively involved in the unification of the accounting profession which included appearing before the Legislative Standing Committee on behalf of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce in support of the CPA Manitoba Act. Mark presently serves on the CPA Manitoba Board and is a member of the Tax Committee and Chair of the Audit Committee. He can regularly be heard representing CPA Manitoba in the media providing commentary on tax and accounting related news stories. He is a regular contributor on Bold Radio, a Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce broadcast on CJOB, as well as on CTV Morning Live. Mark is currently the Chair of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce Economic Competitiveness Leadership Council and has served on the BOLD Winnipeg Caucus, which helped shape the Winnipeg Chamber’s civic platform on finance. In 2014, he was awarded BOLD Leader of the Year.
Mark is presently the Treasurer for the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame and served as President for Whyte Ridge Community Centre from 2007 until 2012.